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Knights dominate Kohawks

The second-ranked Wartburg wrestling team continued their Iowa Conference dominance this past weekend, beating conference rival and seventh-ranked Coe on the road, 38-3.  It was a successful day to say the least, with all but only one Knight coming out victorious.

It started off with the 125 weight class, with Brennen Doebel taking down Coe’s Brock Henderson with a pin; Doebel’s ninth of the year.  This also ended Henderson’s four-match win streak.

The 133 class ended in a Wartburg pin as well, with eighth-ranked Brock Rathbun extending his win streak to five with a victory over Amier Khamis.

The 141 class yielded Wartburg’s only loss, with Brenden Baker falling in a 9-2 decision; Coe’s only points of the match.

The next two matches, the 149 and 157 weight classes, featured two nationally top-ranked wrestlers, with Cross Cannone and Logan Thomsen going back to back.  Cannone won in a 10-3 decision, but Thomsen’s match was much more exciting.  Thomsen faced off against another top five wrestler in Coe’s Cole Erickson, narrowly snapping his six-match win streak by a decision of 7-4.  Both Cannone and Thomsen remain undefeated.

Second-ranked Mike Ross was next for Wartburg in the 165.  Ross dominated the Kohawks’ Nate Olsen, winning 12-2 in a major decision to stay unbeaten at 17-0.

Then came the 174 class.  The odds were against Jacob Krakow, facing off against the fifth-ranked Jake Voss in just his third varsity appearance of the season.  But the freshman came to win, and win he did, upsetting Voss by a 7-4 decision.

Tyler Lutes was next for the Knights.  The fourth-ranked Lutes won in another major decision, beating Coe’s Taylor Mehmen by a score of 16-5.

Lutes was followed up by Kyle Fank, who extended his match win streak to 13 straight by beating Andrew Holladay in a decision.

The heavyweight match rounded it out.  Wartburg’s Bowen Wileman finished the night how the Knights started it, pinning Brennan Koerperich after four minutes and three seconds.

The Knights will look to stay on top in the voters’ minds, as they’ll welcome third-ranked Augsburg to town in the aptly-named “Battle of the ‘Burgs.”  That meet will take place in Levick Arena on Thurs. Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.  You can catch coverage on Knight Vision.

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