February 10, 2023 at 11:53 a.m.
Dodgers have a good day at the CLASH
The Dodgers took on opponents at The Clash, a combined meeting with teams from the SWC and the SWAL. The tournament is viewed by wrestlers and coaches as one of the best around. Last Saturday's gathering of mega talent took place at Richland Center.
Here is what Dodgeville coach Ryan Lord said about the day.
"The Clash again proved to be an extremely tough tournament. I'm confident there will be wrestlers from this tournament who did not win titles, who will go on to win state titles in three weeks.
"The Dodgeville wrestling team placed 5th (13 teams) as a team with six of 14 weight classes represented. Senior Alex Pipkorn (220) missed the tournament due to illness and we had a wrestler who did not make weight. We also sent seven wrestlers to the JV portion of the Clash.
"Individually the Dodgers were led by Clash Champions Haakon Peterson (106) and Charlie Meudt (113). Mason Winch (170) placed second, Nathan Johnson (126) placed third, Reid Spurley (120) placed fourth and Izaak Duran (195) placed seventh. Haakon and Charlie each proved extremely dominant in their respective weight classes. Haakon won each of his first two matches by tech fall before pinning a very good wrestler in Fennimore's Cade Birchman in the finals. Charlie secured two pins before defeating tough Riverdale wrestler, Brody Miess, by a score of 20-6.
"Mason had a great tournament and was wrestling a great finals match before attempting a throw and being caught. I really feel like Mason is starting to hit his stride. If Mason can avoid mistakes and have confidence in how good he is, I have no doubts he can be on the podium at the Kohl Center. Nathan is in a similar boat. He has wrestled great at times this year, but I think his best wrestling this season is yet to come. He can beat anyone on the road to the Kohl Center if he continues to build his confidence.
"Reid had byes until the semifinal match where he faced off against Mineral Point's Roen Carey. Roen is a very talented and tough wrestler. It was a tight match with a lot of scrambles. Reid attempted a throw and Roen was able to counter for a five point move. Coming back from a five point move against a highly regarded opponent is tough and Reid ultimately lost by a score of 10-7. I know it was a tough loss for Reid, but I believe Reid will bounce back just fine. Reid was not able to wrestle in the third place match due to an injured hand. Fortunately, he did not suffer a fracture and he will be able to wrestle at Regionals.
"Sophomore Izaak Duran is basically in his first year of wrestling. I'm extremely impressed with the progress he has made this year and I think he has a ton of potential. Izaak had a couple of close matches and finished in seventh place."
The Dodgers were also well represented in the JV Clash. John Qualley continued his hot streak by winning the 170 bracket in the JV division. Blaek Foust also had a good day finishing second at 106. Aiden Duran (160) also had a great day with a second place finish. Leo Hanson, Braydenn Husom and Justin Emrick each finished in third place to round out the Dodger placewinners.
The Dodgers will return to Richland Center next Saturday for the WIAA Regional Tournament.
Fennimore 297.0, Prairie du Chien 289.5, Iowa-Grant/Highland 232.0, Mineral Point 197.0, Riverdale 140.0, Dodgeville 125.5, Belmont/Platteville 123.5, Darlington/Black Hawk 113.0, River Valley99.0, Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern 73.0, Richland Center 70.0, Boscobel 27.5, Lancaster 23.0
SWC/SWAL Clash Results for Dodgeville
106 Haakon Peterson (14-0) placed 1st and scored 31.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Haakon Peterson (Dodgeville) 14-0 received a bye, Quarterfinal - Haakon Peterson (Dodgeville) 14-0 won by tech fall over Myles Welsh (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 6-9 (TF-1.5 2:27 (19-4))
Semifinal - Haakon Peterson (Dodgeville) 14-0 won by tech fall over Porter Kossman (Prairie du Chien) 18-16 (TF-1.5 3:10 (20-3)), 1st Place Match - Haakon Peterson (Dodgeville) 14-0 won by fall over Cade Birchman (Fennimore) 21-7 (Fall 4:49)
113 Charlie Meudt (43-1) placed 1st and scored 31.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Charlie Meudt (Dodgeville) 43-1 received a bye, Quarterfinal - Charlie Meudt (Dodgeville) 43-1 won by fall over Jace Connor (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 14-16 (Fall 0:46), Semifinal - Charlie Meudt (Dodgeville) 43-1 won by fall over Dalton Leffler (Fennimore) 16-18 (Fall 2:53), 1st Place Match - Charlie Meudt (Dodgeville) 43-1 won by major decision over Brody Miess (Riverdale) 37-8 (MD 20-6)
120 Reid Spurley (38-2) placed 4th and scored 12.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Reid Spurley (Dodgeville) 38-2 received a bye, Quarterfinal - Reid Spurley (Dodgeville) 38-2 received a bye, Semifinal - Roen Carey (Mineral Point) 38-4 won by decision over Reid Spurley (Dodgeville) 38-2 (Dec 10-7), 3rd Place Match - Dylan Weigel (Belmont/Platteville) 41-7 won by medical forfeit over Reid Spurley (Dodgeville) 38-2
126 Nathan Johnson (16-9) placed 3rd and scored 21.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Nathan Johnson (Dodgeville) 16-9 received a bye, Quarterfinal - Nathan Johnson (Dodgeville) 16-9 won by tech fall over Brayden Troester (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 14-15 (TF-1.5 5:31 (17-1)), Semifinal - Hunter Stevens (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 34-2 won by major decision over Nathan Johnson (Dodgeville) 16-9 (MD 11-3), 3rd Place Match - Nathan Johnson (Dodgeville) 16-9 won by medical forfeit over Brecken Muench (Fennimore) 11-6
170 Mason Winch (26-10) placed 2nd and scored 24.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Mason Winch (Dodgeville) 26-10 received a bye, Quarterfinal - Mason Winch (Dodgeville) 26-10 won by fall over Dietrich Buchholz (Riverdale) 15-6 (Fall 1:06), Semifinal - Mason Winch (Dodgeville) 26-10 won by decision over Gavin Hinderman (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 16-13 (Dec 6-0), 1st Place Match - Brogan Brewer (Prairie du Chien) 35-6 won by fall over Mason Winch (Dodgeville) 26-10 (Fall 3:02)
195 Izaak Duran (10-17) placed 7th and scored 6.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Izaak Duran (Dodgeville) 10-17 received a bye, Quarterfinal - Bode Brockhop (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 23-16 won by fall over Izaak Duran (Dodgeville) 10-17 (Fall 1:08), Cons. Round 2 - Izaak Duran (Dodgeville) 10-17 received a bye, Cons. Semi - Riley Mosley (Darlington/Black Hawk) 19-18 won by decision over Izaak Duran (Dodgeville) 10-17 (Dec 12-8), 7th Place Match - Izaak Duran (Dodgeville) 10-17 won by decision over Cruz Salazar (Richland Center) 4-11 (Dec 7-3)