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Waukee wrestlers beat Ankeny before districts

Merle Laswell, DCN Danny Collins wrestles against Ankeny in Waukee's final meet before districts this Saturday.
Merle Laswell, DCN Danny Collins wrestles against Ankeny in Waukee's final meet before districts this Saturday.

With the district tournament coming up on Saturday at West Des Moines Valley, the Waukee wrestling team got one last dual win. The Warriors defeated Ankeny 56-21 at Ankeny High School after losing to them in their previous matchup.

“Winning by such a large margin, after losing to them 34-32 on December 12th, was huge for us,” Waukee coach Chad Vollmecke said.

“We made some costly mistakes in the first dual, and winning like this showed a more accurate display of the ability our kids possess.”

Waukee won eight matches by fall, one match by technical fall and one by decision. Christian Hofbauer (120), Daniel Collins (126), Grant Brown (138), Abdul Delati (145), Myles Russel (152), Nathan Jacobsen (195) and Tyler Pfaltzgraffs (220) all won by fall against Ankeny.

Jakob Allison is the third-ranked wrestler in the state in the 106-pound weight class according to The Predicament and defeated Ankeny’s Hunter Ragan by fall 3:12 into the match.

Zach Barnes, who is the seventh-ranked wrestler in the 113-pound weight class defeated Ankeny’s Joe Schmidt by technical fall 19-3.

“Both of these guys were our first finalists in the CIML tournament, so they both have lofty goals for the state meet,” Vollmecke said.

“They approach each match as a 6 minute opportunity to work hard and earn success.”

Even though Barnes is a freshman and Allison is a sophomore and neither have been to the state tournament, Vollmecke said that they don’t seem to feel the pressure of competing at that level.

The district tournament at West Des Moines Valley will feature Ames, Des Moines Lincoln, Des Moines Roosevelt, Dowling Catholic, Indianola, Norwalk, Valley and Waukee. The tournament will start at noon on Saturday.

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