Woodward-Granger wrestlers win one of three at Ogden

Woodward-Granger's Josh Saak tries to control Webster City's Gage Sadler in the consolation bracket at the Perry Invitational Saturday.

OGDEN — A rescheduled quadrangular at Ogden Thursday saw wrestlers from the hosts as well as from South Hamilton, Webster City and Woodward-Granger take to the mats.

W-G suffered a 59-15 loss to Webster City and a 39-30 setback to Ogden while posting a 45-31 victory over South Hamilton.

The Hawks had a 30-29 lead over Ogden entering the final two matches, but the Bulldogs scored a win by fall to move in front, 35-30, then capped the win in the decisive match with a technical fall.

“I was hoping for a victory over Ogden tonight but we fell short,” W-G head coach Dave Smeltzer said. “Coach Brian Reimers was my first wrestling coach ever and he will be retiring after this year. I have a lot of respect for him and what he has accomplished as a coach and a role model to all the athletes he has coached over his career.”

“I wanted to get that dual win over him,” he added. “He has an outstanding coach in Jesse Sundell taking his place — he (Sundell) has some pretty big shoes to fill but I am sure he will do an awesome job.”

Race Brant had three wins at 152 pounds for W-G, recording two pins and a receiving a forfeit.

Tanner Vermaas (182) was 2-1 with a pin and a forfeit, with Cole Carman (132) 2-1 with two wins by decision while Hunter Pierce (106) received two forfeits and Ty Turner (2-1) winning by a decision and a forfeit.

Thomas Govig (195), Cole Moran (285) and Colt Palmer (120) each recorded a pin, with Aaron Sperling (170) winning once by decision while Jacob Kepford (220) and Ryley Saxton (126) both had single wins via forfeit.

W-G will visit Interstate-35 Saturday for a tournament, with the team to compete in the Guthrie Center invitational Jan. 30 in their final regular season action.

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