Fort Dodge sophomore Max Bishop is off to a 6-0 begin at 113 kilos. He’s ranked fourth.
It will likely be something however a typical dwelling opener, however the Fort Dodge wrestling crew remains to be wanting ahead to its debut within the FDSH health club on Thursday.
The fourth-ranked Dodgers tackle No. 8 Ankeny in a warm-up for Saturday’s Don Miller Fort Dodge Invitational. The CIML Iowa Convention twin begins with junior varsity matches at 6:30 p.m.
There will likely be no common admission for both occasion this week. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds loosened COVID-19 restrictions for sporting occasions and actions, however CIML guidelines will stay intact and hold attendance restricted to 2 individuals per family at each of those meets.
“Now shouldn’t be the time to let our guard down,” FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson warned. “We should be as cautious as ever about the place the wrestlers go and with what’s happening within the stands. Masks are nonetheless obligatory. Social distancing remains to be obligatory. These guidelines are crucial to observe.
“If these children wish to have a season, I’m asking everybody who will likely be at Thursday’s twin or the Don Miller Invite on Saturday to take further precautions and be respectful of the student-athletes who’re attempting to be secure.”
Thompson is anticipating a “spirited twin” with the Hawks, who will carry a lineup spearheaded by 5 ranked wrestlers to Fort Dodge. Although the matchups could not completely align, Thompson remains to be hoping for as many essential head-to-heads as doable.
“Ankeny is in our district, and with out the CIML Invitational (which has been postponed), that is the one time our youngsters may have an opportunity to get their arms on (the Hawks earlier than districts within the Dodger health club on Feb. 13),” Thompson stated. “I feel that’s vital, particularly given Ankeny’s a very stable squad with some excellent athletes.
“It’s an enormous twin for us, figuring out what we find out about them and given we’ll see them once more within the postseason.”
The marquee showdown may come at 120 kilos, the place junior Trever Anderson — rated second — is slated to face No. 4 Fort Dodge senior Lane Cowell (7-0).
Senior Cael Cox is ranked sixth at 126 for Ankeny, however Dodger champion Drake Ayala (8-0) is probably going shifting as much as 132. Sophomore Jace Anderson is ninth there for the Hawks.
Senior Caleb Rathjen — like Ayala, a College of Iowa recruit — is No. 1 at 152. Thompson anticipates Rathjen will compete at 160 on Thursday.
One other potential ranked conflict may occur at 182, the place ninth-ranked junior Nate Nessa and No. 10 junior Ben Egli (6-1) of Fort Dodge are each within the Prime-10.
Different rated Dodger wrestlers embrace freshman Dru Ayala (ninth at 106), sophomore Max Bishop (fourth at 113), senior Dreyzon Phillips (third at 145), senior Kody Prepare dinner (fourth at 160) and sophomore Tucker Pederson (eighth at 170).
“We’re making progress,” Thompson stated. “We simply have to remain wholesome and away from COVID. That’s actually vital right here proper earlier than (winter break). So we’re going to want a dedication and the cooperation of the households and the communities concerned who’re going to be (within the Dodger health club on Thursday and Saturday).”
PROBABLE DODGER LINEUP
106 — Dru Ayala, fr., (7-1); 113 — Max Bishop, so., (6-0); 120 — Lane Cowell, sr., (7-0); 126 — Carter Forbes, sr., (3-0); 132 — Drake Ayala, sr., (8-0); 138 — Damarion Ross, fr., (5-5); 145 — Cal Hartman, fr., (5-4); 152 — Dreyzon Phillips, sr., (8-1); 160 — Kody Prepare dinner, sr., (5-1); 170 — Tucker Pederson, so., (1-2); 182 — Ben Egli, jr., (6-1); 195 — Pry’Shayn Mosley, jr., (1-3); 220 — Alex Learn, so., (7-3); 285 — Keaton Nichols, so., (1-6).