Waverly-Shell Rock hosted their New Year Brawl dual tournament, but despite a 4-0 start to the day they were unable to close things out on their home mat, dropping a 38-26 dual to #6 ranked Dubuque Hempstead in the final dual of the day to take second.

Hempstead was able to smash their way through the first four duals on the day defeating Cedar Rapids Xavier 64-18, Bettendorf 54-23, Marshalltown 54-24, and Ballard 59-16. That set up a final between two of the top ten teams in 3A, with Waverly currently carrying the #9 rankings in the IA Wrestle dual rankings.

The Go-Hawks gave Dubuque their closet competition on the day, but it is hard to beat a team that features nearly half of a lineup that went undefeated on the day. #4 Dillon Gottschalk (106), #9 Nathan Feldman (132), #6 Alex Ward (160), Adam Rang (182), #9 Alex Freiburger (220), and #1 Gannon Gremmel (285) were a perfect 5-0 on the day for Dubuque, while Joe Pins (120) was 4-0.

New Year Brawl Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Dubuque Hempstead
2nd Place – Waverly-Shell Rock
3rd Place – Bettendorf
4th Place – Ballard
5th Place – Xavier, Cedar Rapids
6th Place – Marshalltown
Round 1
Waverly-Shell Rock defeated Ballard 57-16.
Bettendorf defeated Marshalltown 36-33.
Dubuque Hempstead defeated Xavier, Cedar Rapids 64-18.
Round 2
Waverly-Shell Rock defeated Marshalltown 52-24.
Dubuque Hempstead defeated Bettendorf 54-23.
Ballard defeated Xavier, Cedar Rapids 40-37.
Round 3
Waverly-Shell Rock defeated Xavier, Cedar Rapids 44-28.
Ballard defeated Marshalltown 43-21.
Dubuque Hempstead defeated Marshalltown 54-24.
Round 4
Waverly-Shell Rock defeated Bettendorf 55-21.
Bettendorf defeated Ballard 44-31.
Xavier, Cedar Rapids defeated Marshalltown 53-21.
Round 5
Bettendorf defeated Xavier, Cedar Rapids 45-27.
Dubuque Hempstead defeated Ballard 59-16.
Dubuque Hempstead defeated Waverly-Shell Rock 38-26.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle