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The general consensus leaving Fort Dodge’s wrestling room Friday was, if everyone wrestles to their potential, they will be in contention come Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Dodgers return seven qualifiers, two champions and two place winners, from last years third place squad. They will also have, state place winner, Levi Egli back in the lineup after missing a year due to knee injury.
Head coach, Bobby Thompson, eluded to the fact that his team is not at 100%. Thompson stated we probably won’t see the complete Dodger lineup until December. He also told IAwrestle, “I think it’s going to be a fan friendly year because there’ll be four or five teams fighting for three trophies.”
Senior, Carson Taylor isn’t changing the way he approaches the season after reaching the pinnacle of Iowa high school wrestling in 2019. Carson earned a 13-8 victory in the finals, where he avenged a lose at the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic to capture his first crown. Here is Carson’s thoughts on a potential rematch with Sebolt Wrestling Academy teammate, Cullan Schriever. Once healthy, Taylor likes the Dodgers chances come postseason time.
Drake Ayala ran through the competition in his sophomore campaign, earning him the top spot in IAwrestle’s preseason Fab 50. His only real test came against, Joey Thompson of Totino-Grace of Minnesota in the finals of the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic. Drake came back late to secure the 5-4 decision. A perfect 40-0 record with 2 byes and 37 tech fall or fall wins. Drake explains how he injured his finger at the Super 32, and when he could return, when we talked to him Friday. Ayala also told IAwrestle he is taking his time with his college decision, and will let us know when the time comes.
Be on the lookout for more teams to be featured in the coming weeks.