The dual did not have the volume of state-championship caliber wrestlers like some Davenport Assumption and Bettendorf wrestling meetings have produced in recent memory. It wasn't a packed gymnasium, either.

Still, there was no shortage of excitement in the outcome Wednesday night. In fact, a tiebreak criteria determined the victor.

Thanks to Mason Morris' technical fall victory at 138 pounds, Bettendorf edged Assumption 36-35 in a Mississippi Athletic Conference dual at Bettendorf High School.

"Whether our two programs have the studs or not, it is going to be a great atmosphere regardless and a big meet," Bettendorf coach Dan Knight said.

The Knights and Bulldogs split the 14 bouts to be deadlocked at 35. Each team collected four pins or forfeit victories, sending the criteria to most technical falls.

Assumption had none while Morris posted an 18-3 win over Adam Laubenthal at 138 to give Bettendorf the criteria point and the dual.

"We wanted this one a lot," Morris said. "I've seen a lot of growth in our team the last month or so.

"Coach Knight has been making it more fun and easier to just learn."

Knight called it a huge win for his squad given it has no returning state place winners and lacks mat experience.

The Bulldogs also need to piece together a hot streak in the second half of the season to possibly land a spot in the Class 3A regional duals.

"Even though we have juniors and seniors, they're young as far as mat experience," Knight said. "They're growing up and starting to figure some things out. As a coach, that's exciting. A win like this fires them up to get back into practice."

Tucker Schoenfelder, who chose not to wrestle the past two seasons, put Bettendorf in position to earn the win.

With the Bulldogs leading 32-29, Schoenfelder outlasted Assumption's Seth Adrian at 195, 10-7, to give Bettendorf a six-point cushion before it would forfeit 220 to top-ranked Noah Broderson.

"I knew our team needed a win," Schoenfelder said. "I decided to go out there and do my job. It was so fun I loved it."

Schoenfelder trailed 4-2 after the opening period, but eventually wore down Adrian in the third period with a pair of takedowns.

"Our plan was to get heavy on the head and wear him out," Knight said. "Tuck has a motor on him. Even though he was dead tired, he can still push his body when he is exhausted. That was the difference."

Bettendorf capitalized on forfeit wins at 106 and 113. Bradley Holmes (145) and Alex Lopez (170) joined Morris with bonus-point triumphs.

Assumption received falls from Nolan Melchert (285), Jacob Felderman (120) and Julien Broderson (160).

"We've got to be smarter wrestlers at critical times," Assumption coach Pete Bush said. "Honestly, Bettendorf was smarter than we were tonight.

"Giving up two forfeits against Bettendorf no matter what year it is, that is a lot of points to give up. Plus, we had some things happen in matches I didn't expect."

Assumption's Matt Robertson dominated 3A seventh-ranked Will Jefferson at 132, 12-2. Robertson broken open a close bout with a takedown and three back points in the second period followed by two more takedowns in the third.

"I definitely wanted to score more points," Robertson said. "I was hoping to lock up a tech fall or a pin there and change the outcome of the dual."

Both teams compete this weekend at Bettendorf in the Midwest Shootout, a 16-team event.


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.