No pins but you could call it a major decision for Moline over Davenport Assumption on Tuesday at Augustana's Carver Center.
The Maroons simply took care of business, leading from the opening bout at 120, where appropriately, Ellex Williams won his 21st match of the season with a major, 14-4.
In the team score, Moline (21-4) only trailed once, 9-8, after Assumption’s Adam Laubenthal gained the second of four Knight wins, 8-1, over Austin Burkeybile at 138. But Moline’s Grant Ohlsen quickly righted the ship with an 11-0 major decision at 145. Jayden Terronez followed with a forfeit win at 152 and Moline was on its way to a 38-18 win.
“The kids wrestled great tonight,” said Maroons coach Jacob Ruettiger. “They went out and battled the whole way. Up and down the lineup, the kids went out and wrestled. We fought to score points, and that’s what we did tonight.”
Earning major decisions for the Maroons, besides Williams and Ohlsen, were Isaac Martinez at 126, Hunter Henning at 195 and freshman Charlie Farmer at 106. Moline also got wins from Isaiah Tapia at 113, a come-from-behind win from D.J. Parker at 160, Tavian Jones at 170 and Cobie Underwood at 285.
For Williams, the win meant a lot. Assumption was noted on his Moline schedule for some time. A year ago he won by forfeit in a Moline loss to the Knights at Wharton Field House.
“It’s very big because we weren’t in the right mindset last year, and we came in this year ready to go,” said Williams (21-9). “Losing to them last year was harsh.”
It clearly thrilled Williams, who opened the bout with a win, to set the tone for the match.
“This year getting the match and being the first match was really amazing,” he said.
“It’s different,” he added of wrestling at Carver. “I don’t ever remember having a crowd this big. So to be able to perform in this arena, it’s pretty amazing.”
Moline remains undefeated against Iowa competition in six matches.
“It’s a big deal,” Williams said, “because we have the reputation. We can say Iowa can’t touch us yet.
“I think our team is doing very good, just being level minded.”
Farmer was another Maroon who got his coach’s attention. He is now 24-8 for the season.
“Getting 20 wins is just a step in the right direction,” Farmer said. “But I need to keep getting better and better.”
Ruettiger likes the direction his team is headed.
“They are one of the premier teams,” Ruettiger said. “We are 6-0 against Iowa. We are making a name for ourselves.”
Assumption’s two defending Class 2A state champions — undefeated Julien Broderson at 182 and Matt Robertson at 132, both won by pin. The Knights' only other win, besides Laubenthal’s, came from Henry Martens at 220 by a 3-0 score.
Coach Pete Bush, who has an eighth-ranked squad with its share of youth, was not pleased to see his team fall to 12-4 in duals.
“Right now, Moline is the better team,” he said. “They proved it tonight. But my concern is our fight out there in some of our weight classes. Sometimes it was just survival for us.
“We did a remarkable job on some of our matches, but other ones I expected more out of. When you don’t get that, you feel a little unsatisfied.”