Wyatt Wriedt had not wrestled a six-minute match in almost a month.
And with the exception of a 2-1 win against Rocky Lombardi in early December, the North Scott senior and top-ranked Class 3A 220-pounder has had an easy run of it this winter.
Wriedt was required to wrestle three periods Thursday night, but he remained unblemished after upending 2A top-ranked Noah Broderson 6-2 to highlight a 39-22 dual triumph for the Lancers at Assumption High School.
"We're coming off a long training period so it feels good that paid off," Wriedt said. "I would have liked to gotten a little more offense and widened the gap a little bit."
North Scott (15-1, 5-0) won seven of the 12 contested bouts, including falls from Collin Lewis (138 pounds) and Jake Matthaidess (145). The Lancers also were the benefactor of two open weights for the Knights at 106 and 113.
As a result, North Scott is in position to run through the conference slate undefeated.
"This was a huge statement against the returning 2A state champion," North Scott 126-pounder Caleb McCabe said. "We came out here and kicked (butt)."
Wriedt and Broderson, both coming in undefeated and No. 1 at their weight classes by The Predicament, was the marquee bout.
Broderson tried to apply pressure in the first period with a headlock attempt, but Wriedt rolled out of it for a takedown. Wriedt rode Broderson out for more than 3 minutes of the match, including the entire second period.
"I needed to fight harder to get an escape," Broderson said. "I need to get better at chain wrestling. I had a few moves, but I just stopped wrestling and he scored on me then."
Wriedt led 2-1 after the second period. He quickly reversed Broderson to start the third and added one more takedown to secure the win.
The two likely will cross paths at the conference tournament in late January.
"There is always room for improvement," Wriedt said. "I'll find something to work on."
Zach Petersen (195) and McCabe also had long stretches of riding out their opponents.
"When you wrestle good competition, you've got to at least make them work for what they earn on bottom," North Scott coach Drew Kelly said. "Nobody in high school is great on the mat, but we've got to make guys work there and I think we did a pretty good job of doing that on top tonight."
McCabe collected a 6-2 win over Assumption's Sean Casey, ranked 10th in 2A, at 126. The sophomore took Casey down once in each of the three periods.
"I've grown a lot from the start of the season until now," McCabe said. "I'm a lot better on my feet than I was even two weeks ago.
"We worked really hard through the whole break. It really showed in this dual."
Assumption (10-5, 6-1) received pins from Matt Robertson (132) and Julien Broderson (160). Brock Timmons (170) recorded a major decision.
"We did a lot of nice things out there, but there was a little bit of rust," said Assumption assistant coach Jeremy Finch, filling in for Pete Bush who was in Fort Wayne, Ind., watching his son wrestle at the national duals for Iowa Central. "North Scott is just solid all the way through, a lot of nice kids on that squad.
"We've got things to work on, but the goals we have are still in front of us."