Regional duals a letdown for Washington, Highland

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Washington’s Brandon Dickel (right) wrestles Saturday in the sectional meet at Fairfield.
GTNS photo Washington’s Brandon Dickel (right) wrestles Saturday in the sectional meet at Fairfield.

Weather again affected area high school sports Wednesday.

Regional duals for Washington and Highland wrestling teams were rescheduled from Tuesday, then the starting time was moved from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For Highland, it was too risky to put kids on a bus for a 110-mile trip to Denver, so it forfeited its match.

Washington made the 103-mile trip to West Delaware in Manchester, only to lose 82-0. West Delaware won its next match 75-6 over No. 23 Camanche, which defeated No. 15 West Liberty 48-32.

The Demons wrestled seven matches and forfeited seven, including the last six.

“We were open at three weights, then lost the first four matches,” Washington coach Brent Van Weelden said. “Once we were down 36-nothing, we got to a point where there was no return, so we just called off the dogs and came home.”

Van Weelden did not want to risk injury to anyone with Saturday’s district matches upcoming. Those matches will determine who gets to state.

“It was a long shot to beat West Delaware anyway,” Van weelden said of the top-ranked team in Class 2A. “West Delaware is a good team, real good.”

“It is an honor to get to the regional duals,” Van Weelden said. “It is nice to be sectional champs, but our dual team right now is just not healthy enough to be real good up and down the lineup.”

There is a bit of contention between wrestling coaches and the Iowa High School Athletic Association over the qualifying for state duals. The coaches don’t like where it is on the schedule. Some states do it in January or after the state individual tournament, but not Iowa.

“It is what the state wants, so that is what we are doing,” Van Weelden said. “Coaches talk about moving it all the time. Nothing happens. Some of it is the availability of a venue big enough to host at a different time of year. If you have kids that are banged up, it is just not a good time to have it. You want to err on the side of caution.

“We’ll give it a shot at districts. I know we’re going to give it everything we got. We will see how many we can get through.”