WASHINGTON — It was a sea of black and orange Thursday as Washington, Fairfield and Grinell met for a wrestling double dual. All three schools share the same color scheme.
Grinell downed Fairfield 54-18 and Washington 51-15.
“They got on a roll and it just snowballed,” Washington coach Brent Van Weelden said. “They made some strategic moves and took it to us. They have a great coach in Chad Beck.”
Washington defeated Fairfield 58-9.
“We got out-techniqued and probably outmuscled a little bit, but the kids had good effort and showed a lot of heart,” Fairfield coach Steve Miller said. “We have a lot of opportunities to improve. Our kids have a lot of heart and it is in the right spot.”
Grady Flynn scored a 4-3 decision at 195 pounds and Cohyn Roach received a forfeit for the only Trojan points against Washington. Roach also scored a forfeit against Grinnell while Aidan Pohren pinned his opponent in 1 minute, 54 seconds at 285 and Zack Westercamp at 20 won by fall in 1:50.
“We just need to get the kids in the right spots,” Miller said. “The mental edge will come. Being disciplined in our training is something we need to continue to teach. It’s hard to teach heart so when a team has it, it is something to smile about.”
Washington fans were smiling about their seniors — wrestlers Matt Collett, Brandon Dickel, Justin Simmering, Dillan Sanders, with managers Elizabeth Goodwin and Savannah Hall.
“Our wrestlers have been out all four years and that says a lot about them,” Van Weelden said. “I can be moody sometimes so it says a lot about them to put up with me all that time. I think wrestling has helped them become the people they are.”
Collett has come up through the youth program.
“He used to be so shy, he wouldn’t say two words to you,” Van Weelden said. “He has opened up a lot and jokes around now. he has great parents.”
When Dickel was young, he was all over the place.
“You can still see that in his wrestling,” Van Weelden said. “He gives 100 percent and never gives up.”
Simmering went out for cross-country to improve his conditioning.
“He has a great work ethic and does a great job nutritionally,” Van Weelden said. “He has been in the background and now he gets his time to shine.”
Sanders has been on the varsity since he was a sophomore.
“He is getting close to the 100-win mark,” Van Weelden said. “In wrestling that is a big deal. He and his family have helped the program a lot.”
Hall is new to the team but was a cheerleader in the past.
“She has been a big part of the program,” Van Weelden said.
Hall has been a manager all four years.
“She has been a great asset for us,” Van Weelden said.
Jack Kleese, Collett, Dickel, Simmering, Sanders, Logan Frazer, Ayden Frazer, Jacob Hill, Colley Billingsley and Brayden Hartman all got wins against Fairfield.
Hartman, Collett and Ayden Frazer got wins against Grinnell.