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Wrestling

Dukes win final 12 matches in rout of Rockets

Domination at The Pit

DIXON – Sebastian Quintana got a little help from his friends, and it helped spur a dominating night for the Dixon wrestling team in a dual against Rock Falls.

The Dukes won the final 12 bouts on their way to a 59-9 demolition of the Rockets on Tuesday night in The Pit. It was the first time the Big Northern rivals saw each other this season, and with Rock Falls now in Class 2A, they will likely be going at it again with bigger stakes on the line come February.

“Whenever you’ve got a conference dual, you want to show up, especially now that Rock Falls is probably going to be in the regional with us,” Dixon coach Chris Bishop said. “The guys responded. We talked about it before the meet today, [Monday] at practice, and they were ready to go. They proved it tonight.”

Dixon (8-0) won 10 of the 12 contested bouts, and received pins from Hakeem Banks (106 pounds), Elijah Ankney (138), Quintana (160), Finn Brandon (195) and Dylan Messer (220).

After spotting Rock Falls a 9-0 lead on a decision from Iziah James (126) and a pin from Adam Meenen (132), the Dukes rattled off 12 wins in a row, though two of those were via forfeits.

Ankney got the ball rolling at 138, as he needed just 2 minutes, 38 seconds to handle Reiley Dowd.

Dixon tied the match at 9-9 as Bryce Christiansen rolled to a 7-1 win against Rio Salas at 145, and took its first lead at 13-9 after Matt Lohse gained a 12-2 major decision against Butch Elder at 152. A group of IKWF wrestlers were chanting “We want a pin” from the rafters in The Pit, and they would not have to wait long before receiving one.

Up next was the 160-pound Quintana, who led the whole way before finishing off Noah Schueler at the 5:48 mark. Afterward, he pointed to the youngsters who were calling for a pin, and later tossed his T-shirt to one of them.

“All those kids look up to me, and I have to do what they say, apparently,” Quintana said. “One of them actually told me, ‘If you don’t pin him, I’m not going to root for you anymore.’”

In the tightest bout of the night, Dixon 170-pounder Hunter Pate managed to keep the momentum going by pulling out a 6-4 overtime win against Lonnie Gribbons. Gribbons scored a takedown with 17 seconds left in regulation, then narrowly avoided a Pate escape at the buzzer.

In overtime, Pate got a takedown with 32 seconds left to earn the decision. From there, the Dukes were a wrecking machine.

Clint Schielein blanked Joseph Nelson 9-0 at 182 pounds to up the lead to 26-9, then the 195-pound Brandon rallied to pin Brody Mulvaney at the 5:38 mark.

Mulvaney scored a reversal with 1:12 left in the third period to take a 2-1 lead, and shortly after that, the match was stopped due to a nasty cut on Brandon’s nose. During blood time, Brandon became sick and vomited into a bucket, and he later revealed he had missed school on Monday due to sickness.

When the match resumed, Brandon was able to throw Mulvaney, and got a pin at the 5:38 mark.

“I knew I had to get up and get one [point] to tie the match,” Brandon said. “I wasn’t feeling good, so I was going for the quickest way to get out of the match. I knew I had to hit the throw. I hit it and pinned him.”

Messer (220) and Banks (106) earned pins around forfeits at 285 and 113, and Gable Hale finished off the night by gaining a decision at 120 against Marcus Poci.

The match gave Rock Falls (10-3) an indication of what it will likely be seeing down the road. The Rockets are in the second year of 2-year contracts against primarily 1A competition, but will be in 2A come the postseason.

“We will be fine,” Rock Falls coach Derick Cox said. “We have a young team. We’ve got pretty much a fresh-soph team here. This will not be an indication of where we’re at at the end of the year. We needed this [butt]-kicking so that we can get back to work and improve.

“I don’t want to hear about the 2A thing. We’re going to wrestle who’s in front of us, and we can compete at each level. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Wrestling

Dixon 59, Rock Falls 9

Stars of the match: Dixon’s Hakeem Banks (106), Elijah Ankney (138), Sebastian Quintana (160), Finn Brandon (195), Dylan Messer (220), all won by pin

Up next: Rock Falls at Riverdale Invitational, 9 a.m. Saturday; Dixon, Stillman Valley, North Boone at Winnebago, 5:30 p.m. Thursday

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