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Wrestling

Dile’s first varsity victory sparks Rockets in win over Mustangs

Give ’em something to shout about

Morrison's Augustus Linke (top) wrestles Rock Falls' Adam Meenen during a 138-pound bout at Rock Falls Wednesday night.
Morrison's Augustus Linke (top) wrestles Rock Falls' Adam Meenen during a 138-pound bout at Rock Falls Wednesday night.

ROCK FALLS – There was one cheer that stood out more than the others during
Wednesday night’s wrestling match between Rock Falls and Morrison.

It was for the Rockets’ heavyweight Breyman Dile.

A sophomore in his first year of high school wrestling, Dile got his first varsity win to spark Rock Falls to a 51-22 victory against the Mustangs at Tabor Gymnasium. He had received a handful of forfeits, but this was his first one on the mat.

Morrison’s Jason Lopez scored the first points of the bout on a takedown with 29 seconds left in the second period, but Dile responded with a takedown of his own midway through the third period to tie things up.

With 9 seconds left, Dile was riding out Lopez when the
referee penalized Lopez for stalling.

“Once I saw the ref’s hand go up for stalling, I went insane in my head,” Dile said. “I’m like, ‘[9] seconds left, all I’ve got to do is ride him out.’”

He did just that, his teammates jumped out of their chairs to celebrate, and the Rock Falls fans whooped it up.

Dile noted only a few of his previous bouts had even lasted through the first period, so he was pleased to know he could go the distance when the opportunity arose.

“All of my teammates help me out, but I get pounded in practice,” Dile said. “That just helps me learn – what to defend, how to defend it, how to get up.”

“He’s a big kid, he’s been working hard in practice, and he’s getting better every time he steps on the mat,” Rock Falls coach Derick Cox said. “I couldn’t be happier for him.”

The Rockets (16-8) won four of nine contested bouts, and also racked up 30 points via forfeits. The other wins, besides Dile’s, were by pin.

Joe Nelson finished off Jarin Schmidt at the 4:57 mark of their 160-pound bout; at 170, Lonnie Gribbons gave up an early takedown against Chace Garland, but came back to win by pin in 2:46; and 182-pounder Browdie Benti started off the evening with a pin of Brevin Pruis in 1:31.

Morrison (15-16) got pins from Colton Linke at 106 pounds and Kyle Roberts at 145.

Linke gave up a takedown with 51 seconds left in the first period against Brayden Tarbill, but got his opponent to his back by the end of period for a pin at the 1:57 mark. Roberts needed just 1:23 to finish off the Rockets’ Ryalen Hemminger.

Reilly Dolan, the Mustangs’ 152-pounder, broke a 4-4 tie with a takedown and three back points near the end of the second period on his way to a 15-4 major decision against Butch Elder.

Ryan Kennedy, Morrison’s 120-pounder, was able to get a 3-point nearfall in the third period to secure a 4-2 win against Marcus Mendoza. Mendoza led 2-1 through two periods.

Augustus Linke gained a 7-5 win against Adam Meenen in the 138-pound bout. With the score tied at 5-5 late in the third period, Meenen went for a shot and appeared to have a Linke’s left foot in his grasp, only to have Linke turn the tide in a hurry for a match-deciding takedown with 4 seconds left.

“I was kind of ready for the shot,” Linke said, “so I was trying to get my leg back as quick as I could. I was able to do that, and I just kind of circled around behind him.”

Morrison began the evening with a 41-40 decision against Kewanee. Colton Linke (106), Kennedy (120), Augustus Linke (138), Dolan (145), Dakota Carber (170), Garland (182) and Pruis (195) won bouts for the Mustangs.

Up next: Morrison at Princeton Regional, Feb. 3; Rock Falls, Newman at Stillman Valley, 5:30 today

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