Plenty to shout about!
On a night when New Hampton all but wrapped up its second consecutive Northeast Iowa Conference dual meet championship, the signature moment may have come in meet the Chickasaws won 70-6. That win over Crestwood and a 34-31 victory over Waverly-Shell Rock pushed the Chickasaws to 5-0 in NEIC duals, and if they beat Decorah on Jan. 19 when they will be a prohibitive favorite, New Hampton will have successfully defended its conference dual title. But before we get to that epic battle between the Go-Hawks and the Chickasaws, there's that moment from the Crestwood meet, the one in which Nick Hemann said his team “wrestled its best dual of the season, by far.” Leading 58-6, New Hampton sent ninth-ranked Mason Cleveland to the mat to take on third-ranked Kaden Anderlik in the 113-pound battle, and Cleveland put together his best match of the season. The Chickasaw sophomore scored the match's first takedown in the first period and led 2-1 when he took “bottom” to start the second. As he worked for an escape, he came up with a reversal and took Anderlik to his back to score a pin 50 seconds into the period. “I knew the first takedown — I mean they're always important — was huge,” Cleveland said, “because I had to get into his head that this was going to be a match. ... I don't know exactly what happened there. I stayed in good position got a switch and it was over man.” For all of the New Hampton results, please see the Jan. 10 Tribune.