CEDAR RAPIDS – Third-ranked Coe passed a tough test, opening its dual season with a win over No. 6 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse last night in front of about 1,238 spectators at Eby Fieldhouse. The Kohawks and Eagles earned five wins apiece, but Coe receive a point with a 38-37 advantage in the third criteria – total match points.
“That’s a pretty big dual to have early,” Coe Coach John Oostendorp said. “It was a good way to start off the season. … Definitely, a lot of things we can work on.”
Coe, coming off its best season ever placing third at the NCAA Division III Championships with six All-Americans, received a major boost from freshman Farai Sewera at 165. Sewera scored four points in the final period to knock off fourth-ranked Kevin O’Brien, 4-1.
“He’s a really composed competitor,” Oostendorp said of Sewera. “I feel really good about the way he competed there.”
The Kohawks received decisions from fourth-ranked Jimmy Gotto (125) and Drew Hinschberger (133) to open the meet. Ethan Ball followed Sewera with a decision. Donnie Horner scored an 8-4 victory at 197, earning a point for riding time, which proved to be the difference in the meet, and giving Coe a 15-12 lead.
The Eagles’ fourth-ranked heavyweight Billy Mayer scored a late takedown to beat Coe’s No. 2 Alex Burkle in the only matchup of ranked wrestlers to tie the dual score and force the tiebreaker.
“It was a typical Coe-LaCrosse dual,” said Coach Dave Malecek, whose Eagles won on a tiebreaker in the team’s last dual in 2011. “Well coached team. Big “O” always has them ready to go, but I thought we fought hard for our first time out.
“It was great to start off the season like that. We’re obviously disappointed with the loss, but we saw a lot of good things.”
Coe wrestles at Central in Pella on Wednesday.
AT EBY FIELDHOUSE
Coe 16*, Wisconsin-La Crosse 15
(Individual takedowns in parentheses)
125 pounds – Jimmy Gotto (Coe) dec. James Bennett, 3-1 (1,0); 133 – Drew Hinschberger (Coe) dec. Connor Carstens, 6-0 (1,0); 141 – Adam Sheley (UWL) dec. Chris LeClere, 8-2 (3,0); 149 – Keegan Einerson (UWL) dec. Tim Noverini, 8-6 (2,0); 157 – J.R. Lewis (UWL) dec. Dmitri Boyer, 4-1 (1,0); 165 – Farai Sewera (Coe) dec. Kevin O’Brien, 4-1 (1,0); 174 – Ethan Ball (Coe) dec. Grant Miller, 3-1 (1,0); 184 – Eric Ywohey (UWL) dec. Ryan Sheldon, 6-2 (2,1); 197 – Donnie Horner (Coe) dec. Kevin Hein, 8-4 (3,0); Hwt. – Billy Mayer (UWL) dec. Alex Burkle, 4-3 (1,1)
*- Coe received tiebreaker point, winning third criteria on 38-37 advantage in total match points.
Takedowns – UWL 9, Coe 9. Reversals – UWL 1, Coe 2. Escapes – UWL 14, Coe 9. Nearfall points – UWL 0, Coe 4. Penalty points (awarded) – UWL 0, Coe 1. Riding time points – UWL 3, Coe 2. Total match points – UWL 37, Coe 38. Attendance – 1,238.