If first impressions were any indication, a promising season lies ahead for the Fort Dodge wrestling team.
Making their 2012-13 debut, the Dodgers (1-0 overall) rolled to a 51-21 dual victory over Urbandale Thursday inside the FDSH gym.
Fort Dodge prevailed in nine matches on the evening, including eight by fall.
"I was really proud of how we came out and fought hard," Dodger head coach Bobby Thompson said. "Our intensity was very good, which wasn't surprising with the way we've been training and the type of football and baseball seasons we're coming off of.
"I'm starting to see a bright rainbow at the end of the tunnel now for Fort Dodge wrestling over the next couple of years. We were fun to watch (last night)."
Freshman Kole Kampen brought the Dodger fans to their feet early with a 1:49 pin of Trevor Kimm at 152 pounds. Fort Dodge then followed with four more wins over their next five bouts, extending their commanding advantage to 27-3.
FORT DODGE 51, URBANDALE 21
152 - Kole Kampen, FD, pinned Trevor Kimm, 1:49; 160 - Cody Pearson, U, dec. Willie Moretz, 7-2; 170 - Duke Egli, FD, pinned Damien Ramirez, :28; 182 - Sam Cook, FD, dec. Sam Johnson, 9-4; 195 - Riley Prescott, FD, pinned Grant Petrillo, 1:36; 220 - Kyle Johnson, FD, pinned Jake Heinrich, 3:43; 285 - Shaquille Wells, U, won by forfeit; 106 - Erik Birnbaum, FD, pinned Payton Towers, 1:05; 113 - Cole Detmering, FD, pinned Riley Stuart, 1:26; 120 - Kole Evans, FD, pinned Jurica Caculovic, :52; 126 - Zelijko Caculovic, U, dec. Cameron Hicks, 8-3; 132 - Colby Knight, U, pinned Cory Alexander, 2:48; 138 - Jonah Egli, FD, pinned Mike Stuart, 5:40; 145 - Lachlan Kelley, U, dec. Matt Osborne, 5-2.
"Kole kind of got the steamroll effect going for us," said Thompson. "He wrestled very aggressively for his first (varsity) outing."
Fifth-ranked (Class 3A) senior Duke Egli (170 pounds), No. 10 junior Riley Prescott (195), senior Kyle Johnson (220), 10th-ranked sophomore Erik Birnbaum (106), freshman Cole Detmering (113), junior Kole Evans (120) and freshman Jonah Egli (138) each posted triumphs by fall as well for the Dodgers. Freshman Sam Cook (182) downed Sam Johnson in a 9-4 decision for Fort Dodge's other triumph.
Duke Egli needed just :28 to upend Damien Ramirez for his 71st career victory, while Prescott, Birnbaum, Detmering and Evans all stuck their opponents in the first period as well.
"Jonah really hung tough against a veteran kid (J-Hawk junior Mike Stuart) and ended up getting a fall, which was encouraging to see (Egli led 4-2 before earning a fall in 5:40)," Thompson said. "Our 1-2-3 (lightweights) of Birnbaum, Detmering and Evans was impressive, too. A lot of times young guys are usually not as much in for the kill, so I was happy with their scrap and toughness out (on the mat)."
Cody Pearson (160), Zelijko Caculovic (126) and Lachlan Kelley (145) all came out on top with decisions for Urbandale (0-1). No. 2 and three-time state placewinner Colby Knight (132) and fifth-ranked Shaquille Wells (285) added wins by fall and forfeit, respectively, for the J-Hawks.
"We definitely still have a long way to go, but (Thursday) was a nice first step in the right direction," said Thompson. "Hopefully, we gained some confidence from this. It'll be interesting to see our resolve later on down the road when we're challenged by teams like (No. 1) Southeast Polk (the Dodgers will face the Rams in a road triangular on Dec. 20 and an away dual on Feb. 1)."
In junior varsity action, the Dodgers won nine of 21 matches. Nic Tracey (126), Jacob Power (106), Logan Huebsch (120), Keenan Cook (138), Nic Ganzeveld (113), Thomas Anderson (120/126), Shane Halbur (138), Devin Summers (106) and Jacob Reeck (120) each registered victories for Fort Dodge.
Next action for the Dodgers is Saturday at the Eagle Grove Invitational. Start time is set for 11 a.m.