WEBSTER CITY - The wrestling triangular here tonight will have a lot on the line for all three teams.
The Dodgers (1-2 overall) will face two North Central Conference opponents tonight in host Webster City and Algona.
The Bulldogs meet Webster City at 6 p.m. Algona then tackles the Dodgers at 7:15 p.m., and the meet will end with Fort Dodge and Webster City at approximately 8:30 p.m.
All three teams meet in a Class 3A district on Feb. 9 in Fort Dodge, so head-to-head matchups this evening could be key for future seeding.
"These matches could have huge district implications,'' said FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson. "Webster City will have the strength to switch their lineup around, because they have good depth.''
The Lynx and Fort Dodge will square off in possibly more matches on Saturday when the Dodgers host the Don Miller Invitational.
Fort Dodge (1-2)
106 - Erik Birnbaum, soph. (7-2); 113 - Cole Detmering, jr. (7-3); 120 - Kole Evans, jr. (5-5); 126 - Cameron Hicks, jr. (3-2); 132 - Cory Alexander, jr. (4-7); 138 - Jonah Egli, fr. (9-1); 145 - Matt Osborne, sr. (4-3); 152 - Kole Kampen, fr. (7-3); 160 - Willie Moretz, fr. (4-7); 170 - Duke Egli, sr. (9-0); 182 - Sam Cook, fr. (8-2); 195 - Riley Prescott, jr. (8-2); 220 - Kyle Johnson, sr. (9-1); 285 - Austin Porter, soph. (0-2).
"Both schools are good in their upper-weights,'' Thompson said. "We face Webster City tonight and on Saturday, so we could see two different lineups for the dual and tournament.
"They have a solid lineup. Larson and Fielder are good in their upper-weights, and their 220 pounder and heavyweight (Landon Johnson and Gustavo Gasca) have been strong as well. So have Tanner Hild and Brandon Patten.''
Fort Dodge enters with ranked wrestlers Erik Birnbaum (10th at 106), Duke Egli (5th at 170) and Riley Prescott (10th at 195).
Webster City also has a pair of ranked wrestlers in Connor Larson (No. 8 at 170) and Dylan Fielder is rated second at 182 pounds.
"The 138-pound weight class will be huge for districts with Hild, Kuecker (Algona) and Jonah Egli,'' Thompson said. "This is early in the season, so a lot of things could still happen.''