The Ankeny girls’ wrestling team turned in a dominant performance on Thursday at the North Polk Duals.
Ankeny posted wins over Algona (57-15), West Marshall (48-36) and Winterset (84-0) to raise its overall record to 17-2. Coach Dustin Roland’s team won every match against Winterset, all but three against Algona and eight of the 14 matches against West Marshall for a 33-9 mark on the day.
It was Ankeny’s second victory over West Marshall. The two teams met in the final of the Ankeny Centennial Duals on Dec. 9, when Ankeny posted a 51-28 win.
“We just went in and took care of business,” said Roland. “We still have a number of things to clean up, but it was great to get back into competition.”
The meet was hosted by North Polk, giving Ankeny’s five wrestlers from that district an opportunity to compete at their school. One of them, Elyse Engebretson, went 3-0 on the day with two falls and a technical fall at 120 and 125 pounds.
“I was able to score points for the team with wins, but I still have work to do and improvements to make leading up to super regionals,” Engebretson said.
Engebretson said it was fun to wrestle at her school.
“It was cool to be at North Polk and be a role model for the girls in the Comet Wrestling Club,” she said. “Also wresting in front of people I go to school with and see around the community is different. With any other sports everyone has seen most people compete, and this was the first time our Comet students or fans were able to see girls wrestling at home!”
Six Ankeny wrestlers went 3-0 on the day. Dana Cleveland had three falls at 145, while Hayden Bratland recorded a pair of pins at 140.
Lauren Watson at 100, Nora Bockes at 110 and Haylee McGrew at 155 each had a fall among their three victories.
Josie Bishop went 2-1 with a pair of pins at 170.
“Josie picked up a big win over Algona, who was a little short-handed overall but I saw a solid team,” Roland said. “West Marshall continues to close the gap on us. They are a very well-coached team. Winterset is building and was a good dual to finish the night off with.”
Ankeny will compete in the Ogden Invitational on Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to taking the entire team to Ogden where we will see a number of the teams that will be at our regional tournament,” Roland said.