Sat, Feb. 2, 2013 - [Wrestling]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
#26 University of Dubuque, 27
With heavy implications on the line for both teams, the University of Dubuque and Loras College wrestling squads renewed their rivalry Friday night in an Iowa Conference dual. Unfortunatley for Loras, their season has been a roller coaster ride. Just this past weekend, the team went 1-2 at the Iowa Conference duals, only narrowly losing to Coe and Luther. Sitting at 3-3 in the conference, the Duhawks needed a victory on Friday night to put themselves in position for a third place battle next Friday.
Making his debut for the Loras Wrestling team, Reuben Reyes kicked off the dual at 125-pounds. Reyes showed some promise early on, but would eventually succumb to a technical fall, giving the Spartans five points. At 133-pounds, Nick Steger has been a rock for this team to lean on. In a close fought match, Steger would drop his match 5-4, putting Loras even farther behind. Evan Weaver breathed life into the Duhawks with his victory at 141-pounds, winning 12-6 over Brian Travis.
The next five matches would end with the Spartans receiving points. Malcolm Watson flipped the momentum with his victory at 197-pounds over Cody Ortmann. Lastly, James Buss, clearly showing focus and a bit of frustration on his face, pinned Kyle Fredette at 1:17, to bring the final tally to 27-12.
"I hate to say it, but it just wasn't meant to be. They kicked our butts, bottom line," Head Coach Randy Steward said.
With the loss, Loras now will host the Central College Dutch next Friday night as a part of the Iowa Conference Dual Tournament. When the two squads met earlier this season, the Duhawks came out on top and will certainly look to do the same this time around.
"All year, we've taken a step forward and then two steps back. We took a couple steps back tonight," Steward said, "Bottom line, we just didn't have it."