“We start off by losing the first match,” said Century coach Steve Willingham, whose team improved to 2-2 in the county. “But we came back with the pins from the upperclassmen and it set the tone for the rest of the match.”
Dahl improved to a team-best 22-4, and Willingham is eager to see him wrestle in the postseason.
“I think he’s placing in states this year,” Willingham said. “I really do. And I think he will make his mark in the county.”
Century’s Connor Armstrong (132) rolled up a 5-0 lead in the first period on Nathan Perry in the first bout. Perry finished the match with a flourish and scored six back points in the final period for a 9-5 victory.
Fitzgerald (138, 16-10) got his team going by pinning Gunner Paolini in 1:03. Cline made it consecutive pins when he decked Sam Kinloch in 3:22 to give the Knights a 12-3 lead.
The Eagles got their first pin of the night at 152 with Blaine Robertson taking Jake Eggars down in 2:59. The Knights responded with another pin. Bentley’s fall of Ryan Owings came in 1:03 and boosted the advantage to 24-9.
FSK senior Nate Imes (182) dominated Eli Freas in the next match, jumping out to a 7-1 lead en route to 9-3 a decision over the senior.
Kane Richardson (195) followed by pinning Brian Steen in 2:41 for the Eagles.
In the closest match of the evening, Century’s Tom Morey (220) beat Wyatte Johns, 6-4, winning in the final period on a reversal.
FSK (3-7, 0-4 in county) trimmed the lead to 27-24 when heavyweight Quinlan Stacy accepted a forfeit. Lorenzo Lira (106), Ben Johnston (113) and Connor Armstrong (120) were the benefactors of consecutive forfeits, ultimately securing the victory for the Knights.