Redhawks craft some wins on their home mats
Zook and Knaack continue to excel
North Tama wrestlers were on their home mats Tuesday, Dec. 21 in their final dual before winter break – hosting West Marshall and Dike-New Hartford – and as has been the case thus far this season, senior Aiden Zook and freshman Kolt Knaack did not disappoint.
The Redhawks ultimately lost to both 2A teams – to West Marshall 58-22 and to DNH 56-21 – but Zook (170) and Knaack (132) continued to bring it home for the Redhawks, each crafting wins in their match-ups by either fall or major decision.
“Last night was an opportunity to compete in front of our home crowd,” head coach Andrew Knaack said. “Kolt and Aiden showed up again and keep piling up the wins for this team. Both those guys are confident and ready to compete when it is their turn.”
The night began with the North Tama-West Marshall dual. In opening action, Case Monat at 106 lost by fall to WM’s No. 12 ranked Shane Hanford. Freshman Bryar Hall (113) followed Monat’s loss with a win over West Marshall by forfeit due to an open weight class.
Knaack (132) took to the mat about midway through the WM dual, winning by major decision (14-0) over JD Downs.
Senior Logan Rausch at 160 also clocked a win for the Redhawks – winning by fall over WM’s Adam Bartine.
Zook’s 170 match with WM’s Luke Coulter was quick and to the point – Zook won by fall in 1:02, giving the Redhawks their fourth and final win against West Marshall that night.
In the Dike-New Hartford dual, Knaack again impressed on the mat – winning by fall over Antuan Deering in 2:42.
Senior Nathan Kucera at 138 won by technical fall 17-2 over DNH, while Monat won by forfeit due to an unsportsmanlike fault on the part of DNH.
Zook won by major decision 17-6 over DNH’s Cayden Buskohl.
Despite the tough night for North Tama as a team, Coach Knaack appreciated the community support in the Redhawks Nest.
“It was a fun and loud environment to start the night,” Coach Knaack said, “but at the end of the day, both [West Marshall and Dike-New Hartford] are 2A schools and we competed well against them.”
Coach Knaack is hoping winter break will recharge his team heading into 2022.
“We are looking for Christmas break to get ready physically and mentally for the second half of the season. Our schedule is packed the first two weeks of the new year. Right now many of the guys on this team have wrestled 16 to 19 matches.”
On return to the mats following break, the Redhawks will be on the road, taking on Hartwick-Ladora-Victor (HLV) and Lynnville-Sully in a double dual Thursday, Jan. 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Victor.
On Saturday, Jan. 8, the Redhawks head to North Mahaska High School in New Sharon for a wrestling tournament set to feature more than 10 teams. Weekend action begins at 10 a.m.