STORM LAKE, Iowa – The Simpson wrestling team got five wins Friday night but couldn't make up for a pair of Buena Vista technical falls, suffering a tough 22-20 loss.
The Storm (2-10, 0-6 Iowa Conference) led 20-11 with two matches to go, but a technical fall and a forfeit spelled doom for Simpson's chances at picking up a conference win.
The dual started at 141 pounds and Simpson trailed 11-0 after the first three matches. Clark earned the Storm's first win, beating Marquis Dominique 11-0 at 165. After Brown collected the forfeit at 174, Ward – wrestling up a weight – beat Kevin Pape 10-1 at 184 to give Simpson the lead.
Brett Roberts – also wrestling up a weight – avoided a pin near the end of the second period and hung on to beat Austin Hayes 13-8 at 197. Vlieger edged out Gable Bonner 3-2 at 285 to make the lead 20-11.
Ernesto Garcia picked up a 15-0 technical fall over Chase Erickson at 125 for the Beavers (3-8, 1-4). Simpson was forced to forfeit the 133-pound match, making the final margin 22-20.
Up next: Simpson goes to Central on Thursday, Feb. 11 to close the dual season.