Bulldogs split opening home triangular

 

Nathan Curtis of Eagle Grove shoves back the head of Hampton-Dumont's Gus Jacome as he tries to avoid being pinned during Thursday's Hampton home meet. Jacome pinned Curtis in 5:15. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

 

HAMPTON – After a dominating performance against Eagle Grove, the Hampton-Dumont wrestling team’s hopes for a sweep in its home opener were dashed by Clear Lake on Thursday, Dec. 12.

The Bulldogs got their first dual victory of the season over the Eagles, 66-12, and watched as the Lions put up a perfect score (84-0) against Eagle Grove.

When it was H-D’s turn against Clear Lake, it fared slightly better, but it resulted in a 53-15 loss as the Lions won the first seven matches of the dual to lead 37-0.

But when the Bulldogs’ 160-pounder Alex Gonzalez posted the first victory in the dual, a 9-5 decision in which he trailed twice, he showed exuberance.

“I was pretty excited because it was the first varsity match I won this season and I was the first one to win a match (against Clear Lake) and I got excited, I guess,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t necessary, but I was trying to get the team pumped up and it felt pretty good with everyone cheering me on.”

For more on this story, see the Dec. 18 issue of the Hampton Chronicle.