Down to right weight class, H-D’s Barkema excels


Bulldog wrestler Carter Barkema, top, works a pinning combination on Aplington-Parkersburg's Carter Champ during Tuesday's wrestling quadrangular at Hampton. It was the first full work Barkema wrestled at 113 this season. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)


HAMPTON – Struggling through the first few weeks of the season at 120 pounds, Hampton-Dumont sophomore state place winner Carter Barkema finally made the weight he’d been working for.

And he has benefited from going down to 113, going 3-0 for the Bulldogs as they swept Nashua-Plainfield, Aplington-Parkersburg and Sumner-Fredericksburg on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at home.

“Making the weight is the hard part, having to get the extra work in and the extra time,” Barkema said. “It’s also test week, so it’s pushing it, but I got it done.”

And the Bulldogs had four wrestlers go unbeaten that night as they won 60-11 over the Huskies, 51-18 against the Falcons and capped off the night with a 42-28 victory over the Cougars.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 25 issue of the Hampton Chronicle.