OTTUMWA — For many of Saturday, Isaiah Cox was busy instructing members of the Ottumwa Excessive Faculty women wrestling workforce throughout this system’s first dwelling event at Evans Center Faculty Gymnasium.
There have been at the least a couple of matches, nonetheless, that had Cox’s consideration as a caring older brother.
Cardinal junior Ajaah Cox improved to 8-3 on the season, scoring three falls through the Ottumwa Invitational. Cox completed second total within the 155-pound portion of the event, falling wanting Keokuk sophomore Jalyiah Gardner 8-5 almost erasing a six-point deficit within the last 33 seconds of the championship match.
“She’s nonetheless new to the game. I have been educating her the mindset that is wanted to achieve success. She has it in her, it simply must be introduced out,” Isaiah Cox mentioned of his youthful sister. “She’s doing an superior job and she or he’s going to maintain pushing herself. That is all you ask for.
“It helps being a coach now. I do not wish to be that brother that is at all times attempting to inform her what to do. I wish to be the massive brother that she will be able to at all times come to and ask me questions. I do not wish to press her about it.”
As head coach, Cox was in a position to have fun a profitable day total for the Ottumwa women together with three particular person championships gained all through the day. Two new Bulldog wrestlers, freshman Delilah Subsin and sophomore Joselin Mendoza, made it to the highest of the rostrum for the primary time as Subsin scored a pair of falls over Bulldog teammate Sophia Mendibles to win the 190-pound title whereas Joselin and Miranda Mendoza claimed the top-two spots within the 235-pound portion of the event.
“It is actually rewarding seeing all the women out right here and seeing everybody succeed,” Joslin Mendoza mentioned after scoring three pins in three matches on Saturday. “I am not going to lie. These first few weeks had been actually powerful. Constructing the mentality to maintain going was most likely the hardest half, however I saved attempting to be constructive. My objective is to finally make it to the state event sooner or later.
“I’ve seen a lot enchancment in myself as a wrestler and as a teammate. It was laborious for me. I have been injured greater than as soon as. Profitable this title means lots. I hope this occurs much more.”
Jasmine Luedtke claimed the primary of Ottumwa’s three particular person championships on Saturday scoring 4 first-period falls together with a win in simply 55 seconds over Albia junior Brianna Wolfer within the decisive match of the 115-pound bracket. Luedtke opened the day wrestling Ottumwa teammate Bradi Houston for the primary time after working with the Davis County freshman all through the course of the season.
“I knew I used to be going to must wrestle her sooner or later. I did not count on it to be within the very match of this event,” Luedtke mentioned. “Bradi has undoubtedly grown all year long. When she first began out, you would inform she was new. Ella She’s gotten to the purpose the place she’s beginning to determine issues out.
“It is all beginning to click on for all the women on the workforce. I am pleased with all of them.”
Like Luedtke, Moravian sophomore Layla Ewing has excessive hopes of competing for a state championship in first-ever sanctioned Iowa Women Excessive Faculty Athletic Union event subsequent month. Ewing improved to 28-2 on the season, scoring 4 pins on the best way to profitable the 125-pound title together with three falls scored in lower than a minute.
“There’s at all times one thing behind your head that tells you in the present day won’t be the day, however I attempt to are available and say in the present day isn’t the day I’ll lose,” Ewing mentioned. “I’ve bought much more confidence this season having wrestled all boys final 12 months as a freshman. It undoubtedly permits me to return in a step forward of the competitors. I am completely happy to see such an excellent turnout this season for the primary 12 months of sanctioned highschool women wrestling. I am undoubtedly hoping to step it up and end increased than fourth, which is the place I completed on the (IWOCA) state event final 12 months.”
Albia senior Emma Wenger, in the meantime, gained her first championship on Saturday bringing dwelling the 145-pound championship pinning each Ottumwa sophomore Kaydence Hancock and Fort Madison freshman Mady Emmett in lower than a minute. Dave Wenger, Albia’s head wrestling coach, talked about witnessing a milestone second for his daughter from Ella in her first 12 months as a highschool wrestler.
“It is powerful to be a dad and a coach on the identical time,” Dave Wenger mentioned. “Going into the wrestling season, I actually thought I may do each, however I shortly discovered that I could not as a result of we had been butting heads a bit an excessive amount of.
“I am at all times going to be Emma’s dad, however I actually do not should be her coach. I am so appreciative, not as a result of she’s profitable, however extra as a result of she is studying actually useful classes that naturally include the game. However to prime the whole lot off, I’ve three actually nice wrestling coaches serving to Emma so I can deal with simply being Dad.”