Nov. 16 – CENTERVILLE – There may be wrestlers who have entered more matches over the years.
However, Indian Hills Head Wrestling Coach Cole Spree knew what an asset former Sigourney-Keota multisport star Cade Molyneux would be to his program.
“You’re talking about a kid who was top of his class, one of the top hitters in high school baseball, and one of the top rushers in high school football,” Spree said. “He has all the things you can’t train. That’s why I went after him.”
The former state wrestling qualifier for the Cobras earned his first collegiate wrestling victory on Tuesday. In just 34 seconds, Molyneux defeated and pinned Iowa Lakes freshman Anthony Durazo to win a 165-pound match and helped 13th-ranked Indian Hills, a 33-17 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference doubles at the multipurpose center up for grabs at the IHCC Centerville campus.
Molyneux broke down the methodical game plan that led to his quick win, one of the five pins secured by the Warriors in the dual.
“I got my lower left hook, which I like to run for a control tie,” said Molyneux. “I had a half in there, he stood up, so I just picked him up and put him on his back.”
The quick win came a week after he lost a tough 4-2 decision to former Pella star Ryan Van Donselaar in the IHCC doubles win over NIACC. Despite an early takedown in that game, Molyneux failed to score the rest of the way as Van Donselaar scored the last four points in the next five minutes.
“I had to come back after this game,” said Molyneux. “You definitely see the different levels that it takes to be competitive and to be successful. I’m not there yet, but I’ll keep working. That’s all that matters. You just have to work to get better every day.
“It will be two full years for Cade in wrestling this January,” Spree added. “I knew he was going to be very raw, but I knew what could possibly be when he’s that athletic and intelligent. I knew that we could make up this ground quickly.”
Molyneux’s quick win was followed by a double first-season crash secured by former Centerville standout Lucas Henderson at 174 pounds. The current sophomore warrior accumulated eight points in the first 20 seconds of his doubles debut for IHCC before securing a pin in 1:54 against Iowa Lakes rookie Enrique Brausell in an impressive continuation of his run to a season-opening 10th title delivered days earlier at the Luther Open hosted by Simpson College.
“I just go out there and do my stuff, feel what’s going on, and just wrestle,” Henderson said. “This year I’m just going out there and trying to wrestle with confidence. My confidence is just a lot better this year. After that first game of the season at Simpson, I felt good. I just kept wrestling hard and staying focused no matter what.
“It’s about having the right attitude and training your mind to be positive.”
The Warriors (2-0, 2-0 ICCAC) secured five pins that night, including four in a row at middleweight, to edge away from the Lakers (0-2, 0-2 ICCAC). Newcomer Riley Bettich opened the night with a fall in 1:43 in the opening round in the 125lb class while IHCC rookie Arojae Hart made a 4-0 decision at 133lb and in both the opening and the Final-minute takedowns scored against Iowa Lakes newcomer Ayden Rader.
“We felt like we were letting the guys come at us, so this week in the training room we put a lot of emphasis on attacking first,” said Spree. “It got a little hostile at times, but it was great.”
Former four-time state champion Matthew Lewis picked up the first of two wins for former Centerville wrestlers on Tuesday. The third-placed 141-pound sophomore rose to pick up a fall for Indian Hills at 149 pounds and pinned Iowa Lakes freshman Elijah Broesder by 52 seconds in the opening round.
Sophomore Michael Lonnay recorded the Warriors’ third pin of the night at 157 pounds, pinning Iowa Lakes newcomer Christian Balmain in 2:01. Iowa Lakes secured three wins at the stretch, but the early Warrior lead proved unassailable.
“It makes everyone angry and excited to see everyone win,” said Henderson. “Especially when everyone’s wrestling like they did in this one.”
No. 13 Indian Hills travels to the Lindenwood Open in Missouri on Saturday. The action in St. Charles, Missouri begins at 9 a.m