Clash of Highway 20 Dual

West Delaware defeats Independence

Isabelle Willey, Copy Editor

Last night the wrestling team claimed the Highway 20 Clash Trophy once again.

The annual dual against Independence has been known as the Clash of Highway 20 battle for several years now and is something all wrestling coaches, team members, cheerleaders, stat girls, and fans look forward to as Independence is currently ranked #2 in Class 2A and West Delaware is ranked #1.

As the wrestlers prepared for the dual, 120-pounder Blake Engel (10) keeps his usual mentality. “I take the dual as if it was any other match,” Engel said. 

Heavyweight Carson Petlon (11) feels the same way as Engel. “If you treat [the dual] as more than just another match, it can work its way into your head and you’ll worry too much about winning.”

The Hawks defeated Independence, 57-12, and returned home with the trophy once again.

“It may just be another dual in the season, but it just has this different feel in the atmosphere,” cheerleader Jordan Schuman (11) said. “The feeling amplifies when you know that the boys are crushing it. You hear the parents getting loud and just know there’s another win in our sights.”

The varsity boys will move on to wrestle in the WaMaC Tournament this Saturday in the Seedorff Gym starting at 10 a.m.

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