Matt Woollums pinned his opponent in a time of 7:10 at 197 pounds
Matt Woollums pinned his opponent in a time of 7:10 at 197 pounds
William Penn
Wrestling - Tue, Dec. 7, 2010
Oskaloosa--In the first of two dual meets between the programs this season, the Penn wrestling team could not dig out of a sizeable hole and lost 24-18 to Baker (Kan.) Tuesday.

Penn (1-2) lost five of the nine contested matches (forfeited the other), but claimed to victories via fall. The pair of Central Qualifying Group squads will take on each other one more time this year in a February 9 dual in Baldwin City, Kan.

Action began with the 141-pound matchup and Penn struggled in the early matches, falling behind 11-0.

Joe Range (Fr., Burlington, Burlington HS) finally got the home team on the board with a 6-3 win at 165 pounds.

The Statesmen lost the next two contests, including a forfeit at 184 pounds before 197-pounder Matt Woollums (Sr., Chariton, Chariton HS) was able to flatten Brandon Gebhardt for a fall at the 6:10 mark.

The win cut the deficit to 20-9, but a loss at heavyweight mathematically eliminated Penn's chances as Baker remained perfect at 3-0.

125-pounder Taylor Louie (Sr., West Covina, Calif., West Covina HS) and 133-pounder David Crow (Sr., Baumholder, Germany, Baumholder HS) made the final score a bit more palatable with back-to-back victories.

Louie pinned AJ Gassman in a time of 4:49, while Crow held off Josh Haugen 10-6 to end the evening.

The falls are the fourth of the year for Louie and the second for Woollums.

Next: Penn ends its pre-holiday slate by traveling to Storm Lake Saturday to compete in the Buena Vista Open. Action begins at 9 a.m.

Baker def. William Penn, 24-18

Phillip Henes (B) won by decision over Matt Bakalars, 9-3 (3-0)
149--Jarell Price (B) won by major decision over Jason Mozley, 15-2 (7-0)
157--Nathan Sommer (B) won by major decision over Brandon Smith, 9-0 (11-0)
165--Joe Range (W) won by decision over Todd Curtis, 6-3 (11-3)
Parker Owen (B) won by decision over Joe Sumner, 11-6 (14-3)
184--Jarid Price (B) won by forfeit (20-3)
197--Matt Woollums (W) won by fall over Brandon Gebhardt, 7:10 (20-9)
285--Levi Calhoun (B) won by major decision over Nathan Merical, 9-1 (24-9)
125--Taylor Louie (W) won by fall over AJ Gassman, 4:49 (24-15)
133--David Crow (W) won by decision over Josh Haugen, 10-6 (24-18)

Baker is 3-0 overall
William Penn is 1-2 overall