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Sports

CCA faces two tough losses in a row

Clipper boys struggle with Maquoketa

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TIFFIN– It’s been a tough season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers boys’ varsity basketball team with only four wins and (at this writing) nine losses, two of them back-to-back and by 20 points each.
After losing 71-50 to Benton Community on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Steve Ottoson’s Clippers came home for a Friday night tilt with Maquoketa, and found themselves in trouble early before losing, 57-37. The Cardinals improved to 5-9 with the win.

Women of Troy blitz the Bulldogs

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IOWA CITY– Conventional wisdom suggests that when an 8-5 team takes on a 5-7 squad, the lesser-record holding team should have a tough fight on their hands if they have any hope of pulling off an upset.
Conventional wisdom did not take into account what happens when the West High Women of Troy return to the hardwood after a tough loss.

Rough week for the Clippers’ mat men

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VAN HORNE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity wrestling team had a tough week with a pair of meet losses on Monday, Jan. 20, at Lone Tree, and two more Thursday, Jan. 23, at Benton Community in Van Horne.
In Monday night’s action, English Valley prevailed 39-24. Trevor Thurn (132 pounds) won by fall in 1:42 over Andrew Fisher and Max Moore (285) pinned Corbin Rowe in 1:36. Against Lone Tree, the Clippers fell to the Lions, 57-18.

Trojan wrestlers rock the mats

West sweeps Wahlert and Linn-Mar

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DUBUQUE– Winter weather swept the West High wrestlers off the mats back on Dec. 19. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Trojans swept the Linn-Mar Lions and Wahlert Golden Eagles on the mats at Wahlert Catholic High School in the rescheduled double dual.
In varsity action against Linn-Mar, Alex Aguirre (106 pounds), Jackson Voigt (170 pounds), Donovan Doyle (182 pounds), Micah Kelsay (220 pounds) and Kevin Dowell (285 pounds) all won with pins.
In varsity action against Wahlert, Chris Walters (126 pounds) and Tyler Hebl (145 pounds) won by fall.

Hawk men stomp Gophers, 94-73

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

I thought the Iowa-Minnesota game was going to be a back-and-forth battle and stay close for the whole game.
I was right… for the first half.
The Hawkeyes trailed by 10, 43-33, with 1:13 left in the first half.
Mike Gesell hits a lay up and then Josh Oglesby goes off, draining three straight 3-pointers to cut the lead to 43-41 at half.
What a difference a year makes.
Josh struggled from behind the arc last season and when he broke his foot before the season, there was talk of a redshirt.
Fran McCaffery had no plans to do that and it paid off Sunday.

Wrestlers roll over Nebraska

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The third-ranked Iowa wrestlers took out the Nebraska Cornhuskers 22-9 Saturday at Lincoln, but lost some tough matches.
Derek St. John (157) lost his first match of the year when third-ranked James Green knocked off Derek, 9-7.
James beat Derek last year in the Big Ten Tournament, but Derek bounced back and won the Nationals.
Mike Evans (174) has lost two straight to wrestlers ranked higher then he was, but I have to give him credit, he kept attacking in both matches.