MASON CITY — If there’s one weakness Mason City’s Colby Schriever had in the past, it's that sometimes he lets things go to his head. Last weekend in the Keith Young Invitational, this problem popped up again in his third-place match as he was forced to settle for fourth.
He knows it’s something he needs to work on, though.
“Keep my head and keep wrestling no matter what,” Schriever said. “I lost my head in that last match and it just wasn’t good. I learned from that a lot.”
On Thursday night in a dual vs. Des Moines Lincoln, which Mason City lost 47-22, Schriever, a sophomore who is ranked eighth at 126 pounds in Class 3A by the Predicament, was again met with a little adversity in a tight match vs. eighth-ranked (132) Conner Dalton.
Starting from the down position, Schriever scored a reversal to take a 2-1 lead to start the third period, then Dalton escaped to tie the match 2-2. With 55 seconds left, Schriever thought he had a takedown to take the lead, but the official ruled the two were out of bounds and the points didn’t count. A visibly frustrated Schriever circled back to the center of the mat, and then his eyes met those of assistant coach Andy Thompson, who was yelling for it to not affect him.
Schriever composed himself, got the takedown with 37 seconds to go, survived an escape and then got another takedown as the clock was expiring to win 6-3.
“I have seen that kind of situation go the other way where he just gets super frustrated and let’s his emotions kind of negatively go against him,” Mason City coach Dusty Rhodes said. “He kept his cool, stayed on his offense … and he kept rolling, kept shooting and it worked out for him.”
Offense was key for Schriever throughout the match.
He was constantly taking shots while Dalton was on the defensive, and in the third it finally paid off.
“I thought I wrestled really good that third period. I got to my offense well that third period,” Schriever said. “The first period I couldn’t finish that shot, but I got to my finishes a lot faster in the third period.”
The Mohawks had other solid performances sprinkled throughout the lineup Thursday night.
The nation’s top-ranked wrestler at 106 pounds, Cullan Schriever, took care of business with a pin at 106, Christian Rodriguez won by a 2-0 decision at 120, Lucas Deinhart claimed a 2-1 win in overtime at 152, Evan Craw won by technical fall at 170, and Troy Monahan won by a 5-0 decision at heavyweight.
Three open weights and a one-point deduction were the difference on the night for Mason City. In light of the incomplete roster, Rhodes was still pleased with the fight.
“Guys are coming out and trying to score points,” the coach said. “It doesn’t always work out — we’re maybe not as talented at some weights as we are others — but if we have a lot of effort, then we can start to figure out what we need to improve on technically.”