West Delaware’s Dean Broghammer set out before the season to accomplish something that would leave a larger print on his program than just winning a state championship.
The top-ranked heavyweight in Class 2-A wanted to complete his senior season without allowing a point. He’s made good on that goal so far, winning his first 15 matches without surrendering a score.
It’s a different story inside the West Delaware practice room.
“He doesn’t count those (points),” teammate Adam Reth said with a laugh. “Those aren’t on the scoreboard.”
Inside the practice room is where the true tests occur for Broghammer, Reth and Jacyn Goebel — West Delaware’s trio of top-ranked upper weights.
“You just back up and stay out of their way,” West Delaware coach Jeff Voss said. “You’ve almost got to be careful they don’t wrestle each other too much because they might hurt each other. They’re goers.”
The top-ranked team in Class 2-A cruised into the final series Saturday night at the Battle of Waterloo. West Delaware’s three big guys continued to be a big problem for opponents during Friday’s pool competition at Young Arena.
Their presence creates a dilemma for most opposing coaches. Throw strategy out the window and pick your punishment.
“If you’re going to avoid Goebel, you’re going to run into Reth, and if you’re going to avoid Reth, you’re going to run into Broghammer,” Voss said. “That’s a real advantage for our team. (Opponents) don’t have anywhere to go up there.”
Goebel, Reth and Broghammer registered nine first-period pins in nine matches Friday at 195, 220 and heavyweight, respectively, continuing a season-long trend. The trio is 45-0 this season and 42 of those bouts have resulted in maximum points for the Hawks.
Goebel finished 47-4 and placed fourth last season at 182, where he’s ranked first this year, though he’s been wrestling up a weight. He entered Saturday 15-0 with 12 pins and a pair of forfeits.
Reth, an undefeated state champ last year and three-time state medalist, is being pursued by Northern Illinois and other college wrestling programs. He is 62-0 in the last two seasons.
He entered Saturday night with eight pins, five forfeits, a technical fall and a major decision in 15 bouts this year.
Broghammer, a Grand View recruit, compiled a 49-2 record last season when he placed third at heavyweight. Going into Saturday night, he hadn’t wrestled more than three minutes in a match this season.
Their toughest challenges this season have come in head-to-head battles in practice. Reth said each of the three brings skills that can cause problems for the other two. It’s a training situation that’s been beneficial for all three seniors, even though it’s hazardous for bystanders.
“We don’t stay in our spot,” Broghammer said. “We go pretty hard in practice and wrestle pretty wildly.”