Bobcats searching for right balance

Marshalltown wrestling team goes 2-3, scores sixth place in home tournament

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown senior 138-pounder Carlos Gomez starts the Bobcats’ final dual against Webster City with a pin of Cade Felts during the Allie Morrison Duals on Saturday at the Roundhouse. Gomez got two pins on the day and the Bobcats won a pair of duals in finishing sixth in their own tournament.

The deal with wielding a double-edged sword is that both blades can harm you or your opponent.

For the Marshalltown wrestling squad, trying to win matches conflicted with attempting to triumph as a team during Saturday’s Allie Morrison Duals inside the Roundhouse.

The Bobcats finished the day 2-3 as a team, taking down Johnston’s junior varsity (54-18) during pool play and East Marshall/GMG (41-28) in the opening round of bracketed action. But MHS head coach Mike Mann felt an opportunity slipped away in the day’s finale against Webster City, when the Lynx capitalized on Marshalltown’s do-or-die attempts to rally for individual glory instead of settling for lesser losses to help the team try to win the dual.

The result was a 42-34 Webster City triumph, leaving the Bobcats in sixth place in their only home tournament of the season.

“It’s a couple of things,” Mann explained. “There’s probably a few kids that it’s kind of their style: ‘I pin or get pinned,’ and you’re just trying to teach the kid basic takedowns, basic position. Another thing is, and it something I’m dealing with in my heavier weights, is ‘I’m behind and I’ve got to try to throw to win.’

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown senior 152-pounder Reese Hageman, behind, clamps the cradle on Johnston’s Nick Dings during their match Saturday in the Allie Morrison Duals at the Roundhouse. Hageman pinned Dings in 1 minute, 1 second, and finished the day 4-1.

“So you’re getting beat 7-0 and that’s only three team points, but ‘I want to win so now I’m going to try to throw you, and I get stuck.’ So it’s a catch-22 in the fact that I want my kids to be aggressive, I want them to try to win, but after a certain point — and I’m struggling with this as a coach — do I pull them in and say ‘I’m happy for you to lose 7-0 so we’re not giving up three more team points’ or not?

“A couple of our guys are getting to that point, and the other kids are just getting out-horsed and they’re just getting pinned.”

Both sides of the sword stuck the Bobcats in the loss to the Lynx, but most of them were simply a superior opponent. Of Webster City’s eight match victories, five of them were by fall and three came in the first minute of the match. Marshalltown’s Keygan Hansen stayed off his back against Class 2A No. 2 Drake Doolittle into the second period before surrendering six points as Webster City took a 39-34 lead into the final match.

The Bobcats needed a pin from 132-pounder Tristen Traylor in the final bout, but instead it was Brady Auderer scoring a 5-4 decision to gain separation in the final score for the Lynx.

“It seems like if we do get into a 5-2 flip-flop match, we’re never the team that gets the stick,” Mann said. “We get reversed and then we get stuck, so we still need to work on getting off our back, punching out and not getting pinned.”

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Jordan Fox of Marshalltown tries turning East Marshall/GMG’s Logan Noe to his back during their 195-pound match on Saturday at the Allie Morrison Duals. Fox won by fall in 3 minutes, 15 seconds.

Considering some of the competition the Bobcats faced on Saturday, that was a challenging task. Marshalltown’s 1-2 pool play record started with a 57-15 loss to 2A No. 4 Creston/Orient-Macksburg, followed by a 54-18 win over the Johnston JV. Norwalk knocked the Bobcats into the consolation half of the bracket with a 52-18 victory, sparked by Alan Moore’s 8-7 win against the Bobcats’ lone ranked wrestler. MHS senior Reese Hageman, rated 10th in 3A at 152 pounds, suffered his first defeat but rebounded to finish the day 4-1 with four pins.

“Losses can be good and I’m sure it’s going to help him,” Mann said of Hageman. “If you’re going to get better and be better and be at the level Reese wants to be at, he should feel that [move by his opponent] coming and never gotten caught. That’s lesson one. Lesson number two is stuff does happen, so now what are you going to do?

“Hopefully when you lose like that it upsets you. You don’t want that to happen at state, you don’t want that to happen at districts, you don’t want that to happen at conference. If there’s a time to lose, though nobody likes losing in front of their home crowd, but he recovered from it and finished the day strong. He’ll power right through it, he’ll be fine.”

In cross-bracketed action, Marshalltown defeated East Marshall/GMG 41-28 before the 42-34 loss to Webster City.

“As the day progressed and also the teams changed, then our guys got more confidence,” Mann said. “I thought the day progressed very well for us and ended on a very positive note, even though we had the Lynx on the ropes and we should have had them. I’m still trying to preach we’ve got to quit getting pinned and when you win you’ve got to win big, because we need that with the kids we have. We’ve got to pull together as a team so we can get some wins.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • East Marshall’s Noah Bandstra, top, has the upper hand against Marshalltown’s Brian Trowbridge during their 160-pound bout at Saturday’s Allie Morrison Duals. Bandstra won a 4-0 decision.

“We made some positive steps in those directions and hopefully kids are learning something every match out and getting better.”

Hageman, now 20-1, proved to be the Bobcats’ top performer on the day with his four wins — all four by pinfall. Zach Bitker (103), Brian Trowbridge (160), Chayton French (182) and Jordan Fox (195) all finished the day with three wins, while Traylor (132), Carlos Gomez (138) and Luis Ortiz (285) each recorded a pair of match wins. Wyatt Himes (145) got his lone win by technical fall, Andy Bitker (220) had a pin, and Jacob Bitker (103) helped MHS find some momentum at the end of their lopsided opening loss to Creston/O-M.

Pins by Hageman and Trowbridge were all the Bobcats had to show for their first dual of the day until Bitker capped the match with a 7-2 decision against Hunter Fry.

“Creston’s pretty decent, they’re not as good as I thought they were, but I’m watching my guys compete and they’re out there like wet noodles because they think [Creston’s] good and they’ve got some guys ranked,” Mann said. “But you watch their guys compete and they’re not that much better than us. So then we kind of got jacked up, and that’s what we were excited about when Jacob Bitker won.”

Marshalltown is back at home on Thursday night, hosting 3A No. 3 Fort Dodge in a CIML Iowa Conference dual. The Bobcats go to the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tournament next weekend.


Mustangs take their medicine

The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team found itself in a fierce pool at the Allie Morrison Duals, aligning alongside Class 2A No. 2 Solon and 3A No. 9 Johnston in addition to Webster City.

The little fish in a big pond, the Mustangs took their medicine and allowed it to make them better by the end of the day.

East Marshall/GMG was blanked 79-0 by Solon, nearly shut out 73-3 by Johnston, and handled 46-24 by Webster City.

“We took away that Johnston and Solon are pretty tough, and those were our first two matches of the day,” said EM/GMG head coach Todd Hinegardner. “We talked about how we might not win a match those first two duals and we only won one. We took some lickings and we talked about flushing it and moving on and not carrying baggage to the Marshalltown dual, and I was proud of the kids for flushing what happened to them today and moving on and learning from it.”


But once paired with the likes of Marshalltown and Johnston’s JV, the Mustangs faired substantially better. The Mustangs won six of 10 contested matches with the tournament host Bobcats in a 41-28 loss, and then claimed eight match wins and received a forfeit for a 48-23 win over the Dragons.

“I thought head-to-head we had [Marshalltown], but when you forfeit four weights it’s hard to win a dual,” Hinegardner added. “Yeah, that’s a win. In our mind it is, but I’m sure Mike [Mann] wouldn’t look at it that way. That’s how we’re attacking it — if we get out there and battle every time we step on the mat, even if we’re forfeiting a couple weights, we’re going to win some duals and we’re going to lose a lot of duals that we.

“But we’ve just got to get better every day. It’s about competition and getting challenged every time we step on the mat.”

Noah Banstra posted the top performance for the Mustangs, going 4-1 with the team’s only triumph against Johnston — a 7-2 decision over Harrison Pauley at 160 pounds. He ended the tournament with two pins and two minor decisions.

Carson Burchland (113) and Dawson Riemenschneider (138) both went 3-2, with Riemenschneider earning all three wins with a pin and two decisions. Burchland took two forfeits but scored a 15-7 major decision against Marshalltown’s Jay Drummer.

The Mustangs got two match wins each from 2A No. 7 Nick Meling, Lansin Lasina (152/160), Cole Nauman (170/182) and Bryce Anderson (285). Nauman and Anderson both had two pins.

“Character — we learned a lot,” Hinegardner said of the decisive losses early in the day. “You get knocked down. I always say the little brother is the toughest one in the family, and we were the little brother today. We’re going to get tougher out of it hopefully.”

The Mustangs march on to face Jesup and Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center on Thursday night in Parkersburg, and then it’s the Hudson Tournament next weekend.

Allie Morrison Duals

Team Standings — 1. Solon, 2. Johnston, 3. Creston/Orient-Macksburg, 4. Norwalk, 5. Webster City, 6. Marshalltown, 7. East Marshall/GMG, 8. Johnston JV.

Round 1

Johnston 42, Webster City 36

Solon 79, East Marshall/GMG 0

Creston/O-M 57, Marshalltown 15

Round 2

Johnston 73, East Marshall/GMG 3

Solon 64, Webster City 12

Marshalltwon 54, Johnston JV 18

Creston/O-M 48, Norwalk 22

Round 3

Solon 50, Johnston 15

Webster City 46, East Marshall/GMG 24

Norwalk 52, Marshalltown 18

Creston/O-M 69, Johnston JV 12


Solon 57, Norwalk 17

Johnston 39, Creston/O-M34

Webster City 57, Johnston JV 15

Marshalltown 41, East Marshall/GMG 28


Solon 50, Creston/O-M 26

Johnston 50, Norwalk 22

Webster City 42, Marshalltown 34

East Marshall/GMG 48, Johnston JV 23


Creston/Orient-Macksburg 57, Marshalltown 15

113–Jacob Goodson (COM) pinned Jay Drummer 2:41; 120–Carson Wheat (COM) won by forfeit; 126–Cade Vicker (COM) pinned Keygan Hansen 1:56; 132–Kelby Luther (COM) pinned Tristen Traylor 3:07; 138–Trevor Marlin (COM) dec. Carlos Gomez 6-0; 145–Mitchel Swank (COM) pinned Wyatt Himes 3:13; 152–Reese Hageman (MHS) pinned Mason Kinsella 4:56; 160–Brian Trowbridge (MHS) pinned Sam Chapman 1:59; 170–Kolby Tomas (COM) dec. Kegan Jass 12-7; 182–Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Chayton French 1:23; 195–Jackson Mikkelsen (COM) dec. Jordan Fox 5-1; 220–Kadon Hulett (COM) pinned Andy Bitker 1:09; 285–Blake Sevier (COM) pinned Luis Ortiz 3:39; 106–Zach Bitker (MHS) dec. Hunter Fry 7-2.

Marshalltown 54, Johnston JV 18

120–Jack Hutchison (JJV) won by forfeit; 126–Keygan Hansen (MHS) won by forfeit; 132–Tristen Traylor (MHS) pinned Bo Dencklay 1:24; 138–Noah Rogers (JJV) dec. Carlos Gomez 4-2; 145–Avery Swidzor (JJV) dec. Wyatt Himes 9-5; 152–Reese Hageman (MHS) pinned Nick Dings 1:01; 160–Tyler Christensen (JJV) dec. Braydon Arnote 7-6; 170–Steven Linn (JJV) dec. Brian Trowbridge 11-6; 182–Chayton French (MHS) pinned Javian Rolley 4:22; 195–Jordan Fox (MHS) pinned Zeke Baer-Deffebaugh 1:37; 220–Andy Bitker (MHS) pinned Kayden Dishman 0:38; 285–Luis Ortiz (MHS) pinned Nicolas Dwarika 1:26; 106–Zach Bitker (MHS) won by forfeit; 113–Jay Drummer (MHS) won by forfeit.

Norwalk 52, Marshalltown 18

126–Ethan Vetterick (N) pinned Keygan Hansen 1:43; 132–Carter Schmidt (N) pinned Tristen Traylor 1:23; 138–Carlos Gomez (MHS) pinned Mateo Cortez 2:34; 145–Tyler Hirl (N) pinned David Moreira 1:04; 152–Alan Moore (N) dec. Reese Hageman 8-7; 160–Brian Trowbridge (MHS) dec. Tyler Gearhart 8-3; 170–Jack Livingston (N) major dec. Braydon Arnote 10-0; 182–Nick Foster (N) pinned Antonio Patricio 1:24; 195–Jordan Fox (MHS) dec. Nate Heckart 7-6; 220–Drake Leek (N) pinned Andy Bitker 1:27; 285–Luis Ortiz (MHS) pinned Bryce Kohle 3:13; 106–Travis McCombs (N) pinned Zach Bitker :15; 113–Ethan Froehlich (N) dec. Jay Drummer 8-3; 120–Alex Hoover (N) won by forfeit.

Marshalltown 41, East Marshall/GMG 28

132–Tristen Traylor (MHS) pinned Hunter Faircloth :44; 138–Dawson Riemenschneider (EMG) dec. Carlos Gomez 1-0; 145–Wyatt Himes (MHS) tech. falled Blake Wright 17-1; 152–Reese Hageman (MHS) pinned Lansin Lacina 1:07; 160–Noah Bandstra (EMG) dec. Brian Trowbridge 4-0; 170–Cole Nauman (EMG) pinned Braydon Arnote 4:47; 182–Chayton French (MHS) won by forfeit; 195–Jordan Fox (MHS) pinned Logan Noe 3:15; 220–Andy Bitker (MHS) won by forfeit; 285–Bryce Anderson (EMG) pinned Luis Ortiz 5:38; 106–Zach Bitker (MHS) won by forfeit; 113–Carson Burchland (EMG) major dec. Jay Drummer 15-7; 120–no match; 126–Nick Meling (EMG) over Keygan Hansen 3:23

Webster City 42, Marshalltown 34

138–Carlos Gomez (MHS) pinned Cade Felts 5:07; 145–Luke Rohmiller (WC) dec. Wyatt Himes 2-1, TB1; 152–Reese Hageman (MHS) pinned Harrison Hayes 2:32; 160–Brian Trowbridge (MHS) pinned Carter Bedford 3:10; 170–Zane Williams (WC) pinned Kegan Jass 0:44; 182–Chayton French (MHS) won by forfeit; 195–Jordan Fox (MHS) major dec. Rocco Miller 8-0; 220–Caleb Olson (WC) pinned Andy Bitker :42; 285–Bryer McCoy (WC) pinned Luis Ortiz :23; 106–Trey Nelson (WC) pinned Zach Bitker 3:16; 113–Jay Drummer (MHS) won by forfeit; 120–Hank Ambrose (WC) won by forfeit; 126–Drake Doolittle (WC) pinned Keygan Hansen 2:50; 132–Brady Auderer (WC) dec. Tristen Traylor 5-4

Solon 79, East Marshall/GMG 0

113–Aidan Dall (S) pinned Carson Burchland 1:15; 120–Bryce West (S) won by forfeit; 126–Drew West (S) major dec. Nick Meling 17-4; 132–Christian Haight (S) pinned Hunter Faircloth :39; 138–Ben Carr (S) pinned Dawson Riemenschneider 1:38; 145–Zack Bevans (S) tech. falled Blake Wright 16-0; 152–Graeson Dall (S) pinned Lansin Lacina 1:34; 160–Trevor Nelson (S) pinned Noah Bandstra 9-1; 170–Mike Hoyle (S) pinned Cole Nauman 5:09; 182–Dillon Diltz (S) won by forfeit; 195–Zach Wegmann (S) pinned Logan Noe 1:24; 220–Jackson Walker (S) won by forfeit; 285–Tyler Linderbaum (S) pinned Bryce Anderson 2:47; 106–Zeb Gnida (S) won by forfeit.

Johnston 73, East Marshall/GMG 3

120–Colby Laub (JHN) won by forfeit; 126–Zach Price (JHN) dec. Nick Meling 10-4; 132–Cade Moss (JHN) pinned Hunter Faircloth :40; 138–Sterling Brunk (JHN) major dec. Dawson Riemenschneider 9-1; 145–Elliot Pohlmeyer (JHN) pinned Blake Wright 1:49; 152–Nick Graham (JHN) pinned Lansin Lacina 1:36; 160–Noah Bandstra (EMG) dec. Harrison Pauley 7-2; 170–Collin Hushagen (JHN) pinned Cole Nauman 2:40; 182–Javian Rolley (JHN) won by forfeit; 195–Emin Okic (JHN) pinned Logan Noe 1:58; 220–Ben Standish (JHN) won by forfeit; 285–Jake Ryan (JHN) pinned Bryce Anderson 1:15; 106–Jack Borgmeier (JHN) won by forfeit; 113–James Edwards (JHN) pinned Carson Burchland :56.

Webster City 46, East Marshall/GMG 24

126–Drake Doolittle (WC) dec. Nick Meling 5-1; 132–Brady Auderer (WC) dec. Hunter Faircloth 7-1; 138–Dawson Riemenschneider (EMG) pinned Cade Felts 2:42; 145–Luke Rohmiller (WC) pinned Blake Wright 1:50; 152–Lansin Lacina (EMG) pinned Harrison Hayes 3:34; 160–Noah Bandstra (EMG) pinned Carter Bedford 1:05; 170–Zane Williams (WC) major dec. Cole Nauman 10-2; 182–No match; 195–Rocco Miller (WC) pinned Logan Noe 2:48; 220–Caleb Olson (WC) won by forfeit; 285–Bryer McCoy (WC) pinned Bryce Anderson :32; 106–Trey Nelson (WC) won by forfeit; 113–Carson Burchland (EMG) won by forfeit; 120–Hank Ambrose (WC) won by forfeit.

East Marshall/GMG 48, Johnston JV 23

138–Dawson Riemenschneider (EMG) dec. Noah Rogers 3-1; 145–Avery Swidzor (JJV) tech. falled Blake Wright 18-3; 152–Caden Steward (EMG) dec. Nick Dings 9-7; 160–Lansin Lacina (EMG) pinned Tyler Christensen 3:23; 170–Noah Bandstra (EMG) pinned Steven Linn 2:35; 182–Cole Nauman (EMG) pinned Javian Rolley 4:52; 195–Zeke Baer-Deffebaugh (JJV) pinned Logan Noe 3:58; 220–Kayden Dishman (JJV) won by forfeit; 285–Bryce Anderson (EMG) pinned Nicolas Dwarika 1:04; 106–No match; ; 113–Carson Burchland (EMG) won by forfeit; 120–Jack Hutchison (JJV) won by forfeit; 126–Nick Meling (EMG) won by forfeit; 132–Hunter Faircloth (EMG) pinned Bo Dencklay 1:37.