Bobcat wrestlers escape Maroons

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown sophomore Bennett Hageman topples Dowling Catholic’s Isaiah James during their 106-pound match in the Bobcats’ 45-26 dual win over the Maroons on Thursday night at the Roundhouse. Hageman won the match with a third-round pin.

At the midway point of the CIML Iowa Conference dual between the Marshalltown wrestling team and Dowling Catholic on Thursday in the Roundhouse, the Bobcats trailed the Maroons by 10 points and were in need of a spark.

After splitting the first four matches of the evening, Dowling had ripped off three-straight wins, including two-straight pins at 195 and 220 pounds, but because of the way Marshalltown earned its first two wins by pin, it only trailed 22-12.

That was the scenario when sophomore Jordan Anderson stepped up to face Maroons heavyweight Charlie Nank, and when the team needed him most Anderson came through.

He nudged out a 1-0 lead after the first two rounds due to an escape in the second, and just 32 seconds into the third round Anderson trapped Nank on his back for the third pin victory of the night for the Bobcats.

Anderson said he faced some tall odds, specifically considering how badly he was out-sized, but in the end he did what was necessary to earn his six-point win.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown’s Deonte Dean (top) closes in on his first-round pin of Dowling Catholic’s Jack Raedeker, as Dean was one of seven Bobcats to pin Maroons in their 45-26 victory on Thursday in the Roundhouse.

“It was hard to wrestle him because he was so much bigger than me, he weighed in at 283, but I just had to work him,” he said. “I got out on bottom in the second match then in the third he took bottom and I butchered him and pinned him. I just had to do what I had to do.”

Anderson’s win cut the Dowling lead down to just four points, and MHS sophomore Bennett Hageman had his eyes on closing that gap completely in the next match.

Hageman dominated Dowling’s

Isaiah James for most of the first two rounds in their 106-pound match, but he couldn’t quite keep him on his back. That was the story for the beginning of the third round too, but eventually Hageman’s work paid off and he pinned James with less than a minute left to put Marshalltown up 24-22.

“I just tried to do what we are taught in practice, execute and finish him,” Hageman said of his win.

The Bobcats (2-1) went on to win four of the next five matches as well, three of those by pin, as they closed out the Maroons in great fashion for their second-straight dual victory, 45-26.

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Marshalltown head coach Mike Mann said, while losing five of the first seven matches wasn’t ideal, his team stepped up and performed great against a good Dowling (2-5) squad.

“Sure there were some matches that didn’t go our way, but sometimes when guys have bad nights — if that’s what you want to call it — other guys step up,” Mann said. “There was enough fuel on the fire to throw some more gas on it and I think when you are winning a match or it’s close and you go on top or you get a head lever and finish the match with a pin, it’s just a statement that you are not happy just to win. You want to find a way to pin this guy and close it out.”

For the second-straight meet, the Bobcats pinned seven opponents in the victory, with Dycen Blocker, Brian Trowbridge, Anderson, Hageman, Deonte Dean, Saul Pantoja and Coltin Grimm all flattening their foes, and Mann said this ability to pin opponents isn’t necessarily something he knew his team had, but he’s happy to see it.

“It’s kind of surprised me, I think more than the pin it’s more about certain kids having a special attitude and just taking it to people,” he said.

You don’t need to look further than the sophomores in the lightest and heaviest weight classes to see that attitude as well, as Mann said Anderson and Hageman have both shown a great ability to fight and compete in the early going this season.

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“Jordan Anderson is on a roll, he can still have a lot of improvement on his feet but right now, on the mat, his move is called a butcher and it’s [coach Brett] Rosedale’s specialty,” Mann said. “He’s really been working with the kids and Jordan has got it down and you saw him take the time. He was winning 1-0 and pins the kid from the top.

“Hageman, he’s just got that attitude to take it to the next level, I don’t have to push him too much,” Mann continued. “He’s a kid that doesn’t want to be satisfied and at breaks I would tell him ‘find a way to finish it.’ What that means is find a way to put this kid away. It took over five and a half minutes to soften that kid up and then he finally went back to his head lever with less than 40 seconds left and he puts the kid away.”

Anderson has started the season a perfect 10-0 through three duals and two tournaments, and he said he genuinely didn’t see that coming, considering he moved up to the heavyweight class from wrestling at 220 last season.

“This is going really well, better than I expected to be honest,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d be doing this well but I’m glad I am.”

Marshalltown will look to keep this momentum rolling when it heads to Iowa City Regina for a tournament on Saturday, and Mann said what the guys need to continue focusing on is technical work on the mat.

“It’s about each individual move and the technique, if you see it hit it hard. Don’t think about who you’re wrestling, just go hard and the rest will take care of itself,” he said. “I think they are starting to understand that and be aggressive, so coming into this weekend at Iowa City Regina it’s the same thing. There will be some kids ranked down there, we really don’t pay too much attention to that, it’s just building momentum so we have that many more guys with another win.”

That tournament in Iowa City is set for a 9 a.m. start on Saturday.

Marshalltown 45, Dowling Catholic 26

145–Lucas Paskach (DC) major dec. John Loney 12-4; 152–Dycen Blocker (MHS) pinned Riley James 4:44; 160–Ben Faber (DC) dec. Jaimen Rivera 8-2; 170–Brian Trowbridge (MHS) pinned Sean Collins 4:39; 182–Josh Paskach (DC) dec. Chayton French 5-1; 195–Tom Derry (DC) pinned Kegan Jass 3:39; 220–Greg Hagan (DC) pinned Decker Mann 2:52; 285–Jordan Anderson (MHS) pinned Charlie Nank 4:32; 106–Bennett Hageman (MHS) pinned Isaiah James 5:46; 113–Carson Murray (DC) major dec. Zach Bitker 10-2; 120–Deonte Dean (MHS) pinned Jack Raedeker :53; 126–Saul Pantoja (MHS) pinned Brady McMahon 2:41; 132–Coltin Grimm (MHS) pinned Nick Reinhardt 1:13; 138–Logan Baccam (MHS) dec. Max Derry 9-2.