MHS pins Mason City in league dual, 37-27

MASON CITY — The Marshalltown wrestling team won five of the last six contested matches and moved past Mason City for a 37-27 win in Tuesday’s CIML Iowa Conference dual meet.

After opening the meet at 182 pounds, the Bobcats (3-1, 2-0) trailed 21-15 at the midway point. Marshalltown responded by scoring the next four victories consecutively and won five of the last seven weight classes — both teams were open at 160 — to remain unbeaten in league action.

Saul Pantoja’s 7-2 decision over Chris Keller at 126 pounds kicked off the Bobcat comeback, and Coltin Grimm got a forfeit at 132. Jacob Bitker rode out the final 45 seconds to secure a 10-2 major decision over JJ Wickman at 138, while Dycen Blocker’s third-period pin of Marcos Cervantes at 145 put Marshalltown on top 34-21.

Brian Trowbridge eventually closed the dual out with a 5-2 decision over Evan Craw.

Jordan Fox earned a 39-second pin of Justin Zeigler to account for the Bobcats’ first win at 195, and Decker Mann received a forfeit at 220. Zach Bitker got the Bobcats back to even, 15-all, with his 8-6 victory at 113, before a pin at 120 put the Mohawks out front.

The Bobcats come back out of the holiday break with a dual meet at Class 3A No. 6 Johnston on Jan. 4, 2018, and the Allie Morrison Duals follow on Jan. 6.

Marshalltown 37, Mason City 27

At Mason City

182–KJ Barkema (MC) dec. Chayton French 14-11; 195–Jordan Fox (MHS) pinned Justin Zeigler :39; 220–Decker Mann (MHS) won by forfeit; 285–Troy Monahan (MC) pinned Jordan Anderson 5:57; 106–Cullan Schriever (MC) pinned Bennett Hageman 1:11; 113–Zach Bitker (MHS) dec. Connor Wiemann 8-6; 120–Christian Rodriguez (MC) pinned Deonte Dean :44; 126–Saul Pantoja (MHS) dec. Chris Keller 7-2; 132–Coltin Grimm (MHS) won by forfeit; 138–Jacob Bitker (MHS) major dec. JJ Wickman 10-2; 145–Dycen Blocker (MHS) pinned Marcos Cervantes 4:22; 152–Luke Deinhart (MC) pinned Jaimen Rivera :47; 160–no match; 170–Brian Trowbridge (MHS) dec. Evan Craw 5-2.