MHS wrestlers place third at Montezuma, EM/GMG takes fourth
MONTEZUMA — The Marshalltown high school wrestling team finished third in its first tournament of the season in Montezuma.
Brian Trowbridge, Jordan Fox and Jordan Anderson all won their brackets of the tournament, while all nine Bobcats finished in at least fifth.
Trowbridge started the day off with a pin of Tanner Nance from Chariton, then he proceeded to pin Trevor Imm from the Waukee junior varsity in the 170-pound semifinal. In the finals match, Trowbridge defeated Luke Groves from North Mahaska in a 16-11 decision.
Fox won all three of his matches by first-round pin fall in the 195-pound bracket, taking down Reid Walters from Chariton in the quarterfinals, Tim Mills from Lone Tree in the semis and Cael Thorson of Waukee in the finals.
Anderson also pinned all three of his opponents in the heavyweight division, winning in the first round over Jordan Mundy of Chariton and Trey Shalla of Lone Tree in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively and pinning Connor Arndt from Waukee in the third round of the finals.
Zach Bitker managed to make the finals at 113 pounds but fell to Ryan Hancock of Pella in a 3-1 decision. Bennett Hageman and 106 pounds and Logan Baccam at 138 pounds placed third in their brackets, while Jay Drummer at 120 pounds and Decker Mann at 220 pounds finished in fourth and Braydon Arnote at 160 pounds took fifth.
East Marshall/GMG wrestling was also in attendance for the tournament, taking fourth out of the 10 teams in Montezuma.
Dane Thompson, Dawson Riemenschneider, Cole Nauman and Noah Bandstra all won their brackets for the Mustangs, while nine total athletes took home placings.
Thompson won the 126-pound bracket by pinning all three of this opponents. He took down Trae Hall of Chariton in the quarterfinals and Jacob Templeman of North Mahaska in the semis both in the first round, then pinned Nathan Born of Pella in the third round of the finals.
Riemenschneider also pinned his way through the 145-pound bracket, winning over Dalton Tucker of Pleasantville in the quarterfinals, Andrew Hembry of Waukee in the semifinals and Cole Bisbee of Pella in the finals, all in the first round.
Nauman had to go through four foes to win his bracket, but he pinned them all in the first round. He beat Jacob Facile of Montezuma in the first round, Emmanuel Vahnenko of Chariton in the quarterfinals, Noah Jedlicka of North Mahaska in the semifinals and Ben Hones of Pella in the finals.
Bandstra only had two foes to go through for his bracket win, but he made quick work of them both, pinning Jace Fogle of Waukee in the quarterfinals and Cale Anthony of Pleasantville in the finals each in the first minute of the match.
Carson Burchland took made the finals at 120 pounds but lost to Aaron Slaughter of Lone Tree to place second, while Connor Murty at 170 pounds and Lucas Uliano at 106-pounds each finished in fourth. Sam Bandstra at 138 pounds and Caden Steward at 145 pounds each finished in fifth in their brackets.