PREP WRESTLING: MHS wrestlers tie for 4th at Regina
IOWA CITY — The Marshalltown wrestling team faced arguably its most difficult challenge of the season on Saturday when it traveled to compete in the Iowa City Regina Invitational, but the Bobcats faced the challenge well and came out the other side in a tie for fourth with a team score of 108.
Jordan Fox had the best performance of the tournament for MHS, as he won the bracket at 195 pounds in dominant fashion. Fox won all three of his matches by first-round pin, taking out Adam Bock from Solon in the first minute of the quarterfinals, pinning Grant Tenley from North Cedar in the semifinals and handling Zach Beason from Mount Pleasant in the finals, also with a pin in the first minute.
Zach Bitker at 113 and Brian Trowbridge at 170 each placed second in their brackets. Bitker won his first two matches in dramatic fashion, beating Brayden Ackles from Mount Pleasant in two overtimes in the quarterfinals and taking out Aaron Slaughter from Lone Tree in the semifinals via ultimate tie breaker, but the couldn’t keep the magic going in the finals, falling to Austin Lenz from Tipton by a 1-0 decision.
Trowbridge received a bye in the first round of his bracket, then he beat Nate Schuster from Sigourney in the quarterfinals by a major decision and Kaden Baker from Pekin by a close 3-2 decision in the semis. His streak of 10-straight match wins came to an end in the finals, however, as Trowbridge lost to Class 1A No. 7 Ryan Schott from Regina by a 9-2 decision.
Jordan Anderson finished third at heavyweight for the Bobcats, though he lost his first match of the season in the semifinals against 2A No. 6 Brendon Lunsford from Fairfield by a second-round pin. He responded well in the third place match, however, taking a 5-1 decision over Jacen Petersen from Davenport West.
Bennett Hageman and Decker Mann were the next-best finishers for Marshalltown, taking fourth at 106 and 220, respectively, while Chayton French took fifth at 182.
STC takes second at Pella
PELLA — The Class 2A No. 4 South Tama County wrestling team took second in the Bill Van Horn Invitational on Saturday, with four Trojans coming away victorious in their brackets.
Brady Fritz, No. 5 at 132 pounds, won his bracket on the day by pinning Kaeden Lozano from Bondurant Farrar in the quarterfinals and Owen Glosser from Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in the semis in the first round and taking a major decision over Landon Card from Norwalk in the finals.
Tanner Probasco showed why he’s currently ranked No. 3 at 138, as he defeated No. 5 Alex Hanna from E-B-F in the finals by a major decision, 11-0.
Isaac Judge, the top-ranked wrestler at 152, received a bye in the quarterfinals and proceeded to win both the semifinals and finals by second-round pin.
Dalton Rosenburg rounds out the bracket winners for STC, as the No. 6 wrestler at 182 won the semifinals by pin and the finals over 3A No. 6 Joey Michell from Ottumwa by a 7-2 decision.
On top of the bracket wins, Pedro Rodriguez at 160, Josh Theisson at 170 and Mario Moncada at 220 all took second in their respective brackets.
Cael Kellogg took third at 195 as well for the Trojans, while Brody Chyma at 106 took fourth.
Storm 3rd at North Polk
ALLEMAN — The South Hardin-BCLUW wrestling team finished third at the North Polk on Saturday with a team score of 128, just four points behind second-place Boone.
Two Storm wrestlers won their brackets on the day, with Coby Willett winning at 126 pounds and Owen Fuller at 170.
Willett won his first two matches by pinfall, taking out Trey Jochumsen from Hudson just 13 seconds into the quarterfinals and falling Broc Davidson from North Polk 22 seconds into the semifinals. He won his finals match over Peter Comer from Carlisle by an 11-6 decision.
Fuller received a bye in the quarterfinals then came out and pinned Trevor Imm from Waukee in the semifinals in the first round. He also pinned Ethan Reed from Carlisle in the finals, though that came in the second round.
Neifer Ralston was the next-best placer for SH-BCLUW, coming in 2nd in the 132 bracket, while Ryne Fuller and Shadner Anderson took third in the heavyweight and 113 brackets respectively.
Michael Fuller took fourth at 160, and Koty Kruse and Colton Keller finished in fifth at 145 and 106 respectively.
West Marshall 5th at IFA
IOWA FALLS — The West Marshall wrestling team came away in fifth at the 10th annual Jones Brothers Invitational, hosted by Iowa Falls-Alden.
Kyle Schaper was the only Trojan to win his bracket on the day, as he took first in at 195 pounds. Schaper received a bye in the first round, then defeated Grayson Cutler from IFA in the semifinals via a first-round pin and Nick Billings from Garner-Hayfield/Ventura by a 2-1 decision in the finals.
Class 2A No. 5 Hunter Pfantz at 126 finished second, losing to 1A No. 7 Jacob McBride from Newman Catholic in the finals by a 7-4 decision.
Grant Nason also took second at 132, winning his first two matches by pinfall but losing the same way to Luke Radeke from Vinton-Shellsburg in the finals.
Cael Pfantz at 113, Levi Randall at 170 and Mason Rudkin at 182 all placed third for the Trojans, while Blaise Bouchard finished fourth at 120 and Wyatt Edler and Ben Krafka placed fifth at 138 and 220 pounds respectively.
Lashbrook wins bracket for Cougars
BRITT — The AGWSR wrestling team took four athletes to the Al DeLeon Inivtational, hosted by West Hancock, and all four wrestlers finished as placewinners.
Trey Lashbrook continued his strong start to the year, taking first at 120 pounds for the Cougars.
Lashbrook received a bye to start the tournament, then he won the next two matches by either pin or technical fall. In the semifinals, Lashbroook faced his toughest task, but he came out on top over Brock Grimm from Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire by 7-1 decision. He then defeated Carter Pals from Central Springs by a major decision in the finals.
Zach Johnson and Ali Gerbracht each won their brackets at 113 and 106 pounds respectively, while Keaton Penning finished in fifth at 132.
RebelHawks compete at DNH duals
DIKE — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck/North Tama wrestling team traveled to compete in the Dike-New Hartford duals tournament on Saturday, where they went 1-4 on the day.
The RebelHawks defeated St. Ansgar 45-26 for their lone win, and they lost to Dowling Catholic (72-11), DNH (54-27), Mount Vernon (70-12) and South Winneshiek (64-10).
Jace Peterson won all five matches of the day for G-R/NT at 132 pounds, while Aiden Walters won three matches at 195.