SPORTS SHORTS: STC’s Vest, Judge win WaMaC titles
MAQUOKETA — The Class 2A No. 5 South Tama County wrestling team took home fifth at the WaMaC Conference Tournament on Saturday as Colton Vest and Isaac Judge each took home individual conference titles.
Vest, ranked No. 9 at 145 pounds in 2A, had to wrestle his whole way through, as he did not receive a bye in the tournament. Vest won his first two matches by first-period pin, beating Tyler Miller from Benton Community in the first round and Mitchell Louwagie from Mount Vernon in the quarterfinal.
Vest had a battle in both the semifinal and finals, however, as he beat Scott Betterton from Vinton-Shellsburg in the semis by a tight 3-2 decision, then defeated No. 5 Jake Recker from Dyersville Beckman in the finals by a 2-1 overtime decision.
Judge, the No. 1 wrestler at 152 in 2A, was given a bye in the first round, then took out Max Cousins from Central DeWitt in the quarterfinals by first-period pin and Zack Bevans from Solon with a pin in the second period. Judge wasn’t done dominating his opponents yet though, as he pinned No. 3 Mitchell Mangold from West Delaware 3 minutes and 39 seconds into the match.
Brady Fritz, No. 4 at 132, also made the finals in his bracket, but he had to pull out of the match against Ryan Phillips from West Delaware after suffering an injury in the first period, allowing Phillips to win the conference title.
Pedro Rodriguez had the next-highest finish of the day for the Trojans, taking fourth at 160, while Dalton Rosenberg and Cael Kellogg each took fifth at 182 and 195 respectively, while Josh Thiessen at 170 and Mario Moncada at 220 each took sixth.
West Marshall girls thump Thunder
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall girls basketball team won a non-conference matchup against Grand View Christian on Saturday, 71-17.
A night removed from setting the school record on Friday with 41 points against Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Isabelle Gradwell again led the Trojans (14-4) with 26 points and seven rebounds. Karlyn Snider also had 14 points and four steals for West Marshall, while Renae Schaper had 10 points and seven rebounds and Jaiden Hart matched her season high with five points.
In a rare occurance, the Thunder (5-13) had all of their points scored by Emily Hurley.
Spartans score victory over AGWSR
GRUNDY CENTER — The AGWSR boys basketball team lost a road NICL West Division game on Friday to Grundy Center, 60-43.
The Cougars (7-11, 3-8) had two players in double digits, as Alex Hames had 14 points and Keon Huffman had 11. Luke Starr also had nine points against the Spartans (2-15, 2-9).