South Tama into regional duals, sends 6 to districts

PHOTO BY TROY BANNING/WEBSTER CITY DAILY FREEMAN JOURNAL • West Marshall senior Hunter Pfantz, top, nears the pinfall victory over Webster City’s Nick Gasca during Saturday’s Class 2A Sectional 16 wrestling tournament at Ballard High School in Huxley. Pfantz, a three-time state qualifier, won the 126-pound with a pair of pins to advance to next weekend’s district meet in Webster City.

WILLIAMSBURG — The Class 2A No. 6 South Tama County wrestling team took second place to WaMaC Conference rival Williamsburg as the 10th-ranked Raiders advanced 10 wrestlers to the Trojans’ six on Saturday at the Sectional 12 meet.

With its 196 points and second-place sectional finish, South Tama still qualifies for Tuesday’s regional team duals. The Trojans, ranked 13th in dual team, will go to Huxley and face off with No. 18 Atlantic/CAM in a 6 p.m. semifinal. No. 4 Ballard takes on No. 32 Van Meter/Earlham in the other semifinal, and the winners meet immediately following for a shot at the state dual team tournament.

Six STC wrestlers advance to next weekend’s District 6 tournament at Knoxville, including five sectional champions. No. 4 Brady Fritz won at 132 pounds, No. 4 Tanner Probasco was tops at 138, defending state champion Isaac Judge won the 152 bracket, No. 9 Dalton Rosenburg topped the podium at 182, and Mario Moncada won the heavyweight class.

Probasco was tops at 138, defending state champion Isaac Judge won the 152 bracket, No. 9 Dalton Rosenburg topped the podium at 182, and Mario Moncada won the heavyweight class.

Seventh-ranked Colton Vest advanced as well, settling for second place after a 145 finals loss by fall to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s fifth-rated Sage Walker.

Fritz (40-2) went 2-0 with a semifinal decision and a pinfall victory over Williamsburg’s Garret Jensen in the finals. Probasco (23-0) pitched a pair of shutouts, including a 7-0 decision of E-B-F’s Alex Hanna in the title match. Top-ranked Judge (40-2) pinned Grinnell’s Bryson Cline in the semifinals before winning by injury default in the finals over Knoxville’s Joe Hollinrake.

Rosenburg improved to 32-6 with a pair of wins, pinning his semifinal opponent before scoring a 9-3 decision of Williamsburg’s Gage Hazen-Fabor for first place. Moncada (29-17) capped the championship round with his second win by decision, beating the Raiders’ Cole Cremeens 3-0.

West Marshall advances 4

HUXLEY — West Marshall senior Hunter Pfantz got a step closer to his fourth-straight state wrestling tournament with a Class 2A Sectional 16 championship on Saturday at Ballard High School.

Pfantz was one of four district qualifiers for the Trojans, who placed third in the sectional team standings with 168 points behind No. 5 Webster City (254) and No. 4 Ballard (248).

Pfantz (38-5), ranked sixth, topped the 126-pound bracket with a pair of pins, sticking Webster City’s Nick Gasca in 1:31 and Ballard’s Gage Long in 2:35.

A trio of Trojans took second place at their respective weights, two of them needing wrestleback wins to get there. Jacob Vawter (20-12) pinned Gilbert’s Brody Bents in 38 seconds for true second place at 113, and Grant Nason (26-19) flattened Ballard’s Jim Chism in 3:20 in the 132 wrestleback match.

Cael Kline (24-19) was pinned by Ballard’s No. 4 Tate Battani in the 160 finals but did not need to wrestle back for the runner-up spot.

West Marshall had four third-place finishers, only one of which got to wrestle back in hopes of true second. Ben Kielman lost an 11-2 major decision to Ballard’s Josh Borg in the 145 finals and then was pinned by Gilbert’s Carson Johnson in the wrestleback round.

Levi Randall (170), Mason Rudkin (182) and Ben Krafka (220) didn’t get the chance to wrestle back.

The Trojans travel to Webster City next Saturday for the District 8 tournament.

EM/GMG sends 5 through

VAN HORNE — The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team crowned two Class 2A Sectional 9 championships and advanced five wrestlers in all on Saturday at Benton Community High School.

The Mustangs were led by champions Carson Burchland at 113 pounds and Noah Bandstra at 170. Burchland (29-8) pinned his semifinal opponent before scoring a 10-7 decision over Payton Hellman of Union Community in the finals. Bandstra (33-4), ranked ninth by The Predicament, pinned Benton’s Hunter Shaw in 31 seconds in the semifinals before tallying a 12-1 major decision over Cole Davis of Independence in the title bout.

EM/GMG added a trio of runner-up finishes as well. Dane Thompson (16-18) took silver at 120, winning his wrestleback match by fall over Vinton-Shellsburg’s Jimmy Mull in 2:58. Cole Nauman (25-13) took second at 152 without having to wrestle back after a loss by fall to Jarret Orr of Independence in the finals. Tayte Nauman (16-19) took true second with a first-period pin of Vinton-Shellsburg’s Chris King in their wrestleback match at 220.

Additionally, Josh Terrones (14-15) didn’t get the chance to wrestle back at 132, settling for third, while senior Dawson Riemenschneider, who last year was a state qualifier, won his first match before back-to-back losses at 138 left him fourth.

Five Mustangs will compete in the 2A District 5 meet next Saturday at Independence.

4 Storm matmen advance

NEW HAMPTON — The South Hardin-BCLUW wrestling team advanced four wrestlers through to next Saturday’s district meet, led by Class 2A Section 1 champion Taylor Kolthoff at 113 pounds.

Kolthoff (28-6) won his bracket with a pin in the semifinals followed by a 5-0 decision of Charles City’s Bronson Forsyth in the title bout.

The Storm, who placed third out of six teams with 166 points, had three wrestlers earn runner-up spots with wrestle-back victories. Two others lost in the battle for true second, while another didn’t get the chance.

Coby Willett was defeated by New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Max Babcock in a second-period pin during the championship match at 132, but Willett (35-6) pinned Hampton-Dumont’s Parker Allen in 2:26 to earn true second place.

Koty Kruse (26-18) at 145 followed suit, falling in 56 seconds to top-ranked Noah Fye of NHTV, but he scored a 3-1 win over Cole Reams of Charles City for true second.

Heavyweight Ryne Fuller (31-14) closed out the meet with a pinfall victory over NHTV’s Tom Clark in the wrestleback round, making it four Storm wrestlers advancing to the District 1 meet at Parkersburg.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck/North Tama had a pair of third-place finishers, neither of which got the opportunity to wrestle back for true second. Cole Engel (20-27) placed third at 113 and Bronson Wrage (22-7) got bronze at 195.

One qualifier for AGWSR

DIKE — Freshman 113-pounder Trey Lashbrook was the only AGWSR wrestler to advance through Saturday’s Class 1A Sectional 3 meet, taking second place without having to wrestle back.

Lashbrook (37-3) defeated Dike-New Hartford’s Dylan Ohrt by an 8-2 decision in the semifinals before falling to seventh-ranked Michael McClelland of Don Bosco in the second period of the finals. Ohrt came back through in the consolation, awarding the runner-up spot to Lashbrook automatically.

AGWSR’s Zach Johnson placed fourth at 120, while Ali Gerbract was fifth at 106.

Lashbrook will wrestle at next Saturday’s District 2 meet at Jesup.

Sectional Wrestling


Class 1A Sectional 3

At Dike

Team Standings — 1. Don Bosco 305, 2. East Buchanan 171, 3. Hudson 155.5, 4. Dike-New Hartford 151, 5. Edgewood-Colesburg 145.5, 6. Jesup 100, 7. AGWSR 37.

Class 2A Sectional 1

At New Hampton

Team Standings — 1. New Hampton/Turkey Valley 289, 2. Charles City 170.5, 3. South Hardin-BCLUW 166, 4. Hampton-Dumont 152, 5. Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center 127, 6. Gladbrook-Reinbeck/North Tama 94.

Class 2A Sectional 9

At Van Horne

Team Standings — 1. Independence 232, 2. Union Community 216, 3. Vinton-Shellsburg 170, 4. East Marshall/GMG 146, 5. Benton Community 119, 6. Waterloo Columbus 55.

Class 2A Sectional 12

At Williamsburg

Team Standings — 1. Williamsburg 240.5, 2. South Tama County 196, 3. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 152, 4. Knoxville 146.5, 5. Grinnell 140, 6. Albia 118.5.

Class 2A Sectional 16

At Huxley

Team Standings — 1. Webster City 254, 2. Ballard 248, 3. West Marshall 168, 4. Gilbert 163, 5. Nevada 100, 6. Collins-Maxwell 55.