MHS matmen nipped by Urbandale

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON - Marshalltown wrestler Carson Williams, right, works on turning Urbandale’s Josh Gaye during their match at 195 pounds in the J-Hawks’ 42-39 win over the Bobcats in the Roundhouse on Thursday.

Pins were the name of the game on Thursday when the Marshalltown wrestling team hosted Urbandale for a dual in the Roundhouse.

Of the 14 matches on the night, 13 ended via pinfall and the J-Hawks managed to get just one more pin than the Bobcats to escape with a 42-39 victory.

MHS head coach Mike Mann said it’s tough to lose a dual when both teams win seven matches, but his guys still showed up and represented themselves well.

“As a coach, if everything is just wonderful you just dominate everyone all the time, but you know that’s not possible,” Mann said. “That was a very, very competitive meet, and as you start to break it down where we were good and where we were weak, you think, ‘maybe it should have been a little different than what the outcome was.'”

Urbandale took the first lead when Tanner Teem, ranked No. 3 at 220 pounds in Class 3A by The Predicament, pinned Marshalltown’s Julian Gomez in the second period.

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It didn’t take long for the Bobcats to even the score up as Jordan Anderson, ranked No. 8 at heavyweight by The Predicament, put on a display of power that ultimately led to a second-period pinfall win over Drake Page.

Javier Rodriguez would give MHS its first lead with a first-period pin of the J-Hawks’ Jack Stotts at 106, but then Urbandale would regain the lead with back-to-back pins at 113 and 120.

Zach Bitker would right the ship for the Bobcats, as the No. 7 wrestler at 126 by the Predicament took out the J-Hawks’ Colby Burright with a second-period pin to even things up at 18-all.

Once Saul Pantoja left the mat from his 132 pound match Marshalltown would have a 24-18 lead, as he took care of business against Calvin Burright with a pin just 10 seconds before the end of the first period.

The meet got back to even at 138, however, as Cal Baethke pinned Jay Drummer in the second period to make it 24-all.

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The lone decision of the night came in a tight battle between Marshalltown’s Victor Zavala-Livengood and Urbandale’s Spencer Daves at 145. Daves was on top of Zavala-Livengood with just over 10 seconds left in the third period with the score tied at 5-5.

Zavala-Livengood made a move to escape and Daves hung on with all his strength, too much so though as he was called for stalling and Zavala-Livengood was given the 6-5 victory to put MHS up 27-24.

Urbandale would seal the victory in the next three matches, however, with Owen Towers pinning Lucas Stevens in the first period at 152, Hayden Freidrichsen — currently ranked No. 5 at 160 by the Predicament — pinning Coltin Grimm in the first period and Mason Sherwood pinning John Loney in the second period at 170.

The Bobcats went down swinging though, as Austin Close earned a victory over Brandon King for Marshalltown at 182 with a third-period pinfall after starting the third down three points, and Carson Williams dominated Josh Gaye at 195, which led to a third-period pin.

Mann said the way Close and Zavala-Livengood were able to gut out a win while facing adversity and the way Close and Williams finished off the match with pin victories is a great sign for his team moving forward.

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“Those guys that were down and competed and never gave up or quit, that’s what you want to see in your guys no matter what happens,” Mann said. “Hopefully when we talk tomorrow, those kids are going to go, ‘hey, you were right coach. These sprint laps we are doing are not a lot of fun, but I just won my match because of it.’ Urbandale did not look like they had the conditioning that we did, and that makes a difference.”

There were multiple matches that Mann said his guys imposed their wills on their opponents, leading to the J-Hawk they were facing essentially giving up on the match.

“In the Carson Williams match, we broke that guy. We broke the 106-pounder, and Saul broke his guy,” Mann said. “Credit to [assistant coach Michael Burgos], he is really on these guys to go takedown and cut these guys and break them, then go for the pin.”

As for his state-ranked wrestlers, Mann said Bitker had a great showing with a dominant win at 126.

“He is really feeling it, I think he is really pushing himself,” Mann said. “He had high expectations and he’s kind of set the standard for himself, and he is really pushing himself well.”

Mann also liked the way Anderson looked and has looked in the early going of the season, and he said the conditioning that Anderson has shown to overpower his opponents even at heavyweight will come in handy later in the year.

“That is going to make the difference in some of these matches and he’s going to need that,” Mann said. “He has his eyes on some of the guys that beat him a year ago, so that is kind of what’s in the back of his mind. He’s just using this to fuel the fire.”

While there were many great wins for the Bobcats, Mann said this is a win his guys could have come away with if they had just avoided taking so many pins.

“We definitely gave up too many pins. If we are going to get beat and dominated, that’s fine, but you have to find a way not to get pinned,” he said. “When guys are getting pinned, that forces the rest of the guys to pin and match them, and I believe we did a fairly decent job of matching their pins well. One match difference and that was ours.”

Marshalltown will be back on the mat on Saturday in a tournament at Saydel, and Mann said he wants to see some of the Bobcats who didn’t come out on top against Urbandale take a page or two from their teammates’ playbooks.

“These guys are going to win and lose together, and hopefully that will help raise the expectations of the guys that feel like they didn’t finish like they should have or could have,” he said. “The guys that wish they could have done better, they need to take lessons from their teammates and go, ‘that’s where I need to be.'”

Urbandale 42, Marshalltown 39

At Marshalltown

220–Tanner Teem (U) pinned Julian Gomez 2:40; 285–Jordan Anderson (MHS) pinned Drake Page 4:47; 106–Javier Rodriquez (MHS) pinned Jack Stotts 1:25; 113–Kaleb German (U) pinned Edgar Almanza 1:32; 120–Kacey Ross (U) pinned Hector De La Cruz 1:29; 126–Zach Bitker (MHS) pinned Colby Burright 2:37; 132–Saul Pantoja (MHS) pinned Calvin Burright 1:50; 138–Cal Baethke (U) pinned Jay Drummer 2:42; 145–Victor Zavala-Livengood (MHS) dec. Spencer Daves 6-5; 152–Owen Towers (U) pinned Lucas Stevens 1:29; 160–Hayden Friedrichsen (U) pinned Coltin Grimm :46; 170–Mason Sherwood (U) pinned John Loney 3:20; 182–Austin Close (MHS) pinned Brandon King 5:09; 195–Carson Williams (MHS) pinned Josh Gaye 4:31.