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T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • South Tama County’s Isaac Judge, right, jumps into head coach Nate Van Dyke’s arms after winning the Class 2A 152-pound title at the Iowa High School Wrestling Championships on Saturday night. Judge defeated No. 8 Trey Van Weelden of Washington in a 
7-0 decision to win South Tama’s first title in five years.

Judgement day

DES MOINES — Isaac Judge walked back through a concrete corridor at Wells Fargo Arena, donning a flashy new medallion and a large, handwritten bracket with his name etched in the final slot. He smiled, only briefly, as other competitors recognized the Class 2A second-ranked Judge and gave ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • West Marshall’s Brooke Snider (10) has her shot contested by PCM’s Kaylee Townsend in the first quarter of Saturday’s Class 3A Region 8 final in Bondurant. PCM blocked a potential game-tying shot attempt to take the 52-49 win and advance to the state tournament.

PCM blocks West Marshall’s path

BONDURANT — The way the Trojans and Mustangs traded blows, Saturday’s contest was bound to come down to one possession. Isabelle Gradwell’s game-tying 3-point shot attempt with 1.7 seconds left was blocked by Regan Freland, and the PCM girls’ basketball team is moving on to the Iowa ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • West Marshall’s Hunter Pfantz celebrates after winning his seventh-place match against No. 8 Caleb Fuessley in the 113 consolation finals Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Pfantz hits 100 with 7th-place win

DES MOINES — It was indeed a career day for West Marshall’s Hunter Pfantz. After what he called a “devastating loss” to No. 10 Kole Hansen, the junior did his best to go on a tear through the consolation bracket, on his way to a seventh-place Class 2A state finish at 113 pounds. On ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • AGWSR senior Caleb Meinders points toward the sky and some Cougar wrestling fans Saturday after winning the 220-pound seventh-place match in Class 1A. Meinders won in a 5-2 decision against No. 7 Korby Keehner of MFL MarMac.

Meinders makes most of consolation prize

DES MOINES — Caleb Meinders was one of the happiest seventh-place finishers at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday. With a 5-2 decision of No. 7 Korby Keehner (MFL MarMac) in the Class 1A 220 seventh-place match, Meinders retreated to his coaches with two ‘No. 1-fingers’ in the air pointed ...

No. 3 Hawkeyes handle Edinboro in dual finale

EDINBORO, Pa. — The third-ranked Iowa wrestling team scored bonus points in five of its seven wins to top No. 23 Edinboro, 28-9, on Saturday night in the NWCA Division I National Duals Championship Series. Topher Carton won by fall at 141 pounds and four Hawkeyes won by major decision as ...

AP PHOTO • TCU guard Alex Robinson is trapped by Iowa State defenders Deonte Burton, left, and Monte Morris during the second half of a college basketball game Saturday night at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

Cyclones fight past TCU, into second place

AMES — Iowa State has made Hilton Coliseum uncomfortable again. Naz Mitrou-Long had 15 of his 25 points in the first half and Iowa State beat TCU 84-71 Saturday to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference. Monte Morris added 18 with 11 assists for the Cyclones ...

AP PHOTO • Illinois guard Te’Jon Lucas (3) is fouled by Iowa’s Brady Ellingson during the second half of a Big Ten Conference basketball game Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Illinois won 70-66.

Hill’s 21, Lucas block help Illini hold off Iowa

IOWA CITY — John Groce spent the off-week with his team focused on toughness and togetherness. It’s already paying off. Malcom Hill scored 21 points and hauled down eight rebounds and Illinois held on for a 70-66 win over Iowa on Saturday. The Illini took the lead in the final minutes on ...

Wichita St. cruises past Panthers for 10th straight

WICHITA, Kan. — Landry Shamet and Darral Willis Jr. scored 14 points apiece and Wichita State throttled Northern Iowa 77-43 on Saturday to run its winning streak to 10. Markis McDuffie added 12 points for the Shockers (25-5, 15-1 Missouri Valley), who reached 25 wins for the eighth year in ...

Bears withstand Drake’s second-half comeback

DES MOINES — Alize Johnson scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to lead Missouri State over Drake 76-73 on Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak. It was Johnson’s 15th double-double of the season. Dequon Miller added 16 points for Missouri State (16-13, 7-9 ...

Cyclone women stave off West Virginia, 68-53

AMES — The Iowa State women’s basketball team turned back West Virginia’s comeback attempt in a 68-53 victory in Saturday’s Big 12 Conference contest inside Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones (15-11, 6-9) took a 10-point lead into the second quarter before the visiting Mountaineers (18-9, ...

No. 16 Indian Hills rallies back to beat MCC, 76-60

OTTUMWA — The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team got off to a strong start but faded down the stretch in a 76-60 loss to No. 16 Indian Hills in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play. Floyd Preito tied a career-high with 21 points to lead the Tigers (16-11, ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • South Tama County’s Isaac Judge is declared winner after upsetting No. 1 Joe Kelly (West Liberty) in the Class 2A 152 quarterfinals on Friday. Judge defeated No. 4 John Tuttle to advance to the 152 finals.

Eyes on the prize

DES MOINES — Last year he got the bronze. Now, junior Isaac Judge is going for gold. The South Tama County 152-pound wrestler upended No. 1 Joe Kelly (West Liberty) and No. 4 John Tuttle (Spirit Lake Park) during Friday’s quarterfinal and semifinal rounds to advance to the 152 Iowa High ...

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Chaotic end for Hageman

DES MOINES — Confusion. Chaos. That’s how Marshalltown wrestler Reese Hageman’s high school career Friday at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships. Hageman was on the short end of a 12-8 decision to Des Moines Lincoln’s Shawn Brown, if that is in fact what the score ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Nick Meling works to pin Kyler Dunn of Spirit Lake Park during Friday’s second-round consolation match at 120 pounds. Meling worked his way through the back side of the bracket, earning two major decisions along the way, and will wrestle for third or fifth place later today.

EM/GMG’s Meling has last medal in his sights

DES MOINES — Both of Nick Meling’s eyes are on a very sentimental prize. Despite falling in his first match of the afternoon at 120 to No. 4 Shea Ruffridge — a 1-0 bout that saw just one Ruffridge escape for a point — Meling dominated his way through the backside of the bracket and ...

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AGWSR’s Meinders makes it back to podium

DES MOINES — Caleb Meinders failed to get a match-winning takedown, just missing out on a chance to wrestle for third or fifth-place, and fell to No. 6 Colton Francis for the third time this year in a 3-2 decision Friday at the Iowa High School Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena. ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • AGWSR’s Mariah Jimmerson (43) goes in for a basket ahead of Colo-NESCO’s Lauryn Hill (4), Chelsea Henze (20) and Kassie Robinson (14) in Friday’s Class 1A Region 3 semifinal in Colo. AGWSR won 67-38, advancing to Monday’s region final against Turkey Valley.

Cougars chase off Colo-NESCO

COLO — A slow start by both teams turned into a rout. The Cougars turned up the intensity and the physicality, and Colo-NESCO couldn’t match it. The AGWSR girls’ basketball team used runs of 8-0 and 9-0 in the second quarter to take a tie ball game and make it a 15-point advantage by ...

Grundy Center, GMG reach end of the road

TROY MILLS — Grundy Center’s 16-game winning streak got stuck in the mud and never really resurfaced. The Spartan girls’ basketball team made 10 turnovers in the opening quarter and fifth-ranked North Linn took full advantage for a 68-37 triumph in Friday’s Class 2A Region 5 ...

North pours it on, beats Bobcats 90-44

DES MOINES — The second-best scoring offense in Class 4A shot 49 percent from the field and buried the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team under a pile of points as Des Moines North notched a 90-44 victory in Friday night’s regular-season finale for both teams. Jal Bijiek poured in a ...

No. 25 Drake nets 14th-straight win

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Brenni Rose made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points as the No. 25 Drake women’s basketball team defeated Indiana State 64-45 on Friday night in the Bulldogs’ first game since making it into the Top 25 for the first time in over 16 years. Becca Jonas added 10 points ...

Iowa State guard Monte Morris approaching own NCAA record

AMES — It’s what senior point guard Monte Morris hasn’t done for Iowa State that has made him so special. For the third time in four years, Morris is leading the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio despite playing in one of the fastest offenses in the country. Morris is averaging 5.8 ...