SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs third in own dual tourney
LE GRAND — The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team gave it a go but fell short in the quest to win it’s own Mustang Duals on Saturday, falling to Class 2A No. 5 Union Community in the title bout.
The Mustangs settled for second place in their seven-team tournament, one place ahead of South Tama County. Both local teams went 3-1, with South Tama’s only loss a 45-28 setback to East Marshall/GMG during pool play. South Hardin-BCLUW went 0-3 and placed seventh.
EM/GMG went 3-0 in pool play and advanced to face Union in the finals, suffering a 45-29 defeat. The Knights won six of the nine contested matches against the Mustangs, getting five pins to pick up the title.
East Marshall/GMG had four wrestlers go 4-0 on the day and another four go 3-1 for the tournament. Karter Welsh (106 pounds), Dom Ridout (132), Garrett Kerber (160) and Conner Murty (220/285) each went undefeated, while Brady Augspurger (113), Kordell Negrete (138), Dane Thompson (145) and Sam Bandstra (170) all went 3-1.
Ridout, ranked second at 126 pounds in 2A, had two pins, a technical fall and a major decision, defeating Gilbert’s fifth-ranked 126-pounder Cael Ihle 15-5.
Bandstra had two pins, but his big win came in the form of a 9-8 decision over STC’s seventh-ranked Payton Vest. Bandstra’s lone loss was a 6-5 decision against Union’s No. 6 Hunter Worthen.
South Tama’s day was highlighted by 4-0 performances for MaCael Baer at 113 and Rudy Papakee at heavyweight. Baer had three pins, while Papakee posted one pin.
Amare Chavez (120), Ethan Cruikshank (126), Kyler Smith (138), Vest (170), Brayden Smith (182) and Kalem Schrock (220) each finished the day 3-1.
South Hardin-BCLUW was led by ninth-ranked Carter Kolthoff, who went 3-0 at 120 pounds.
Chance Cordes (106), Zach Bennett (182/195) and Aiden Farnsworth (285) all went 2-1 for the Storm. Logan Aicher (152) was the only other SH-BCLUW wrestler to register a win on the mat, finishing the day 1-2.
Redhawks 3rd in own invite
TRAER — North Tama’s wrestling team finished third at the North Tama Invitational Saturday, finishing with 122 team points and coming in 12.5 points behind second-place BGM.
Heavyweight Xander Bradley walked out as the champion after going 5-0 with four pins. He defeated Vinton-Shellsburg’s Caleb Rouse 3-0 in the final.
Noah Weber came in second place at 170 pounds, going 4-1 on the day and falling short in the finals to Class 1A No. 10 Carson Hartz via a 6-0 decision.
At 106, Case Monat continued his strong season with a second-place finish, falling to Adlin Swanson of Vinton-Shellsburg in the finals.
Cale Bradley took third at 138 pounds, and Logan Rausch was third at 152.
West Marshall 6th at I-35
TRURO — The West Marshall wrestling team, fresh off of a win in the Heart of Iowa Conference championship, finished sixth Saturday at the Interstate 35-hosted Rich Gray Invitational.
With 103 points, the Trojans finished 19 points behind fifth-place Ballard and five ahead of Carroll Kuemper.
Grant Nason (25-3) was victorious in the 195 pound bracket, going 4-0 with four pins. He defeated Nathan Pendleton of Des Moines East in the finals, pinning him in 3:25.
Austin Pfantz came in second place at 170, falling to Denver Pauley of AHSTW by fall in the finals.
Caden Vellinga was third at 132.
MCC women fall to SWCC
CRESTON — After picking up an opening win, the Marshalltown CC women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on the road against Southwestern (1-1, 1-0 ICCAC) on Saturday.
The Tigers (1-1, 1-1) fell 73-55 and were doomed by a poor first half offensively. Scoring just 27 points in the first half and trailing by 11, the deficit was too much for the Tigers to overcome in the last 20 minutes.
Leading the way for MCC was Carla Dorta-Perez with 14 points, followed by 13 from Heeni Blakey and 11 from Waiaaria Rogers. Eva Zaragoza led the way with 10 rebounds, while Carolina Rodriquez-Sanchez had nine.
Brielle Baker led Southwestern with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
MCC men get first win
CRESTON — Strong defensive performances helped the Marshalltown CC men’s basketball team to its first win of the season Saturday, beating Southwestern CC (1-1, 1-1 ICCAC) 63-49 on the road.
The Tigers (1-1, 1-1) held Southwestern to 33.9 percent shooting from the floor and just 26.7 percent shooting from 3-point range, as the team forced 17 turnovers. Deon’ta Lagway led the Tigers with four steals — David Roberts Jr. forced three.
Offensively, the Tigers had mixed fortunes, shooting only 39.2 percent from the floor and hitting four 3-pointers. Lagway led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds. The Tigers had one other scorer in double-digits — Lavarius Hampton with 10 points off the bench.
Up next for MCC is a home game Wednesday at 7 p.m. against DMACC.
Warriors outlast Baxter
BAXTER — Osceola Tyon led the way for Meskwaki boys’ basketball, as the Warriors continued their winning streak with a tense 59-55 victory over Baxter Friday night.
The Warriors led 32-23 at half and held the nine-point advantage entering the fourth, but a late push from the Bolts (9-5, 4-4 Iowa Star South) kept the game close until the final buzzer.
Leading the scoring for the Warriors (10-3, 7-0) was Tyon, the junior guard who has stepped up with senior Taurice Grant just coming back from a knee injury. Tyon scored 16 points, one of four double-digit scorers for the Warriors. Evan Nelson scored 15 points and had three steals. Larnell Velaquez scored 13 points and Grant scored 11, adding seven rebounds and three blocks to his totals.
It’s the fifth straight win for Meskwaki.