By Jamie Vaske- Associate Director of Sports:
The West Delaware wrestling team took part in the Five Seasons Dual tournament Saturday at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. The Hawks went 1-3 in their pool with a win against Pleasant Valley and lost to top ranked in class 1A Alburnett, Iowa City High, and Linn Mar which set up a 7th place dual against class 3A power Bettendorf. The Hawks led by six after 106 pounds but the Bulldogs won six out of the last seven matches to win the dual 47-21. Hawk freshman Mitchell Mangold went 5-0 on the day with four falls to lead West Delaware to an 8th place finish. For complete results follow the link to Track Wrestling.
Independence won the South Tama duals tournament as they went 4-0 on the day with wins over Dubuque Wahlert, Nevada, and Vinton Shellsburg before they defeated the host Trojans 46-27 to take the tournament crown.
Three area teams wrestled at the very tough Mount Vernon Invitational which featured three top ten ranked teams. East Buchanan finished highest of the area teams as they got 7th place with 89 points as Gannon Cook advance to the 113 pound championship match where he lost 5-2 to Jeff Vipond of Cedar Rapids Xavier. Beckman finished in 11th place with 67 points and had one champion on the day as 126 pounder Jake Recker who was the fifth seed in the tournament picked up two wins on his way to the finals to force a match-up with second seeded Justis Dengler of West Liberty. Trailing 2-0 after the first period in the championship match Recker chose down and got a 13 second reversal and turned Dengler to his back for a three point near fall on the way to a 9-3 decision and a tournament title for the Blazer sophomore. Anamosa finished in 13th place as junior Sam Dolan went 3-1 on the day and finished in 3rd place at 182 pounds, as he edged Sam Moore of Mount Vernon 7-6 in the 3rd place match. For complete results follow the link to Track Wrestling.
Maquoketa Valley finished in 6th place Saturday at the Keith Vry tournament at Aplington Parkersburg high school. The Wildcats had one champion on the day as 182 pound junior Alec McDowell wrestled three matches that all ended before the 3rd period as he had three falls, including a pin over top seeded Cruz Vera of AGWSR in 2:55 in the championship match. For complete results follow the link to Track Wrestling.
The Starmont and Ed-Co wrestling teams tied for 7th place Saturday at the Oelwein Invitational. For the Stars returning state qualifier Kody Kleve won three matches including a 7-0 win over Christian Haight of Solon in the finals as the senior claimed the 113 pound championship. At 120 pounds Ed-Co sophomore Killian Welsh went 2-1 on the day with a runner-up finish, losing only to second ranked and defending state champ Michael Millage from Crestwood. For complete results follow the link to Track Wrestling.
North Linn competed at the North Cedar tournament as they finished in 2nd place and had two individual champions on the day. At 113 pounds top ranked junior Brock Henderson picked up a 9-0 major decision in the championship match over Tyler Fleetwood of Fulton, Illinois and 5th ranked heavyweight Kyler Schott had falls in the first two rounds and finished the day with a 7-3 win in the finals over Josh Anderson of West Carroll, Illinois. For complete results follow the link to Track Wrestling.
Monticello wrestled at the Zimmerman Invitational in Maquoketa and ended with a 5th place team finish. Three Panthers won titles as freshman Chase Luensman won the 106 pound bracket, freshman Lake Stahlberg took home the 195 pound crown, and senior heavyweight Zach Timm had two pins to take home the gold medal. For complete results follow the link to Track Wrestling.
Western Dubuque went 4-1 on Saturday as they hosted the Bobcat duals in Epworth. The Bobcats won their pool with wins over Davenport West, Cedar Falls, and Charles City and advanced to the championship bracket, where they beat North Scott 35-33 before falling in the championship dual to Dakota, Illinois 45-25. For complete results follow the link to Track Wrestling.