Bobcats fight hard, still drop two to CIML foes

The frustration ran deep on the face of Marshalltown wrestling coach Mike Mann on Thursday night.

The former NCAA All-American was really hoping his Bobcats would turn a corner by now. Unfortunately, it’s the little things that are holding them back.

The Bobcats took on CIML rivals Dowling Catholic and Des Moines Roosevelt at the Roundhouse and lost both duals in front of their home crowd. Marshalltown lost to the Maroons, 42-21, and then ended the night with a 39-32 loss to the Roughriders.

“We had some leads tonight that we let slip away, and we just don’t have the firepower to allow that to happen,” Mann said. “We have been talking about finishing all season and we did not finish some key matches tonight.”

The Bobcats found themselves down 15-0 to No. 5 Dowling Catholic. After Marshalltown narrowed the gap to 15-6, the Maroons rolled off 21 straight points to earn the victory. That run put Dowling Catholic up 36-6.

“I felt like we were still on the holiday drag,” Mann said. “We wrestled like that most of the break, and we wrestled like it tonight. After we got on them a bit afterward, we did have a much better second match.”

Marshalltown (4-6) did rally a bit against Dowling Catholic to make the score respectable.

Kenneth Parham pulled off the win of the day and the move of the day for the Bobcats. Trailing 6-0 in the third period, Parham scored a comeback headlock and stuck his opponent on the mat 30 seconds into the final period.

“We have little competitions we do each meet and each week, and I knew that when he made that move, it was going to be the move of the meet,” Mann said. “That was an example of finishing the match really well.”

Parham’s win triggered a run of four straight victories for the Bobcats as Zach Slocum, Ben Rebik and Peyton Williams all scored wins by decision. Dowling Catholic finished the dual with a pin though and doubled up the Bobcats on the scoreboard.

“It was a nice comeback, and we didn’t quit, but you can’t get into a hole like that,” Mann said.

The other two wins came by decision from Justus Bjelland at 220 and Class 3A No. 6 Pedro Gomez at heavyweight.

Four of Dowling Catholic’s five ranked wrestlers – No. 2 Tanner Rohweder (106), No. 8 Jonah Eide (113), No. 5 Jonathan Eide (126) and No. 5 Isaiah Patton (160) – all won by pin. No. 9 Matt Collins also beat Marshalltown’s Derek Mann, 5-3, at 170.

“Sometimes you know you are outgunned, and I just want our guys to compete, and we did that in a lot of matches,” Coach Mann said. “Then there are other matches where you make mistakes and it can cost you a match here and there. It is hard to recover from that, and that happened in both duals.”

The dual between Marshalltown and Roosevelt was not decided until the final match.

The Bobcats led 12-6 following back-to-back pins by Bjelland and Gomez and then led again at 18-12 after Alec Gill earned a forfeit win at 113.

Colten Phillips won by decision and Slocum earned a technical fall victory to keep the Bobcats out in front, 26-18.

Roosevelt eventually rallied though behind back-to-back pins by Dan Lewis and Chandler Thompson at 152 and 160, respectively. Those victories made it 33-26 with two matches to go.

Derek Mann came up with a huge pin at 170 to close the Bobcats to within one but the Roughriders closed out the win with a pin of their own at 182.

Gomez, Slocum and Bjelland all went 2-0 on the night, which is what Coach Mann expects from three of his leaders.

“That is the kind of leadership I want to see out of my upperclassmen,” Coach Mann said.

Notebook

Dowling Catholic went 2-0 on the night as the Maroons defeated Roosevelt 47-28 in the third dual. Roosevelt’s only ranked wrestler – No. 7 Jake Kristensen at 120 – did not earn bonus points against Ryan McDaniel in their match. Kristensen won the match by a 9-3 decision. … Phillips injured his ankle during Marshalltown’s first dual with Dowling Catholic. He fought through the injury against Des Moines Roosevelt and scored a 10-5 win over Charlie Rose. The Bobcats were pinned 11 times in the two duals and recorded four wins by fall against their opponents. Marshalltown next wrestles this weekend when It hosts the MHS Allie Morrison Duals at 9 a.m. at the Roundhouse.