Mustangs earn split in NICL Tourney warmup

PARKERSBURG – The East Marshall/Green Mountain-Garwin wrestling team got an early look at some of the competition it might see at the NICL Wrestling Tournament this weekend when the squad traveled to Parkersburg on Thursday.

The Mustangs split two conference duals, losing to Denver-Tripoli, 39-31, in the opener before besting host Dike-New Hartford, 52-21.

Zach Underhill went 2-0 on the night, earning two pins, and also claimed his 100th career victory. He pinned Denver-Tripoli’s Andrew Feldt in 23 seconds in his first match and then locked up his 100th win with a first-period pin of Dike-New Hartford’s Dakota Callan.

Also winning twice on the night for the Mustangs were Max Upah (126), Nick Long (138) and Devon Yilek (152). Heavyweight Nate Judge and Steven Proffitt (113) won their only contested matches and both picked up a win by forfeit.

The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead over Class 2A No. 8 Denver-Tripoli, winning five of the first seven matches. D-T though rebounded with five straight wins and locked up the dual after scoring pins at 170, 182 and 195.

Top-ranked Brandon Sorenson earned a pin for Denver-Tripoli at 145 and then Izaak Shedenhelm, Chase Shedenhelm and Brock Sorenson recorded pins in succession.

Chase Shedenhelm, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, pinned 2A No. 7 Jay Reisetter with two seconds to go in the match.

The other win for the Mustangs was claimed by Judge, who is ranked No. 5 in Class 2A. Judge pinned Craig Schweer in 3:15.

The Mustangs took seven of the 11 contested matches against Dike-New Hartford and picked up 18 points in forfeits in the other three bouts.

Underhill got the dual going with a pin at 113 and then Upah, Talon Roseland and Long also won to give the Mustangs an early advantage.

Yilek and Dalton Beadle eventually put the victory away with back-to-back pins at 152 and 160, and Reisetter also won his match by decision at 182. He defeated Terry Mooty, 5-1. Mooty is ranked No. 4 in 1A.

East Marshall/GMG next wrestles with all three of these schools at noon Saturday at the North Iowa Cedar League Conference Meet, which will be hosted by South Tama.