PREP WRESTLING: Trojan matmen take two more NICL duals
DIKE – The Class 1A No. 8-ranked West Marshall wrestling team got the maximum number of points out of its seven wins against Dike-New Hartford, beating the No. 16 Wolverines 42-33 to cap a North Iowa Cedar League sweep in a make-up meet Monday.
Both West Marshall (12-2) and Dike-New Hartford (15-2) won seven weight classes in their dual, but the Trojans tallied six pins and got one forfeit.
Three of D-NH’s victories came by decision during a four-match win streak that boosted the Wolverines’ lead to 21-12 midway through the dual. West Marshall countered with three straight wins, including pins by Ross Randall at 106 pounds and No. 6-ranked Cole Needham at 113, giving the Trojans the lead for good.
Dike-New Hartford closed within 36-33 with a pin at 138, but Lane Kline closed out the Trojan victory with a pin at 145 in the final match.
West Marshall also mashed Jesup, 73-6, in the first match of the night. The Trojans recorded seven pins and received four forfeits.
Randall, Needham, Cooper White (126/132), Kline, Jared Johnson (152) and No. 2-ranked Dale Hilleman (160/170) each went 2-0 with two pins for the Trojans.
West Marshall goes back out on the road Thursday, joining Denver-Tripoli for an NICL triangular at East Marshall/GMG in Le Grand. The Trojans compete in the Interstate 35 Tournament on Saturday in Truro.
AGWSR claims four individual champions, team title at host tourney
ACKLEY – The AGWSR wrestling team got individual championships from Clay Meinders, Miguel Reyes, Brandon Johnson and Austin Dolleslager and added three runner-up tallies at the AGWSR “Wags” Invitational.
Meinders and Reyes both went 3-0 with three falls, while Johnson and Dolleslager were 2-0 with two pins. Dakota Schwebke, Caleb Meinders and Michael Young also took second in their respective weight classes, helping the Cougars to a team title with 198 points.
Belmond-Klemme was second on the day with 171.5 points and Woodward-Granger (165), Northwood-Kensett (137) and Mason City Newman Catholic (131.5) rounded out the top five. Rockford, Riceville, West Fork, Belle Plaine and the West Marshall JV were in spots 6-10.
Reyes, ranked No. 9 in Class 1A at 126 pounds, improved to 25-2 on the season with three pins. Two of those pins came in the first period.
Clay Meinders is now 26-1 on the year and ranked No. 5 at 220. His final two pins of the day came in the first minute of each match.
Dolleslager and Johnson both received first-round byes at 113 and 152, respectively. Dolleslager’s first pin was in 57 seconds and he won the title with a 17-second pin in the championship match. Johnson also had a 56-second pin in his championship match.