Five pins help South Tama spoil Storm’s Senior Night
ELDORA – Both coaching staffs figured the dual would be close. And they both expected bonus points to be the difference in deciding the outcome.
It turns out that both South Tama County coach Nate Van Dyke and South Hardin-BCLUW co-coach Mike Olson were dead on.
Each team won seven matches on the night but it was the five pins recorded by South Tama that propelled the Trojans to a 36-33 win in NICL action on Thursday night.
“We knew it was going to be close coming in and we knew bonus points would be important,” Van Dyke said. “I don’t think we got any upsets anywhere and I don’t think they did. We would have rather wrestled a little bit tougher at 170, but it came down to bonus points and we had the advantage.”
The conference win for the Trojans spoiled Senior Night for the Storm. South Tama jumped out to an early 24-9 lead but the Storm rallied to take a 30-24 advantage.
However, Jaret Probasco and Jake Thiessen earned back-to-back pins at 120 and 126 to give the lead back to the visitors and Jose Alcazar lost to Mitch Miller but avoided the potential tying pin and secured the win for the Trojans, who are in their final season with the NICL.
“This is his second year out for wrestling and his second week on varsity,” Van Dyke said of Alcazar. “He had a lot of success at the JV level. He knew he couldn’t get pinned, but he battled and was out there trying to get the win.”
The Storm managed three pins and Micah Dorow was handed a forfeit at 113. That wasn’t enough though as South Tama County got pins from Probasco, Thiessen, Brandyn Jensen (152), Dylan Kalinay (160) and Kyle Llewellyn (182) in the triumph.
“I thought we matched up well with them. We were going to need some wins and some bonus points in some key matches,” Olson said. “We got a couple of them, but it wasn’t enough.”
SH-BCLUW’s Tyler Lutes improved to 29-2 on the season with his win by fall at 170 pounds. He faced STC senior Kolton Smith, a state qualifier last year, in the featured match of the night. The two grapplers battled to a scoreless draw after one period, but Lutes caught Smith with a nifty move in the second and got the pin in 3 minutes, 27 seconds.
“It’s just another wrestling meet really,” Lutes said of wrestling in his final dual at home. “I just tried to stay patient with him and then I just hit a good move.”
It was the 140th win of Lutes’ career. He is seven victories away from passing his older brother Ryan for the most wins in school history.
“He is wrestling very well right now,” said Olson. “He beat another tough kid tonight. He needs to stay healthy and keep his head in it. If he stays focused, it’ll be a good finish.”
The fourth match of the night pitted South Tama’s Kalinay against SH-BCLUW’s Coby Tomlinson. And even though it was too early in the dual to know the impact of the result, Kalinay’s rally in the third period was a key turning point for the Trojans. Kalinay trailed 8-5 heading into the final period to Tomlinson extended the lead to 10-5 before Kalinay got an escape, a takedown and three back points to move in front. He then got some key bonus points for his squad when he put Tomlinson on his back with 16 seconds to go.
“His conditioning was good and that came through I think,” Van Dyke said. “I knew that would be a big match. It was too early to tell the impact at the time, but it started things out for us.”
Kalinay’s victory gave the Trojans a 15-3 lead. Lutes then cut into the advantage with his pin but Llewellyn’s pin and Dalton Vest’s 10-5 win over Blake Cooper pushed the Trojan lead to 24-9.
Austin Fouts got a win by decision for the Storm at 220 and then Nolan Emley’s win by fall over Garrett Hoskey in 1:12 trimmed the score to 24-12.
During a scramble, Hoskey’s arm appeared to catch Emley in the face. That fired up the Storm senior and Emley finished off the battle with a head lock.
“He got a fire lit under him,” Olson said. “Instead of going ape crazy and punching him back, he set up a nice little headlock and hit it. A big strong kid like that is tough to get away from at that point.”
Josiah Dorow’s win by fall at 106 tied things up at 24-all and Micah Dorow’s win by forfeit pushed the Storm in front for the first time since leading 3-0.
The lead was short-lived though as Probasco and Thiessen both scored pins to give back the lead to South Tama.
Miller made several attempts to pin Alcazar in the final bout at 132, but his attempts all fell a little short. Miller earned the 9-4 win, but it was enough to bring criteria into the mix.
South Tama County next wrestles at the East Marshall/GMG Mustang Duals on Saturday. Action begins at 9 a.m. The Storm also wrestle on Saturday. They head to the North Butler Invitational and begin on the mats at 10:30 a.m.