After the first round of the wrestling postseason over the weekend, plenty of Jasper County athletes have set themselves up for a possible appearance at the state meet.
Lynnville-Sully advanced to regional duals as a team and will send five individual wrestlers to districts, Prairie City-Monroe will send four individuals to the next step and Colfax-Mingo had two individual champions and will advance four wrestlers overall. Collins-Maxwell-Baxter competed as well, but wasn’t able to advance any competitors.
The top two teams from each district and top two individuals at each weight class were given passage to districts this upcoming weekend.
Wrestling at BGM in Class 1A Sectional 1, the Hawks had arguably the strongest day of the area schools. Levi Bennington (145 pounds), Caden Doll (160) and Shane Thompson (285) all earned sectional championships. Malin Meyer (120) and Meliek Meyer (152) each placed second.
Bennington and Thompson each earned pins in their contested victories, while Doll had a 13-7 decision in his final match. The Meyers were both defeated in their respective first-place matches, but recovered in wrestlebacks to keep their seasons alive.
"Everyone wrestled with tons of heart, which is something that you cannot coach, but is a very important to success,” Lynnville-Sully coach Steve Northcutt said. “This was our team goal from day one, and I’m very proud our team reached our goal. Thanks to all of our fans we had there, it was great to see that kind of support.”
Helping the Hawks reach regional duals were five third-place finishes, coming from Cole Nickell (106), Jamison Goodyk (126), Austin Newell (132), Noah Zylstra (170) and Jack Hardin (182).
Lynnville-Sully will travel to Don Bosco-Gilbertville for regional duals on Tuesday, where it will face the tall task of Class 1A No. 5 West Marshall. For districts, the Hawks will compete at Pleasantville on Saturday.
After a tough semifinal round at Class 2A Sectional 4 at Saydel High School, PCM was able to advance four wrestlers on to districts and finished just two points shy of moving on as a team.
No Mustangs earned individual titles, but Jade Coleman (152), Luke Cummings (160), Dakota Timmins (170) and Lucas Rains (195) all took second place to advance.
Timmins avenged two earlier losses in the season against Saydel’s Amos Wright to earn his district spot, while Coleman and Rains also earned pins in their second-place matches.
After being surprised in the semifinals, conference champion Ron Marshall (182) ended up taking third, as did Tristan Clark (126), Skyler Koder (138) and Ian Reed (145).
“The guys wrestled hard all day, and I’m happy we qualified four,” PCM coach Cory Waddell said. “You always want more, but four from this young group is good. Overall, it was a successful day for this young team.”
PCM will compete in its district meet at Ballard of Huxley.
Lynnville-Sully wasn’t the only team to find some success at BGM on Saturday.
Colfax-Mingo’s Class 1A No. 5 Jimmy Abell (106) and Dylan Albright (170) took steps toward another berth at state, while Richard Blom (126) and Brandon Byal (285) will make the trip to district with them after the Tigerhawks’ fourth-place finish.
“Our wrestlers competed today with an intensity that we have been waiting to see,” C-M coach Bryan Poulter said. “We didn’t come home with any bad taste in our mouths. We competed hard and with a purpose.”
Similar to a lot of his tournaments this season, Abell didn’t have a contested match until the finals, when he pinned Tri-County-Montezuma’s Mason Garber in one minute, 10 seconds. After receiving a forfeit in the first round, Albright cruised to a championship with consecutive pins of 59 seconds and 1:08, respectively.
Blom and Byal each received byes in the first round before Blom earned a decision and Byal stuck his opponent in the next round to reach the title bout. Teammates Ty Carlson (113) and Chris Warner (195) each placed third.
“This next week will be a big bonus week for Richard and Brandon as they train and learn about the next level of wrestling,” Poulter said. “We look forward to districts.”
The Tigerhawks will once again join Lynnville-Sully at districts in Pleasantville.
After making the long trip out to Ogden, the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter wrestlers’ season came to an end on Saturday.
Lehvi Bucklin (170) and Dawson Dahlke (285) led the way for the Raiders with third-place finishes, Both suffered pins in the semifinal round, but scored victories in wrestlebacks. Both also finished with more than 20 wins on the year.
Other notable finishes for the Raiders included Jake Hennick (106), Lincoln Brown (126) and Dylan Williams (195), who each finished fourth.
“This weekend didn’t go as planned,” CMB coach Dennis Hennick said. “Overall the year was a tough one for us as a team, but we had some individuals have great seasons. We have a lot of hard-working, good kids.”