NEWTON — Wrestling at home is a premium. Newton’s Cardinals have had back-to-back home dates to start the 2013-14 season.
“This is very special because we don’t get to wrestle here very many more times,” said senior Ray Schroder, who won his second straight 195-pound championship at the Newton Cardinal Classic Saturday.
The Cardinals hosted five teams in the Classic, which features round-robin brackets for all weight classes. Newton finished fifth with 189 points.
Indianola won the team title with 272 points with Sioux City North in second place at 263. Johnston was third with 236 points followed by Knoxville with 200 points. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson was sixth with 182 points.
For senior Koby Hull, the day went from “not so good to good” in his wrestling on the mat at home. That’s in Hull’s mind. Hull went 5-0 to claim the gold medal in the 106-pound class, in which he took third a year ago.
“It feels good to wrestle at home. Plus, everybody else wrestled really good today too,” Hull said. “I came back from what I thought was not wrestling very good to the last match — for the championship — to wrestling much better by the end of the day.”
Joey Wright got to wrestle in his first Cardinal Classic, which is his last one also. The senior posted a 4-0 mark in the 220-pound class to win a championship.
“It was great to have all my teammates, family and friends supporting me,” Wright said. “The last match was the hardest of the day but I was glad to wrestle the Knoxville kid again to show them what I can do.”
Wright pinned all four of his opponents in the round-robin event. In round four, Wright faced Brock Caviness, who he beat Thursday at home. The two went to the third period in that first meeting, and Wright pinned Caviness. Saturday, Wright won by a fall over Caviness in 1 minute, 8 seconds.
Newton had four wrestlers in line for championships Saturday.
Jacob Williams, who had won the 220-pound championship as a junior a year ago, moved into the 285-pound division. Williams and Sioux City North’s Max Stewart — both ranked in the top seven in Class 3A preseason polls — had the final match of the day in the bracket.
Both were 2-0 going into the match. Williams was down 6-0 early in the third period and scored on a reversal. Williams worked a power half-nelson trying to turn Stewart, but Stewart got the leverage for a reversal then pinned Williams with one second remaining in the match.
“Jacob had a great match against a ranked kid. Jacob is wrestling up a weight and the Stewart kid is closer to the 285-pound limit. We found out things from this match, which he (Williams) can work on to help him against the bigger kids at that weight class,” said Andy Swedenhjelm, Newton head coach.
“Our kids did a lot of good things throughout the tournament. I know they enjoyed wrestling at home in front of their family and friends. We had three champions and a third-place finisher. Joey Wright wrestled the best I’ve seen him do this season.”
Schroder was 3-0 on the day. He wrapped up his second straight Cardinal Classic title with a 10-0 major decision over Jake Taylor of Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.
“I wrestled good today but I have a lot of things I need to work on. We’re not a finished product until after state,” Schroder said with a smile. Schroder is going after his second consecutive trip to the Class 3A state tournament.
Hull recorded three wins by falls on the day. He had a 9-1 major decision over McGuire Midkiff of Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson in the second round. Hull, ranked third in preseason, defeated Ethan Ksiazek of Johnston, who is ranked eighth, 4-0 in the final match to lock up the championship at 106.
Wright pinned Nick Norton of Sioux City North in 1:59 to win the 220-pound class. Junior Brett Wolf took third in the 152-pound weight class.
Senior Sean Cook, who went 1-4 at 170, was fifth and had the hard-luck match of the tournament for Newton. Cook took down Ben Wilson of Johnston immediately in their match. Cook had Wilson in a headlock close to being pinned for almost two minutes, building an 8-0 lead. The match went a full three periods with Wilson tying the score — 20-20 on a last-second reversal. Wilson got the takedown in the first overtime period to beat Cook 22-20.
Mac Icenbice, another NHS senior, went 0-4 for fifth at 182. He lost a 3-0 decision late against Dom Endrizal of Indianola in round four.
Newton’s sophomores and freshmen placed fifth or sixth in their respective weight classes. Taking fifth were sophomores Hunter Versteegh at 113, Parker Schuster at 126 and Bryce Tish at 138 and freshmen Brady Smith at 132 and Justice Borger at 145. Freshman Peyton Patterson was sixth at 160. Newton was open at 120.
The Cardinals are at Adel-DeSoto-Milburn Tuesday in a double dual with ADM and Nevada. Newton’s varsity goes to the Council Bluff Abraham Lincoln Invitational Friday and Saturday and the junior varsity wrestles at Southeast Polk JV Invitational.
Newton Cardinal Classic
106 — Koby Hull — 1st
Hull pinned Zach Fisher (Indianola), 1:46.
Hull won by maj. dec. over McGuire Midkiff (Thomas Jefferson) 9-1.
Hull pinned Ben Wooldridge (Knoxville) 3:31.
Hull pinned Brady Hodgins (Sioux City North) Fall 2:25.
Hull won by dec. over Ethan Ksiazek (Johnston) 4-0.
113 - Hunter Versteeg — 5th
Versteegh won by dec. over Colton Downing (Thomas Jefferson) 4-2.
Tyler Gran (Sioux City North) pinned Hunter Versteegh 1:03.
Alec Ksiazek (Johnston) won by maj. dec. over Versteegh 14-2.
Tanner Wharton (Indianola) 4-0 pinned Versteegh 1:15.
126 — Parker Schuster — 5th
Colton Clingenpeel (Thomas Jefferson) pinned Schuster 0:32.
Adrian Jurado (Sioux City North) pinned Schuster 1:58.
Shane Vaughan (Johnston) pinned Schuster 0:54.
John Gioffredi (Indianola) pinned Schuster 1:31.
Schuster pinned Trevor Meyers (Knoxville) 3:44.
132 — Brady Smith — 5th
Jacob Jones (Thomas Jefferson) won by maj. dec. over Smith 9-0.
Reese Stahlbaum (Johnston) won by dec. over Smith 5-2.
Dalton Hanson (Sioux City North) pinned Smith 3:52.
Riley Spaur (Knoxville) won by dec. over Smith 7-1.
138 — Bryce Tish — 5th
Tish won by dec. over Zach Simons (Sioux City North) 7-4.
Kieran Robuck (Knoxville) pinned Tish 3:12.
Joe McGinnis (Indianola) pinned Tish 3:14.
Austin Garcia (Johnston) won by dec. over Tish 7-2.
Steven Ruby (Thomas Jefferson) pinned Tish 4:40.
145 — Justice Borger — 5th
Anthony Piagentini (Johnston) pinned Borger 1:27.
Connor Coyle (Sioux City North) pinned Borger 1:45.
Jason Wallace (Thomas Jefferson) pinned Borger 0:44.
Nolan Crossett (Knoxville) pinned Borger 0:13.
152 — Brett Wolf — 3rd
Landon BeLieu (Indianola) pinned Wolf 5:19.
Wolf won by maj. dec. over Drew Singbush (Johnston) 16-5.
Deion Clayborne (Sioux City North) won by dec. over Wolf 9-5.
Matt Thompson (Thomas Jefferson) 2-4 won by dec. over Wolf 13-8.
160 — Peyton Patterson — 6th
Brendan Anderson (Thomas Jefferson) won by maj. dec. over Patterson 9-0.
Tyler Chatterton (Knoxville) pinned Patterson 1:09.
Nathaniel Standish (Johnston) won by maj. dec. over Patterson 8-0.
Casey Crawford (Indianola) won by maj. dec. over Patterson 10-2.
Wisam Najdawi (Sioux City North) pinned Patterson 0:21.
170 — Sean Cook — 5th
Cook pinned Tanner Clawson (Thomas Jefferson) 2:56.
Elijah Clutter (Indianola) pinned Cook 4:54.
Ben Wilson (Johnston) won by dec. over Cook 22-20 OT.
Jayce Frank (Sioux City North) pinned Cook 0:58.
Jared McClung (Knoxville) pinned Cook 1:58.
182 — Mac Icenbice — 5th
Zach Kraus (Sioux City North) pinned Icenbice 3:38.
Jon Dolan (Johnston) pinned Icenbice 1:14.
Dom Endrizal (Indianola) won by dec. over Icenbice 3-0.
Jac Agan (Knoxville) pinned Icenbice 0:30.
195 — Ray Schroder — 1st
Schroder pinned Travis Poffenbarger (Knoxville) 4:42.
Schroder won by dec. over Brandon Konz (Sioux City North) 7-2.
Schroder won by maj. dec. over Jake Taylor (Thomas Jefferson) 10-0.
220 — Joey Wright — 1st
Wright pinned Logan Hunt (Indianola) 2:43.
Wright pinned Tom Dusen (Johnston) 2:47.
Wright pinned Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 1:08.
Wright pinned Nick Norton (Sioux City North) 1:59.
285 — Jacob Williams — 2nd
Williams pinned Brad Nielsen (Johnston) 1:11.
Williams pinned Brock VanLoon (Indianola) 1:33.
Max Stewart (Sioux City North) pinned Williams 5:59.