BAXTER — Prairie City-Monroe’s and Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s wrestlers squared off in a showdown of Heart of Iowa Conference foes on Thursday. The Mustangs continued on the winning path, taking the dual in the Raiders’ home gym, 57-21.
It had been a long layoff for the Mustangs, who hadn’t wrestled in more than two weeks, but PCM coach Cory Waddell was pleased to see his athletes didn’t show much, if any, rust against the Raiders.
“It was a good effort coming out of a long layoff. We haven’t wrestled since Dec. 21. I was concerned about rust, but the guys came out aggressive and wrestled well. We seem to be pretty healthy heading into the heart of our schedule. Nice to get our second conference dual win,” Waddell said.
PCM 120-pounder Xavier Miller stayed true to his winning ways with a 2 minute, 40 second pin of Lane Howes. Another PCM standout this season, Luke Cummings, took down Zach Huffaker in 52 seconds with a pin in the 152-pound bout. Mustang Jade Coleman got a 10-3 decision in the 160-pound matchup against Jordan Coughenour. Ron Marshall pinned Blake Coughenour in 54 seconds to take the 170-pound match. Lucas Rains pinned CMB’s Logan Cory in 1:10. Brandon Charls took the 220-pound match, pinned Archer McFadden in 1:30. Last for the Mustangs, Tristan Clark got the pin on Beau Iske at 126.
CMB’s wins came from Dawson Dahlke, who pinned Trent Malone in 53 seconds to take the heavyweight matchup. Evan Bianchi got a decision over James Maggard at 138 pounds. Bianchi’s coach Joe Bartello, was very pleased with the way he wrestled, and he understood what the team was up against in such a deep team as the Mustangs.
“I felt CMB wrestled hard against a tough team,” he said, “Evan Bianchi wrestled a good match winning us team points and showing good improvement as a freshman. Dawson Dahlke had a good match starting aggressive and getting a pin early in the match. In all, we did not get as much mat time as I wanted over Christmas break and was happy with the kids conditioning to night. We will continue to work hard for the season and focus on our up coming competitions.”
CMB’s wrestlers head to Jefferson on Monday to take on Greene County, while PCM hosts their annual Inviational on Saturday.
PCM (PCM) 57,
Collins-Maxwell-Baxter (CMB) 21
106: Chace Palm, PCM, forf. . 113: Jacob Hennick, CMB, forf. . 120: Xavier Miller, PCM, pinned Lane Howes, CMB, 2:40. 126: Tristan Clark, PCM, pinned Beau Iske, CMB, 2:51. 132: Ethan Cozad, CMB, forf. . 138: Evan Bianchi, CMB, dec. James Maggard, PCM, 12-5. 145: Ian Reed, PCM, forf. . 152: Luke Cummings, PCM, pinned Zach Huffaker, CMB, 0:52. 160: Jade Coleman, PCM, dec. Jordan Coughenour, CMB, 10-3. 170: Ron Marshall, PCM, pinned Blake Coughenour, CMB, 0:54. 182: Lucas Rains, PCM, pinned Logan Cory, CMB, 1:10. 195: Jaret Maggard, PCM, forf. . 220: Brandon Charls, PCM, pinned Archer McFadden, CMB, 1:30. 285: Dawson Dahlke, CMB, pinned Trent Malone, PCM, 0:53.