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Monroe Legacy

PCM grapplers find success at DCG

Troy Banning/Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal
Prairie City-Monroe junior Lucas Roland, top, won all three of his matches at 170 pounds and claimed his first individual title of the season at the DCG Mustang Invitational on Dec. 2. PCM finished fourth as a team.
Troy Banning/Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal Prairie City-Monroe junior Lucas Roland, top, won all three of his matches at 170 pounds and claimed his first individual title of the season at the DCG Mustang Invitational on Dec. 2. PCM finished fourth as a team.

GRIMES — The PCM wrestling team once again got a great first look at its team this season when the Mustangs took part in the annual DCG Mustang Invitational.

Six wrestlers finished in the top three and the Mustangs crowned two champions on the day during a fourth-place finish on Dec. 2.

Junior Lucas Roland and freshman Landon Fenton both won individual titles to lead the way as Class 2A No. 9 PCM scored 162 points in fourth.

Class 3A Ankeny Centennial won the tournament with 214.5 points.

Webster City, ranked fifth in 2A, was second with 199 and 1A Interstate-35 finished third with 181.5 points. Completing the top five was Creston/Orient-Macksburg with 120 points.

The next five included host DCG (115), ADM of Adel (113), Urbandale (89), Des Moines East (80.5) and Carlisle (60.5). Carroll (55), Oskaloosa (47), West Marshall (47), Greene County (41) and Nevada (41) completed the field.

The Mustangs placed fourth despite having open weights at both 195 and 220. PCM also had four wrestlers win one match of less.

Roland, who is ranked second at 170, was dominant in his first action of the season. The 2016-17 fifth-place finisher at 160 pounds last year won all three of his matches by fall, the longest only lasting 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

Fenton, wrestling in his first varsity tournament, also went 3-0 on the day. He won his match 16-8 and then pinned his two opponents to win the title at 106. His first-round major decision came against top-seed Ethan Carter of Ankeny Centennial.

Junior Wes Cummings and sophomore Payton Drake both finished second at 160 and 113, respectively. Junior Jarron Trausch (182) and freshman Colby Tool (145) finished third.

Cummings, who is ranked third in 2A at 160, won his first two matches by falls in 20 and 32 seconds. He won his semifinal match 8-1 but lost 6-1 in the finals to 3A No. 2 Zan Mulder of DCG.

Drake also was impressive in his first three matches before losing to a ranked foe in the title match.

Drake started his run at 113 with three straight pins and then lost 3-1 in the championship bout to 2A No. 2 Andrew Flora of ADM.

Trausch, who began the season ranked seventh at 182, won his first two matches by fall and then lost by fall against Colin Honderd of 3A Centennial. He bounced back with a win by fall for third.

Tool, a freshman and multiple time AAU champion, began his day at 145 with back-to-back pins. He lost his semifinal match 17-2 against Des Moines East’s Deville Dentis, who is ranked third in 3A at 138 pounds.

Tool rebounded with a 3-1 SV-1 victory in his third-place match.

Juniors Chase Shirk and Cody Wallace both finished sixth at 132 and 138, respectively.

Shirk went 3-2 with three wins by fall. He lost twice by decision.

Wallace was 3-2 with two wins by fall and another by injury default. He also lost twice by decision.

PCM wrestled in a quadrangular on Dec. 5 in Bondurant. The home opener is 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 against Heart of Iowa Conference foes North Polk and Nevada in Monroe.

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