COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo senior Cauy Fitch spent a lot time on the mat this summer, wrestling freestyle, folkstyle and with the AAU Junior Olympics.
Fitch used the time to work on his speed and work to be better on the bottom, and those things were evident in Fitch’s first three matches of the season on Nov. 29.
Fitch was 3-0 during Colfax-Mingo’s South Iowa Cedar League quadrangular, and his three pins led the Tigerhawks to three wins over Lynnville-Sully, North Mahaska and Belle Plaine.
The Tigerhawks started their night with a 60-24 win over L-S, then defeated North Mahaska 66-18 before ending their night with a 57-20 triumph over Belle Plaine.
“We have some things to work on. We need mat time,” Colfax-Mingo coach Erin Hume said. “We need to work on some basic technique and we need to be better conditioned.”
Fitch, who is ranked eighth at 120 pounds in Class 1A, felt good about his night.
He recorded a pin in 49 seconds to begin the night and finished with a pin in 12 seconds against Belle Plaine. His middle match went into the second period but only because he wanted to use the mat time to work on some stuff.
“Coach told me last year at state that he wanted me to wrestle all summer and do as much as I could to get back to state,” said Fitch, who inched closer to the school’s all-time wins record after three more victories. “It helped me a lot, but I still have some stuff to touch up on.”
The 12-second pin by Fitch against Belle Plaine came on a move his Dad found on a Flo Wrestling website.
“My Dad looked up a move on Flo Wrestling that he wanted me to try,” Fitch said. “I tried it, and it worked.”
Joining Fitch with 3-0 nights were senior Ilia Hostetter and juniors Trystin Ross, Jakob Chapman and Noah Strohmeyer. Strohmeyer (106), Hostetter (113) and Chapman (285) all took three forfeits, while Ross collected a pair of pins and was given a forfeit in his three matches at 170 and 182.
“I thought we did a good job of coming together. We have a bunch of first-year wrestlers, a lot of freshmen and a lot of inexperienced kids and we did a good job of getting kids in the right spots to make our team better,” Colfax-Mingo coach Erin Hume said.
“I saw some great things. We need to work on conditioning, but it’s the first matches of the year.”
Lynnville-Sully went 1-2 on the night. After the loss to Colfax-Mingo in the opener, the Hawks got a 36-28 win over Belle Plaine. They finished their night with a 42-24 loss to North Mahaska.
The Tigerhawks, who did not have the services of junior Cyden Fitch, took seven forfeits against Lynnville-Sully, but the Hawks had a 4-3 advantage in contested matches.
C-M got pins from Fitch, Ross and senior Damir Gumerov (195).
Colfax-Mingo took six forfeits against North Mahaska and went 5-2 in contested matches. Junior Hunter Green (132) picked up his first career contested-match victory when he pinned his opponent in 53 seconds.
Junior Tim Carroll (145), Ross, Fitch and senior Reese Arndt (220) also recorded pins in the dual.
Against Belle Plaine, Colfax-Mingo was handed six forfeits. The two teams split eight contested matches with Carroll winning by decision and Fitch, senior Holister Koenig (160) and junior Andrew Meinhart (152) all winning by fall.
For Koenig, it was the first contested victory of his career.
Meinhart, Gumerov, Koenig, Carroll and freshman Kylie Doty all were 2-1 on the night. Doty (126) took two forfeits.
“We have a bunch of newbies. And that’s OK. They’ll get better,” Fitch said. “We’ll keep working and getting better.”
Gumerov’s lone loss was a 9-4 decision to fouth-ranked Ethan Allie of Belle Plaine. Allie was a state qualifier last season.
“The kids is tough and he’s really strong,” Hume said. “It was a good match for Damir to get this early. I think he’ll have a better chance at him later in the year when he’s in better shape and with a little more mat time.
“I thought he got back points early with his first move, but they didn’t give it to him. He needed to go back to that move but didn’t. He’ll learn from that though.”
Short-handed Tigerhawks compete at Dennis Field Invitational
WOODWARD — Strohmeyer won both of his matches to claim the top prize at his weight class and Gumerov and Ross both finished second on the day, but the short-handed Tigerhawks placed eighth in the team standings.
Colfax-Mingo’s wrestling team entered wrestlers in only seven weight classes and scored 65 points total at the Dennis Field Invitational at Woodward-Granger High School on Dec. 1.
Strohmeyer (5-0) won both of his matches by pins in the first minute of the match to claim first place at 106 pounds. He is now 5-0 on the season.
Ross was the runner-up at 170 and Gumerov claimed second at 195.
Ross was 4-1 on the day with two pins and a win by decision. Gumerov also went 4-1 with three pins and a win by decision.
Ross is 7-1 on the season. His lone loss Saturday came by fall. Gumerov is 6-2 and his only two setbacks were by decisions.
The Tigerhawks did not have the services of Class 1A eighth-ranked Cauy Fitch (illness) at 120 and Cyden Fitch at 132.
They also were open at 113, 126, 138, 182 and 220.
The other four Tigerhawk wrestlers who competed — Carroll (145), Meinhart (152), Chapman (285) and Koenig (160) — were all winless on the day.
Host Woodward-Granger won the tournament with 180 points. North Polk was second with 146.5 points, while Martensdale-St. Marys (107) edged Southeast Warren (106) for fourth.
Roland-Story (91), Coon Rapids-Bayard (69) and the West Des Moines Valley JV (68) completed the field.
Only Roland-Story (6) had fewer wrestling entries than Colfax-Mingo (7).
Colfax-Mingo competed against Interstate 35 and Collins-Maxwell at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Truro.
The Tigerhawks wrestle in a quadrangular against Roland-Story, South Hamilton and Saydel at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 in Story City.