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Monroe Legacy

Top-ranked Mustangs take short-handed lineup to DCG

PCM junior Payton Drake, top, wrestles in the DCG Invitational on Dec. 1 in Grimes. Drake was third at 126 pounds with his lone loss coming to No. 1 Andrew Flora of ADM.
PCM junior Payton Drake, top, wrestles in the DCG Invitational on Dec. 1 in Grimes. Drake was third at 126 pounds with his lone loss coming to No. 1 Andrew Flora of ADM.

GRIMES — PCM’s wrestling team will look a lot different in January than it looks in early December.

The Class 2A top-ranked Mustangs had only eight wrestlers in their first tournament of the season and that hindered their chances for a high team finish.

But PCM had one champion, two runner-ups and a third-place finisher at the annual DCG Invitational on Dec. 1.

Top-ranked Wes Cummings opened his final prep season with a first-place finish at 160 pounds.

Senior Jarron Trausch, who is ranked fourth in 2A at 170 pounds, was second in his weight class. So was third-ranked sophomore Colby Tool at 145 pounds.

Junior Payton Drake, who is ranked sixth at 126, finished third on the day with his lone loss coming to 2A No. 1 Andrew Flora of ADM.

Cummings won his first two matches of the season by fall and then won his championship match 7-5 over Hayden Friedrichsen of 3A Urbandale.

Trausch was 3-1 on the day. He won his first-round match by technical fall then won his quarterfinal by pin. He claimed a 7-5 win in his semifinal match before losing 3-2 to 3A No. 2 Logan Neils of Ankeny Centennial in the title bout.

Tool was 2-1 on the day. He won his first match by fall and then claimed a technical fall in the semifinals. In the championship match, Tool lost 4-2 to 3A No. 10 Eric Owens of Centennial.

Class 3A No. 9 Ankeny Centennial cruised to the team title with 234 points.

Host DCG was next with 170.5 and the rest of the top five included Des Moines East (154.5), Interstate 35 (145) and Webster City (145).

PCM finished ninth with 111.5 points. The Mustangs had just eight wrestlers entered. Every team above the Mustangs had at least 10 and seven of the eight teams had at least 12 wrestlers in the field.

Two Mustangs were fifth but both went 3-1 on the day.

Senior Jace Smith took fifth at heavyweight. He lost his first match and then got a win by pin and a win by injury default. His second pin of the day came in the fifth-place match.

Senior Cody Wallace was fifth at 152. He lost his first match 7-3 but then got a win by fall, an 8-6 win in Sudden Victory and then a win by fall in the fifth-place match.

The Mustangs were open at six weights. Senior Clay Van Wyk was 0-2 at 132 and sophomore Cooper Sloan finished 0-2 at 195.

PCM wrestled in a quadrangular on Dec. 4 in Sigourney.

The Mustangs wrestle in another quadrangular at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 in Nevada.

PCM competes in the Ankeny Centennial dual tournament at 10 a.m. Dec. 8.

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