NEW SHARON — Six Bolts finished in the top five of their weight classes and Baxter’s wrestling team was sixth as a team at the North Mahaska Wrestling Invitational on Saturday.
Lynnville-Sully finished just behind the Bolts in seventh. The Hawks were led by the only area champion, Lane Mathis, who won the 220-pound weight bracket.
Three area wrestlers went 1-2-3 at 220 as Baxter’s Micah Kearns was second and Lynnville-Sully’s Miles Mintle placed third.
The Bolts scored 88 points in sixth place and L-S was seventh with 77 points. North Tama won the tournament with 166.5, while Mount Ayr was next in the 12-team field with 160.
Mathis (6-1) was 3-0 at 220, winning all three matches by fall in the first period. Two of his matches didn’t go past 40 seconds.
Kearns was 2-1 at 220 and finished second. He won his first two matches by fall. Mintle was 1-1, losing to Kearns by fall and winning his other match by pin in 16 seconds.
Baxter’s Ashton Kerwin (126) and Lynnville-Sully’s Gentry Walston were both runner-ups in their bracket, while Baxter’s Cole Smith (120), Callyn Bishop (160) and Aiden McFadden (285) all finished third.
For L-S, Sam Philby (126), Caleb Rea (132), Brodey Johnson (138) and Reese Dunsbergen (152) were all fourth.
Baxter’s Curtis Gliem finished fifth at 132. Lynnville-Sully’s C.J. Snethen was 4-1 on the day but finished fifth at 145.
Kerwin, Smith and McFadden all were 2-1. Kerwin won his first two by fall and lost by fall in his last match. Smith won by fall in his first and last match and McFadden won by fall, lost by fall and won a 6-3 decision.
Gliem won his second match by fall.
Walston (13-5) had two pins at 113 and he lost his other match by fall.
Snethen (11-4) won his first match but lost his second match to move to the backside. He won every match on that side of the bracket by fall to take fifth.
Philby, Rea, Johnson (8-2) and Dunsbergen (10-6) all went 1-2 on the day. They all won one match by fall.