BOONE – The Ballard wrestling team picked up its first Raccoon River Conference championship since 2011 Saturday as the Bombers traveled to Boone and crowned four individual champions.
Ballard finished with 203 points, beating Boone by 28 points for first among the eight competing teams in the conference. Adel-Desoto-Minburn took third with 155 points and Winterset was fourth with a score of 129.5.
Ethan Estabrooks, Mitchell Broer, Kenton Brekke and Tyler Kyhl all claimed an individual conference title for Ballard.
Estabrooks went 2-0 at 120 pounds. He received a first-round bye, then edged Boone’s Albert Meier in the semifinals by a 10-8 decision. In the finals Estabrooks pinned Perry’s Gisaveri Niyibizi in three minutes, 43 seconds.
Broer, ranked third in Class 3A by The Predicament at 132, also received an opening-round bye before pinning Winterset’s Jacob Jenkins in 3:27. In the 132-pound title match Broer toppled Carroll’s Justin Kaltved by a 14-6 major decision to finish the regular season with a 32-5 record.
Brekke joined Estabrooks and Broer in going 2-0.
Competing at 145, Brekke received a bye, then pinned Carroll’s Reid Stracke in 1:11 to reach the championship match. In the title match Brekke claimed a 3-2 tiebreaker over Winterset’s Mitchell Holcomb.
Kyhl was the lone Bomber champion to wrestle in three matches.
Kyhl went 3-0 at 195. He pinned Boone’s Jake Stecker and Carroll’s Sterling Schaefer to reach the finals, then scored a 4-3 decision over Winterset’s Nick Tank in the championship match.
Bailey Heinen, Nathan Macki, Will May and Alex Silberstein each nabbed a runner-up medal for the Bombers.
Heinen competed at 106. He pinned ADM’s John Throne and Bondurant-Farrar’s Walter Long to reach the championship match, where he fell by a close 5-4 decision to Winterset’s Britton Gibson.
Macki received a bye, then pinned Perry’s Ivan Garcia in 1:33 at 126. In the championship match, he lost by fall to Bondurant-Farrar’s Caleb Coleman.
May was 2-1 at 160. He pulled off a 13-2 major decision over Winterset’s Caleb Grose and pinned Bondurant-Farrar’s Caleb Beck before losing by fall to Boone’s Dillon Calkins in the finals.
Silberstein pinned ADM’s Zach Ostendorf in 3:40 and Carlisle’s Jacob Henkelman in just 22 seconds to reach the finals at 220. In the championship round, Silberstein suffered a close 6-4 loss to Boone’s Mason Frost.
Max Moulden came in fourth at 170 and Louie Howlett, Andrew Rasmussen and Ben Claussen placed fifth at 138, 152 and 182 respectively for the Bombers. Moulden and Claussen both went 2-2 and Howlett and Rasmussen each finished 1-2.
Ballard next competes at the 2A sectional meet in Story City this Saturday. The meet is set to start at noon.
Final team scores: 1. Ballard 203, 2. Boone 175, 3. ADM 155, 4. Winterset 146, 5. Carlisle 129.5, 6. Carroll 116, 7. Perry 115, 8. Bondurant-Farrar 103.
Individual results – Ballard
106 pounds – 2. Bailey Heinen, 2-1; 113 – John Fleenor, 0-2; 120 – 1. Ethan Estabrooks, 2-0; 126 – 2. Nathan Macki, 1-1; 132 – 1. Mitchell Broer, 2-0; 138 – 5. Louie Howlett, 1-2; 145 – 1. Kenton Brekke, 2-0; 152 – 5. Andrew Rasmussen, 1-2; 160 – 2. Will May, 2-1; 170 – 4. Max Moulden, 2-2; 182 – 5. Ben Claussen, 2-2; 195 – 1. Tyler Kyhl, 3-0; 220 – 2. Alex Silberstein, 2-1.
HUXLEY – Ballard wrapped up the regular season portion of its dual competition with a 55-20 victory over Perry Thursday in Huxley.
The victory put Ballard at 14-8 in duals on the season and gave the Bombers the Raccoon River Conference championship with a 7-0 mark.
The Bombers have been banged up the past month, but they received a big boost against Perry when two-time state qualifier Nathan Macki returned to the lineup. Coming back from a shoulder injury, Macki returned in style – pinning Perry’s Ivan Garcia in one minute, 38 seconds – to give Ballard the lead for good at 9-6.
“It felt good,” Macki said. “I just wanted to get back into wrestling.”
Macki went through a similar experience last year. He spent most of last season nursing a broken elbow, but returned in time for sectionals to qualify for state.
“I’m just looking to keep on trucking,” Macki said. “Last year was a good experience, but it’s always going to be tough making it down to state.”
Mitchell Broer followed up Macki by pinning Perry’s Gage Welch in 1:32 at 132. Broer is ranked third at 132 in Class 2A by The Predicament and one of four seniors to wrestle on senior night, along with Ethan Estabrooks (120), Andrew Rasmussen (152) and Tyler Kyhl (195).
“It’s great to go out on top,” Broer said. “We won the conference, so it means a lot to me.”
Broer will take a 30-5 record in the Raccoon River Conference tournament this Saturday at Boone. Sectionals start the following Saturday and Broer will be gunning for his fourth-straight trip to Des Moines.
“I feel good about how I’m wrestling,” Broer said. “I’ve just got to keep it going and keep building toward the state tournament. That’s what we’ve been working for all year.”
Estabrooks and Kyhl were also victorious in their final home matches. Estabrooks defeated Gisaveri Niyibizi by a 10-6 decision and Kyhl pinned Augusto Jata in 2:46.
Kenton Brekke (145), Will May (160), Max Moulden (170) and Alex Silberstein (220) all won by fall for Ballard against Perry. Ben Claussen added a 12-3 major decision over the Bluejays’ Kevin Lopez at 182. Bailey Heinen (106) received a forfeit for the Bombers and Perry had one point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct during the 182-pound match.
Ballard 55, Perry 20
113 pounds – Kade Van Kirk (P) won by forfeit; 120 – Ethan Estabrooks (B) won by decision over Gisaveri Niyibizi (P), 10-6; 126 – Nathan Macki (B) won by fall over Ivan Garcia (P), 1:38; 132 – Mitchell Broer (B) won by fall over Gage Welch (P), 1:32; 138 – Jacob Thompson (P) won by decision over Rachel Watters (B), 7-4; 145 – Kenton Brekke (B) won by fall over Chase Monahan (P), 5:01; 152 – Seth Stetzel (P) won by fall over Andrew Rasmussen (B), 0:57; 160 – Will May (B) won by fall over Kaleb Carsatarphen (P), 2:40; 170 – Max Moulden (B) won by fall over Alonzo Zarate (P), 1:42; 182 – Ben Claussen (B) won by major decision over Kevin Lopez (P), 12-3; 195 – Tyler Kyhl (B) won by fall over Augusto Jata (P), 2:46; 220 – Alex Silberstein (B) won by fall over Jorge Soto (P), 1:29; 285 – Joe Olivera (P) won by forfeit; 106 – Bailey Heinen (B) won by forfeit.