NP finishes seventh, CMB ninth at conference meet
JEWELL – North Polk tallied four top-three finishes and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter had a total of seven wrestlers place at the Heart of Iowa Conference Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Jewell.
North Polk crowned one champion and had two wrestlers take second and another claim a bronze medal. The Comets ended up seventh in the team standings with 102 points.
Landon Schuessler – state qualifier from a year ago – was the lone North Polk grappler to take first on the day. Wrestling at 160 pounds, Schuessler went 3-0 with one pin and two victories by decision.
Schuessler stuck Gilbert’s Jaden Hasstedt in just 25 seconds in his opening match. In the semifinals, Schuessler pulled off an 8-2 victory over South Hamilton’s Max Reiter to pit him against Greene County’s Daric Whipple in the championship match.
In the 160-pound title match Schuessler edged Whipple by a 5-3 decision to claim the title and improve to 9-1 on the season.
Chase Erickson and Ben Bruggeman were both second for North Polk with 2-1 records at Jewell.
Erickson competed at 106. He pulled off major decision victories over Nevada’s Wayne Beard and Gilbert’s Sinjin Briggs by respective 12-2 and 9-0 scores to reach the finals, where he lost by fall to Saydel’s Devon VanHouten.
Bruggeman wrestled at 220. He pinned CMB’s Archer McFadden in 1:23 and Gilbert’s Brady Kline in 5:48 to reach the finals, where he suffered a 9-1 major decision loss against Saydel’s Tyler Stocker.
T.J. Krehbeil went 3-1 at 285 to place third for North Polk.
Krehbeil pinned Greene County’s Rene Guzman in 1:30 to start the tournament, but then lost by fall to Roland-Story’s Danny Dankel. In the consolation semifinals, Krehbeil bounced back by pinning Colfax-Mingo’s Brandon Byal in 51 seconds and he went on to pin CMB’s Dawson Dahlke in 45 seconds to claim the third-place match.
Austin Smith took fourth for North Polk at 113 with a 2-2 record. Graham Hoshaw also went 2-2 at 170, placing fifth for the Comets.
CMB placed ninth at the tournament with a score of 69.
Logan Cory was the top individual CMB performer as he took third at 182 with a 3-1 record.
After receiving a bye in the opening round, Cory defeated Nevada’s Alex Peebles by medical forfeit, then lost by fall to PCM’s Lucas Rains in the semifinals. In the consolation semifinals Cory pinned Saydel’s Hunter Jesse in 48 seconds, and he went on to defeat Roland-Story’s Ryan Hadaway by 15-7 major decision in the third-place match.
Jake Hennick (120), Dylan Williams (195) and Dahlke (285) each came in fourth in their respective weight classes for CMB.
Hennick and Dahlke both went 2-2.
Hennick pinned PCM’s Reece Broderson in 1:43, then lost by major decision to Colfax-Mingo’s Brett Stevens. He came back to pin Roland-Story’s Will Halstead in 3:26 during the consolation semifinals, then lost by a 10-0 major decision to Gilbert’s Matthew Shuka in the third-place match.
Dahlke pinned Byal in 2:53, then lost by fall to South Hamilton’s Josh Lutter. He rebounded with a pin over Guzman in 1:19 during the consolation semifinals before falling to Krehbeil in the third-place match.
Beau Iske (126), Ethan Cozad (132) and McFadden each took sixth in their respective classes for CMB with a 1-3 record.
Greene County edged PCM for the HOIC team championship. The Rams scored 168.5 points to the Mustangs’ 167, and Gilbert and Saydel were close behind in third and fourth with respective point totals of 161 and 156.5.
Final team scores: 1. Greene County 168.5 points, 2. PCM 167, 3. Gilbert 161, 4. Saydel 156.5, 5. Roland-Story 134, 6. South Hamilton 125, 7. North Polk 102, 8. Nevada 72, 9. CMB 69, 10. Colfax-Mingo 57.
Individual results – CMB and North Polk
106 pounds – 2. Chase Erickson (NP), 2-1. 113 – 4. Austin Smith (NP), 2-2. 120 – 4. Jake Hennick (CMB), 2-2. 126 – 6. Beau Iske (CMB), 1-3; 132 – 6. Ethan Cozad (CMB), 1-3. 138 – Even Bianchi (CMB), 1-2; 145 – Chandler Smith (NP), 0-2. 152 – Trevor Bishop (NP), 0-2. 160 – 1. Landon Schuessler (NP), 3-0; Blake Coughenour (CMB), 0-1. 170 – 5. Graham Hoshaw (NP), 2-2; Torren Schultheis (CMB), 0-2. 182 – 3. Logan Cory (CMB), 3-1; Dalton Hutchison (NP), 0-2. 195 – 4. Dylan Williams (CMB), 1-2. 220 – 2. Ben Bruggeman (NP), 2-1. 6. Archer McFadden (CMB), 1-3. 285 – 3. T.J. Krehbeil (NP), 3-1; 4. Dawson Dahlke (CMB), 2-2.