TRURO — Several storylines found answers here Tuesday as the Class 2A fourth-ranked Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestling team opened its season at Interstate 35 against the Roadrunners and also against Nodaway Valley.
Dealing with the loss of teammate Dalton Hribal just four days earlier, the Panther wrestling squad welcomed the distraction of an actual wrestling match, easily winning each of its duals.
The Panthers defeated Interstate 35, 57-15, and followed that up with a 70-7 win over Nodaway Valley.
“We’ve had pretty below-average practices all week, and the kids sucked it up tonight and got in here and wrestled well,” head coach Darrell Frain said. “The distraction was really good for them.”
Senior heavyweight Nathan Robinson started out the Panther season in fine form, pinning Interstate 35’s Bobby Heilman in 2:46.
Another storyline coming into the opener for the Panthers was how the young wrestlers making their varsity debuts would handle the pressure.
Frain came away from the meet pleased with how his youngsters competed.
“Some of these kids who haven’t had experience came in and getting their first varsity matches is big,” Frain said. “That first time you wrestle six-minute matches is really tough. I think most of them, even some of them in a loss, stepped up and wrestled well.”
Freshman Wyatt Thompson came away a victor in his first varsity match at 113 pounds, defeating Interstate 35’s Brayden Egli by a 9-5 decision. Thompson led 7-5 before scoring a takedown with just :10 remaining in the match to secure the victory.
Frain was also pleased with freshman Seth Maitlen’s match against returning state qualifier and Class 2A No. 8-ranked 182-pounder Ethan Jones. Jones pinned Maitlen in 5:58, but Maitlen battled hard against the senior.
Sophomore 126-pounder Spencer Wray also drew a returning state qualifier in his opener, defeating Paul Queck by a 5-2 decision.
“In the I-35 match, Spencer Wray wrestled a state qualifier and won. That was a big match for us,” Frain said. “Seth Maitlen, even in a loss, had a state qualifier also, and wrestled pretty well as a freshman coming in against a state qualifier, so I think those guys had big matches.”
Maitlen and Wray each pinned his opponent against Nodaway Valley.
In the Nodaway Valley dual, Panther junior Jesse Rathe dropped a close 6-3 decision to NV returning state qualifier Kain Queck in the 152-pound match.
“That was a pretty good match for us there, too,” Frain said. “Jesse was kind of our backup, if you can call him a backup at this point, and he gave him everything he had. That one probably came down to conditioning a little bit, but we expect to be better next time.”
Three-time state champion Jake Marlin kicked off his quest for a fourth-straight state championship with two pins in quick fashion at 145, while senior Keaton Hulett also came away with two pins at 195.
Junior Trevor Frain pinned Nodaway Valley’s Nolan Dodson in :24 and picked up a 7-2 decision over I-35’s Tommy Bregar at 170. Leading 2-1 after two periods, Frain scored a takedown and earned three back points with one minute remaining to secure the victory.
Junior Kruz Adamson picked up two wins by fall at 120.
Overall, the Panthers won 14 matches by fall — six against Interstate 35 and eight against Nodaway Valley.
Nodaway Valley also fell to Winterset, 55-15.
The Panthers return to action 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Dallas Center-Grimes.
Creston/O-M 57, Interstate 35 15
106 — Austin Pontier (I35) pinned Stone Hammons (COM), :50.
113 — Wyatt Thompson (COM) dec. Brayden Egli (I35), 9-5.
120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) pinned Kevin Rachau (I35), :56.
126 — Spencer Wray (COM) dec. Paul Queck, (I35), 5-2.
132 — Gage Cheers (COM) pinned Nelson Endres (I35), :34.
138 — Bryce Briley (COM) by forfeit.
145 — Jake Marlin (COM) pinned Logan Adair (I35), 1:21.
152 — Sal Arzani (I35) dec. Gavin Leith (COM), 6-2.
160 — Adam Baker (COM) by forfeit.
170 — Trevor Frain (COM) dec. Tommy Bregar (I35), 7-2.
182 — Ethan Jones (I35) pinned Seth Maitlen (COM), 5:58.
195 — Keaton Hulett (COM) pinned Tyler Lester (I35), 3:23.
220 — Cole Tanner (COM) pinned Lonnie Harper (I35), 1:37.
285 — Nathan Robinson (COM) pinned Bobby Heilman (I35), 2:46.
Creston/O-M 70, Nodaway Valley 7
106 — Dusty Davis (NV) major dec. Stone Hammons (COM), 10-0.
113 — Wyatt Thompson (COM) by forfeit.
120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) pinned Ben Frease (NV), :57.
126 — Spencer Wray (COM) pinned JD Lyman (NV), 5:04.
132 — Gage Cheers (COM) major dec. Jared Thompson (NV), 15-7.
138 — Garret Taylor (COM) pinned Dylan Corneilson (NV), 3:24.
145 — Jake Marlin (COM) pinned Zach Scheel (NV), 1:15.
152 — Kain Queck (NV) dec. Jesse Rathe (COM), 6-3.
160 — Adam Baker (COM) pinned Baley Shantz (NV), 1:08.
170 — Trevor Frain (COM) pinned Nolan Dodson (NV), :24.
182 — Seth Maitlen (COM) pinned Tyler Ford (NV), 1:32.
195 — Keaton Hulett (COM) pinned Casey Ladd (NV), :22.
220 — Cole Tanner (COM) by forfeit.
285 — Nathan Robinson (COM) by forfeit.