It was a night of special recognitions for the Creston/O-M state-ranked wrestling team Thursday night, during a pair of blowout victories over Perry (72-7) and Winterset (75-3).
In the first dual of the night, Winterset, now 6-4 for the season, topped Perry by a 51-28 score.
Creston/O-M, No. 5 in Class 2A on the latest Predicament ratings, had seven pins and five forfeit victories in defeating Perry. The Winterset match went even quicker, as the Panthers started the meet with six straight falls, ending with nine in all along with three forfeit victories.
Prior to the Winterset dual, the Creston/O-M team entered the gym carrying the T-shirt of Dalton Hribal, team member who died in a Nov. 23 auto accident. After that tribute, No. 1 ranked Keaton Hulett gained his career 150th victory with a hard-fought 4-0 win at 220 pounds over Winterset’s sixth-ranked Blake Glenn.
Earlier in the night, three-time state champion Jake Marlin was recognized for gaining his 175th career victory, which actually came Tuesday at Lewis Central. With two falls Thursday, Marlin now has 177.
The all-time Creston/O-M career leaders are Kalab Evans (181) and Andrew Long (180). Marlin could reach Long or Evans as soon as Saturday’s tournament at Centerville.
“If he would win out, he could get to 200,” said Creston/O-M coach Darrell Frain. “That’s an unbelievable accomplishment. The (state) record is over 200, but a lot of schools wrestle more duals than we do. To think about 200 for us, that’s amazing.”
In researching statistics for an Omaha World-Herald article on Thursday about Hulett, Frain discovered his No. 1-ranked 195-pounder was at 148 wins. He was set up to reach the 150 milestone in a matchup of rated wrestlers.
“For Keaton, 150 is amazing, because he started out with a lot of wins at 171 as a freshman and sophomore, which a lot of kids can’t do,” Frain said. “Tonight I felt really comfortable in moving him up against Glenn. I knew he could dominate on top, he just needed to get that takedown.”
Hulett’s second-period freight-train double leg takedown was the decisive move in the shutout victory.
Creston/O-M, now 11-1, picked up a bonus point for the reaction of Winterset’s Russell Phillips after getting thrown to the mat for a 46-second fall by Trevor Frain, ranked fifth at 160 pounds.
“I turned away, but they said he swung or kicked at him, I guess,” coach Frain said. “All I saw was Trev getting up smiling.”
Creston/O-M nearly pulled off an upset at 152 pounds in the Perry meet, as Jackson VanKirk of the Bluejays, ranked earlier in the season, edged Panther Gavin Leith, 3-2.
Two high-ranked wrestlers did not appear Thursday, as No. 1 113-pounder Mason Miller of Winterset is sidelined by a back injury, and Perry’s No. 8 138-pounder Seth Stetzel was out with illness.
The Panthers figure to get good competition Saturday at Centerville, including postseason opponent Knoxville, which has a ranked wrestler at 152. Centerville has the No. 3 195-pounder slated to meet Hulett, and it’s possible that Kirksville (Mo.) has a nationally-ranked 138-pounder in Marlin’s division, although Frain isn’t sure he’s still with the Kirksville squad.
“I saw him on the W.I.N. ratings early, then since then he hasn’t been on any ratings,” Frain said.
Creston/O-M 72, Perry 7
106 — Kade VanKirk (P) major dec. Stone Hammons (Cr), 15-3.
113 — Wyatt Thompson (Cr) pinned Ivan Garcia (P), 1:28.
120 — Kruz Adamson (Cr) pinned Gage Welch (P), 1:57.
126 — Gage Cheers (Cr) pinned Richie Cazares (P), :57.
132 — Joey Huntington (Cr) by forfeit.
138 — Zack Peppmeier (Cr) by forfeit.
145 — Jake Marlin (Cr) pinned Kaleb Carstarphen (P), 1:07.
152 — Jackson VanKirk (P) dec. Gavin Leith (Cr), 3-2.
160 — Adam Baker (Cr) pinned Dewilo Simoni (P), 2:53.
170 — Trevor Frain (Cr) pinned Schyler Knoll (P), 3:33.
182 — Seth Maitlen (Cr) pinned Brandon Pillow (P), 1:33.
195 — Keaton Hulett (Cr) by forfeit.
220 — Cole Tanner (Cr) by forfeit.
285 — Nathan Robinson (Cr) by forfeit.
Creston/O-M 75, Winterset 3
113 — Wyatt Thompson (Cr) pinned Ty Turner (W), 1:15.
120 — Kruz Adamson (Cr) pinned Derek Koster (W), 1:27.
126 — Gage Cheers (Cr) pinned Jacob Jenkins (W), 1:47.
132 — Joey Huntington (Cr) pinned Mitchell Holcomb (W), 3:26.
138 — Zack Peppmeier (Cr) pinned CW Gordon (W), 1:32.
145 — Jake Marlin (Cr) pinned Travis Truckenbrod (W), :47.
152 — Jacob Johnston (Cr) by forfeit.
160 — Gavin Leith (Cr) by forfeit.
170 — Adam Baker (Cr) by forfeit.
182 — Trevor Frain (Cr) pinned Russell Phillips (W), :46.
195 — Seth Maitlen (Cr) pinned Nick Tank (W), 1:34.
220 — Keaton Hulett (Cr) dec. Blake Glenn (W), 4-0.
285 — Nathan Robinson (Cr) pinned Justin Keating (W), :40.
106 — Britton Gibson (W) dec. Stone Hammons (Cr), 4-0.
(Creston awarded penalty point after 182-pound match.)
120 — Alex Fargo (Cr) dec. Gisaveri Niyibizi (P), 7-3; 126 — Jacob Thompson (P) pinned Jacob Routh (Cr), 1:39; 138 — Brandon Smith (W) dec. Cameron Leith (Cr), 8-0; 152 — Jesse Rathe (Cr) pinned Will Elderkin (W), 3:21.
126 — Troy Jahnke (P) pinned Jacob Routh (Cr), 1:13; 132 — Bryce Briley (Cr) pinned Jacob Thompson (P), 3:23; 132 — Jarret Fairholm (W) pinned Garret Taylor (Cr), 1:07; 152 — Jesse Rathe (Cr) tech fall Chase Monahan (P), 17-1; 160 — Tayler Pettit (Cr) pinned Alonzo Zarate (P), 1:27; 195 — Adam Thompson (W) pinned Zach Hoffman (Cr), 4:11; 120 — Alex Fargo (Cr) pinned Bradley Godwin (P), 1:28.