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Marlin, Hulett share Outstanding Wrestler Award

Seven seniors honored at wrestling team banquet

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 11:17 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 11:31 a.m. CDT
Seniors honored at the Creston/O-M wrestling team's awards banquet Sunday include, from left, Keaton Hulett, Jake Marlin, Nate Robinson, Gage Cheers, Cole Tanner and Jacob Johnston. Not pictured, Katie Stevens.

Four-time state champion Jake Marlin and 2013 champion Keaton Hulett, a two-time finalist, shared top honors at the Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestling banquet Sunday night at Creston High School.

Marlin and Hulett shared the 2013 Mike Abel Outstanding Wrestler Award. Marlin shared the 2012 award with senior heavyweight state champion Collin Bevins.

Marlin and Hulett were just two of several wrestlers earning awards and earning spots on all-time rankings lists in the program’s history, from a team that went 16-3 in duals (13-1 regular season), placed sixth in the state dual tournament and fifth in the traditional state tournament. It was the team’s fourth straight appearance in state duals.


Creston/O-M also won the Hawkeye 10 Tournament at home, which was considered an upset over conference dual champion Glenwood.

“What we did in the Hawkeye 10, in our own gym, was definitely a highlight,” coach Darrell Frain said. “Kruz Adamson’s semifinal win, getting that (winning) takedown in less than two seconds and the crowd going crazy. Like it is so many times for our team, things just snowballed and we won all the close matches.”

Joining Marlin and Hulett as seniors honored at Sunday’s banquet were 126-pounder Gage Cheers, 145-pounder Jacob Johnston, 220-pounder Cole Tanner, 285-pounder Nate Robinson and Katie Stevens.

Marlin became Iowa’s all-time leader in pins (147) on the way to winning the Class 2A 138-pound crown. The future University of Iowa wrestler was unbeaten in postseason wrestling over four seasons. He and another future Hawkeye, Denver-Tripoli 145-pounder Brandon Sorensen, became Iowa’s 22nd and 23rd four-time state champions.

Marlin was named the Pizza Ranch Class 2A Most Valuable Wrestler of the state tournament, and was runner-up to Sorensen as the state’s Mr. Wrestler by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association.

This year Marlin was 56-1 with 45 pins, suffering his only loss in the Kansas City Stampede to Daniel Lewis of Blue Springs, Mo.

“When you have a four-time state champion, that’s just such an incredible feat,” Frain said. “And to think, I get to have my name beside him? That’s exciting. People, in general, just have no idea what it took to accomplish that.”

Similarly, Hulett marched to the 195-pound 2A crown with a 54-1 record, losing only in the KC Stampede finals. He had 28 pins this season.

“Keaton winning state is just a perfect example of somebody busting their rear their whole high school career,” Frain said.

Hulett allowed only 15 match points all season — 13 on escapes — and won 13 matches on shutout decisions, besides the 28 wins by fall.

Junior 160-pounder Trevor Frain placed fourth at state, finishing with a 54-5 record with 29 pins. Also qualifying for state were Robinson (42-21) and freshman 120-pounder Wyatt Thompson (28-21).

Marlin becomes the program’s all-time victory leader with his career mark of 204-6. Hulett ends in the fourth position with 178 wins and 31 losses. With a season left, Frain is 14th with a mark of 137-35.

Cheers stands 25th as he ended his career with 106 wins, and junior Kruz Adamson is 27th with 105 victories. There are only 31 wrestlers in the program’s history with 100 or more wins, and five of those were on this year’s squad.

This year’s standout trio claims the top spots among season victory leaders, with Marlin holding first place at 56 wins and Frain and Hulett tied for second at 54 along with Bevins last year.

With his 45 falls as a senior, Marlin came up two short of Bevins’ season record of 47 falls a year ago.

Marlin earned 405 team points this season, taking over the program’s best all-time mark ahead of Bevins’ total of 388.5 in 2012, Andrew Long’s 388 in 2008 and his own mark of 375 as a junior.

Hulett, runner-up at 195 pounds as a junior, also qualified for state in 2011. He was a three-time sectional champ, 2013 district champ and claimed two Hawkeye 10 titles.


Joining Hulett and Marlin as co-captains were Tanner, Cheers, Robinson and Johnston.

Tanner was a 2011 district qualifier, and Hawkeye 10 champion this year. He was third at sectionals and ended with 78 career wins.

Johnston was a four-time district qualifier and two-time sectional champion. He also won a Hawkeye 10 crown this season and finished with 93 career wins.

Cheers was a three-time district qualifier and 2010 sectional champion, finishing with 106 career wins.

Robinson was a state qualifier and sectional champion with 47 career wins, wrestling JV until Bevins graduated last year.

Frain said this senior class is a great example for hard work paying off. He said Hulett, Robinson and Tanner were wrestling, for the most part, to improve themselves for their No. 1 sport — football.

“I think Jake maybe won one (AAU) state title, but really, these guys were not great youth wrestlers,” Frain said. “What they proved was, if you work hard every year, eventually you’ll be good and things will work out.”


Frain, named District Coach of the Year, said the season took a turn at the very beginning, with the Nov. 23 death of sophomore Dalton Hribal in an auto accident. The team received word near the end of a Thanksgiving holiday weekend practice.

“I can remember that day,” Frain said. “When the year started, and we lost Dalton from our program, I really believe a lot of other kids stepped up because of that. It’s hard to explain. People were wrestling for a friend and teammate. They were wrestling for another cause.”

Sunday’s program also included tributes to the many volunteers associated with the Creston Express youth wrestling club, and the middle school program headed by Dannie Stephens. His assistants were Chris Olesen, John Shiltz and Brian Morrison.

Stephens noted that Creston took second place in the Elementary State Dual Tournament, won two dual tournaments in Glenwood and Creston, and sent 11 wrestles to the State AAU Tournament. Eighth-grader Chase Shiltz won his fifth AAU state title.

“We definitely have a good corps of kids building for the future,” Stephens said.

Creston/O-M wrestling


Seniors — Gage Cheers, 126 (30-18, 106-70 career); Jake Marlin, 138 (56-1, 204-6 career; Jacob Johnston, 145 (21-7, 93-21 career); Keaton Hulett, 195 (54-1, 178-31 career); Cole Tanner, 220 (36-7, 78-50 career); Nate Robinson, 285 (42-21, 47-25 career).

Juniors — Kruz Adamson, 113 (37-15, 105-55 career); Garret Taylor, 132 (7-4, 7-4 career); Zack Peppmeier, 138 (5-9, 20-19 career); Adam Baker, 170 (39-16, 65-40 career); Jesse Rathe, 152 (11-6, 19-10 career); Gavin Leith, 152 (30-17, 56-42 career); Trevor Frain, 160 (54-5, 137-35 career).

Sophomores — Stone Hammons, 106 (14-30, 14-30 career); Alex Fargo, 120 (5-3, 10-12 career); Bryce Briley, 126 (6-2, 11-8 career); Spencer Wray, 126 (10-7, 40-23 career); Tayler Pettit, 160 (8-1, 19-10 career); Dalton Hribal, 220.

Freshmen — Wyatt Thompson, 120 (28-21, 28-21 career); Joey Huntington, 132 (30-24, 30-24 career); Seth Maitlen, 182 (37-18, 37-18 career).

Participation awards — Katie Stevens, Sr.; Tyler Helm, So.; Jake Gutschenritter, So.; Zach Hoffman, Fr.; Austin Eblen, Fr.; Jake Routh, Fr.; Cameron Leith, Fr.

Managers — Tanner Webb, So. Statisticians — Haylee LaMasters, So.; Jami Sickels, Fr.

Pins — Jake Marlin 45 (147 career), Nate Robinson 30 (35 career), Trevor Frain 29 (64 career), Keaton Hulett 28 (87 career), Kruz Adamson 24 (48 career), Cole Tanner 24 (34 career), Seth Maitlen 20 (20 career).

2013 Mike Abel Outstanding Wrestler Award — Jake Marlin and Keaton Hulett.

Academic All-Conference (seniors) — Cole Tanner.

State tournament participation — Wyatt Thompson (113); Jake Marlin (138); Trevor Frain (160); Keaton Hulett (195); Nathan Robinson (285).

State dual team tournament wrestlers — Stone Hammons, Kruz Adamson, Wyatt Thompson, Gage Cheers, Joey Huntington, Jake Marlin, Jacob Johnston, Gavin Leith, Trevor Frain, Adam Baker, Seth Maitlen, Keaton Hulett, Cole Tanner, Nathan Robinson, Bryce Briley, Jesse Rathe, Taylor Pettit, Jake Gutschenritter.

Team record

Dual meets — 16-3, sixth place state duals.

Tournaments (champions) — Central Decatur, first (5); Kansas City Stampede, 17th (0); Creston, first (6); Centerville, first (3); John Harris, Corning, first (3); Hawkeye 10, first (6); Sectional at Winterset, first (7); District at Atlantic, first (3); State, fifth (2).



Wins — 1. 204, Jake Marlin, 2010-13; 2. 181, Kalab Evans, 2005-08; 3. 180, Andrew Long, 2005-08; 4. 178, Keaton Hulett, 2010-13; 5. 175, Quin Leith, 2005-08; 6. 158, Collin Bevins, 2009-12; 7. (tie) 156, Caleb Brus, 2004-07 and Boone Hayes, 2001-04; 9. 149, Bret Kautz, 2005-08; 10. 146, Willie Harris, 2000-03. Also, 14. 137, Trevor Frain, 2011-13; 25. 106, Gage Cheers, 2010-13; 27. 105, Kruz Adamson, 2011-13.

Falls (grad. year) — 1. 147, Jake Marlin, 2013; 2. 109, Boone Hayes, 2004; 3. 107, Andrew Long, 2008; 4. 104, Collin Bevins, 2012; 5. 87, Keaton Hulett, 2013. Also, 13. 64, Trevor Frain, 2013; 18. 58, Cole Tanner, 2013.


Wins — 1. 56, Jake Marlin, 2013; 2. (tie) 54, Trevor Frain, 2013, Keaton Hulett, 2013 and Collin Bevins, 2012; 5. 53, Jake Marlin, 2012; 6. 52, Kalab Evans, 2012; 7. (tie) 51, Keaton Hulett, 2012, Collin Bevins, 2011, Andrew Long, 2008 and Kalab Evans, 2007.

Falls — 1. 47, Collin Bevins, 2012; 2. 45, Jake Marlin, 2013; 3. 40, Jake Marlin, 2012; 4. (tie) 35, Andrew Long, 2008, Chris Downing, 2004. Also, 17. 30, Nate Robinson, 2013; 18. 29, Trevor Frain, 2013; 19. 28, Keaton Hulett, 2013.

Team points — 1. 405, Jake Marlin, 2013; 2. 388.5, Collin Bevins, 2012; 3. 388, Andrew Long, 2008; 4. 375, Jake Marlin, 2012; 5. (tie) 374, Jake Marlin, 2013 and Kalab Evans, 2008; 6. 360, Keaton Hulett, 2012; 7. 348 (tie) Quin Leith, 2008 and Trent Tucker, 2008; 9. 329.5, Chris Loudon, 2003; 10. 311, Willie Harris, 2003. Also, 13. 323, Trevor Frain, 2013.

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