GRIMES —The Creston/O-M wrestling team surged past Webster City in the final round to claim the championship of the Dallas Center-Grimes Invitational Saturday.
The Lynx, with 13 returning starters from last year's North Central Conference runner-up team, trailed Creston/O-M 132-126 after the quarterfinal round.
Then Webster City went 2-1 in head-to-head semifinal matches while placing seven wrestlers in the finals, pushing into first place by a 10.5-point margin over the Panthers.
The final round was a different story. Webster City went 1-6 in championship matches — including 1-1 against the Panthers — while the Panthers went 4-1 in title bouts.
That was enough to give the championship trophy to Creston/O-M with 214.5 points, while Webster City finished second with 207.5 points. Host Dallas Center-Grimes matched Creston/O-M with four champions and took third with 187.5.
The Panthers also won last year's title in their first appearance in the tournament.
"We had a really good last round," said Creston/O-M coach Darrell Frain. "The four (champions) we got, I thought most of them would have a shot, but we had some tough brackets. I didn't know if some of the moves were right in moving up as far as we did in some cases, but they found a way to win."
Panther champions were Wyatt Thompson (126 pounds), Spencer Wray (138), freshman Chase Shiltz (152) and Trevor Fran at 195 pounds to win a rugged field of rated wrestlers.
Frain, rated third at 170 and weighing in at 178, took on fifth-ranked 195-pounder Dylan Fielder of Webster City, a two-time state placewinner. Fielder reached the finals by knocking off Class 3A top-ranked John Ware of Ankeny Centennial, 7-5.
Frain then decisioned Fielder in the finals, 6-2.
"It was 0-0 after one, then Trevor got an escape in the second," coach Frain said. "He got a takedown and tilted him once. (Fielder's) points were on two escapes. He slowed down the match and frustrated him."
Frain said Thompson wrestled in control in some tight matches, including 2-1 in the finals and 4-0 in the semifinals. Wray fought from behind in some matches, topping a returning district qualifier in the finals.
Shiltz had a strong day, taking a 9-5 semifinal decision over Webster City's Tanner Hild, who was 18-5 a year ago. In the finals, Shiltz won by a fall in 3:37 over Grinnell junior Garrett Jay, brother of former Panther wrestler Brody Jay.
"Chase had a real good day," Frain said. "There was a faster pace to his matches than the other night. He beat the number one seed in the semifinals."
Frain said 145-pounder Joey Huntington also wrestled well, taking second to Webster City returning state qualifier Jacob Powers, who was 30-12 last year. Huntington advanced with a 3-2 semifinal victory.
Wrestling varsity at 132, Bryce Briley was 10 seconds from reaching the finals. He yielded a five-point move late in a 7-5 semifinal defeat and provided 13 team points with his fourth-place finish.
Taking third for the Panthers were Adam Baker (182) and Seth Maitlen (220). Fourth-place finishers were Kruz Adamson (120), Gavin Leith (160) and Briley. Heavyweight Jake Gutschenritter won two matches in placing sixth. Trevor Marlin (106) and Tayler Pettit (170) each placed seventh.
Now the Panthers gear up for a key Hawkeye 10 double dual Thursday at Clarinda against the Cardinals and Atlantic, followed by the Central Decatur Invitational Friday night. Clarinda won the Coach Riley Invitational in Greenfield Saturday with 244 points, topping Central Decatur's 210.5.
State-ranked Albia will be among the teams at CD on Friday.
Team standings (champions) — 1. Creston/O-M (4) 214.5; 2. Webster City (1) 207.5; 3. Dallas Center-Grimes (4) 187.5; 4. Grinnell (1) 164; 5. West Marshall (2) 151; 6. Ankeny Centennial 98; 7. ADM 88; 8. Nevada 80; 9. Interstate 35 79; 10. (tie) Carroll (1) 76 and Panorama 76; 12. Carlisle (1) 64; 13. North Polk 61; 14. Des Moines East 50.
106 — 1. Ross Randall (WM) major dec. Ben Carr (DC-G), 10-1; 7. Trevor Marlin (COM) pinned Nathan Phillips (I-35), 3:11.
113 — 1. Brady Kyner (Carl) dec. Evan Rix (Nev), 6-4.
120 — 1. Trevor Murano (DC-G) tech. fall Freddie Seeley (WC), 16-0; 3. Cole Needham (WM) dec. Kruz Adamson (COM), 2-1.
126 — 1. Wyatt Thompson (COM) dec. Copper White (WM), 2-1.
132 — 1. Justin Kaltved (Car) pinned Brandon Roderick (Grin), :16; 3. Aaron Noce (AC) pinned Bryce Briley (COM), 5:33.
138 — 1. Spencer Wray (COM) pinned Trevor Harsh (ADM), 3:05.
145 — 1. Jacob Powers (WC) pinned pinned Joey Huntington (COM), 3:47.
152 — 1. Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Garrett Jay (Grin), 3:37.
160 — 1. Brody Beck (Grin) dec. Josh Davis (DME), 4-3; 3. Alex Oswald (WC) dec. Gavin Leith (COM), 5-2.
170 — 1. Dale Hilleman (WM) pinned Connor Larson (WC), 1:04; 7. Tayler Pettit (COM) tech. fall Kody Harrelson (Nev), 17-1.
182 — 1. Dakota Clausen (DC-G) dec. Brandon Patton (WC), 5-2; 3. Adam Baker (COM) injury default over Devin Chesler (WM).
195 — 1. Trevor Frain (COM) dec. Dylan Fielder (WC), 6-2.
220 — 1. Cole Baker (DC-G) dec. Gustavo Gasca (WC), 4-1; 3. Seth Maitlen (COM) injury default over Lonnie Harper (I-35).
285 — 1. Garrett Johnston (Pan) def. Gavin Dinsdale (WC), OT tiebreaker; 5. Bryce Shutt (DC-G) pinned Jake Gutschenritter (COM), 2:27.