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Creston/O-M edges Clarinda on tiebreaker criteria

8-6 edge in victories lifts Panthers in H-10 showdown

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 5:04 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 5:15 a.m. CDT

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CLARINDA — It couldn’t be any closer.

Clarinda and Creston/Orient-Macksburg, two of the Hawkeye 10 Conference favorites this season, hooked up in a classic dual here Tuesday night.

In the end, it took a rule book to decide the winner. After 14 matches had been wrestled, both teams had 34 points.

With no unsportsmanlike deductions or penalty points assessed, the tiebreaker was total matches won. Creston/O-M was declared the victor on the basis of winning eight matches to Clarinda’s six.

“We knew there were going to be a lot of close matches,” Creston/O-M coach Darrell Frain said. “Give Clarinda credit. They had a good game plan. In matches where we were favored, they slowed the pace down and frustrated our guys a little. We got pinned a lot (five of six losses). If we turn any of those into a decision, then it wouldn’t have come down to criteria.”

On the other hand, there were many crucial victories by the Panthers. None more so than in the final match of the dual at 138 pounds.

With three matches to go, the Panthers’ backs were to the wall, facing a 34-18 deficit against a Clarinda team returning 11 of 13 starters, including four of five state qualifiers. Spencer Wray got a fall at 132 pounds to close it to 34-24. Kruz Adamson scored a 14-3 major decision at 120 pounds on the other mat, shaving the margin to 34-28 with one match to go.

Dramatic finish

Creston/O-M had one hope — a pin by Joey Huntington at 138 to forge a tie, and rely on the tiebreaker criteria.

Clarinda’s Kollyn Buch knew his task was to stay off his back, and did so twice when the Panther sophomore nearly secured a pin with a cradle hold.

Finally, in the third period with an 11-3 lead, Huntington secured locked up another cradle and this time Buch was unable to squirm free as the fall was registered in 4:49. That made it 34-34 and Frain knew the victory would be awarded to his team.

“I had it figured eight (wins) and I knew there hadn’t been any penalty points,” the Panther coach said. “Huntington came through when he knew he had to have the pin. He got him really tired, and then you can’t fight it quite as well.”

The stakes of Tuesday’s double dual at Denison just raised a little higher now for the Panthers, now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Hawkeye 10. The other team in the double dual with the host Monarchs is Glenwood, currently 2-0 both overall and in conference. The Rams swamped Shenandoah Thursday, 72-12. Earlier in the season Glenwood defeated Council Bluffs St. Albert, 72-6.

Creston/O-M’s other victory Thursday was 51-24 over Atlantic. The night ended with Clarinda beating Atlantic 52-22, despite a loss by fourth-ranked Blake Luna to Atlantic’s No. 3 Darrian Schwenke at 126 pounds.

“Our dual with Glenwood is as big as it gets,” Frain said. Last year, Glenwood won the conference dual meet crown by handing Creston/O-M its only regular-season loss, while the Panthers claimed the conference tournament championship at home.

Good start

The Creston/O-M vs. Clarinda dual started at 145 pounds, and Panther freshman Chase Shiltz picked up his second pin of the night just as the second-period buzzer sounded.

Freshman Jackson Mikkelsen was in the lineup at 145 against Cardinal state qualifier Luke Strong, who picked up four team points with a 9-1 major decision.

“I was proud of how Chase came out aggressive to start for us, and the way Jackson fought hard against one of their good wrestlers,” Frain said.

At 160 pounds, the Cardinals picked up a key win as eighth-ranked returning state qualifier J.J. Clark got a 4-0 lead and then pinned Creston/O-M senior Gavin Leith as the second period expired.

Tayler Pettit, coming off a technical fall victory against Atlantic, got the Panthers back on the winning track at 170 with a 10-5 decision.

From 182 pounds through 220, Creston/O-M was favored, but had to fight to emerge victorious. Adam Baker secured a late takedown to win 3-1; third-ranked 170-pounder Trevor Frain won 1-0 at 195 pounds against Christian Lauritsen; and 10th-ranked 195-pounder Seth Maitlen got a takedown with 30 seconds left to nip former Creston resident Brook Stephens, 3-2, at 220. His mother is former CHS art teacher Jacque Stephens.

Clarinda jumped ahead 28-18 with three straight falls at 285, 106 and 113 pounds, including ninth-ranked heavyweight Dakota Calfee. When fourth-ranked Blake Luna pinned Panther sophomore Wyatt Thompson late in the first period at 126, it set up Creston/O-M’s rally from the 34-18 deficit.

Tonight’s action

There isn’t much time to bask in the victory. The Panthers are in the 13-team Central Decatur Invitational tonight at Leon, which includes third-ranked Albia. The Demons have six individually-ranked wrestlers to Creston/O-M’s two.

Some weight adjustments are planned in the lineup, Frain noted, such as Leith at 152, Pettit at 160, Baker at 170, Frain at 182 and freshman Kadon Hulett inserted into the 195 spot before Maitlen drops into that position next week.

Creston/O-M 51, Atlantic 24

138 —Joey Huntington (COM) major dec. Marshall McDermott (A), 13-3.

145 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Reid Nichols (A), 1:16.

152 — Zac Stork (A) pinned Jackson Mikkelsen (COM), 2:47.

160 — Gavin Leith (COM) pinned Nate Moen (A), 1:06.

170 — Tayler Pettit (COM) tech. fall Jacob Johnson (A), 18-2 (5:47).

182 — Adam Baker (COM) by forfeit.

195 — Trevor Frain (COM) pinned Keagan Hosfelt (A), 3:36.

220 — Seth Maitlen (COM) dec. Tyler Christensen (A), 3-2.

285 — Jake Gutschenritter (COM) dec. Jezidiah Phippen (A), tiebreaker 3-2.

106 — Carter Cox (A) pinned Trevor Marlin (COM), 1:55.

113 — Brody Frain (COM) by forfeit.

120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) by forfeit.

126 — Darrian Schwenke (A) pinned Wyatt Thompson (COM), 4:25.

132 — Dillion Cox (A) pinned Spencer Wray (COM), 5:14.

Creston/O-M 35*, Clarinda 34

145 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Trey Stickler (Clar), 4:00.

152 — Luke Strong (Clar) major dec. Jackson Mikkelsen (COM), 9-1.

160 — John Clark (Clar) pinned Gavin Leith (COM), 4:00.

170 — Tayler Pettit (COM) dec. Dustin Swindler (Clar), 10-5.

182 — Adam Baker (COM) dec. Cain Johanns (Clar), 3-1.

195 — Trevor Frain (COM) dec. Christian Lauritsen (Clar), 1-0.

170 — Tayler Pettit (COM) dec. Dustin Swindler (Clar), 10-5.

182 — Adam Baker (COM) dec. Cain Johanns (Clar), 3-1.

195 — Trevor Frain (COM) dec. Christian Lauritsen (Clar), 1-0.

220 — Seth Maitlen (COM) dec. Brook Stephens (Clar), 3-1.

285 — Dakota Calfee (Clar) pinned Jake Gutschenritter (COM), 1:16.

106 — Noah Donahue (Clar) pinned Trevor Marlin (COM), 1:53.

113 — Dakota Foster (Clar) pinned Brody Frain (COM), 1:28.

120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) major dec. Donte Peterson (Clar), 14-3.

126 — Blake Luna (Clar) pinned Wyatt Thompson (COM), 1:59.

132 — Spencer Wray (COM) pinned Rodney Baldwin (Clar), 2:30.

138 — Joey Huntington (COM) pinned Kollyn Buch (Clar), 4:49.

* — Tiebreak criteria after 34-34: Matches won (8-6).

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