LEON — Team balance carried Creston/O-M to a surprisingly large margin over third-ranked Albia Friday night at the Central Decatur Invitational.
The unranked Panthers already had a lead of more than 50 points after the semifinal round, where seven Panthers advanced to the finals.
Then, Creston/O-M won three of those title matches and went 5-1 in third-place matches to win going away, 292 to 206, over the Albia lineup that featured five state-ranked wrestlers. (A sixth, second-ranked Griffin Osing, was out of the lineup, costing the Demons approximately 25 points.)
But, Albia’s five champions weren’t enough to overcome the scoring onslaught of Creston/O-M’s entire lineup, as all 14 placed fifth or higher, including 12 in the top three.
“We had a lot of pins and a lot of things went our way,” said Creston/O-M coach Darrell Frain. “We got a lot of points from a lot of people. The guys were competing well, and Albia had some weight classes they didn’t score in. That makes up a lot of ground quickly. Then the pins take you over the hump.”
Creston/O-M champions were Chase Shiltz (145 pounds), Gavin Leith (152) and Trevor Frain (182).
Shiltz did it the hard way, going through the 145 bracket unseeded and starting with a pigtail match just to get into the main bracket. Then he defeated top-seeded Erik Freed of Mount Ayr, 7-1. In the finals he beat 10th-ranked Caleb White of Albia, 3-1.
“It was a really good day for Chase,” Frain said. “He was seeded eighth and had to go in the pigtails, but that was all right because he was warmed up before wrestling Freed.”
With Albia’s Osing out, the 152 class was wide open and Leith got the No. 1 seed. The Panther senior got to the finals with a 49-second fall and 11-0 major decision. Then he pinned Central Decatur’s Wyman Reed in 4:50.
“That was Gavin’s first time this year at 152 and I felt good about him placing high there,” Frain said. “That was the best day he’s had in a long time. Now he needs to be consistent with that.”
Trevor Frain won by two pins on his way to the championship bout against Trenton Wells of CD. Frain squeaked out a 4-3 win.
“The (CD) kid scored on three escapes and Trevor wasn’t ever in trouble against the kid who beat out (Adam) Baker for state last year,” coach Frain said, “but it was kind of an uneventful match.”
Third-seeded Spencer Wray got second behind top ranked Shadow Leshan at 132 after a big victory by fall in overtime against second-seeded Tanner Mertz of Red Oak in the semifinals.
Baker was second at 170 to Albia standout Dalton Folkerts, after another close (1-0) victory in the semifinals over Chariton’s Connor Grgurich.
Spencer Benton of Van Meter pinned Seth Maitlen in the 220-pound finals to give the Panthers another runner-up finish. One of the big stories of the day for the Panthers came at 195, where freshman Kadon Hulett took second behind fourth-ranked Carter Isley.
Hulett was seeded sixth and made it to the finals on the strength of a pin and 16-7 major decision over second-seeded Jarret Maggard of PCM.
“Kadon responded well and looked dominant until going against Isley, who is on another level right now,” Frain said.
Heavyweight Jake Gutschenritter beat the fourth-seeded wrestler 4-2 before losing to Mount Ayr’s unbeaten Joe Ricker in the semifinals. Gutschenritter then fought back to place third.
As a team, Mount Ayr placed 10th with 77 points. Raider champions were 120-pounder Dawson Knapp and Ricker.
Other third-place finishers were Trevor Marlin at 106, sixth-seeded Brody Frain at 113, Kruz Adamson at 120 and Wyatt Thompson at 126. Tayler Pettit was fourth at 160. Joey Huntington took fifth at 138. Thompson lost 1-0 in the semifinals.
On top of the depth shown at Leon Friday, the Panther JV team placed in nearly every weight class of the Bedford/Lenox varsity tournament Saturday, led by Bryce Briley’s runner-up finish. However, 106-pounder Jacob Goodson was lost for the season with a dislocated elbow.
The Panthers have a big Hawkeye 10 double dual Tuesday at Denison against the Monarchs and Glenwood, which is now the top contender with Creston/O-M for the Hawkeye 10 dual crown.
Central Decatur Invitational
Team scoring (champions) — 1. Creston/O-M (3) 292; 2. Albia (5) 206; 3. Knoxville (1) 154; 4. Prairie City-Monroe (1) 151; 5. Davis County 114; 6. Central Decatur 110.5; 7. Chariton 101; 8. Van Meter (2) 85; 9. Red Oak 81; 10. Mount Ayr (2) 77; 11. Pleasantville 76.5; 12. Wayne 32; 12. Martensdale-St. Marys 16.
106 — 1. Bailey Tuma (VM) dec. Kyle Sinnott (Alb), 4-2; 3. Trevor Marlin (COM) dec. Ben Wooldridge (Knox), 7-1.
113 — 1. Xavier Miller (PCM) dec. Dakota Petty (RO), 7-3; 3. Brody Frain (COM) pinned Buddy Fett (Pleas), 3:59.
120 — 1. Dawson Knapp (MA) dec. Kody Smith (DC), 8-6; 3. Kruz Adamson (COM) dec. Skylar Cunningham (Knox), 10-6.
126 — 1. Shadow Leshen (Alb) dec. Tristen Clark (PCM), 12-6; 3. Wyatt Thompson (COM) major dec. Walker Henderson (DC), 12-3.
132 — 1. Bryce Leshen (Alb) major dec. Spencer Wray (COM), 15-5.
138 — 1. Kieran Robuck (Knox) pinned Tanner Poush (Ch), 3:26; 5. Joey Huntington (COM) major dec. Sawyer (Pleas), 15-2.
145 — 1. Chase Shiltz (COM) dec. Caleb White (Alb), 3-1; 3. Nolan Crossett (Knox) dec. Erik Freed (MA), 4-3.
152 — 1. Gavin Leith (COM) pinned Wyman Reed (CD), 4:50.
160 — 1. Brett Leshen (Alb) dec. Tyler Chatterton (Knox); 3. Spencer Bassett (DC) dec. Tayler Pettit (COM), 3-1.
170 — 1. Dalton Folkerts (Alb) dec. Adam Baker (COM), 8-2.
182 — 1. Trevor Frain (COM) dec. Trenton Wells (CD), 4-3.
195 — 1. Carter Isley (Alb) pinned Kadon Hulett (COM), 2:55.
220 — 1. Spencer Benton (VM) pinned Seth Maitlen (COM), 2:48.
285 — 1. Joe Ricker (MA) pinned Ben Kincart (DC), 1:50; 3. Jake Gutschenritter (COM) pinned Cole Rigdely (VM), 3:01.