DENISON — Creston/Orient-Macksburg cleared its second big hurdle in a week in its quest for a Hawkeye 10 dual wrestling championship this season with a pair of victories Tuesday night.
The Panthers defeated Glenwood 47-21 in handing the Rams their first conference defeat. On Thursday the Panthers did the same thing to Clarinda, the preseason favorite with five returning state qualifiers.
The Panthers finished Tuesday night with a 71-9 rout of host Denison-Schleswig. In the other dual of the night, Glenwood defeated Denison-Schleswig, 72-12.
Creston/O-M is now 4-0 in Hawkeye 10 duals and 6-0 overall. Glenwood slips to 3-1, while Harlan is 2-0.
The race could be decided in early January, as Harlan visits the Creston High School gym for a dual meet Jan. 9, two days after the Panthers face Lewis Central and Carroll Kuemper at Kuemper.
Creston/O-M coach Darrell Frain said he was nervous before Tuesday’s dual with Glenwood, forecasting a tight finish.
“Coming in, I really thought we might split the matches 7-7,” Frain said. “We got upsets in at least two of those, so that kind of changes the pace of the matches and the way the score ends up.”
The meet started at 220 pounds and Panther sophomore Seth Maitlen got a pin in 2:38. Glenwood won the next two matches by falls to go ahead 12-6, but then freshman Brody Frain gained one of those upsets against Glenwood’s Hunter Ackerson, who got a pin against Creston/O-M last year at 106 pounds.
Frain defeated Ackerson, 7-4.
Another key match was 145 pounds, where sophomore Joey Huntington took on Glenwood’s Andrew Tilley, hoping to avenge a loss by fall to Tilley last year. This time, Huntington dominated with seven takedowns in a 16-9 decision.
Coach Frain was also unsure on his prediction at 170 pounds, but Tayler Pettit took care of business with bonus points, earning a 15-3 major decision, scoring multiple nearfalls with cradles.
“Ever since we tied Clarinda (winning on criteria), we’ve been stressing the need for bonus points in our wins,” Frain said. “I thought the guys went out there wrestling for the pins and the majors. A good example is Kruz Adamson at 120. (AJ) Slaughter is a really good freshman, but Kruz controlled the whole way with a lot of takedowns in getting us the (12-4) major.”
Besides Maitlen, the Panthers had pins from Spencer Wray (138), Chase Shiltz (152) and Adam Baker (182). Gavin Leith scored a 10-4 decision against last year’s 152-pound conference champ, Josh Clark, at 160 pounds as the Rams bumped Clark away from Shiltz.
Next up for the Panthers is the 40-team Kansas City Stampede Friday and Saturday at Hale Arena, attached to Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. The event is hosted by Platte County.
This year, 12 states are represented with 27 teams finishing in the top five of their state tournament last year. Fifteen were state champion teams. Bettendorf, the event winner two years ago, and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic are the other Iowa teams in the field.
“It’s a grind mentally, but it’s great for the kids who really want to complete,” Frain said. “They let you wrestle more physical down there, so we usually come back from there ready to step up and wrestle that way the rest of the season.”
Creston/O-M 47, Glenwood 21
220 — Seth Maitlen (COM) pinned Collin Ransom (Glen), 2:38; 285 — Drayton Slaughter (Glen) pinned Jake Gutschenritter (COM), 2:32; 106 — Nate Nebel (Glen) pinned Trevor Marlin (COM), 1:19; 113 — Brody Frain (COM) dec. Hunter Ackerson (Glen), 7-4; 120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) major dec. AJ Slaughter (Glen), 12-4; 126 — Cole Peckham (Glen) dec. Wyatt Thompson (COM), 4-2; 132 — Matt Malcom (Glen) pinned Bryce Briley (COM), 5:28.
138 — Spencer Wray (COM) pinned Keaton Parks (Glen), 4:24; 145 — Joey Huntington (COM) dec. Andrew Tilley (Glen), 16-9. 152 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Josh Clark (Glen), 1:42; 160 — Gavin Leith (COM) dec. Jon Stavas (Glen), 10-4; 170 — Tayler Pettit (COM) major dec. Zach Haggstrom (Glen), 15-3; 182 — Adam Baker (COM) pinned Nate Phillips (Glen), 1:42; 195 — Trevor Frain (COM) by forfeit.
Creston/O-M 71, Denison-Schleswig 9
285 — Jake Gutschenritter (COM) pinned Patrick Starkweather (D-S), :52; 106 — Trevor Marlin (COM) by forfeit; 113 — Jorge Partida (D-S) pinned Brody Frain (COM), :29; 120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) pinned Jacob Georgius (D-S), 1:24; 126 — Wyatt Thompson (COM) pinned Carlos Gonzalez (D-S), 1:35; 132 — Brent Krajicek (D-S) dec. Bryce Briley (COM), 5-3 OT; 138 — Spencer Wray (COM) pinned Brandon Ayala (D-S), 1:49.
145 — Joey Huntington (COM) tech. fall Parker Preul (D-S), 24-7 (5:18); 152 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Eric Gomez (D-S), 1:16; 160 — Gavin Leith (COM) pinned Louis Martinez (D-S), 1:21; 170 — Tayler Pettit (COM) pinned Carlos Paz (D-S), 1:09; 182 — Adam Baker (COM) pinned Emiliano Ramos (D-S), 2:51; 195 — Trevor Frain (COM) pinned Preston Van Arsdol (D-S), :14; 220 — Seth Maitlen (COM) by forfeit.