Sports briefs

Express tourney

The Express Team’s Wrestling Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Creston High School gym.

Divisions will be held for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Awards will be presented in four-man round robin brackets.

For more information contact Kim Frain at 641-202-0065 or Dennis Leith at 641-340-5500.

Weigh-in and wrestling times (approximate):

Pre-K/kindergarten — Weigh-in 7-8 a.m.; wrestling starts 9 a.m.

First/second grade — Weigh-in 9:30-10:30 a.m.; wrestling starts 11:30 a.m.

Third/fourth grade — Weigh-in 9:30-10:30 a.m.; wrestling starts 11:30 a.m.

Fifth/sixth grade — Weigh-in 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; wrestling starts 1:30 p.m.

Seventh/eighth grade — Weigh-in 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; wrestling starts 1:30 p.m.

Central basketball

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—The Central College men’s basketball team was consistently in front and outlasted tournament host Sacred Heart (P.R.) 81-72 Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Colby Taylor of Creston made his second career start and connected on 5-of-8 3-pointers en route to a career-high 16 points while also grabbing six rebounds for the Dutch (7-4).

“Colby shot the ball very well. He played a major role in opening up the inside with his outside shot,” said Central coach Craig Douma.

Senior center Spencer Bakerink of Creston scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting while matching Taylor with six rebounds for the Dutch.

On Saturday, Central played stingy defense in a 67-54 win over Bridgewater (Va.) at the same San Juan event. Taylor had four points and six rebounds in his first start. Bakerink had five rebounds and one point.

Central breaks for more than one week before opening Iowa Conference action against last season’s conference co-champion Luther College (7-3 overall) Jan. 8 at Pella.

Storm wrestling

INDIANOLA — Jared Bevins of Creston was pinned in 4:08 by Cornell’s Alex Coolidge at 197 pounds as Simpson College was defeated by Cornell on Dec. 17, 43-0.

At 165 pounds, Simpson’s Shane Swank of Mount Ayr was defeated by Cornell’s Michael Maksimovic, 5-3. At 149 pounds, Ryan Joint of West Central Valley was pinned by Cornell’s Trevor Engle in 6:45.

Bevins and Joint led the Simpson team at the Luther L. Hill Invitational Dec. 7 at Indianola. Joint won three consolation matches and finished 3-2 for the day at 149 pounds.

At 197, Bevins won his opening match by fall in 14 seconds and his quarterfinal match in 1:49. He was pinned in the semifinals and ended up placing sixth. Swank had a win for Simpson at 165 pounds.

Simpson was sixth with 46 points in the event won by Grand View with 217 points.