Only 12 points separated Creston/O-M and Dallas Center-Grimes entering the final round of the Panther Invitational Saturday.
Both teams ended up with five champions, but the Panthers’ depth again made a significant difference in defending their team title by a 20-point margin, 308-288. Greene County, with three champions, finished third with 175 points.
Bedford-Lenox placed fourth with 115 points, while Mount Ayr was fifth at 100 and East Union/Murray sixth with 59 points. Two Creston/O-M JV teams competed in the nine-team field, with the top JV squad scoring 54 points in seventh place.
Six-man brackets were set up in each weight class, allowing each wrestler five round-robin matches for the day, except for the weights where less than six were entered.
“That’s the good thing. You get five matches in one day, and the only kids who do that during the season are the ones who go to Kansas City,” said Creston/O-M coach Darrell Frain. “So they come in here and get five matches, and it can take a toll on them. Especially as hot as it gets in here.”
Frain said the environment is good prepration for events such as the two-day John Harris Tournament in Corning, the Hawkeye 10 tournament and the postseason march to state.
An added benefit is the competitive situation provided by Dallas Center-Grimes, a Class 3A school that pushed 2A Creston/O-M throughout the day. Several head-to-head matches occurred in the final round, which gave the Mustangs hope for overtaking the home team.
Dallas Center-Grimes got titles in the first two weight classes over Creston/O-M wrestlers, as Ben Carr pinned Trevor Marlin and Bryce Murano scored a major decision over Brody Frain.
Frain said the 120-pound weight class was the toughest of the tournament. On the way to placing second, Panther senior Kruz Adamson (17-5) picked up a key 5-4 decision over Dusten Reed of Bedford-Lenox, who is ranked eighth in Class 1A.
The class of that division was unbeaten senior Trevor Murano of Dallas Center-Grimes (26-0), ranked third in Class 3A. Murano scored a 16-8 major decision over Adamson, and then grinded out a 9-5 win over Reed (19-2) in the final round of the day to hand Reed his second defeat of the tournament.
“I’d say 120 was by far the toughest weight class,” Frain said. “Murano is really tough. Reed wrestled him close in the finals after Kruz beat Reed. Kruz wrestled really well today.”
Greene County’s run of three straight titles began with sixth-ranked Dylan Forkner (18-2) at 126. He decisioned runner-up Wyatt Thompson (17-10) of Creston/O-M, 7-2.
Greene County’s Jordan Challen (20-2), ranked seventh in 2A, defeated Creston/O-M’s Spencer Wray (19-6) in the 132-pound final round, 11-5. Wray scored a takedown in the final seconds.
“Wray always gives you six minutes as hard as he can,” Frain said. “He just got in some bad situations that he couldn’t overcome against another good kid from Greene County. It’s good for us to see those kids, because they are in our district.”
There were some key Panther wins over Dallas Center-Grimes in the upper weights, starting with a fall in 5:13 by Joey Huntington (16-9) over Dallas Miles (11-12). The title was determined on criteria, since none of the 145-pounders was unbeaten for the day.
“Joey got pinned (by Hunter Russell of Bedford-Lenox) in the first round after he was leading 5-0 in the match,” Frain said. “He came back strong and won out.”
Freshman Chase Shiltz, ranked fifth at 145 in Class 2A, nearly rolled up a technical fall in the final round against Greene County’s Jeremy Scheuermann (23-2), who is ranked sixth at 152. Shiltz won 18-5.
“He dominated a ranked kid at 152,” Frain said. “Chase was major aggressive today. That’s what he has to do. He can’t let kids dictate the pace of the match, like he did against Harlan. It will be interesting to watch Chase going forward if he opens up like that.”
In a round in which Dallas Center-Grimes still harbored hopes of title contention, one of the significant Panther victories was at 160 pounds. Mustang sophomore Logan Buck (18-10) and Creston/O-M’s Tayler Pettit (20-10) had each won four matches by fall going into their match.
Pettit gained an escape to tie the match at 5-5 in regulation, and got the winning takedown in overtime for a 7-5 decision.
“That was a good day for him,” Frain said. “Going in, I felt like he had a chance to win it. He really dominated things early and then pulled that last one out.”
At the same time on an adjacent mat, Adam Baker (22-6) was losing a 5-0 decision to Class 3A sixth-ranked Blake Wolinski of Dallas Center-Grimes in the 170-pound final-round match.
“Wolinski is a quality kid, and we just don’t have enough offense to get those guys yet,” Frain said. “Good day overall for him.”
Then at 182 pounds came a good battle between Class 3A 10th-ranked Dakota Clausen (20-6) and Creston/O-M’s Trevor Frain (25-3), ranked second at 170 in 2A and unbeaten in Iowa matches this season.
The match was tied 2-2 with Frain in the down position to start the third period. He escaped and then got a takedown at the final buzzer for a 5-2 victory.
“Clausen wrestled a really smart match,” Frain said. “After the takedown, Trevor gave up that reversal, and at 2-2 the kid didn’t have to open up as much as he might have had to do. Then we had to fight through it. We probably need to push him more with practice room stuff and get him scrambling.”
Frain was particularly encouraged by Seth Maitlen’s championship at 195. Improving to 19-5, Maitlen scored a 16-1 technical fall over runner-up Mike Ward of East Union while going 4-0, including a 9-1 major decision over Trevor Luther of Creston/O-M JV.
Kadon Hulett (10-6) took second at 220, pinned by Class 3A seventh-ranked Cole Baker of Dallas Center-Grimes (23-3).
“It was a good day for Seth,” Frain said. “He’s had some troubles at 220, so getting a championship today at 195 was big for him. Just like with Kadon, when you move to 220, it’s tougher to move those guys. But you know he’s going to battle.”
Jake Gutschenritter of Creston/O-M placed third at 285, improving to 14-13 with a pin of Jacy Glynn of Bedford-Lenox.
In the final, Mount Ayr’s Joe Ricker, ranked 10th in 1A, improved to 25-0 with a 6-0 shutout of Bryce Shutt of Dallas Center-Grimes.
Mount Ayr had a runner-up finish at 138, as Class 1A eighth-ranked Erik Freed (23-3) lost a 5-3 decision in the final round to Tommy Bradshaw of Dallas Center-Grimes (21-1).
Next up for the Panthers is today’s home JV tournament, starting at 5 p.m., followed by a varsity double dual at Perry Thursday also involving Winterset. The Centerville Tournament is Saturday.
Team scoring — 1. Creston/O-M 308; 2. Dallas Center-Grimes 288; 3. Greene County 175; 4. Bedford/Lenox 115; 5. Mount Ayr 100; 6. East Union 59; 7. Creston/O-M JV 54; 8. Creston/O-M JV 2 12; 9. West Central Valley 0.
106 — 1. Ben Carr, DCG; 2. Trevor Marlin, C/OM; 3. Colby Lange, B-L. Champ: Ben Carr (DCG) pinned Trevor Marlin (C/OM), :43.
113 — 1. Bryce Murano, DCG; 2. Brody Frain, C/OM; 3. Carson Wheat, C/OM JV. Champ: Bryce Murano (DCG) major dec. Brody Frain (C/OM), 14-6.
120 — 1. Trevor Murano, DCG; 2. Kruz Adamson, C/OM; 3. Dusten Reed, B-L 4. Jacob Challen, Greene Co. Champ: Trevor Murano (DCG) major dec. Kruz Adamson (C/OM), 16-8.
126 — 1. Dylan Forkner, Greene Co.; 2. Wyatt Thompson, C/OM; 3. Josh Mitchell, B-L; 4. Alex Fargo, C/OM JV; 6. Trevor Anderson, Mt. Ayr. Champ: Dylan Forkner (Greene Co.) dec. Wyatt Thompson (C/OM), 7-2.
132 — 1. Jordan Challen, Greene Co.; 2. Spencer Wray, C/OM; Reed Hillenga, DCG; 4. Sam McMillin, B-L. Champ: Jordan Challen (Greene Co.) dec. Spencer Wray (C/OM), 11-5.
138 — 1. Tommy Bradshaw, Greene Co.; 2. Erik Freed, Mt. Ayr; 3. Zac Ross, DCG; 4. Bryce Briley, C/OM. Champ: Tommy Bradshaw (Greene Co.) dec. Erik Freed (Mt. Ayr), 5-3.
145 — 1. Joey Huntington, C/OM; 2. Dallas Miles, DCG; 3. Cal Daughton, Mt. Ayr; 4. Abe Yoder, Greene Co. Joey Huntington (C/OM) pinned Dallas Miles (DCG), 5:13.
152 — 1. Chase Shiltz, C/OM; 2. Jeremy Scheuermann, Greene Co.; 3. Jacob Beamgard, Mt. Ayr; 4. Nick Brushaber, DCG. Champ: Chase Shiltz (C/OM) major dec. Jeremy Scheuermann (Greene Co.), 18-5.
160 — 1. Tayler Pettit, C/OM; 2. Logan Buck, DCG; 3. Brogan Kinyon, East Union; 4. Isaiah Yoder, Greene Co. Champ: Tayler Pettit (C/OM) dec. Logan Buck (DCG), 7-5 OT.
170 — 1. Blake Wolinski, DCG; 2. Adam Baker, C/O-M; 3. Hunter Ruth, Greene Co.; 4. Seth Willets, B-L. Champ: Blake Wolinski (DCG) dec. Adam Baker (C/OM), 5-0.
182 — 1. Trevor Frain, C/OM; 2. Dakota Clausen, DCG; 3. Trey Binkley, Guthrie Co.; 4. Tyler Miller, East Union. Champ: Trevor Frain (C/OM) dec. Dakota Clausen (DCG), 5-2.
195 — 1. Seth Maitlen, C/OM; 2. Mike Ward, East Union; 3. Zach Collins, DCG; 4. Trevor Luther, C/OM JV. Champ: Seth Maitlen (C/OM) tech fall Mike Ward (East Union), 16-1.
220 — 1. Cole Baker, DCG; 2. Kadon Hulett, C/OM; 3. Zach McMillin, B-L; 4. Cody Tanner, C/OM JV 2. Champ: Cole Baker (DCG) pinned Kadon Hulett (C/OM), 1:35.
285 — 1. Joe Ricker, Mt. Ayr; 2. Bryce Shutt, DCG; 3. Jake Gutschenritter, C/OM; 4. Rene Guzman, Greene Co. Champ: Joe Ricker (Mt. Ayr) dec. Bryce Shutt (DCG), 6-0.