Shuffled lineup pays off for Panther wrestlers
PERRY — The Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestling team easily picked up a pair of non-conference dual wins here Thursday against Winterset and host Perry, outscoring the competition by a combined score of 130-24.
The Panthers brushed off the Huskies 63-12 and followed up that performance with an easy 67-12 win over the host Bluejays.
“For the most part, everybody wrestled really well,” Creston/O-M head coach Darrell Frain said. “Winterset tried to bump people around to get better matchups, and we still ended up with a lot of pins. That probably makes the score bigger for us.”
The Panthers racked up eight pins against Winterset, including a pair of pins from wrestlers in their first varsity matches — Carson Wheat at 113 pounds and Cody Tanner at 285 pounds.
“The big one was Carson Wheat,” Frain said. “First varsity match ever, he got the win for us at 113. Cody Tanner, in his first varsity matchup with a win for us. Anytime you can get a win against Winterset, it’s a pretty big deal. And those two both got falls for us.”
Also earning pins for the Panthers against Winterset were Tayler Pettit (160), Adam Baker (170), Kadon Hulett (220), Kruz Adamson (120), Spencer Wray (138) and Chase Shiltz (152).
The Panther lineup had a different look to it compared to the rest of the season up to this point.
Frain said with most of his wrestlers competing at their lowest possible weight at this weekend’s Centerville tournament, many of them opted to go to that weight on Thursday, while others stayed at their normal weights.
That left a few holes in the lineup that needed to be filled. Wheat and Tanner stepped up to varsity competition, as did Cameron Leith at 132 pounds.
“We had a lot of people in a lot of different spots,” Frain said. “We had to throw some kids in those other spots, and most of them worked out pretty well for us.”
Creston/O-M then saw a possible district opponent in Perry, easily moving through the Bluejay lineup with the 67-12 win.
The Panthers picked up six pins in the dual against Perry. Maitlen (195), Brody Frain (106), Wyatt Thompson (126), Joey Huntington (138), Shiltz (152) and Pettit (160) all pinned their opponents.
Freshman Kadon Hulett wrestled up at 285 pounds for the Panthers and picked up a 2-1 decision over Joe Olvera.
“Some of those matchups, we got a good look at them,” Frain said. “We’ve got them on tape now. If we meet up with them in districts, we have a good idea of what to do.”
The Panthers, now 11-0 for the season in dual competitions, move on to Centerville’s Big Red Invite this weekend.
The Big Red Invite features 16 teams, including Lee’s Summitt West (Mo.), which Frain said has four or five state-ranked wrestlers.
“I think that will be a really tough match for us,” Frain said. “Centerville will probably, besides the Kansas City tournament, be one of the toughest we go to. Most kids will get four matches, some will get five. We’ll have a lot of weight classes where we’ll have to battle through them. It will definitely get us battle-tested and ready for postseason.”
Creston/O-M 63, Winterset 12
160 — Tayler Pettit (COM) pinned Jalen Kleemeier (W), :24; 170 — Adam Baker (COM) pinned Will Elderkin (W), :41; 182 — Trevor Frain (COM) major dec. Wyatt Miller (W), 15-1; 195 — Seth Maitlen (COM) won by forfeit; 220 — Kadon Hulett (COM) pinned Nick Tank (W), 3:16; 285 — Cody Tanner (COM) pinned Justin Keating (W), 1:29; 106 — Brtton Gibson (W) pinned Brody Frain (COM), 1:22.
113 — Carson Wheat (COM) pinned Logan Allen (W), 5:59; 120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) pinned Derek Koster (W), 4:46; 126 — Mason Miller (W) dec. Wyatt Thompson (COM), 2-1; 132 — Jacob Jenkins (W) dec. Cameron Leith (COM), 10-9; 138 — Spencer Wray (COM) pinned Blake McCauley (W), 1:11; 145 — Joey Huntington (COM) tech. fall Mitchell Holcomb (W), 17-2 (4:00); 152 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Caleb Grose (W), :41.
Creston/O-M 67, Perry 12
170 — Adam Baker (COM) won by forfeit; 182 — Trevor Frain (COM) won by forfeit; 195 — Seth Maitlen (COM) pinned Garrhett Bucklow (P), :32; 220 — Cody Tanner (COM) won by forfeit; 285 — Kadon Hulett (COM) dec. Joe Olvera (P), 2-1; 106 — Brody Frain (COM) pinned Htwar Reh (P), 1:59; 113 — Kade VanKirk (P) pinned Carson Wheat (COM), 1:37.
120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) won by forfeit; 126 — Wyatt Thompson (COM) pinned Ivan Garcia (P), 3:42; 132 — Gisaveri Niyibizi (P) pinned Cameron Leith (COM), 2:50; 138 — Joey Huntington (COM) pinned Jacob Thompson (P), 5:50; 145 — Spencer Wray (COM) major dec. Dewilo Simoni (P), 10-1; 152 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Dalton Humpal (P), 1:06; 160 — Tayler Pettit (COM) pinned Chase Morahan (P), 1:21.