Two dominant wins on senior night aided by 14 pins, good news from the Iowa High School Athletic Association and a successful fundraising night for the March of Dimes.
All in all, it was a pretty good day for the Creston/O-M wrestling team Tuesday.
Ranked sixth in the Class 2A dual team ratings by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, the Panthers improved to 13-0 overall and 9-0 in the Hawkeye 10 with wins of 72-0 over Shenandoah and 62-16 over Red Oak.
Red Oak won the opener over Shenandoah, 57-18, to improve to 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the league. The Mustangs fall to 11-15 and 3-7 with the two losses.
The only conference dual left for Creston/O-M is a 6:30 p.m. dual at home Jan. 30 against new league member Council Bluffs St. Albert.
On Tuesday, school officials received word that Creston will be the site of a regional dual meet following Class 2A sectional tournaments.
“I think their hope is that eight rated teams will host the eight regional duals,” Panther coach Darrell Frain said.
A purple hue was evident throughout Creston High School Tuesday as an event co-sponsored by CHS student government and the school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter was held in support of “health and mortality of infants and mothers through the March of Dimes.”
All proceeds from various fundraising events will go to March of Dimes Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of mortality and health of infants and mothers.
Shannon Smith, FBLA advisor, and Peg Eblen, English instructor assisting student government, reported about $1,600 was raised through the sale of purple T-shirts, “per pin” pledges associated with 29 Creston/O-M varsity and JV pins Tuesday and activities in the commons by student groups.
Senior wrestlers introduced with their parents prior to the meet were Kruz Adamson, Adam Baker, Trevor Frain, Gavin Leith, Trevor Luther and Garret Taylor. Other seniors honored were managers Alex Chapman and Nathan Haley, along with cheerleader Tonya Etzen.
To come out wrestling well in that environment, with only three defeats in contested matches for the night, was satisfying to coach Frain.
“We got a lot of takedowns and most of them turned into falls at the end, so it worked out really well,” Frain said. “Even in the matches where we were clear underdogs against Red Oak at 132 and 113, we battled and gave ourselves a chance.”
Trevor Frain celebrated his senior night with one of the fastest falls in program history. He decked Red Oak sophomore Collin Bruce in eight seconds.
CHS wrestling historian and former head coach John Walters recalls two quick falls under 10 seconds in the same meet in the early 1970s, including one just under eight seconds.
“I think those two were like six and eight seconds,” Walters said.
After the match, Frain said the team had an internal contest on who could record the fast fall of the night. He won easily, even though first-period falls were common throughout the night.
The next fastest pins were 32 and 31 seconds against Red Oak by Seth Maitlen and Kadon Hulett, respectively, right after Frain’s eight-second victory at 182 pounds.
One of the matches drawing the biggest crowd reactions Tuesday was by freshman heavyweight Cody Tanner against Red Oak senior Keaton Kephart.
Kephart opened the match with a five-point move, nearly securing the fall in the first period. Tanner managed to wriggle off his back and end the first period trailing 5-1.
He then shot in for a takedown to close it to 5-3 before Kephart escaped to make it 6-3. They bumped heads as both shot forward for takedown position. Kephart was left dazed and lost by injury default, marking a big swing in team points from the near defeat minutes earlier.
“I guess his head is a little harder. As a Tanner head, it doesn’t surprise me,” Frain said, smiling. “How often can you get off your back in a heavyweight match? Then, he gets a single-leg and finishes it! He and Zach Hoffman are one-point matches in the room, and we’ll have Jake Gutschenritter back next year. That’s three good ones there.”
Another positive note was the successful return of varsity wrestlers Joey Huntington and Adamson after missing Saturday’s tournament in Centerville with illness. Adamson won by a 10-5 decision in his only contested match of the night, and Huntington gained a third-period fall in his only match at 145.
Frain said his lineup should be at full strength and mostly at sectional weights, plus the possible return of Gavin Leith at 152 pounds, for the John Harris Invitational in Corning Friday and Saturday. Leith has been out with a shoulder injury since late December.
The only change from sectionals might be continuing to enter Trevor Frain at 182 and Adam Baker at 170 pounds. Those two will interchange in the postseason. Frain is ranked second in the state at 170.
New Hampton, a northern Iowa team coached by former Panther assistant Nick Hemann, is making the trip to Corning for the first time and could be the toughest competition for the defending champion Panthers, Frain said. New Hampton is not ranked.
Seedings for the John Harris tourney will be determined Wednesday night and published in Thursday’s News Advertiser.
Creston/O-M 72, Shenandoah 0
113 — Brody Frain (C/O-M) dec. Nate Hoyt (S), 7-4.
120 — Kruz Adamson (C/O-M) by forfeit.
126 — Wyatt Thompson (C/O-M) pinned Brody Bopp (S), 2:46.
132 — Cameron Leith (C/O-M) dec. Jake Johnson (S), 9-4.
138 — Spencer Wray (C/O-M) pinned Logan Roberts (S), 1:49.
145 — Joey Huntington (C/O-M) by forfeit.
152 — Chase Shiltz (C/O-M) pinned Drew Minino (S), 1:17.
160 — Tayler Pettit (C/O-M) dec. Scott Hastings (S), 7-1.
170 — Adam Baker (C/O-M) pinned Colton Leece (S), 2:57.
182 — Trevor Frain (C/O-M) pinned JD Lewis (S), 2:24.
195 — Kadon Hulett (C/O-M) by forfeit.
220 — Kadon Hulett (C/O-M) by forfeit.
285 — Cody Tanner (C/O-M) by forfeit.
106 — Trevor Marlin (C/O-M) dec. Nate Hoyt (S), 6-2.
Creston/O-M 62, Red Oak 16
120 — Kruz Adamson (C/O-M) dec. Alec Selberg (RO), 10-5.
126 — Wyatt Thompson (C/O-M) by forfeit.
132 — Tanner Mertz (RO) pinned Cameron Leith (C/O-M), 4:59.
138 — Spencer Wray (C/O-M) pinned Lyndon Bright (RO), 1:25.
145 — Joey Huntington (C/O-M) pinned Carlos Guerra (RO), 4:43.
152 — Chase Shiltz (C/O-M) pinned Austin Streicher (RO), 3:10.
160 — Tayler Pettit (C/O-M) by forfeit.
170 — Adam Baker (C/O-M) pinned Marc Enderes (RO), 1:30.
182 — Trevor Frain (C/O-M) pinned Colin Bruce (RO), :08.
195 — Seth Maitlen (C/O-M) pinned Christian Terry (RO), :32.
220 — Kadon Hulett (C/O-M) pinned Felipe Remirez (RO), :31.
285 — Cody Tanner (C/O-M) injury default over Keaton Kephart (RO).
106 — Michael Gomez (RO) pinned Trevor Marlin (C/O-M), 4:23.
113 — Dakota Petty (RO) major dec. Brody Frain (C/O-M), 13-4.
(Point deduction from Creston/O-M for unsportsmanlike after 106 match.)