Panthers shut out Falcons
There wasn’t a whole lot of action for Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestling fans to take in here on Thursday, as the Panthers wrapped up an undefeated regular season with an 84-0 shutout of Council Bluffs St. Albert.
The win improves the Panthers to 14-0 overall and 10-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference, wrapping up the Hawkeye 10 dual team championship.
In doing so, the Panthers wrestled just four contested matches on Thursday for a total of 2 minutes, 46 seconds of mat time.
“They all got after it,” head coach Darrell Frain said. “That’s all I could ask for. You can’t fault them for going for falls and quick pins. That’s what they’re trained to do. Excited that they all went out there and took care of business, didn’t take them lightly. The fact that we shut them out was a good way to finish it.”
The Panthers finished with a perfect score, thanks to pins in all four contested matches.
Tayler Pettit started things off by scoring a pin with a cradle in :27 at 160 pounds. At 170 pounds, senior Adam Baker had the longest varsity match of the night, pinning Eli Finn in 1:51.
The shortest match of the night was perhaps the most exciting for the crowd, as 182-pounder Trevor Frain, who might have tied a state record with a 5-second pin at the John J. Harris Invitational on Friday, attempted to better that mark.
St. Albert’s Wyatt Suhr backed away from Frain at the whistle, but Frain lunged forward and quickly threw him to his back, pinning Suhr in :06.
After getting back to his feet, Frain looked up at the clock and grinned.
“I know after this he won’t have many kids he can do that against,” coach Frain said. “He was going out to see how fast he could get it. Six seconds. I don’t know what you say about it. Another quick one.”
Panther sophomore Seth Maitlen also wasted little time, securing a fall in :22 against Marc Johnson at 195 pounds.
After that, it was a parade of Creston/O-M wrestlers to the center of the mat to have their hands raised.
Even though there were only four matches for the evening, coach Frain said his team came in with the right mindset.
“We’ve had two-a-days and we had them today,” he said. “We had morning practice and an afternoon practice just like we did yesterday. They didn’t take them lightly and went out there and finished.”
Frain said it was nice to accomplish a pair of goals on Thursday.
“That’s one of those things you set as a goal when the season starts, and we went through the dual season undefeated, so kind of accomplished two goals right there with the Hawkeye 10 Conference championship and being undefeated,” he said. “We’re happy that we got it accomplished.”
In the lone junior varsity match of the evening, Panther senior Garret Taylor also scored a victory by fall, pinning Jake Stander in 4:41.
The Panthers now move on to Saturday’s Hawkeye 10 Conference tournament in Denison, where they will look to defend their crown.
“I think coming in, we’re probably a little bit the favorite,” Frain said. “Clarinda, Lewis Central is wrestling as good as they’ve wrestled all year. We have to wrestle well. I really feel like it will be a three or four team race, and if we can take care of the kids that are supposed to do well, and then get some kids to place ahead of their seed, we have a chance to win.”
Action starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Council Bluffs St. Albert 0
145 — Joey Huntington (COM) won by forfeit
152 — Chase Shiltz (COM) won by forfeit
160 — Tayler Pettit (COM) pinned Glen Bertlesen (SA), :27
170 — Adam Baker (COM) pinned Eli Finn (SA), 1:51
182 — Trevor Frain (COM) pinned Wyatt Suhr (SA), :06
195 — Seth Maitlen (COM) pinned Marc Johnson (SA), :22
220 — Kadon Hulett (COM) won by forfeit
285 — Cody Tanner (COM) won by forfeit
106 — Trevor Marlin (COM) won by forfeit
113 — Brody Frain (COM) won by forfeit
120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) won by forfeit
126 — Wyatt Thompson (COM) won by forfeit
132 — Cameron Leith (COM) won by forfeit
138 — Spencer Wray (COM) won by forfeit
152 — Garret Taylor (COM) pinned Jake Stander (SA), 4:41