You’d think it would have to be some kind of record, but I suppose there have been teams matched up in dual wrestling meets with even fewer contested matches, if numbers were low on both teams.
So, we’ll just go ahead and say it’s likely the fastest dual meet in the annals of Creston wrestling. The Panthers used a total mat time of 2 minutes, 46 seconds to win four contested matches against Council Bluffs St. Albert here Thursday. In less than 180 seconds, the Panthers racked up an 84-0 victory.
As reported by sports editor Scott Vicker, Tayler Pettit had a pin in 27 seconds; Adam Baker was the “workhorse” of the bunch, going 1:51 before his win by fall; Trevor Frain was one second longer than his five-second fall last weekend in Corning; and Seth Maitlen decked his opponent in 22 seconds. All other weights were left open by St. Albert.
Fortunately, admission was free for the brief event.
Chalk it up as a workout in preparation for the Hawkeye 10 Tournament Saturday in Denison, where the Panthers can wrap up a season sweep of conference dominance after locking up the dual title.
Not bad for a team replacing nearly half of the lineup, including state champs Jake Marlin and Keaton Hulett.
In the past 22 days, Frain has four falls under 10 seconds. One was in :09, another in :08, Thursday’s was :06 and his :05 win Friday night set a Creston record and matched the IHSAA record listed for state tournament history. (Regular season fall time marks are not listed in the record book.)
Thursday’s dual is reminiscent of a memorable dual victory over Clarinda on Jan. 18, 1972. John Walters told me nine matches lasted a total of 6 minutes, 11 seconds. Those nine pins averaged 41.2 seconds.
The meet started with eight straight first-period falls in 5:59 total time.
Here’s how it unfolded: Jeff Abel won by fall in 45 seconds at 98 pounds; Mike Howard won by fall in 47 seconds at 105; Dan Hayes won by fall in 40 seconds at 112; Scott Wood won by fall in 38 seconds at 119; Vern Loudon won by fall in 1:03 at 126; Rick Conard also won by fall in 1:03 at 132; Kim Kirkman won by fall in 51 seconds at 138; and Steve Harvey won by fall in 12 seconds at 145.
Curtis Bolinger then won a 4-0 decision at 155 before Creston lost a 4-3 decision at 167 pounds. Jamie Hayes got it going again with a 5-1 decision at 185, and heavyweight Mike King topped it off with a 12-second fall.
Final score: Creston 60, Clarinda 3.
That still has to rank as one of the most incredible nights in Creston wrestling history, because of the number of matches involved. But, Thursday’s quick victory is another remarkable achievement by a reloaded Panther team that continues to mow down the competition.
They should provide a lot of thrills along the tournament trail.
After the Lenox vs. East Union game Tuesday, my brain got former Creston school secretary Sue Tilley mixed up with Terri Tussey, wife of Lenox co-coach Steve Tussey and mother of East Union coach Thad Tussey.
The hazards of hanging around a long time and writing about so many people with similar names. It was one of those Homer Simpson “D’oh!” moments the next morning.
So when you see Terri, just call her Sue. I hear it’s catching on.
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