Jakob Allison captured the 106-pound title to lead Waukee at the CIML conference tournament at Southeast Polk on Jan. 31.
The Warrior sophomore, ranked third in Class 3A by The Predicament, tacked on three more victories and improved to 37-1 on the season. He pinned Urbandale’s Jackson Smith in 1:13 in the quarterfinal, scored a fall over Adam Brown of Southeast Polk in the semifinals, then edged fourth-ranked Triston Lara of Fort Dodge, 6-4, in the championship bout. It was Allison’s second victory over Lara this season, following a 5-4 decision at Fort Dodge on Dec. 12.
Allison’s conference title was Waukee’s first since joining the CIML. In addition, both Allison and freshman Zach Barnes were the team’s first finalists.
“Jakob showed poise, confidence and toughness,” coach Chad Vollmecke said.
Barnes reached the championship bout at 113, but was turned away for the first time this season in a first-period fall at the hands of Johnston’s top-ranked Henry Pohlmeyer.
Barnes, who sits at 34-1 on the season, pinned Joe Schmidt of Ankeny in the quarterfinal, and edged eighth-ranked Erik Birnbaum, 3-2, in extra time in the semifinal match.
“Pohlmeyer, a returning state champ, is a brute,” Vollmecke said. “He is physical and aggressive, but so is Zach. I think the advantage was clearly Henry’s, but Zach will make serious gains from now until we see him again.”
Waukee tied Ottumwa with 84 points for ninth place in the 18-team tournament. Southeast Polk, to no one’s surprise, won its fourth straight conference title with 235 1/2 points. West Des Moines Valley was a distant second with 152 1/2, while Dowling Catholic and Mason City tied for third place with 149 points.
Bryce Dunham placed fifth at 220, Christian Hofbauer finished seventh at 120 and Shane Spyksma claimed an eighth-place finish at 160.
Waukee, which was to host Ankeny on Tuesday, was slotted in the Class 3A District 8 field at West Des Moines Valley on Feb. 15. Besides the Warriors and Tigers, the field there also includes Ames, Des Moines Lincoln, Des Moines Roosevelt, Dowling Catholic, Indianola and Norwalk.
“It’s really a tough draw at some weights and very favorable at others,” Vollmecke said. “Sadly, there are some weights where a really good kid, maybe two, will have to stay home (instead of qualifying for state).
“It’s the nature of the sport, and we plan to capitalize on all of our opportunities and fight through any adversity to get as many kids as possible to Wells Fargo Arena to battle for that medal stand.”