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Murano, Mustangs shine at Pleasant Valley tournament

Sam Martin/DCN Bryce Murano, shown during the Mustang Invitational last month, and the Dallas Center-Grimes wrestling team placed eighth at the Mike Hall Invitational in Bettendorf on Jan. 4.Buy Photo
Sam Martin/DCN Bryce Murano, shown during the Mustang Invitational last month, and the Dallas Center-Grimes wrestling team placed eighth at the Mike Hall Invitational in Bettendorf on Jan. 4.

Dallas Center-Grimes recorded four top-four finishes came away with an eighth-place team finish at the 16-team, multi-state Mike Hall Invitational tournament in Pleasant Valley on Jan. 4.

Mustang senior Trevor Murano improved to 20-0 on the season, winning four matches en route to the 120-pound title. He pinned Wapello’s Clayton Meeker in the first round and Washington’s Kyle Goin in the quarterfinal.

The third-ranked Murano then turned away a pair of top-10 wrestlers in the final two rounds, beating No. 6 Kyle Briggs of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 6-1, in the semifinal, and nabbing a 13-3 major decision over No. 5 Sam Uthoff of Cedar Rapids Prairie in the championship bout.

“Murano wrestled at a high level all day,” said coach Clint Knoll. “He dominated two kids who are very good wrestlers.”

Fifth-ranked Blake Wolinski came away with a second-place finish at 170. Wolinski, who holds an 18-3 season record, scored major-decision victories in the first two rouns over Nick Bailey of Solon (14-5) and Bryce Shewan of Yorkville, Ill. (10-1), then beat Class 1A fourth-ranked Koy Snider of Wilton 3-1 in the semifinal. He lost by fall in the championship to top-ranked Brady Letney of Pleasant Valley.

“Wolinski wrestled really well all day, but made a mistake in positioning in his finals match,” Knoll said. “It was too bad because we feel like Blake was able to beat him. He will learn from that.”

Cole Baker pushed his season record to 18-3 with a third-place showing at 220. The eighth-ranked Baker had two victories to his credit, including a second-period pi9n in his first match and an 8-2 decision of Wilton’s Logan Reddick in the third-place match.

Ninth-ranked Dakota Clausen claimed a fourth-place finish at 182. He scored a 9-4 decision over Mocha Uchiyama of Wheaton-Warrenville South (Ill.) 9-4, but dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to 10th-ranked Josh Allen of Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the third-place match.

“This was a very tough field,” Knoll said. “I thought our kids fought hard and wrestled up to where they were seeded or placed on the bracket for the most part. These types of tournaments will make us better,l and we will definitely build off of it.”

DC-G travels Thursday to Adel for a dual meet against A-D-M, then will take part in a tournament at Creston on Saturday.

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