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Mustangs, Tigers duke it out in Urbandale

Sam Martin • DCN Bailey Betazza, shown during the Tiger Invitational earlier this month, and the A-D-M wrestling team captured a ninth-place team finish at the Ed Winger Invitational in Urbandale on Jan. 25.Buy Photo
Sam Martin • DCN Bailey Betazza, shown during the Tiger Invitational earlier this month, and the A-D-M wrestling team captured a ninth-place team finish at the Ed Winger Invitational in Urbandale on Jan. 25.

Dallas Center-Grimes and A-D-M each captured top-10 finishes at the Ed Winger Invitational in Urbandale on Jan. 25.

The Mustangs medaled five and finished eighth with 88 points, while the Tigers medaled three and finished ninth with 82 1/2. Southeast Polk (233 1/2), Bettendorf (201 1/2) and Iowa City West (145) made up the top three teams in a 20-squad field that featured six rated schools and more than 50 ranked individuals.

Dakota Clausen captured the 182-pound title with three victories on the day. He blanked Davenport West’s Alex Ramey 15-0, then turned away Donovan Doyle of Iowa City West with a 4-minute, 40-second pin. In the title bout, he scored a third-period fall of A-D-M’s Darold Baker, who had reached the the final with two pins and a 7-3 decision of West Des Moines Valley’s Rocky Lombardi.

Third-ranked Trevor Murano logged a runner-up finish at 120, but suffered his first loss in 34 matches this season in the finale, a 1-0 loss to Southeast Polk’s second-ranked Nolan Hellickson, a state third-place finisher last season. Murano had reached the championship match with ease after a 45-second pin of Davenport West’s Mike Mayfield, a technical fall of North Scott’s Ryan Renken and a 5-1 decision of fourth-ranked Paul Glynn of Bettendorf.

Blake Wolinski finished third at 170, with four victories — including three pins — to his credit to push his season record to 32-5. His lone loss was to eventual champion Hank Swalla of Ames, but he rallied back in the consolation bracket with a 1:19 pin of Indianola’s Elijah Clutter and a 12-4 major decision of Southast Polk’s Mason Kerr in the third-place match.

Both Jack Kelly (195) and Bryce Shutt (285) logged sixth-place finishes. Kelly was 2-2 before injury defaulting out of his fifth-place match, while Shutt recorded a 2-3 mark in the heavyweight bracket.

“We wrestled some great competition and I thought we stacked up well, being a little shorthanded,” Mustang coach Clint Knoll said. “It gives our kids an idea of where we are at right now and what we need to work on.

“It’s a tough tournament to place in, and we had five guys accomplish that,” he added. “I think that really helps their confidence.”

A-D-M was led by Zach Johnston, who captured the 152-pound individual title. The sophomore, ranked sixth in Class 2A, opened with a 15-0 technical fall of Matt Thompson of Council Bluffs Jefferson, then cut down McKinnon Bell of Indianola 8-2 in the quarterfinal. He advanced by injury default to the championship bout, where he beat Southeast Polk’s Brady Bucheit 5-3 for his 28th victory in 32 matches this season.

Joining Baker and Johnston on the medal stand was heavyweight Nathan Heath, who improved to 24-7. His path to the top of the podium was blocked by a 27-second pin delivered from Class 3A No. 3 Jake Marnin of Southeast Polk in the championship match. Heath, ranked eighth in Class 2A, had pinned his way to the championship match with a 29-second pin of Ames’ Matt Fowles, a 1:14 fall of Dowling Catholic’s Eli Alger and a 3:43 pin of Fort Madison’s Travis Fincher.

DC-G was victorious in a 62-15 win over Pella on Jan. 23. After dropping back-to-back decisions to start, DC-G won 11 of the final 12 matches. Wolinski, Clausen, Murano, Zac Ross and Dallas Miles all won by fall, while Nick Brushaber and Bryce Murano added major-decision victories.

A-D-M captured a 39-30 victory over Carroll the same night, winning five of its final six matches on the evening. Bajer, Hunter Gibson and Zach Ostendorf recorded falls, Johnston nabbed a major decision and Cole Bennett picked up a technical fall.

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