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Mustangs win three titles, finish third at home invite

Sam Martin/DCN Dallas Center-Grimes 220-pounder Cole Baker recorded an 11-2 major decision over North Polk’s Ben Bruggeman at the Mustang Invitational on Dec. 7. It was the first of three wins for Baker en route to the 220-pound individual title.Buy Photo
Sam Martin/DCN Dallas Center-Grimes 220-pounder Cole Baker recorded an 11-2 major decision over North Polk’s Ben Bruggeman at the Mustang Invitational on Dec. 7. It was the first of three wins for Baker en route to the 220-pound individual title.
Dallas Center-Grimes’ Dakota Clausen won the individual title at 182.Buy Photo
Dallas Center-Grimes’ Dakota Clausen won the individual title at 182.
Sam Martin DCN Zac Ross (right) of Dallas Center-Grimes and Peyton Sharp of Nevada tangle during a first-round match. Ross finished sixth in the 138-pound weight class.Buy Photo
Sam Martin DCN Zac Ross (right) of Dallas Center-Grimes and Peyton Sharp of Nevada tangle during a first-round match. Ross finished sixth in the 138-pound weight class.
A-D-M’s Cole Bennett throws Creston/Orient-Macksburg’s Tayler Pettit.Buy Photo
A-D-M’s Cole Bennett throws Creston/Orient-Macksburg’s Tayler Pettit.
Sam Martin/DCN A-D-M’s Nathan Heath finished seventh at 285.Buy Photo
Sam Martin/DCN A-D-M’s Nathan Heath finished seventh at 285.

Dallas Center-Grimes came away with three individual titles and a third-place team finish at the Mustang Invitational.

Senior Trevor Murano won the 120-pound title, as did Dakota Clausen at 182 and Cole Baker at 220. The Mustangs finished with a team score of 187 1/2, trailing only Creston/Orient-Macksburg (214 1/2) and Webster City (187 1/2) in the 14-team meet.

Murano made quick work of the 120-pound weight class. He recorded a first-period fall against North Polk’s Austin Smith in his first match, then nabbed a 10-0 major decision over C/O-M’s Kruz Adamson in the semifinal. He finished up with a technical fall of Webster City’s Freddie Seeley in the finale for his second Mustang Invite title.

“He is off to a great start this season,” said coach Clint Knoll. “It was great to see him dominating his opponents.”

Clausen’s day began with an 11-5 decision over Julio Sanchez of Grinnell. He eked out a 6-4 decision over Devin Chesler of West Marshall, then topped Webster City’s Brandon Patton in the finale, 5-2.

“He did not have an easy bracket, but came out on top,” Knoll said. “He stepped it up in a couple matches just to get to the finals.”

Baker, in his first season at 220, picked up an 11-2 major decision of Nort Polk’s Ben Bruggeman, then pinned Interstate 35’s Lonnie Harper at the end of the first period. He finished out the day with a 5-1 decision over Webster City’s Gustavo Gasca.

“He dominated all of his opponents and looked good doing it,” Knoll said of Baker. “He is learning how to wrestle these big guys and is only going to get better as the season goes on.”

Freshman 106-pounder Ben Carr also reached the finale, but lost by major decision to West Marshall’s Ross Randall. Carr started the day with a pin in 1:01 of Interstate 35’s Nathan Phillips, and reached the finale with a 6-1 decision of Ankeny Centennial’s Zach Owens.

Dallas Miles placed third at 145, with two victories and a 12-8 decision in the third-place match over Carroll’s Reid Stracke. Blake Wolinski was also third, recording a first-round fall and beating Grinnell’s Bryce Lidtka 5-1 in the third-place match.

Logan Buck was fifth at 160, as was Bryce Shutt at 285. Aaron Anderson (126), Reed Hillenga (132), and Zac Ross (138) were sixth, while Nick Brushaber was eighth at 152.

Knoll said it was a pleasant improvement overall from the team’s season opener, a 40-27 loss to Norwalk on Dec. 5.

The Mustangs got pins from Baker and Murano in that dual, but suffered six losses by fall, including three in the first period alone.

“I think we found out a lot of things that we need to get better at,” Knoll said. “Norwalk came out and wanted it more than we did and took advantage of us getting in poor positions.

“We were on our backs way too much in this dual, and that’s not something I expect to see from here on out. We will learn from this and get better.”

A-D-M’s day at the Mustang Invitational culminated with a seventh-place team finish.

Trevor Harsh posted the Tigers’ top placing with a runner-up finish. He nabbed a major decision over Webster City’s Ryan Ferrari, 9-1, to open the day, then beat West Marshall’s Chad Berrey 5-2 and pinned Nevada’s Peyton Sharp to reach the final bout. He lost by fall to C/O-M’s Spencer Wray.

Bailey Betazza (120) and Zach Johnston (152) claimed fifth-place finishes. Betazza lost his first match, but came back with two wins, including an 8-6 decision of North Polk’s Austin Smith. Johnston posted two falls and a 7-0 decision of Carroll’s Israel Dirkx in the fifth-place match.

Caleb Weddle (145) and Cole Bennett (170) placed sixth. Hunter Gibson won in overtime to finish seventh at 195, and Nathan Heath was seventh at 285. Darold Baker was eighth at 182.

A-D-M hosted a double dual on Tuesday, and beat Newton 43-36. Harsh, Theron Dollens, Bennett, Gibson and Heath won by fall, and Betazza won by decision. Results from the team’s dual with Nevada were not available at press time.

The Tigers began their season with a 45-27 loss to Ballard on Dec. 5. Bennett, Baker, Gibson and Dollens recorded pins for A-D-M, and Johnston added a 1-0 decision of Mark Goldberg.

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