Waukee, A-D-M and Van Meter battled at Winterset’s Gary Christensen Invitational on Jan. 11.
Waukee came away with two individual titles and finished third in the team standings with 163 points, behind Osage (220) and Clarinda (199 1/2). A-D-M was fifth in the 16-team tournament with 135 points, and Van Meter was 12th with 75 points.
“Our finish was the result of a huge team effort,” Waukee coach Chad Vollmecke said. “We had nine of 14 kids seeded, and seven of the nine wrestled at or above their seed.
“Our team is working hard to be the absolute best we can be, so they enjoyed the success but we had a dialogue about where and how we can improve on the things that kept us from winning the whole thing.”
Waukee 106-pounder Jakob Allison and and 113-pound Zach Barnes remained undefeated after both captured individual titles at Winterset. Allison improved to 23-0 with three victories, including a 2:49 pin of Urbandale’s Jackson Smith. He handed Drew Sams of Oskaloosa his first loss in 18 matches this season with a 6-0 decision, then pinned Van Meter’s Bailey Tuma in 3:46 in the first-place match.
Barnes pinned his way to the 113-pound title and a 17-0 season record. He pinned Interstate 35’s Austin Pontier in 4:58 in the first-place match.
“Jakob and Zach are relentless competitors,” Vollemecke said. “They both come to practice with great focus and intensity.”
Max Scheve had three wins, all by fall, en route to a third-place finish at 126, and improved to 21-3 on the season. Grant Brown (138) and Christian Hofbauer (120) were fourth, and Bryce Dunham was fifth at 285.
Zach Johnston led A-D-M with a first-place finish in 152. He recorded four wins to improve to 19-4: a 9-0 decision of Waukee’s Myles Russell, a 12-0 major decision of Clarinda’s Luke Strong, a 7-1 decision of Osage’s Doug Perrin, and a narrow 2-1 victory over Class 1A second-ranked Cody Kingery of Underwood in the championship match. It was only the second loss in 27 matches for Kingery this season.
Trevor Harsh claimed a second-place finish at 132 with three wins, including a 31-second pin of Van Meter’s Brady Edwards in the first round. Harsh was turned away by Osage’s Brock Jennings 6-3 in the first-place match.
Cole Bennett finished third at 170, recording two major-decisions and two falls, and Nathan Heath took third at 285 with three of his four victories coming by fall. Darold Baker (182) and Hunter Gibson (195) each finished fourth.
Tuma recorded a pair of victories for Van Meter before falling to Allison in the championship bout. He pinned Southeast Warren’s Blake Bauer in 5:06 and beat Winterset’s Britton Gibson 2-1 in the semifinal. His record now stands at 17-3 on the season.
Chase Wyant also came away with a second-place finish in the 138-pound bracket. He edged Waukee’s Brown 1108 in the quarterfinal, then pinned Wyatt Rasmussen of Underwood in the semifinal. He fell to Osage’s seventh-ranked Christian Fox in the finale, just the third loss for Wyant in 23 matches this season.
Spencer Benton, who improved to 19-3 on the season at 220, rallied back from a quarterfinal loss to Osage’s Caleb Ring by pinning his way to a third-place finish. He stuck Southeast Warren’s Brian Jiminez in 3:14, Clarinda’s Brook Stephens in 4:25 and Central Decatur’s Jacob Roach in 1:21.
Waukee and A-D-M will square off again on Saturday at the Tiger Invitational in Adel.