CEDAR FALLS — A pair of area wrestling teams got a sense of where they stand early in the 2018-19 wrestling season Saturday after finishing near the top of a deep field at the Keith Young Invitational at Cedar Falls High School.
Waverly-Shell Rock, the second-ranked team in Class 3A by The Predicament, took home second place in the team standings with four championships and a runner-up while scoring 194 points.
Go-Hawk coach Eric Whitcome found both positives and negatives in his squad’s performances throughout.
“In the first week of competition, it’s typically what you see,” Whitcome said. “I noticed some real good things, but there’s some area, some real simple areas that we let escape us today that cost us as a team and individuals.
“We’ve got to shore up those areas if we want to accomplish what we want.”
Meanwhile, Denver, the top team in Class 1A in the initial The Predicament survey, crowned two champions, had one take second and three in third place to score 179.5 points for third in the overall standings.
Cyclone coach Chris Krueger said the Keith Young was a tough draw.
“We knew that coming in,” Krueger said. “We like being in this tournament because it makes us aware of what we want to work on and things that we’re doing good, and right now, obviously, there’s a lot of things we need to work on.”
Don Bosco, the No. 2 team in 1A, won the tournament with 210.5 points. Rounding out the top five were Norwalk with 135 points and the host Tigers with 133.5 points.
Winning championships for W-SR were second-ranked Aiden Riggins at 106 pounds, No. 7 113- pounder Bailey Roybal, Jacob Herrmann, the second-ranked 160-pounder, and Brayden Wolf, rated No. 2 at 195. Evan Yant, the No. 5 132-pounder, took second.
Gabe Lewis, second-rated at 132, defeated Yant in the championship, 4-1.
Meanwhile, Cael Krueger, the top 170-pounder in 1A, took his weight class. No. 3 138-pounder Riley Wright took second at 145, while Chase Lyons (106 No. 5), Brooks Meyer (113 No. 3) and Isaac Schimmels (126 No. 9) were third in their brackets, and No. 2 160-pounder John Ebaugh and top-ranked heavyweight Brock Farley were fourth.
At 106, Riggins and Lyons both received first-round byes. In the quarters, Riggins pinned Charles City’s Dajon Richard in 1 minute, 23 seconds, while Lyons did the same to West Des Moines Valley’s Ezra Kristensen in 39 seconds.
Riggins then made the finals with a 16-6 major decision over Bettendorf’s Dustin Bohren, but Garrett Funk, of Don Bosco, sent Lyons to the consolation bout with an 8-5 decision. Riggins then took the title with a 14-3 major over Funk, while Lyons grabbed the bronze with a 10-8 overtime win over Bohren.
At 113, Meyer got the bye into the second round, while Roybal started off with a technical fall, 16-1 in 3:18, over Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Jonah Hallam. In the quarters, Roybal grabbed a 9-6 win over Josh Connor of North Scott, while Meyer earned a 15-0 tech in 3:14 over Cooper Wiemann of Mason City.
Meyer and Roybal met in the semifinals, with Roybal taking a 5-0 decision. In the championship, Roybal earned a 12-2 major over Norwalk’s Grant Harbour, while Meyer was given a victory by medical forfeit against Union’s Kolten Crawford.
In the 132 bracket, Yant and Lewis earned wins by falls. Yant topped West Des Moines Dowling’s Brady McMahon in 2 minutes, while Lewis got the stick in 1:47 over Enyeto Ahedo-Jiroutek of Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
In the quarters, Yant earned a tech fall, 16-0 in 3:28, against Brandon Forsyth of Charles City, while Lewis pinned North Scott’s Trenten Doty in 1:19. Lewis made shorter work of Ben Hoeger of Kennedy in the semis, with a 30-second pin, while Yant took out Cedar Falls’ Jackson Barth, 6-1, before taking the loss to Lewis in the final.
At 145, Wright opened with a pin over Jefferson’s Cameron Burnell in 3:25, followed by another stick in 1:05 over Keano Roberts of Bettendorf in the quarters. He then defeated Ethan Vetterick of Norwalk, 9-6, in the semis before dropping a 9-4 decision to North Scott’s Collin Lewis, ranked third in 3A.
In the 160 class, Herrmann got a bye in the first round, and then pinned C.F.’s Lincoln Willet with 1 second left on the clock in the quarters. Herrmann went on to down Bosco’s Carson Tenold, 8-4, in the semifinals, followed by a 3-2 decision in the championship over West Liberty’s Austin Beaver.
Meanwhile, Ebaugh pinned his first two opponents: Union’s Jacob Hall in 1:49 and Valley’s Ryan Meyers in 3:53. However, he fell to Beaver in the semis, 6-0, and dropped a 3-2 decision to Carson Tenold of Don Bosco to take fourth.
At 170, Cael Krueger pinned Erik Snyder of Belle Plaine in 1:01, and then dispatched North Scott’s Nate Link in 3:03. Krueger then grabbed a 2-0 semifinal decision against Valley’s Blake Underwood, followed by a 9-0 major decision win in the title bout over Bettendorf’s Will Jefferson.
At 195, Wolf took a bye in round one, and then rolled over North Scott’s Teagen Fletcher in 1:10. He then took a 5-1 decision against Kennedy’s Cade Parker before pinning Don Bosco’s Bryce Schares in 5:01, flexing to the Go-Hawk crowd following the victory.
Back at 126, Schimmels won his first two matches, first by pin over Belle Plaine’s Trey Striegel in 1:26, followed by a 4-0 decision against Kennedy’s Ty Pfiffner. However, he dropped his semifinal, getting pinned by Valley’s Nick Oldham, but bounced back to grab a 6-2 victory over Bosco’s Michael McClelland for third.
At 285, Farley pinned North Scott’s Brady Ernst in 3:07, followed by a 3-2 decision against Dawson Sweet of Jefferson. However, he lost to Troy Monahan of Mason City in the semifinals, 7-2, and dropped the third-place match, 3-2, and then cost Denver a team point with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the match.
Chris Krueger, the Cyclone coach, said Lewis and his son Cael beat some of the best wrestlers in the state.
“Both of them knocked off some ranked 3A guys, so they had a great tournament,” Chris Krueger said. “We had some spots where we wrestled really well in, but some spots where we need to make some gains in.”
Whitcome, the head Go-Hawk, said his lightweight champs wrestled on Saturday, as they do in the wrestling room.
“They’re just non-stop scoring points, action,” he said about Riggins and Roybal. “They looked great.
“Jacob Herrmann wrestled solid all day. He didn’t do anything crazy, but you don’t have to do anything crazy. You just need to be good fundamentally, and that’s something that he did, and it paid off for him.”
He added that while his team took four top spots, the Go-Hawks could’ve had as many as seven champions.
“For us to be able to compete for a title, it’s what we have to expect, and we have to be able to get that consistently,” Whitcome said. “If we want to be one of the top teams, if we want to compete and win the state title, that’s what the expectation would have to be, because we’ll have to score points.”