The Van Meter wrestling team came away with an 11th-place finish at the Rich Gray Classic in Truro on Jan. 25.
The Bulldogs finished with four medalists, including 220-pound champion Spencer Benton, who improved to 35-3 on the season with three wins. Benton pinned Southeast Warren’s Brian Jimenez in 55 seconds and topped a 30-match winner, Cale Crowder of Guthrie Center, 7-3 in the semifinals. He then added an 11-3 major decision of Norwalk’s Trystan Minnis in the title bout.
Luke Costlow finished third at 120 with two wins in three matches, including a quarterfinal pin of West Marshall’s Austin Grimm, and a 5-4 decision of Central Spring’s Matthew McDonough in the third-place match.
Chase Wyant finished fourth at 138, and Bailey Tuma improved to 27-10 with a sixth-place finish at 106.
The Bulldogs finished with 78 points. Albia (212), Norwalk (179) and Eddyville-Blakesburg (175 1/2) finished in the top three.
In other action, the Bulldogs picked up one dual-meet victory in three tries on Jan. 23, also in Truro. They beat Panorama 38-29, but suffered losses of 48-30 to Southeast Warren and 46-24 to Interstate 35.
Van Meter logged victories in five of the six contested matches against Panorama, including pins from Benton (Marcus Boldy, 1:30), Tuma (Garrett Simmons, 4:35) and 145-pound Jeremy Frame. Wyant added an 18-2 technical fall of Tyler VanHouten.