Dallas Center-Grimes came away with five individual champions and four runners-up, but couldn’t shake host Creston/Orient-Macksburg from the top of the team standings at the Panther Invitational on Jan. 11.
The Mustangs finished the round-robin tournament with 288 points, good for second place in the team standings and only 20 points behind C/O-M.
"Creston beat us in the end, but we were right there in the team race all day," coach Clint Knoll said. "They have a nice team, so that was a good confidence-builder for our kids."
Third-ranked Trevor Murano remained undefeated with five wins en route to the 120-pound title. He had two pins, including a 13-second fall of Mount Ayr’s Dawson Knapp, a technical fall over Greene County’s Jacob Challen, and handed runner-up Kruz Adamson of C/O-M a 16-4 major-decision defeat.
The Mustangs won individual titles at each of the three lightest weights, with 106-pounder Ben Carr and 113-pounder Bryce Murano each finishing first. Carr had two wins, both by first-period falls, including a 42-second pin of C/O-M’s Trevor Marlin. Bryce Murano went 2-0 as well with a fall and major decision under his belt.
Blake Wolinski (170) and Cole Baker (220) also won individual titles. Wolinski went 5-0 and had three pins under 40 seconds, including a 10-second fall of Greene County’s Hunter Ruth. He beat C/O-M’s Adam Baker 5-0 to secure the title.
Baker counted four pins and one major decision on the day, a 14-0 decision of Bedford/Lenox’s Zach McMillin. All four of his falls came in the first period.
DC-G also came away with four runner-up finishes, as 145-pound Dallas Miles, 160-pound Logan Buck, 182-pound Dakota Clausen and 285-pound Bryce Shutt all finished second. Miles was 4-1 with two pins and an 11-9 sudden-death victory over B/L’s Hunter Russell. Buck had four wins by fall and his lone defeat was in overtime. Clausen had three pins and Shutt counted four wins by fall.
The Mustangs traveled to Adel on Jan. 9 and came away with a 56-19 victory, winning seven of the 11 contested matches against rival A-D-M.
DC-G sprinted out to a 23-7 advantage after the first six matches, spurned on by pins from Clausen and Baker and a technical fall from Wolinski, then closed out the victory with six wins over the final seven matches. Carr, Trevor Murano and Miles had pins at 106, 120 and 145, and Bryce Murano rallied late for a win at 113 over the Tigers’ Kyle Wilkerson.
A-D-M’s Hunter Gibson scored two points with seconds left to beat Zach Collins 3-1 at 195, and Nathan Heath used a slick reversal to pin Shutt at heavyweight. Trevor Harsh pinned Reed Hillenga at 132, and 152-pounder Zach Johnston handed Nick Brushaber a 13-2 defeat at 152.