Several W-G grapplers had strong outings at the always-tough Coon Rapids-Bayard Invitational Saturday.
Head coach Dave Smeltzer took just six Hawks to the tournament but the sextet showed well as all six placed, including sixth-ranked Colton Milosevich (25-1), who won the 120 pound bracket.
Milosevich pinned Garrett DeYoung of Panorama in 1 minute, 19 seconds and Christian Hilgenburg of CR-B in 1:02 before winning a 17-15 decision in overtime against 10th-ranked Sheldon Ealy of English Valleys to claim first place.
Race Brant (23-4) was third at 145. He dropped a 12-7 decision of EV’s Zach Axmear after opening with a pin of Liam McAllister (CR-B) in 1:15. Brant then pinned Cody Schumacher of So. Central Calhoun in 2:49 and then defeated Kyle Chalfant of Guthrie Center by 8-0 major decision to finish third.
Also third was 195-pounder Dylan Nixon. He pinned Levi Pingey (CR-B) in 2:48 but then suffered a 15-2 major decision to No. 2 Trey Sander of Exira-EHK. Nixon bounced back with a pin of Cade Suhr (GC) in 1:17, then secured third place by pinning seventh-ranked Wilson Solorzano of Panorama in 5:15.
W-G received fourth place efforts from both Tanner Vermaas (152) and Ryan Hodges (285), with Josh Keubler (126) finishing in fifth place.
South Central Calhoun won the invite with 203.5 poitns, with Audubon second at 181.5 and CR-B third at 149. Guthrie Center (130) was fourth, with Panorama (108), English Valleys (103), Exira-EHK (91), W-G (89), East Sac County (25) and Southeast Webster (19) rounding out the field.
AUDUBON 51, W-G 30
KUEMPER CATHOLIC 42, W-G 39
The Woodward-Granger matmen entertained Audubon and Kuemper Catholic for a triangular Jan. 9. Audubon emerged with a 51-30 win over the Hawks, with Kuemper Catholic slipping off with a 42-39 win.
The Hawks won three times by pinfall against the Wheelers in the opening dual, beginning with Hodges nailing Isaiah Taylor, in 1:27 at 285 pounds. Milosevich pinned Kyle Juelsgaard in 3:12 at 120 pounds, with Brant sticking Matthew Smith-Petersen in 5:43 at 145.
W-G also received points from forfeits to Ryley Saxton (113) and to Nixon (195).
Nixon had one of three pins for the hosts against the Knights when he put Mitch Rohe’s shoulders to the mat in 22 seconds. Collen Gibbons pinned Issack Anderson in 1:55 and Keubler pinned Grant Sanders in 2:49 at 126 to account for the other pinfalls.
Saxton earned an 11-7 decision over Brady Parkis for three points, with Milosevich (120), Hodges (285) and Vermaas (152) all receiving forfeits.