It was a tough task for the ADM wrestling team over the weekend as they hosted their annual ADM Tiger Invitational on Saturday, January 12.
Eleven teams were in the mix and out of all of them, the hometown Tigers captured a second place finish with 152 points, second only tow PCM who totaled 209 points. Three first place finishes highlighted the day for ADM which came from the likes of Andrew Flora at 126 pounds, Nolan Harsh at 182 pounds, Kaden Sutton at 220 pounds.
Andrew Flora, still with the top spot in Class 3A’s 126 pound weight class, picked up a 28-0 record after three straight wins. Flora added in 22 team points by besting Waukee’s Ben Park by fall (1:42), DC-G’s Trevon Wells by 7-2 decision, and PCM’s Payton Drake by 4-3 decision. Flora entered the weekend’s festivities having already breached 150 wins for his career, a mark that head coach Christopher Hatchitt mentioned as a long time coming.
“The way Andrew wrestles and the dominance that he brings every meet there’s no way he won’t reach 150 plus wins,” began Hatchitt. “He’s just as skilled mentally as he is physically and you can see that when he takes down an opponent in under a minute or racks up so many points. He’s more than deserving of that honor and I know that he’ll earn far north of 150 wins in this season.”
En rout to his 27th win of the year, Nolan Harsh earned five wins on the day. Three of those wins came by way of pin-fall, giving the senior 18 total wins by fall on the season. Harsh bested Carson of West Central valley by a 12-4 major decision in round four while the final win for Harsh came in a 6-0 decision win over Lucas Roland of PCM.
Kaden Sutton brought his record up to 26-4 and also earned 22 team points with three major wins. In the quarter final round, Sutton bested DC-G’s Colin Kakacek by fall at the 1:00 mark. That was followed up with his fourth win by decision of the season (5-0) before besting Gabe Greenlee of Ames for the first place title.
Other place winners for the Tigers included Cole Williamson at 120 pounds who claimed his 13th win of the season before falling in the first place match to Aiden Tallant of Waukee by 6-1 decision. There wrestlers captured third place finishes including Hogan Hopewell at 132 pounds who battled back from an opening round loss to make it to the fifth round of action, and leading to a third place finish and 15 tam points. Brodrick Schmidt at 152 pounds picked up his fourth decision victory to claim the third place prize over Eli Thorson of Roland Story (3-1). Justice Paulson picked up 18 teams points after taking just 37 seconds to beat Cooper Sloan of PCM.
Kolton Benz at 138 pounds and and Charles Craigmile at 170 pounds picked up a fourth place finish and ten team points.
The next bout of action for Tiger wrestling will come on January 19 at the Winger Invitational.