The A-D-M wrestling team faced an up-hill climb at the two-day Battle of Waterloo tournament last weekend.
Facing off against some of the state’s best wrestlers, the Tigers came away with one dual-meet victory in six tries, a 40-25 win over Columbus Catholic on Dec. 20. On the same day, the Tigers lost decision of 63-12 to Union and 50-27 to Woodbury Central. The next day, they lost to Indianola 50-18, Waterloo West 44-23 and New Hampton 39-33.
Darold Baker was the lone A-D-M wrestler to post a six-win tournament. He had three major-decision victories to his credit, including a 16-5 victory over Jacob Haag of Columbus that propelled the Tigers to a victory.
The Tigers’ four largest weights combined for a 18-6 record as 195-pound Hunter Gibson, 220-pound Zach Ostendorf and 285-pound Nathan Heath all went 4-2. Ostendorf nabbed three first-period falls, Heath had three falls, including a 30-second pin of New Hampton’s Lincoln Weber, and Gibson recorded one pin.
Zach Johnston went 4-2 at 152 while Trevor Harsh was 3-3 at 138 with a pin, major decision and technical fall. One of his losses was to two-time state champion and top-ranked Max Thomsen of Union.
The Tigers’ double dual with Carlisle at Winterset on Dec. 19 was postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 21. A-D-M returns to action Jan. 9 when the team plays host to Dallas Center-Grimes in Adel.