—by Peg Patterson and Todd Thorson
Greene County 38, R-S 36
On Thursday, Dec. 12, the R-S wrestlers traveled to Jefferson to take on Greene County in dual action. With a few R-S wrestlers still out with injuries it would take strong, individual efforts by the Norse to come up with a win; especially since Greene County had several fine wrestlers with State experience on their team.GC, however, were also not at full strength and had four weight classes open.
Leading off for the Norse was Zach Anderson at 106, who received a forfeit; followed by Dakota Rusher at 113, who also received a forfeit, as the Norse took a 12-0 lead. But Greene County then got on a roll and never looked back. Tyson Manzer was up next at 120 and was pinned in 3:44. Parker Witthuhn at 126 could not get his opponent turned over in time to score any points and lost 2-0. At 132 Treyton Witthuhn was pinned in 1:17, followed by Will Clark at 138, who lost 13-0. Bill Joslin at 145 was pinned in 1:17. Colton Osmundson at 152 lost 9-1, followed by Noah Bartmess at 160, who lost 10-3. The Rams had rattled off seven straight wins to take a 32-12 lead before Alex Abernathy, a former Greene County student, came in at 170 for the Norse and pinned his opponent in 3:23. Ryan Hadaway at 182 followed suit and pinned his man in 4:36. Both Tanner Stille at 195 and Jesus Dominquez at 220 received forfeits, to put the Norsemen in the lead at 36-32. But the Norse had to forfeit the 285 class to Greene County, thus giving the home team the victory 38-36.
"Greene County held an 8-6 advantage in match victories, but it was only a two-point difference in the final score because of bonus points, which was something we talked a lot about," said Coach Leland Schwartz. "I wasn’t disappointed with our effort, but we still have a lot of work to do if we want to get to the next level. Greene County is extremely tough from 120 to 152 pounds, and that’s where they won this dual."
Six JV matches were held at Greene County and each team won three. The R-S JV wrestlers that participated on this night were: Will Halstead, who was pinned in his first match in 2:52 and then managed to pin his opponent in the second match in 3:00. Charlie Fournier pinned his first opponent in 5:30 and lost his second match 10-1. Alec Smith was pinned in 5:29 in his match. Calvin Bright pinned his opponent in 2:23.
The Roland-Story matmen were finally at near full strength last Saturday (Dec. 14) at the Saydel Invitational. They turned in a fine effort and were rewarded with a third place finish. Four Norsemen managed to reach the finals in the nine-team tournament. Gaining the championship round were Jose Cruz (195), Danny Dankel (285), Parker Witthuhn (126) and Ryan Hadaway (182). Jose and Danny brought home titles, while Parker and Ryan placed second.
Dankel recorded two pins en route to his crown, while Cruz recorded three falls to claim the first place spot. Ryan and Parker each had a pin during the day’s action, and one loss in the finals.
Tyson Manzer also had three pins on the day in the 120 lb. division, and one loss, to finish third. Will Clark was fourth at 138. Treyton Witthuhn came in fifth at 132, as did Noah Bartmess at 160. Zach Anderson (106) and Alex Abernathy (170) each placed sixth for the Norse.
Host Saydel kept the team title at home with 166 points. Des Moines East finished in the runner up spot at 151 1/2, followed by the third place Norsemen at 135 points. Des Moines North was just one point in back of the Norse at 134. Iowa Falls-Alden totaled 116 points, Carlisle posted 110 1/2, Pella came in with 108, and North Polk and Des Moines Lincoln rounded out the field with 95 1/2 and 91 points, respectively.
Six JV wrestlers competed in the Saydel JV tournament held on Friday night (Dec. 13). Kameron Turnbull won the tournament with a 2-1 record, including a pin. Dakota Rusher and Calvin Bright each placed second with 1-1 records. Alec Smith, Bandon Greenhaw and Charlie Fournier all placed third.
This Thursday night the Norsemen will host Nevada and PCM starting at 6 p.m. Then on Friday night at 5 p.m. they will host the JV tournament featuring 11 teams. On Saturday the Jim Kinyon Tournament will get under way at 10 a.m. with varsity action, also featuring 11 teams. There will be some very good wrestlers participating so come out and cheer on the Norse. Don’t forget, on Thursday, the Norse wrestlers will begin featuring several former wrestlers from years ago, and cards with pictures of these former wrestlers will be given out to fans. It’s a busy week for the Norse wrestlers! Good luck this week!