—by Peg Patterson and Todd Thorson

On a cold, windy and snowy night last Thursday (Jan. 16) the Norse wrestlers traveled to Maxwell to take part in a double dual against South Hamilton and their hosts, the CMB Raiders. Despite a cold night outside the Norse were on fire inside, first taking on South Hamilton to get the meet started.

Starting the Norse off was Parker Witthuhn at 126, who posted a technical fall in 3:20 by a score of 15-0. His brother Treyton Witthuhn at 132 won 6-4 over his opponent, as the Norsemen jumped out to an 8-0 lead. At 138 Colton Osmundson went up against JD Rader, losing by a major decision by the score of 17-3. Will Clark at 145 was pinned in 4:28. Alec Smith at 152 was pinned in 41 seconds. The Norse were open at 160. That put South Hamilton into the lead, 22-8. At 170 Ryan Hadaway received a forfeit. Calvin Bright at 182 pinned his opponent in 48 seconds and Tanner Stille at 195 received a forfeit. Those three wins put the Norse back into the lead at 26-22. In the 285 weight class Danny Dankel was pinned in 4:13 by Josh Lutter. It was a match that pitted two of the conference’s top heavyweights. The score was 0-0 heading into the third period, where Lutter was able to put Danny in a cradle and get the pin, giving SH the lead back at 28-26. Zach Anderson at 106 received a forfeit. Dakota Rusher at 113 was pinned in 1:57, which then set up what was to be the deciding match to determine the winner of the meet. Will Halstead came into the 120 weight class filling in for Tyson Manzer, who was injured at the St Edmonds tournament and will be out the rest of the season. Showing great hustle and determination Will went right to work and pinned his opponent in 3:52, giving the Norse the win over South Hamilton by the final score of 38-34.

After South Hamilton and CMB wrestled the Norse then took on the CMB Raiders, starting with the 132 class, where Treyton Witthuhn earned a technical fall over his opponent in 4:31, by a final count of 15-0. The following R-S wrestlers received forfeits in their weight classes: Colton Osmundson at 138, Will Clark at 145 and Alec Smith at 152. The Norse were open at 160. At 170 Charlie Fournier came up from the JV squad and pinned his opponent in 2:59. At 185 Ryan Hadaway lost a tough match 8-5. At 195 Calvin Bright received a forfeit. Tanner Stille at 220 pinned his opponent in 2:32, followed by Danny Dankel at 285, who pinned his opponent in 1:05. Zach Anderson at 106 received a forfeit, and the Norse forfeited the 113 class. Will Halstead at 120 continued his hustle with another pin in 4:41, and Parker Witthuhn at 126 finished the night off for the Norse with a 59 second pin. Final score for the match was R-S 65, CMB 15.

"The team wrestled very well and dominated the dual," said Coach Leland Schwartz. "I was very pleased with the effort. We were missing a couple of guys from the lineup, but we had some young guys step up to the challenge. Will Halstead did an outstanding job in his first varsity matches, getting two pins. He’s in the lineup because Tyson Manzer broke his arm last weekend and is done for the season. Charlie Fournier and Calvin Bright also stepped up and each had big pins."

One JV match was held in which Brandon Greenhaw pinned his opponent from South Hamilton in 2:46. The Norse JV were in action this past weekend at Greene County for a tournament. Those participating were Kameron Turnbull, 3-0, first place; Dakota Rusher, 2-1, second place; Will Halstead, 2-1, second place; Brandon Greenhaw, 2-1, second place; Bill Joslin, 2-1, tied for first place; Charlie Fournier, 2-0, second place; and Calvin Bright, 0-3, fourth place.

Eight Varsity wrestlers traveled to Adel to participate in the ADM tournament. Three wrestlers placed at ADM, with Parker Witthuhn taking second at 126, Tanner Stille finished sixth at 195 and Danny Dankel took fifth place at 285. Overall the team finished in 13th place out of 17 teams. Several of the teams were from Class 3A and there was even a team from Illinois. The other five Norsemen who competed at ADM were Zach Anderson (106), Treyton Witthuhn (132), Colton Osmundson (138), Will Clark (145) and Ryan Hadaway (170).

"We wrestled well overall (at ADM)," stated Schwartz, "but we came up against some pretty tough competition. It was good for us to be in a big, tough tournament like this because it shows us where we want to be."

The Norse hosted Iowa Falls/Alden and CMB last night (Tuesday) and will be in action again on Thursday night when they travel to North Polk to face off with NP and Ogden at 6 p.m. On Saturday they will head to South Hamilton for the Heart of Iowa Conference tournament starting at 10 a.m.

Remember more wrestling cards will be given out at all home meets to young wrestlers wearing Norsemen gear and will be available for $1 for all others. Past wrestlers Mike McCabe and Luke Sampson were the latest wrestling stars to have their cards released at last night’s home meet. McCabe finished his career as one of the most decorated wrestlers to ever wear a Norsemen singlet. He was a three time state qualifer, and brought home sixth and third place medals. He is also the only four-time HOIAC champion in Roland-Story history. He set new school records for career wins, season wins, career pins and season pins. Sampson qualified for state only once, but he made the most of it, becoming only the second state champion in R-S history. He was also a two-time HOIAC champion, winning titles during his junior and senior campaigns.