Key takeaways from Roland-Story's fourth-place finish at Saydel: Norsemen also go 3-0 at home dual
The Roland-Story wrestling team produced four champions at the Saydel Invitational Saturday at Saydel High School in Des Moines.
The Norsemen placed fourth in a very competitive 14-team field with 174.5 points. Waukee won with 182 points, Boone was a close second with 181.5 and Iowa City High just edged out Roland-Story for third with 178.
Roland-Story also went 3-0 at a quadrangular dual in Story City Dec. 9. The Norsemen defeated South Hamilton (47-30), Colfax-Mingo (60-17) and Saydel (69-12) to push their dual record to 4-1 on the season.
Here is what we learned from Roland-Story's productive week of wrestling:
Top wrestlers continue to dominate
Defending state champion Kade Blume (106), state place-winner Christian Eslick (152), Logan Powers (138) and Hesston Johnson (160) each won an individual championship at Saydel. They were also all 3-0 at the home quad dual.
Blume wrestled at 113 during the Saydel tournament and won all three of his matches by fall. He pinned Waukee Northwest's Drake Phillips in one minute, seven seconds, Waukee's Carson Crigger in 19 seconds and Clarke's Cassius Henry in 1:56.
At the home quad Blume received three forfeits at 113.
Eslick was 4-0 at the Saydel Invitational with three pins and one victory by technical fall at 152.
Eslick stuck Prairie City-Monroe's Jeffry McDanel in 2:34, I-35's Korbyn Maxwell in 44 seconds and the Roadrunners' Isaiah Smith in 1:49. He scored a 16-0 tech fall over Des Moines Lincoln's David Gonzalez-Galvan.
During the home quad Eslick pinned South Hamilton's Carter Stolee in 57 seconds.
Powers picked up one pin and two victories by decision at the Saydel Invite. He won by fall over Iowa City's Jake Mitchell in 1:47, scored a 7-0 victory over Saydel's Kolton Keller and edged I-35's Ryan Steinlage in the finals, 5-3.
At the home quad Powers pinned Colfax-Mingo's Melany Vry in 27 seconds at 145 and defeated Keller by a 9-2 decision and pinned South Hamilton's Alan Gandara in 51 seconds at 138.
Johnson was 4-0 with three wins by fall at Saydel. He pinned I-35's Henry Gelner in 55 seconds, Iowa City's Jesse Hendershot in 35 seconds and Lynnville-Sully's Resse Dunsbergen in 2:57 to reach the finals, where he defeated Clarke's K.J. Fry by a 15-8 decision.
Johnson stuck Saydel's Nic Embry in 38 seconds and received two forfeits at the home quad.
Eli Thorson placed second at 182 during the Saydel Invite. He pinned Saydel's Malcolm Hay in 3:12 and earned a 7-1 win over PCM's Nate Richards before suffering a 6-4 loss to Waukee's Colin Driscoll in the finals.
Thorson pinned Saydel's Cooper Lindahl in 1:05 and picked up two forfeits during the home quad.
Younger wrestlers step up at quad
Roland-Story received victories on the mat from Levi Webb, Noah Wakefield, Isaac Hall, Ian Tripp and Jaxson Kadolph during its home quad.
Webb pinned Colfax-Mingo's Lily Webster in 1:51 and scored a 16-0 tech fall over South Hamilton's Holden Klein at 106. Wakefield pinned Colfax-Mingo's Mariah Webster in 4:15 at 120.
Hall won by fall over Saydel's Carlos Deaviala in 2:44 at 132 and Tripp pinned Caleb Tylavsky in 46 seconds at 182. Kadolph stuck Saydel's Parker Swafford in 1:47 at 195.