Bombers sweep Boone and Winterset at home
URBANDALE – The Ballard wrestling team placed six wrestlers at the prestigious Ed Winger Classic Saturday in Urbandale.
Competing in a 20-team field – most of them larger schools – Ballard placed 12th with 63 points. Southeast Polk – the No. 3 team in Class 3A – won with 233.5 points and the No. 1 3A team – Bettendorf – took second with 201.5 points.
Tyler Kyhl, Mitchell Broer, Alex Silberstein, Louie Howlett, Ethan Estabrooks and Bailey Heinen were the Bombers to place on the afternoon.
Kyhl had the best showing for Ballard as he took third at 195 pounds with a 4-1 record.
Kyhl opened the tournament by pinning Urbandale’s Alex Newberg in three minutes and he followed that up with a 5-2 victory over Adel-Desoto-Minburn’s Hunter Gibson. In the semifinals, Kyhl was pinned by eventual champion Colin Kreiter of North Scott – the No. 2-rated 195-pounder in 3A according to The Predicament.
In the consolation roundm Kyhl came back from his loss to pin West Des Moines Valley’s Ben Campos in 1:07 to reach the third-place match. In that match, Kyhl edged Dowling Catholic’s Joe Brett by a 4-2 decision.
Broer – the No. 3 132-pounder in 2A according to the predicament – took fourth Saturday with a 3-2 record.
Broer reached the semifinals after defeating Des Moines Roosevelt’s Andrew Jones by technical fall, 16-0, and pulling off a 9-3 decision over Fort Madison’s Chase Seaney. In the semifinals Broer was pinned by Valley’s Jake Koethe – the No. 2 rated 3A wrestler at 132.
The consolation round produced a 12-2 major decision for Broer over Iowa City West’s Jakeb Bakken. In the third-place match Broer lost a tough 6-4 battle with Keegan Shaw of Southeast Polk, who is ranked third in 3A at 132.
Silberstein and Howlett both finished sixth. Silberstein went 2-3 at 220 and Howlett was 1-3 at 126.
Silberstein defeated Bettendorf’s Max Erpelding by a 12-3 major decision and then pinned Valley’s Brady Smith in 3:54 to reach the semifinals, where he suffered a loss by fall to 3A’s No.2-ranked 220-pounder in Southeast Polk’s Ethan Anderson. In the consolation round Silberstein suffered a 7-5 loss against Cedar Falls’ Devin Davis and he lost a rematch with Smith in the fifth-place match by a 9-2 decision.
Howlett picked up his victory in the opening round as he pinned Centerville’s Noah Coatney in 54 seconds.
Estabrooks took seventh at 120 with a 4-1 record. He was pinned by North Scott’s Ryan Renken in the opening round, but came back to whip Davenport West’s Mike Mayfield by a 15-0 technical fall in the opening consolation round.
Estabrooks also pinned Burlington’s Matt Messer in 4:59 and Cedar Falls Jacob Watters in 37 seconds during consolation competition. In the seventh-place match, Estabrooks avenged his earlier loss to Renken by pinning him in 56 seconds.
Heinen finished eighth at 106 with a 3-2 record.
In the first round Heinen lost by technical fall to Valley’s Noah Carr, but he came back to pin Indianola’s Connor Sexton in 2:42 during the consolation first round. Heinen added a 6-3 victory over Cedar Falls’ Brock Weidenbacher and a 4-2 win over Dowling Catholic’s Jake Watters in consolation competition.
Heinen dropped the seventh-place match to North Scott’s Jacob Schipper by fall.
Kenton Brekke (145) and Ben Claussen (182) didn’t place, but they each picked up one victory for Ballard. Brekke pinned Roosevelt’s Sean Scott in the consolation round and Claussen picked up a 3-1 decision over Dowling Catholic’s Jared Jaeger in consolation competition.
Final team scores: 1. Southeast Polk 233.5 points, 2. Bettendorf 201.5, 3. Iowa City West 145, 4. Indianola 107.5, 5. North Scott 102.5, 6. West Des Moines Valley 92.5, 7. Fort Madison 89, 8. DCG 88, 9. ADM 82.5, 10. Cedar Falls 69, 11. Dowling Catholic 65, 12. Ballard 63, 13. Burlington 61, 14. Ames 51, 15. Johnston 49, 16. Davenport West 30, 17. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 29, 18. Urbandale 25, 19. Des Moines Roosevelt 17, 20. Centerville 6.
Individual results – Ballard
106 pounds – 8. Bailey Heinen, 3-2; 113 – John Fleenor, 0-2; 120 – 7. Ethan Estabrooks, 4-1; 126 – 6. Louie Howlett, 1-3; 132 – 4. Mitchell Broer, 3-2; 138 – Rachel Watters, 0-2; 145 – Kenton Brekke, 1-2; 152 – Andrew Rasmussen (0-2); 182 – Ben Claussen, 1-2; 195 – 3. Tyler Kyhl, 4-1; 220 – 6. Alex Silberstein, 2-3.
HUXLEY – It came down to one match in Ballard’s dual with Boone to close out a triangular meet with the two schools and Winterset Jan. 23 in Huxley.
Boone held a 36-30 lead with the final two matches going on simultaneously on two mats. On one mat Louie Howlett delivered a big pin at 126 pounds to even the score, putting everything on the shoulders of Ballard’s Ethan Estabrooks.
Estabrooks was battling Boone’s Albert Meier at 120, where he was able to take a 4-2 lead through two periods. Meier started down to begin the third period – needing an escape and a takedown to take the lead.
Estabrooks decided not to gamble by letting Meier up and attempted to ride out the victory. Estabrooks displayed great toughness in the final period as he fought off several Meier attempts to escape, successfully keeping him down on the mat and completing the 4-2 victory that gave the Bombers a 39-36 team victory.
"It was intense," Estabrooks said. "It was like we do in practice. Ride out on top and sometimes it comes down to the last few seconds where you’ve got to use all that last bit of energy to keep on top of him. I’m tired, but it was worth it."
Howlett’s pin over Troy Borsh was just as huge, as the bonus points set the table for Estabrooks to seal the team victory with a victory of any kind. Howlett’s match actually started after Estabrooks’, but it took him just 45 seconds to get Borsh’s shoulders stuck on the mat.
"Louie wrestled well," Ballard head coach Nick Britton said. "He got the pin and it was clutch. We had to have it."
Ballard also benefitted from a snafu that gave them 12 free points.
Ballard checked in first during the meet, sending out Eli Hartog at 152; and Boone put its 160-pounder – Dillon Calkins – on the mat. The error gave Hartog a forfeit victory and Calkins was also disqualified at 160.
Mitchell Broer (132) and Tyler Kyhl (195) joined Howlett in scoring a pin against Boone. Bailey Heinen also received a forfeit for Ballard at 106.
The Bombers defeated Winterset by a score of 37-25. Britton said despite getting two victories as a team, some of his wrestlers need to start being more aggressive with the postseason just around the corner.
"You’ve got to want to score points," Britton said. "You’ve got to be on people and stay on people if you want to win."
Ballard picked up three pins against the Huskies. Derek Wright stuck Blake McCauley in just 12 seconds at 138, Kenton Brekke took care of Mitchell Holcomb in 5:21 at 145 and Rasmussen knocked off Jalen Kleemeier in 1:11 at 160.
Broer added a 13-3 major decision victory over Jacob Jenkins. Max Moulden earned a 7-0 decision over Will Elderkin at 170, Kyle pulled off a 4-3 win over Nick Tank and Estabrooks picked up a 7-0 victory over Derek Koster for Ballard’s other victories on the mat.
Alex Silberstein received a forfeit at 220 for the Bombers against Winterset.
Ballard 37, Winterset 25
126 pounds – Mason Miller (W) won by major decision over Louie Howlett (B), 16-4; 132 – Mitchell Broer (B) won by major decision over Jacob Jenkins (W), 13-3; 138 – Derek Wright (B) won by fall over Blake McCauley (W), 0:12; 145 – Kenton Brekke (B) won by fall over Mitchell Holcomb (W), 5:21; 152 – Caleb Grose (W) won by fall over Eli Hartog (B), 1:36; 160 – Andrew Rasmussen (B) won by fall over Jalen Kleemeier (W), 1:11; 170 – Max Moulden (B) won by decision over Will Elderkin (W), 7-0; 182 – Wyatt Miller (W) won by 6-5 decision in overtime over Ben Claussen (B); 195 – Tyler Kyhl (B) won by 4-3 decision over Nick Tank (W); 220 – Alex Silberstein (B) won by forfeit; 285 – C.J. Baker (W) won by sudden victory over Kenny Randolph (B), 4-3; 106 – Britton Gibson (W) own by decision over Bailey Heinen (B), 5-1; 113 – Ty Turner (W) won by fall over John Fleenor (B), 3:20; 120 – Ethan Estabrooks (B) won by decision over Derek Koster (W), 7-0.
Ballard 39, Boone 36
132 – Broer (B) won by fall over Brady Wright (Bo), 1:14; 138 – Jack Lohman (Bo) won by decision over Wright (B), 15-11; 145 – Tanner Frost (Bo) won by sudden victory over Brekke (B), 3-2; 152 – Hartog (B) won by forfeit; 160 – Rasmussen (B) won by disqualification; 170 – Kane Springis (Bo) won by fall over Moulden (B), 3:06; 182 – Brice Wilson (Bo) won by fall over Claussen (B), 3:50; 195 – Kyhl (B) won by fall over Jacob Melton (Bo), 1:02; 220 – Mason Frost (Bo) won by fall over Silberstein (B), 0:48; 285 – Kyle Springis (Bo) won by fall over Randolph (B), 0:16; 106 – Heinen (B) won by forfeit; 113 – Cade Burma (Bo) won by fall over Fleenor (B), 0:59; 120 – Estabrooks (B) won by decision over Albert Meier (Bo), 4-2; 126 – Howlett (B) won by fall over Troy Borsh (Bo), 0:45.