OSKALOOSA – The Ballard wrestling team had a successful day at the Oskaloosa Dual Invitational Saturday as the Bombers went 3-1.
Ballard picked up close victories over Dowling Catholic, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa and its only loss came against a Southeast Polk team ranked second in Class 3A as the Bombers’ dual record moved to 5-1 on the season.
Ballard toppled Dowling Catholic by a 37-30 score.
The dual was knotted a 30-30 heading into the final two weight classes; then the Bombers’ Ben Claussen pulled off a 4-3 decision over the Maroons’ Jacob Zachary at 182 pounds. Tyler Kyhl wrapped up the victory for Ballard with a 17-5 major decision win over Rodney Harris at 195.
Easton Moody (220 pounds), Mitchell Broer (138) and Mark Goldberg (152) all won by fall for Ballard versus Dowling. Bailey Heinen picked up a 6-4 sudden victory triumph over the Maroons’ Jake Watters at 106, Ethan Estabrooks scored a 7-4 win over Caleb Murray at 120, Kenton Brekke earned a 10-5 decision over Mar Moon at 145 and Alex Silberstein edged Eli Alger by a 3-2 decision at 285 for the other Bomber wins.
The Bombers pulled off another seven-point win against Oskaloosa, prevailing by a 40-33 score.
Silberstein, Broer, Brekke, Goldberg and Silberstein each picked up a fall against Oskaloosa. Nathan Macki won by injury default at 132 and Louie Howlett earned a 19-6 major decision victory over Nick Beebe at 126.
Heinen and Moody both won by decision. Heinen defeated the Indians’ Josh Diehl by a 13-7 score and Moody earned a 6-1 victory over Callan Tomlin.
The most decisive dual for Ballard came against Ottumwa as the Bombers pulled off a 48-30 victory on the strength of seven pins.
Kyhl, Moody and Silberstein started off the dual with consecutive pins and Estabrooks, Broer, Brekke and Goldberg each added a win by fall for the Bombers. Macki picked up a 13-6 victory over Jonathan Morales and Claussen added a 9-2 win over Levi Cobler for the other Bomber victories.
Ballard was no match for Southeast Polk. The Bombers fell by a 64-6 score, with their only points coming on a forfeit win by Kyhl.
Southeast Polk had nine wrestlers ranked by The Predicament.
Broer – ranked fourth at 132 in 2A – suffered his first loss of the season with an 8-4 setback against the Rams’ Aaron Meyer, rated fifth at 138 in 3A, during their match at 138.
Ballard 37, Dowling Catholic 30
220 pounds – Easton Moody (B) won by fall over Joe Brett (DC), 1:57; 285 – Alex Silberstein (B) won by decision over Eli Alger (DC), 3-2; 106 – Bailey Heinen (B) won by sudden victory over Jake Watters (DC), 6-4; 113 – Nate Sheehy (DC) won by fall over John Fleenor (B), 3:23; 120 – Ethan Estabrooks (B) won by decision over Caleb Murray (DC), 7-4; 126- Michael Zachary (DC) won by fall over Louie Howlett (B), 3:54; 132 – Merrick Purcell (DC) won by fall over Nathan Macki (B), 2:24; 138 – Mitchell Broer (B) won by fall over Kaden Sauer (DC), 2:16; 145 – Kenton Brekke (B) won by decision over Marc Moon (DC), 10-5; 152 – Mark Goldberg (B) won by fall over Alex Svec (DC), 2:40; 160 – Isaiah Patton (DC) won by fall over Andrew Rasmussen (B), 0:54; 170 – Eli Gaul (DC) won by fall over Will May (B), 5:47; 182 – Ben Claussen (B) won by decision over Jacob Zachary (DC), 4-3; 195 – Tyler Kyhl (B) won by major decision over Rodney Harris (DC), 17-5.
Ballard 40, Oskaloosa 33
182 – Mason Wisse (O) won by fall over Claussen (B), 1:10; 195 – Kyle Salazar (O) won by decision over Kyhl (B), 7-2; 220 – Moody (B) won by decision over Callan Tomlin (O), 6-1; 285 – Silberstein (B) won by fall over Jacob Clark (O), 1:43; 106 – Heinen (B) won by decision over Josh Diehl (O), 13-7; 113 – Drew Sams (O) won by fall over Fleenor (B), 1:06; 120 – Skyler DeJong (O), won by fall over Estabrooks (B), 1:59; 126 – Howlett (B) won by major decision over Nick Beebe (O), 19-6; 132 – Macki (B) won by injury default over Nate Caves (O); 138 – Broer (B) won by fall over Davide Alessi (O), 1:00; 145 – Brekke (B) won by fall over Hunter Simmons (O), 5:00; 152 – Goldberg (B) won by fall over Jason Beebe (O), 5:34; 160 – Tyler Zickefoose (O) won by fall over Rasmussen (B), 1:28; 170 – Cody Jones (O) won by fall over May (B), 1:01.
Ballard 48, Ottumwa 30
195 – Kyhl (B) won by fall over Tyler Bookin-Nosbisch (O), 1:06; 220 – Moody (B) won by fall over Zain Lay (O), 0:46; 285 – Silberstein (B) won by fall over Connor Mier (O), 3:43; 106 – Alec Clark (O) won by fall over Heinen (B), 5:58; 113 – Jack Stabile (O) won by fall over Fleenor (B), 1:13; 120 – Estabrooks (B) won by fall over Collin McConnell (O), 5:14; 126 – Nathan Cory (O) won by fall over Howlett (B), 2:23; 132 – Macki (B) won by decision over Jonathan Morales (O), 13-6; 138 – Broer (B) won by fall over Wyatt Schlotter (O), 4:00; 145 – Brekke (B) won by fall over Juan Aldaba (O), 4:00; 152 – Goldberg (B) won by fall over Trevor Anfinson (O), 0:32; 160 – Cody Meixner won by fall over Rasmussen (B), 3:33; 170 – Isaiah Cox (O) won by fall over May (B), 4:20; 182 – Claussen (B) won by decision over Levi Cobler (O), 9-2.
Southeast Polk 64, Ballard 6
106 – Adam Brown (SEP) won by decision over Heinen (B), 4-2; 113 – Cody Batterson (SEP) won by fall over Fleenor (B), 1:19; 120 – Nolan Hellickson (SEP) won by fall over Estabrooks (B), 2:49; 126 – Gunner Jorgensen (SEP) won by fall over Howlett (B), 3:23; 132 – Jonah Williams (SEP) won by major decision over Macki (B), 15-7; 138 – Aaron Meyer (SEP) won by decision over Broer (B), 8-4; 145 – Briar Dittmer (SEP) won by fall over Brekke (B), 3:19; 152 – Brady Buchheit (SEP) won by decision over Goldberg (B), 8-2; 160- Davonn Phothiboupha (SEP) won by fall over Rasmussen (B), 2:00; 170 – Mason Kerr (SEP) won by fall over May (B), 0:47; 182 – Kameron Padavich (SEP) won by decision over Claussen (B), 1-0; 195 – Kyhl (B) won by forfeit; 220 – Ethan Anderson (SEP) won by fall over Moody (B), 1:49; 285 – Jacob Marnin (SEP) won by fall over Silberstein (B), 0:50.
HUXLEY – Ballard improved to 2-0 in dual meets Thursday as the Bombers handed Carlisle a 56-18 drubbing in their home opener at Huxley.
Ballard fell behind 6-0 after losing two matches by decision. Pins from Tyler Kyhl at 195 pounds and Alex Silberstein at 285 plus a major decision victory by Easton Moody at 220 pushed Ballard in front, but Carlisle won the next two matches by fall to reclaim the lead at 18-16.
Ethan Estabrooks turned the tide in Ballard’s favor for good with a quick pin at 120 as he stuck the Wildcats’ Kenny McCaughey in just 26 seconds. That victory started a 40-0 Bomber run to end the meet.
"It was a good win," Ballard head coach Nick Britton said. "The kids fought hard and that was a better performance than our last outing. That’s what we’ve got to do – continue to improve until the end of the season."
Having a full lineup has paid huge dividends for Ballard this year. In addition to their perfect start in duals the Bombers also won the Eagle Grove Invitational last Saturday after scoring points in every weight class.
"You can do a lot of stuff when you fill out weight classes," Britton said. "When you score points in every weight class good things will happen."
Louie Howlett (126), Mitchell Broer (138), Mark Goldberg (152) and Andrew Rasmussen (160) followed Estabrooks with victories by fall. Kenton Brekke earned a major decision win at 145 and Nathan Macki received a forfeit at 132 for the Bombers.
Ballard 56, Carlisle 18
170 pounds – Andrew Burnett (C) won by decision over Will May (B), 6-3; 182 – Damon Piatt (C) won by decision over Ben Claussen (B), 1-0; 195 – Tyler Kyhl (B) won by fall over Andrew Hill (C), 4:42; 220 – Easton Moody (B) won by major decision over Joey Hinds (C), 14-4; 285 – Alex Silberstein (B) won by fall over Luke Oja (C), 1:08; 106 – Jordan Watts (C) won by fall over Jed Miller (B), 3:51; 113 – Brady Kyner (C) won by fall over Bailey Heinen (B), 2:25; 120 – Ethan Estabrooks (B) won by fall over Kenny McCaughey (C), 0:26; 126 – Louie Howlett (B) won by fall over Brandon Avila (C), 1:01; 132 – Nathan Macki (B) won by forfeit; 138 – Mitchell Broer (B) won by fall over Caleb Davis (C), 1:20; 145 – Kenton Brekke (B) won by major decision over Kyle Rees (C), 14-4; 152 – Mark Goldberg (B) won by fall over Mason Henrichs (C), 5:55; 160 – Andrew Rasmussen (B) won by fall over Luke Murray (C), 3:15