AMES – The Ballard wrestling team produced a pair of runner-up individual performers at the Mendenhall Invitational Saturday in Ames.

Mitchell Broer grabbed the silver at 132 pounds and Alex Silberstein took second at 220 for Ballard as they both went 3-1 on the day. As a team, the Bombers placed 13th out of 20 teams – most of them bigger schools – with 70.5 points.

Broer – No. 4 in Class 2A according to The Predicament – defeated Ames’ Brycen Carney by technical fall, 18-2, in the opening round at 132. In the quarterfinals, Broer toppled Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Seth Wennermark by a 10-3 decision and in the semifinals, he edged Carroll’s Justin Kaltved by a 7-4 decision.

That set up a match with undefeated Jake Koethe of West Des Moines Valley in the finals. Koethe, ranked second in Class 3A, pinned Broer in two minutes, 43 seconds as Broer fell to 21-3 on the season.

Silberstein topped Dowling Catholic’s Carter Havekost by a 6-0 decision and Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Jonah Manson by a 6-2 score in the opening two rounds at 220. In the semifinals, Silberstein edged Clarion-Goldfield’s Caleb Hanson in overtime, 3-1, to set up a championship tilt with Webster City’s Gustavo Gasca.

Silberstein fell to 21-5 after suffering a loss by fall to Gasca in 3:31.

Kenton Brekke, Ethan Estabrooks and Ben Claussen also placed in the tournament for Ballard.

Brekke took sixth at 145 with 2-4 record. He picked up a 4-2 victory over Spencer’s Adam Johnson in the opening round and earned a 6-2 consolation win over Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove’s Kent Krager.

Estabrooks came in seventh at 120 with a 3-2 record.

Estabrooks delivered a pin over Clarion-Goldfield’s Lucas Lienemann in 3:03 during the first round. He edged Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Oakley Sengchan by a 15-12 decision in the consolation round and then prevailed over Webster City’s Freddy Seeley in the seventh-place match by a 6-4 score in overtime.

Claussen also went 3-2 at 182 to place eighth.

After an opening-round loss by major decision to Fort Dodge’s Sam Cook, Claussen won three tight matches in a row. He beat Ames’ Kaleb Sents in overtime, 3-1, topped Spencer’s Hunter Hurst by a 7-5 score and then toppled Indianola’s Dom Endrizal by another 3-1 score to reach the seventh-place match.

In the seventh-place match Claussen was pinned by Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Jarod Cadena.

Louie Howlett (126), Mark Goldberg (152), Andrew Rasmussen (160), Will May (170), Tyler Kyhl (195) and Kenny Randolph (285) each picked up one victory during the tournament for Ballard. Howlett, Goldberg, Rasmussen, May and Randolph all won by fall and Kyhl came through with a victory by major decision.

Waverly-Shell Rock – the No. 1 team in 3A – won the team championship with 209 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie was second with 184.5.

Final team scores: 1. Waverly-Shell Rock 209 points, 2. Cedar Rapids Prairie 184.5 3. Clarion-Goldfield 142, 4. Webster City 140, 5. West Des Moines Valley 126, 6. Indianola 111.5, 7. Humboldt 107, 8. 103, 9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 101, 10. Dowling Catholic 96, 11. Spencer 86.5, 12. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 75.5, 13. Ballard 70.5, 14. Aplington-Parkersburg 57, 15. OABCIG 56, 16. Ames 49, 17. Sumner Academy 48, 18. Carroll 35.5, 19. Perry 32, 20. Nevada 11.

Individual results – Ballard

113 pounds – John Fleenor (0-2); 120 – 7. Ethan Estabrooks (3-2); 126 – Louie Howlett (1-2); 132 – 2. Mitchell Broer (B), 3-1; 138 – Derek Wright (0-2); 145 – 6. Kenton Brekke (2-4); 152 – Mark Goldberg (1-2); 160 – Andrew Rasmussen (1-2); 170 – Will May (1-2); 182 – 8. Ben Claussen (3-2); 195 – Tyler Kyhl (1-2); 220 - 2. Alex Silberstein (3-1); 285 – Kenny Randolph (1-2).

HUXLEY – The Ballard wrestling team earned its 10th dual victory of the season Jan. 9 as the Bombers dominated Bondurant-Farrar by a 52-18 score in Huxley.

Ballard earned three pins, one technical fall, two major decisions and three more victories by decision. The Bombers also picked up a pair of forfeits, improving to 10-8 on the season.

Ethan Estabrooks, Louie Howlett and Tyler Kyhl were the three Ballard grapplers to win by fall. Estabrooks stuck Bondurant-Farrar’s Justice Hitchcock in two minutes, 53 seconds at 120 pounds, Howlett took care of Tanner Edwards in just 20 seconds at 126 and Kyhl whipped the Bluejays’ Jon Handley in 1:08 at 195.

Derek Wright picked up the technical fall for Ballard as he trounced Bondurant-Farrar’s Sean Snyder by a 17-1 score at 138.

Mitchell Broer and Will May earned the two Ballard wins by major decision. Broer defeated Deandre Vaughn by a 16-5 score at 132 and May picked up an 11-2 triumph over Clayton Beck at 170.

Kenton Brekke, Mark Goldberg and Ben Claussen all won by decision for Ballard. Brekke defeated Dalton Meyer by a 10-5 score at 145, Goldberg downed Tucker Ksiazek by a 7-1 margin at 152 and Claussen edged the Bluejays’ Trever Jensen by a 3-2 decision at 182.

Alex Silberstein (220) and Kenny Randolph (285) both won by forfeit for Ballard.

Ballard 52, Bondurant-Farrar 18

106 pounds – Trace Harken (BF) won by forfeit; 113 – Brandon Behle (BF) won by fall over John Fleenor (B), 3:16; 120 – Ethan Estabrooks (B) won by fall over Justice Hitchcock (BF), 2:53; 126 – Louie Howlett (B) won by fall over Tanner Edwards (BF), 0:20; 132 – Mitchell Broer (B) won by major decision over Deandre Vaughn (BF), 16-5; 138 – Derek Wright (B) won by technical fall over Sean Snyder (BF), 17-1; 145 – Kenton Brekke (B) won by decision over Dalton Meyer (BF), 10-5; 152 – Mark Goldberg (B) won by decision over Tucker Ksiazek (BF), 7-1; 160 – Cole Bailey (BF) won by fall over Andrew Rasmussen (B), 3:57; 170 – Will May (B) won by major decision over Clayton Beck (BF), 11-2; 182 – Ben Claussen (B) won by decision over Trever Jensen (BF), 3-2; 195 – Tyler Kyhl (B) won by fall over Jon Handley (BF), 1:08; 220 – Alex Silberstein (B) won by forfeit; 285 – Kenny Randolph (B) won by forfeit.