ALLEMAN – The North Polk and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter wrestling teams combined for 11 top-six individual places at the Comet Invitational Saturday in Alleman.
Both teams earned one bronze medal. North Polk added a pair of fourth and fifth-place finishes apiece; CMB tacked on one fourth-place performance, plus a pair of fifth and sixth-place efforts apiece.
As a team North Polk came in 10th with 58 points and CMB was right behind in 11th place with a score of 57. Prairie City-Monroe scored 175 points to take the team championship and Forest City edged Hudson for second, 165-163.
Chase Erickson went 3-1 to pick up the bronze at 106 pounds for North Polk.
Erickson defeated Panorama’s Garrett Simmons by an 11-4 decision and then lost by major decision to Forest City’s Andrew Mettry in the semifinals. In the consolation semifinals, Erickson received a forfeit and then he claimed a win by sudden victory – 12-10 – over Clarke’s Ian Showers in the third-place match.
Jacob Hennick took third for CMB at 113. Hennick also went 3-1 and he defeated North Polk’s Austin Smith (2-2) in the third-place match.
Hennick pinned Forest City’s Samuel Swanson and then lost by a 15-3 major decision to Carlisle’s Brady Kyner. Hennick bounced back to claim a 2-0 decision over Boone’s Cade Burma in the consolation semifinals, and in the third-place match, he defeated Smith by a 5-3 decision.
Smith scored falls over Hudson’s Carson Wright and Clarke’s Landon Spurgin for his two victories. His only other setback was a 16-5 major decision loss to PCM’s Xavier Miller.
At 285, CMB’s Dawson Dahlke took fourth and North Polk’s T.J. Krehbiel came in fifth. Both wrestlers went 2-2 on the day.
Dahlke pinned Hudson’s Michael Digiacoimo in his first match and then was pinned by Panorama’s Garrett Johnston. In the consolation semifinals he pinned Krehbiel in 2:20, but then lost by fall to Boone’s Kyle Springis in the third-place match.
Krehbiel was pinned by Springis in his opening match and then he pinned Carlisle’s Anthony Hanson before falling to Dahlke. In the fifth-place match, Krehbiel came back to pin PCM’s Trent Malone in 50 seconds.
Chandler Smith gave North Polk a fourth-place finish at 145 after going 2-2.
Smith rebounded from an opening-round loss against BCLUW/South Hardin’s Ryland DuChane to pin CMB’s Frank Mittlestadt and then he pinned PCM’s Ryan Reed before suffering a 9-4 rematch loss to DuChane in the third-place match.
Ben Bruggeman went 1-2 at 220 to take fifth for North Polk. Bruggeman’s lone victory came in the fifth-place match when he pinned Carlisle’s Joey Hinds in 30 seconds.
Zach Huffaker and Charles Robertson both went 2-2 on the day to place fifth for CMB at 152 and 195 respectively.
Huffaker dropped a 12-9 decision to Forest City’s Jeff Anderson in the opening round, but came back with a pin over BCLUW/South Hardin’s Isaiah Ralston. Huffaker lost by fall to Woodward-Granger’s Tanner Vermass in the consolation semifinals, but he regrouped to edge Anderson in a rematch during the fifth-place match by a 10-9 score.
Robertson pinned PCM’s Jarret Maggard in the first round and then lost by fall to Panorama’s Wilson Solorzano. Robertson was then pinned by BCLUW/East Marshall’s Blake Cooper, but he finished on a high note by pinning Maggard again in the fifth-place match.
Jordan Coughenour went 1-3 at 160 to place sixth for CMB. His victory came by fall over Carlisle’s Orrey Reed in the first round.
Chris Brown also placed sixth for CMB at 132 despite not winning a match.
Final team scores: 1. PCM 175 points, 2. Forest City 165, 3. Hudson 163, 4. Boone 125, 5. Panorama 122, 6. BCLUW/South Hardin 120, 7. Woodward-Granger 67, 8. Carlisle 65.5, 9. Clarke 65, 10. North Polk 58, 11. CMB 57.
Individual results – CMB and North Polk
106 – 3. Chase Erickson (NP), 3-1. 113 – 3. Jacob Hennick (CMB), 3-1; 4. Austin Smith (NP), 2-2. 132 – 6. Chris Brown (CMB), 0-3. 145 – 4. Chandler Smith (NP), 2-2; Frank Mittlestadt (CMB), 0-2. 152 – 5. Zach Huffaker (CMB), 2-2; Garrett Halverson (NP), 0-2. 160 – 6. Jordan Coughenour (CMB), 1-3. 170 – Blake Coughenour (CMB), 0-2; Luke Jacobs (NP), 0-2. 182 – Logan Cory (CMB), 0-2. 195 – 5. Charles Robertson (CMB), 2-2; Travis Jacobs (NP), 0-2. 220 – 5. Ben Bruggeman (NP), 1-2. 285 – 4. Dawson Dahlke (CMB), 2-2; 5. T.J. Krehbiel (NP), 2-2.