AMES — The Ballard wrestling team didn’t have it’s best outing at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational Saturday.
The Bombers had 10 wrestlers place at the tournament. But they didn’t advance a single wrestler to the finals and only had one place higher than fourth in finishing eighth out of 15 teams with 102.5 points.
“I’m severely disappointed in some aspects of how we performed today,” Ballard head coach Steve Mickelson said. “We did some good things and we did a lot of bad things. I don’t think we wrestled very smart. I don’t think we were focused by any stretch of the imagination - with the snow yesterday and an early out and not being able to practice I think they kind of lost focus on what the weekend was about.”
But with six wrestlers placing in the top five and four others earning a place on the medal stand despite an off day Ballard showed it still has a lot of potential.
“I think it’s all fixable, Mickelson said. “Some of the kids did some good things — some kids bounced back from some disappointing losses. We’re still building.”
Reese Broer had the best outing for Ballard by placing third at 126 pounds. Wyatt Borg and Rylee Davidson came in fourth at 138 and 285 respectively and Gavin Estabrooks (120), Gage Long (132) and Gabriel Christensen (160) each took fifth.
Broer went 4-1.
Broer pinned Ames’ Kamden Windelow in two minutes, 34 seconds and Pocahontas Area’s Brandon Lenz in two minutes flat to reach the semifinals, where he lost by fall to fourth-ranked Cael Ihle of Gilbert, who went on to win the championship at 126. Broer came back to edge West Des Moines Valley’s Levi Schultz by a 6-4 decision in the consolation third round and he defeated Carroll’s Jaxson Kuhlmann by a 12-9 decision in the third-place match.
Borg and Davidson both went 2-2.
Borg defeated Nevada’s Edgar Cabrera by a technical fall, 21-5, lost by 9-3 decision to Indianola’s Camden Lloyd, outlasted Boone’s Kyle Sharp in a 16-12 battle and lost by a 10-4 decision to Gilbert’s Jake Shedarowich.
Davidson toppled Indianola’s Cael Crawford by a 6-1 decision in the consolation second round and Dowling Catholic’s Charlie Nank by fall in 4:52 in the consolation third round. Both of his losses were to Valley’s Bryan Jurado - the first by a 12-0 major decision in the quarterfinals and the second by a 5-2 decision in the third place match.
Estabrooks lost by a 3-0 decision to Valley’s Logan Stotts in the quarterfinals, defeated Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Ethan Truab by an 11-6 decision in the consolation second round and suffered a setback by fall to Indianola’s Cooper Belt in the consolation third round. He came back to edge Omaha Skutt Catholic’s Drew Cooper by a 9-6 decision in the fifth-place match.
Long, ranked fifth at 132 in Class 2A by The Predicament, pinned Valley’s Jake Caster in 52 seconds then lost to Dallas Center-Grimes’ Trevon Wells by a 13-3 major decision and Omaha Skutt Catholic’s Adam Kruse by a 9-4 decision. In the fifth-place match Long won a rematch with Caster by a 3-1 decision.
Christensen fell to eighth-ranked (2A) Carson Johnson of Gilbert by a 7-4 decision, came back with a 6-3 victory over Pocahontas Area’s Thomas Melohn then lost by fall to Dowling Catholic’s Max Derry. In the fifth-place match Christensen won an exciting 13-12 battle over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Bryce Allen.
Mason Askelsen (182), Alex Bangs (145), Jack Chism (195) and Brady Ehresman (220) also placed for Ballard.
Askelsen and Chism came in sixth at 182 and 195 respectively with identical 2-3 records after they each won their first two matches. Askelsen edged Indianola’s Jacob Darr by a 3-1 decision and Dowling Catholic’s Carson Hagan by a 3-2 score and Chism pinned Dowling’s Michael Wunn in 3:10 and defeated Valley’s Jay Cooley by injury default.
Bangs came in seventh with a 3-2 record. He pinned Boone’s Wyatt Oppedahl in 1:45 during his opening match and after suffering back-to-back losses he stuck Ames’ Maliek Johnson in 33 seconds and Oppedahl again, this time in 35 seconds during the seventh-place match.
Ehresman took eighth with a 2-3 mark. He pulled off a 3-2 win by tiebreaker over Boone’s Brevin Bennett in the opening round and later defeated Perry’s Zachary Darr by a 7-1 score in the consolation third round.
Valley won the team championship at Ames with 207 points. Indianola was second with a score of 202 and DCC finished third with 195 points.
Final team scores: 1. West Des Moines Valley 207, 2. Indianola 202, 3. Dallas Center-Grimes 195, 4. Omaha Skutt Catholic (Neb.) 144, 5. Dowling Catholic 131.5, 6. Gilbert, 115.5, 7. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 113, 8. Ballard 102.5, 9. Carroll 80, 10. Boone 79, 11. Ames 73, 12. Perry 63, 13. Pocahontas Area 45.5, 14. OA-BCIG 26, 15. Nevada 16.
Individual results - Ballard
106 pounds - Landon Broer, 0-3. 113 - Luke Hartsook, 1-2. 120 - 5. Gavin Estabrooks, 2-2. 126 - 3. Reese Broer, 4-1. 132 - 5. Gage Long, 3-2. 138 - 4. Wyatt Borg, 3-2. 145 - 7. Alex Bangs, 3-2. 152 - Connor Finch, 0-2. 160 - 5. Gabriel Christensen, 2-2. 170 - Nate Nessa, 0-2. 182 - 6. Mason Askelsen, 2-3. 195 - 6. Jack Chism, 2-3. 220 - 8. Brady Ehresman, 2-3. 285 - 4. Rylee Davidson, 2-2.
KNOXVILLE — Ballard picked up seven victories by fall in delivering a decisive 60-20 dual meet victory over Knoxville Jan. 7.
Gage Long, Wyatt Borg, Alex Bangs, Gabriel Christensen, Nate Nessa, Jack Chism and Brady Ehresman each scored a pin to help Ballard improve to 14-3 on the season.
Long, ranked fifth at 132 pounds in Class 2A by The Predicament, stuck Knoxville’s Hayden Hatch in four minutes 52 seconds. Borg pinned J.J. Beaver in 4:26 at 138, Bangs whipped Koby Gordon in 2:43 at 145, Christensen defeated Nash Linsley in 5:22 at 160, Nessa whipped Gavin Montalvo in 3:06 at 170, Chism ousted Wyatt Darnell in 1:37 at 195 and Ehresman scored his fall over the Panthers’ Jared Landsperger in 3:53 at 220.
Landon Broer (106), Mason Askelsen (182) and Rylee Davidson (285) each received a forfeit for Ballard.
The Bombers closest loss came at 126. Knoxville’s Gabe Gordon edged Ballard’s Reese Broer by a 10-7 decision.
Ballard 60, Knoxville 20
106 pounds - Landon Broer (B) won by forfeit. 113 - Marco Alejo (K) won by technical fall over Luke Hartsook (B), 17-0. 120 - Luke Spaur (K) won by fall over Gavin Estabrooks (B), 5:18. 126 - Gabe Gordon (K) won by decision over Reese Broer (B), 10-7. 132 - Gage Long (B) won by fall over Hayden Hatch (K), 4:52. 138 - Wyatt Borg (B) won by fall over J.J. Beaver (K), 4:26. 145 - Alex Bangs (B) won by fall over Koby Gordon (K), 2:43. 152 - Jax Bellon (K) won by fall over Connor Finch (B), 5:53. 160 - Gabriel Christensen (B) won by fall over Nash Linsley (K), 5:22. 170 - Nate Nessa (B) won by fall over Gavin Montalvo (K), 3:06. 182 - Mason Askelsen (B) won by forfeit. 195 - Jack Chism (B) won by fall over Wyatt Darnell (K), 1:37. 220 - Brady Ehresman (B) won by fall over Jared Landsperger (K), 3:53. 285 - Rylee Davidson (B) won by forfeit.