Bombers go 2-1 at Centennial quadrangular: Ballard wins five matches in home loss to Fort Dodge

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Ballard's Reese Broer grapples with Fort Dodge's  Damarion Ross in their match at 132 pounds during the dual meet between the Bombers and Dodgers Dec. 10 in Huxley. Ballard fell to the No. 4 team in Class 3A, 48-24, but Broer defeated Ross by a 6-4 decision.

ANKENY - The Ballard wrestling team went 2-1 at the Ankeny Centennial quadrangular dual meet Saturday.

The Bombers defeated Clear Lake (42-40) and crushed Newton (66-12). They suffered a 52-25 loss at the hands of Centennial, putting their dual record at 3-3 on the season at the conclusion of the meet.

Ballard dominated the upper weight classes in its victory over Clear Lake. Jeremiah Wilkinson pinned Clear Lake’s Hayden Reick in two minutes, 45 seconds at 182, Thomas Locker stuck Mitchell Smith in 33 seconds at 195, Mason Askelsen received a forfeit at 220 and Jack Chism pinned Clear Lake’s Dylan Evanson in 2:36 at 285.

Gage Long (138), Wyatt Borg (145) and Gabe Christensen (160) each scored a pin in under one minute against Clear Lake. Long downed Caden Cavett in 56 seconds, Borg whipped Hunter Reick in 42 seconds and Christensen stuck Kaleb Hambly in 59 seconds.

The Bombers won six matches by fall against Newton. 

Borg defeated Newton’s Colin Sharp in 1:33 at 152, Christensen toppled James Wenndt in 3:30 at 170 and Wilkinson took care of Wyatt Weter in 46 seconds. Landon Broer pinned Dayton Petithory in 41 seconds at 106, Luke Hartsook downed Emma Fox in 31 seconds at 120 and Lane Kahler stuck Avery White in one minute flat at 126.

Long edged Newton’s Brennan Amos by a 7-6 decision at 145 and Askelsen wrestled at 195 and knocked off the Cardinals’ Owen Sanger by a 6-2 decision. Reese Broer (132), Tiernan Edgar (138), Blake Fleischmann (160) and Beau Warg (220) each received a forfeit against Newton.

Ballard picked up two falls, one win by injury default, one victory by major decision and one by decision in its loss to Centennial.

Chism pinned Centennial’s Logan Boyle in 4:32 and Cory Hennick defeated Kaden Kasier in 1:16 at 195. Wilkinson won by injury default over Centennial’s Griffen Wisehart, Christensen picked up an 11-1 major decision over Owen Vernon at 170 and Reese Broer earned a 10-5 victory over the Jaguars’ Drew Dunn.

Ballard senior Gage Long pinned Fort Dodge's Tyler Kasperbauer in 2:39 at 138 pounds during the Bombers' dual with the Dodgers Dec. 10 in Huxley.


HUXLEY - Ballard may not have been able to get past Fort Dodge on senior night Thursday, but the Bombers still found plenty of positives out of a 48-24 loss to the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A.

Mason Askelsen, Gage Long, Reese Broer, Brady Ehresman and Wyatt Borg were all victorious for Ballard on Thursday. Seven of the Bombers’ nine losses came against a ranked opponent.

 “They had their horses in there,” Ballard head coach Casey Christensen said. “We wrestled really, really well JV all the way up. Maybe we lost two matches we could’ve won.”

Askelsen and Long continued their dominant start to the season with decisive pins.

Askelsen, coming off an individual championship at the Indianola Invitational last Saturday, pinned Fort Dodge’s Pry’shayn Mosley in one minute, 48 seconds at 195 pounds.

“I think he’s really starting to believe in himself,” Christensen said. “Mason is working his butt off in practice all the time. There are no breaks. He truly believes he’s not only going to be on the stand at state, but at the top. He’s really taken it to a new level mentally.”

Askelsen improved to 7-0 with the win. He credited Christensen and teammate Jack Chism - who wrestles at 220 - for keeping him focused and also stressed the sense of urgency COVID-19 has brought to the 2020-2021 wrestling season.

“I’m just taking every match like it’s my last,” Askelsen said. “I’m giving it everything that I have.”

Long, ranked seventh at 138 in 2A, took care of the Dodgers’ Tyler Kasperbauer in 2:39. He scored a quick takedown on Kasperbauer and never let up.

“I don’t want to wait anymore - I want to just dominate,” Long said. “It’s my last year I’ve got to wrestle at Ballard. I just want to go out with a bang and make a name for myself.”

Broer won an exciting 6-4 decision over Damarion Ross at 132. Ross nearly tied the match with a takedown in the final seconds, but Broer just matched to hold him off for the win.

“It was a tough match,” Broer said. “I knew I had to slow up the pace, take my time on the kid and battle all the way through.”

Ehresman won the most grueling match of the day. He went to an ultimate tiebreaker with Fort Dodge’s Keaton Nichols at 285, prevailing by a 3-2 score in a defensive battle that didn’t feature any takedowns.

“We know we’re going to out work them,” Christensen said. “That’s what we talked to Brady about. Brady is going to be outweighed a lot of times. He’s got to stay in position and not force stuff. That’s what he did.”

Borg pulled off the comeback of the day at 145. He trailed the Dodger’s Cal Harman most of the match, but caught him in a cradle in the final minute of the third period to score a fall at the 5:07 mark.

Christensen’s son Gabe came up just short in a battle of ranked wrestlers at 160. Gabe, ranked sixth at 160 in 2A, lost by a 3-1 decision to Kody Cook, who is ranked fourth in 3A.

The loss put Ballard at 1-2 in dual competition on the season.


Fort Dodge 48, Ballard 24

106 pounds -  Dru Ayala (FD) won by fall over Landon Broer (B), 2:44. 113 - Max Bishop (FD) won by forfeit. 120 - Lane Cowell (FD) won by fall over Luke Hartsook (B), 0:49. 126 - Drake Ayala (FD) won by fall over Lane Kahler (B), 0:53. 132 - Reese Broer (B) won by decision over Damarion Ross (FD), 6-4. 138 - Gage Long (B) won by fall over Tyler Kasperbauer (FD), 2:39. 145 - Wyatt Borg (B) won by fall over Cal Hartman (FD), 5:07. 152 - Dreyzon Phillips (FD) won by fall over Blake Fleischmann (B), 1:40. 160 - Kody Cook (FD) won by decision over Gabe Christensen (B), 3-1. 170 - Mathew Surles-Davis (FD) won by decision over Gunnar Peterson (B), 14-7. 182 - Ben Egli (FD) won by fall over Jeremiah Wilkinson (B), 1:34. 195 - Mason Askelsen (B) won by fall over Pry`shayn Mosley (FD), 1:48. 220 - Alex Read (FD) won by fall over Jack Chism (B), 2:24. 285 - Brady Ehresman (B) won by ultimate tiebreaker over Keaton Nichols (FD), 3-2.