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Bombers split four duals at Mendenhall Invite: Ballard sweeps Carroll and NP at home triangular

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Mason Askelsen, ranked seventh at 195 pounds in Class 2A, was a perfect 4-0 for Ballard at the Mendenhall Duals in Ames Saturday.

AMES – The Ballard wrestling team ended up going 2-2 at the Jack Mendenhall Duals Saturday with wins over Pocahontas Area and Perry. 

The Bombers crushed Perry by a 69-11 score and trounced Pocahontas Area, 55-24. They lost two close duals against Class 3A schools, falling to Ames by a 42-39 score and Indianola in a 36-33 battle to put their season record at 13-7.  

“I thought we wrestled really well,” Ballard head coach Casey Christensen said. “Indianola might have been our best dual all year even though we lost it. Top to bottom the way we wrestled was probably the best we have all year. We lost a couple of duals we could’ve won and I sent some kids to a JV (tournament) and if they were here I think we win those.” 

Mason Askelsen continued his remarkable senior season for Ballard.  

Askelsen, ranked seventh at 195 in 2A, pinned Ames’ Briar Fitz in 1:42 and Perry’s Brian Hernandez in 34 seconds and won by a 10-3 decision over Indianola’s Walker Whalen – ranked seventh in 3A. He also picked up a forfeit against Pocahontas Area. 

“Things are going really well this year,” Askelsen. “In the past I’ve had trouble converting how I do at practice onto the mat. This year Coach Casey, Dillon Combs and Mitchell Broer have helped a ton with that and I’m just having fun.” 

Gabe Christensen, rated fifth at 160, was 4-0 at the Mendenhall Duals. He pinned Indianola’s Hawkins Jacobson in 5:07, Ames’ Kyle Martin in 1:02, Pocahontas Area’s Ryan Panbecker in 1:46 and Perry’s Keegan Snyder in 1:14.  

Gabe Christensen had a 4-0 day at 160 for the Ballard wrestling team at the Mendenhall Duals in Ames Saturday. Christensen helped the Bombers go 2-2 as a team.

Gage Long, ranked 10th at 138, also went 4-0 on Saturday. He pinned Ames’ Kamden Windelow in 52 seconds, Pocahontas Area’s Verde Klocke in 3:53 and Tanner Burgin in 3:18 and topped Indianola’s Bryce Aldridge by a 7-2 decision. 

Blake Fleischmann was 4-0 for Ballard at 152. Fleischmann scored pins against Indianola, Perry and Pocahontas Area. He added a 6-3 victory over Ames’ Ian Jurgensen. 

Jeremiah Wilkinson was 4-0 with each win coming by fall wrestling at 170 and 182 for the Bombers. 

Lane Kahler picked up a 10-7 decision over Indianola’s Malachi Thomsen and a 14-3 major decision against Pocahontas Area’s Joel Carranza. He also earned a win by fall against Perry. 

 Jack Chism fell to No. 2 (3A) Gabe Greenlee of Ames at 285, but went 3-0 in his other matches. He won each match by fall wrestling at 220. 

HUXLEY – Ballard dominated outlasted Carroll and dominated North Polk in a Raccoon River Conference triangular dual meet Jan. 5. 

The Bombers took down Carroll by a 42-32 score and North Polk by a 57-18 margin to push their season record to 11-5. 

Ballard scored four pins and two victories by decision against Carroll. The Bombers also received two forfeits. 

Luke Hartsook (120 pounds), Wyatt Borg (145), Mason Askelsen (195) and Jack Chism (220) each scored a fall against Carroll. Hartsook pinned Chase Burnett in one minute, seven seconds, Borg downed Chase Rallager in 3:10, Askelsen whipped Cade Schable in 1:38 and Chism stuck Tyson Bordenaro in 5:38. 

Gage Long edged Carroll’s Carter Drake by sudden victory, 5-3, at 138 and Jeremiah Wilkinson knocked off Nathan Beyerink by a 16-9 decision at 170 for the other two Bomber wins on the mat.  Corey Hennick (182) and Brady Ehresman (285) received forfeits for the Bombers. 

Ballard scored seven pins and three wins by decision against North Polk. 

Long pinned the Comets Cole Halupnick in 50 seconds, Borg whipped Andrew Haney in 1:06, Wilkinson defeated Sean Golwitzer in 1:06 at 182 and Askelsen downed Reece Wrage in 1:30. Chism defeated North Polk’s Benjamin Ewing in 3:13, Landon Broer stuck Vance Rupp in 44 seconds at 106 and Lane Kahler scored a fall over Colton Manock in 3:42 at 126. 

Reese Broer earned an 8-2 win over North Polk’s Issac Larson at 132, Christensen edged Cale Engebretson by a 7-4 score and Ehresman defeated Cole Sanger by an 8-4 score. Hartsook received a forfeit against the Comets. 

Ballard 42, Carroll 32 

106 pounds - Cael Nelson (C) won by technical fall over Landon Broer (B), 16-0. 113 - Cole Miller (C) won by fall over Jack Shepherd (B),1:10. 120 - Luke Hartsook (B) won by fall over Chase Burnett (C), 1:07. 126 - Jaxson Kuhlmann (C) won by over fall over Lane Kahler (B), 1:15. 132 - Cooper Ludwig (C) won by fall over Reese Broer (B), 2:39. 138 - Gage Long (B) won by sudden victory over Carter Drake (C), 5-3. 145 - Wyatt Borg (B) won by fall over Chase Ragaller (C), 3:10. 152 - Jireh Gallegos (C) won by technical fall over Blake Fleischmann (B), 15-0. 160 - Abraham Dirkx (C) won by major decision over Gabe Christensen (B), 13-4. 170 - Jeremiah Wilkinson (B) won by decision over Nathan Beyerink (C), 16-9. 182 - Cory Hennick (B) won by forfeit. 195 - Mason Askelsen (B) won by fall over Cade Schable (C), 1:38. 220 - Jack Chism (B) won by fall over Tyson Bordenaro (C), 5:38. 285 - Brady Ehresman (B) won by forfeit. 

Ballard 57, North Polk 18 

106 - L. Broer (B) won by fall over Vance Rupp (NP), 0:44. 113 - Brandon Freeman (NP) won by fall over Shepherd (B), 3:03. 120 - Hartsook (B) won by forfeit. 126 - Kahler (B) won by fall over Colton Manock (NP), 3:42. 132 - R. Broer (B) won by decision over Issac Larson (NP), 8-2. 138 - Long (B) won by fall over Cole Halupnick (NP), 0:50. 145 - Borg (B) won by fall over Andrew Haney (NP), 1:06. 152 - Chance Bockenstedt (NP) won by fall over Fleischmann (B), 0:30. 160 - Christensen (B) won by decision over Cale Engebretson (NP), 7-4. 170 - Dylan Meiners (NP) won by fall over Hennick (B), 3:19. 182 - Wilkinson (B) won by fall over Sean Golwitzer (NP), 1:06. 195 - Askelsen (B) won by fall over Reece Wrage (NP), 1:30. 220 - Chism (B) won by fall over Ewing (NP), 3:13. 285 - Brady Ehresman (B) won by decision over Cole Sanger (NP), 8-4.