The Glenwood wrestling team placed 18th at the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic at the Mid-America Center on Saturday.
Kearney, Neb. was the team champion racking up 541.5 points to top the 28 team field from five different states. The Bearcats had eight place winners. Grand Island, Neb. was the runner up with 479.5 points.
The Rams finished with 193.5 points for 18th place.
After a strong showing on Friday and advancing 11 of 13 wrestlers to “Gold Bracket” (top 16 wrestlers in each weight class), Glenwood struggled on Saturday morning and limped into a disappointing final day, said Glenwood coach Brad Asche.
“We kind of spiraled out of control on Saturday,” Asche said. “We could have had a lot better effort from the guys and a lot better place. We’re going to chalk it up to experience. For a lot of our young guys they had a hard time making weight three straight days. It was tough. But it’s a learning experience.”
Senior Cole Peckham (126 pounds) placed seventh in the gold bracket and earned his 100th career win in the process.
“That was nice to see,” Asche said. “That brought us back up a little bit on Saturday. He wrestled really well. He just got a tough draw against the top seeded kid in his quarterfinal and he wrestled tough.”
Matt Malcom placed ninth at 132 pounds.
Sterling Stouder (160) and Colin Ransom (220) both were runners’ up in the silver bracket.
Asche said he really liked dthe play of freshmen Nate Nebl, A.J. Slaughter, Jon Stavas and Zach Haggstrom.
“At times we wrestled really well in every weight but I was really happy with how our freshmen wrestled. They just have to get better at bouncing back,” Asche said.
The Glenwood wrestling team recorded eight pins and a major decision in a dominating 70-12 victory over Shenandoah in Hawkeye 10 Conference wrestling last Thursday.
“We wrestled tough,” said Glenwood coach Brad Asche. “I’m glad we weren’t looking to far ahead to Friday an Saturday. We did a good job. We got off to a slow start and got to the bottom of our line up and got it going.”
The Rams’ Nate Nebel (106 pounds), Hunter Ackerson (113), Cole Peckham (126), Matt Malcom (132), Keaton Parks (138) Andrew Tilley (145), Josh Clark (152) and Sterling Stouder (160) all recorded pins. Zach Haggstrom recorded a 14-2 major decision victory over Brenden Dostal at 170 pounds.
182: Matt Gray, S, won by forfeit. 195: J.D. Lewis, S, won by fall over Nate Phillips, G, 1:22. 220: Collin Ransom, G, won by forfeit. 285: Drayton Slaughter, G, won by forfeit. 106: Nate Nebel, G, won by fall over Nate Hoyt, S, 1:26. 113: Hunter Ackerson, G, won by fall over Tyler Rice, S, 3:40. 120: AJ Slaughter, G, won by forfeit. 126: Cole Peckham, G, won by fall over Brody Bopp, S, 1:32. 132: Matt Malcom, G, won by fall over Jake Johnson, S, 4:07. 138: Keaton Parks, G, won by fall over Shawn Rice, S, 5:17. 145: Andrew Tilley, G, won by fall over Logan Roberts, S, 1:11. 152: Josh Clark, G, won by fall over Tyler Dalley, S, 0:43. 160: Sterling Stouder, G, won by fall over Scott Hastings, S, 1:43. 170: Zach Haggstrom, G, won by major decision over Brenden Dostal, S, 14-2.