The Glenwood wrestling team earned four individual titles and had 13 wrestlers place in a second place team finish at the Hawkeye 10 Conference Wrestling Meet at Shenandoah on Saturday.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central was the team champion with 232 points to Glenwood’s 199. Atlantic, who is undefeated in conference duals this season, finished third with 195 points. The Titans also had the most individual titles with four.
Glenwood coach Matt Dyer said his team had just a few goals for his team at this year’s conference tourney: place in the top two as a team, place every wrestler, have three to five finalists and two to three champions. Dyer’s squad achieved every goal.
“The Hawkeye 10 is a meet that we always mark down at the start of the season and it’s a date that we always want to do well on. This was a great team effort,” said Dyer. “This was one of the best days we have wrestled as a team. It was a total team effort. In other sports, coaches nominate conference players or positions.
“Wrestling is one of the few sports that you get to go out and prove to everyone that you’re the best in the conference. You beat everyone to win the tournament. We talked about that all week and used that to motivate us to do our best.”
Sam Jameson, a 103-pound freshman, went 3-0 at the conference meet to win his first conference title. Also adding their first conference crowns for Glenwood were Nate Harms (125 pounds) and Tyler Maxwell (145). Maxwell, a senior and two-time state qualifier, earned his elusive conference title with two technical falls in the opening rounds and a dominating 8-0 major decision over Lewis Central’s Ben Schwery.
Both Jon Williams (160) and Colin White (285) reached the finals but lost in decisions. Williams lost a 13-3 major decision to Denison’s Jesse Preul in his match and White was edged 4-3 in overtime by Harlan’s Matt Hoch. Hoch also defeated White two days earlier 4-1 in a dual at Glenwood.
With 13 placewinners, Dyer said his team’s second place finish was truly a team effort.
“Everyone placing helped us get second,” he said. “Drew Howell, Cody Crouch, and Hunter Hoffmann all got valuable points for us in the backside. If they don’t place we lose those points and possibly finish fourth or fifth.”
Hawkeye 10 Conference Tournament
1. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 232. 2. Glenwood, 199. 3. Atlantic, 195. 4. Harlan, 180. 5. Creston, 164.5. 6. Shenandoah, 86.5. 7. Red Oak, 61. 8. Clarinda, 50.5. 9. Denison, 43.5 10. Kuemper Catholic, 33.
103: Sam Jameson, first place. 112: Jesse Bendt, third place. 119: A.J. Clark, fourth place. 125: Nate Harms, first place. 130: Beau Johnson, third place. 135: Steve Gutschenritter, third place. 140: Cody Crouch, sixth place. 145: Tyler Maxwell, first place. 152: Trent Jameson, fourth place. 160: Jon Williams, second place. 171: Drew Howell, fifth place. 189: Hunter Hoffmann, sixth place. 285: Colin White, second place.
Harlan edges Glenwood, 36-35
Glenwood’s comeback came up a single point short as Harlan escaped with a 36-35 Hawkeye 10 Conference wrestling dual victory on Thursday.
The Rams actually matched the Cyclones with seven dual wins but Harlan had one more pin t provide the difference.
This was a very exciting dual from start to finish,” said Glenwood coach Matt Dyer. “We were missing a few guys for this dual and I knew it was going to be close. I put five freshman out on the mat tonight and I was very happy with how they responded. Each one of them stepped up and did a great job, even the guys that got beat showed great effort.”
One of those freshmen was 112-pounder Jesse Bendt. Bendt was nearly pinned by Dillon McClain before he rebounded and got a key pin of his own for Glenwood.
Freshmen Sam Jameson also earned a pin over the Cyclones’ Tyler Hubert.
In the only match up of two ranked opponents the Cyclones’ No. 5 ranked heavyweight Matt Hoch edged the Rams’ No. 1 ranked Colin White 4-1 in what Dyer called an “interesting match.” Hoch, a University of Missouri football recruit, seemed determined to play defense against White and got his first two points on a pair of White penalties. After White scored an escape in the third period Hoch turned his attack into two points and the final margin.
“I thought White did a lot of the action and Hoch played the edge,” said Dyer of White, who suffered his first loss in the state of Iowa this season against Hoch. “Hoch did enough to give himself a fighter’s chance. I don’t think that match was called right and I don’t think the official was allowing the guys to finish the match themselves. That is something we stress, we can’t control the officiating so we do everything we can to take them out of the equation.”
Also earning wins for Glenwood were Nate Harms (125 pounds), Steve Gutschenritter (140), Tyler Maxwell (145) and Jon Williams (160).
“The lower weights did their job and came out on fire. I haven’t seen focus and intensity like that in awhile,” said Dyer. “When you get momentum on your side you can accomplish great things. Things didn’t go our way. In some matches we were not offensive enough. We allowed them to control the match and keep things close. Our senior still have things to prove.”
103: Sam Jameson, G, won by fall over Tyler Hubert, H, :22. 112: Jesse Bendt, G, won by fall over Dillon McClain, H, 4:57. 119: A.J. Clark, G, won by James Schwarte, H, 4-2. 125: Nate Harms, G, won by fall over Mike Thielen, H, 5:12. 130: Seth Warren, G, lost by fall to John Schwarte, H, 3:57. 135: Kyle Bowden, G, lost by fall to Anthony Hough, H, 2:16. 140: Steve Gutschenritter, G, won by technical fall over Micah Finken, H, 15-0. 145: Tyler Maxwell, G, won a decision over Rob Larson, H, 12-5. 152: Trent Jameson, G, lost by fall to Taimon Wehr, H, 2:58. 160: Jon Williams, G, won by fall over Brock Travis, H, 4:47. 171: Alex Reinert, G, lost a decision to Mason Fah, H, 5-2. 189: Drew Howell, G, lost by fall to Rob Erlbacher, H, 1:16. 215: Hunter Hoffmann, G, lost by fall to Marcus Streit, H, 1:29. 285: Colin White, G, lost a decision to Matt Hoch, H, 4-1.