Colin White earned a first place medal and Sam Jameson and Nate Harms both placed second for Glenwood in a second-place team finish at the Gary Christiansen Tournament at Winterset on Saturday.
“The guys did a great job today,” said Glenwood coach Matt Dyer. “We were actually in the lead coming into the final round. Urbandale had a few more guys place higher than us and that’s what cost us the lead. I am very proud of this team. It was a total team effort to place as high as we did.”
Urbandale edged the Rams for the team title 190 to 179.5.
White won all three of his heavyweight matches to improve to 16-0 on the season.
Jameson (103 pounds) and Harms (125 pounds) lost their finals matches but finished 2-1 on the day.
A.J. Clark (119), Steve Gutschenritter (135), Tyler Maxwell (145) and Trent Jameson (152) all placed third.
Dyer was pleased with how well his team competed considering how much practice time they’ve missed over the last week.
“Things could have gone pretty sour,” he said. “This was a big step for the team and the program. We still have a large mountain to climb, but this was a good step towards what we want to do. It’s always nice to come home with some hardware.”
Gary Christiansen Tournament
1. Urbandale,190. 2. Glenwood, 179.5. 3. Osage, 163. 4. (tie) Iowa City High and Waukee, 107. 5. I-35, 104.5. 6. ADM, 103.5. 7. Shenandoah, 101. 6. MTSM, 87. 7. SE Warren, 75. 8. Winterset, 63. 9. Tipton, 20
Glenwood Place Winners
103: Sam Jameson, second place. 112: Jesse Bendt, fourth place. 119: AJ Clark, third place. 125: Nate Harms, second place. 130: Beau Johnson, fifth place. 135: Steve Gutschenritter, third place. 145: Tyler Maxwell, third place. 152: Trent Jameson, third place. 160: Jon Williams, fifth place. 215: Joe Blankenship, fourth place. 285: Colin White, first place.
The Glenwood wrestling team overcame a slow start and an upstart Shenandoah team to post a 57-15 Hawkeye 10 Conference dual victory last Tuesday.
“Shenandoah is rebuilding and forfeited a few matches,” said Glenwood coach Matt Dyer. “You can’t tell by the score, but I thought we came out a little flat. Coming out of Christmas break is always hard and the kids are starting to adjust back to school.”
Dyer thought Jesse Bendt, the Rams’ 112-pounder, looked “tough” in his match, as did 130-pounder Beau Johnson in pinning Mitchell Steinkuhler, who defeated Johnson in the conference meet last season.
Trent Jameson lost a 6-3 decision to the Mustangs’ Carroll Heitshusen but Dyer thought he wrestled very well despite the loss.
“Trent did a lot of good things and went down fighting,” the coach said. “Heitshusen is a returning state place winner and I felt that Trent had him on the ropes and could have beaten him.
103: Sam Jameson, G, won a decision over Sean Skillern, S, 5-0. 112: Jesse Bendt, G, won by fall over Joseph Heitshusen, S, 5:27. 119: A.J. Clark, G, won by forfeit. 125: Nate Harms, G, won by forfeit. 130: Beau Johnson, G, won by fall over Mitchell Steinkuhler, S, 3:38. 135: Steve Gutschenritter, G, won by forfeit. 140: Cody Crouch, G, lost by fall over Shae Esser, S, 1:27. 145: Tyler Maxwell, G, won by fall over Dustin Nebel, S, 2:54. 152: Trent Jameson, G, lost a decision to Carroll Heitshusen, 6-3. 160: Jon Williams, G, won a decision over Brody Esser, S, 4-2. 171: Andrew Reinert, G, won a decision over Stephen Langely, S, 9-4. 189: Drew Howell, G, lost by fall to Jameson Sands, S, 5:27. 215: Joe Blankenship, G, won by forfeit. 285: Colin White, G, won by forfeit.