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Rams' Malcom, Clark advance to second round at state wrestling

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Iowa State Wrestling Tournament got underway at Wells Fargo Arena today with a pair of Glenwood wrestlers advancing to tomorrow’s second round.

The Rams’ 132-pound Matt Malcom scored a 13-0 major decision over Jakeb Bakken of Iowa City West in the opening round.

Josh Clark, a first time state qualifier, earned the Rams’ second win of the day when he won a 15-9 decision over Johnston’s Nathaniel Standish.

Malcom will face Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Clint Lembeck (42-4) and Clark will wrestle Mason City’s Andy Bartel (39-6) in Friday’s second round. Class 3A wrestlers take the mats at 9 a.m.

The Rams’ A.J. Slaughter and Cole Peckham lost both of their opening day matches and were eliminated on day one.

The 120-pound Slaughter lost his opening round match to top seeded Alijah Jeffery of Marion Linn-Mar, before dropping his consolation match to Camiran Sadeghi of Keokuk by fall. Slaughter closes out his freshman season with a record of 28-25.

Cole Peckham lost by major decision 9-1 to Indianola’s John Gioffredi in the opening round before being eliminated in the consolation round with a 5-4 loss to Logen Rodriguez of Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Peckham wraps up his Ram career with a record of 39-14 this season.