Glenwood - Matt Malcom stunned Sioux City North’s No. 8 ranked Dalton Hanson with a first period pin and the Glenwood wrestlers edged Sioux City East for the team title at the Class 3A, District 5 meet.
Glenwood narrowly edged East 187 to 184.5. Council Bluffs Lewis Central was third in the team standings with 165 points.
“We’ve been getting better and better all year,” Glenwood coach Brad Asche said. “This is probably one of the best days we’ve had wrestling this year. We’re a really young team so the district title was a bit of a surprise but we really wrestled well and got some key points in some wrestlebacks that really helped us with team points.”
Malcom was one of four Rams to punch their tickets for this week’s Iowa State Wrestling Meet along with 160-pounder Josh Clark, 126 pounder Cole Peckham and 120 pounder A.J. Slaughter. Both Sioux City East and Council Bluffs Lewis Central advanced six wrestlers each to state.
But it was the Rams’ Malcom who stole the show. Wrestling against Hanson for the second time this season following a January loss, Malcom stormed through the 132 pound divisions and was determined not to let that match repeat itself at districts.
“I think the best thing that could have happened for Matt was losing to that kid earlier,” Glenwood coach Brad Asche said.
Malcom, who lost to Hanson 6-4 in overtime in their last match up, was more prepared the second go-around, Asche said. Malcom was on the offensive from the opening whistle and pinned Hanson in just over a minute.
“I think he (Hanson) came in a little over confident and Matt knew he was a better wrestler and he really sparked us that final round.”
Clark joined Malcom as a district champion, defeating Sioux City East’s Josh Schambach in the finals, to reach state for the first time as a senior.
“Josh showed what he can do,” Asche said. “He’s been that kind of wrestlers all four years and he put on a show. He gives you 110 percent and really dominated his weight class.”
The Rams’ A.J. Slaughter, a 120-pound freshman, and 126 pound senior Cole Peckham both won key wrestleback matches to qualify for state. Both Slaughter and Peckham pinned their wrestleback opponents.
Peckham and Malcom are both two time state qualifiers.
The Rams open the state meet at Wells Fargo Arena Thursday at 2 p.m.
“I tell the guys before every state meet there are 16 of you in each weight class and half of you are placing,” Asche said. “It’d be nice to bring home some hardware. It’s kid of haunted us over the last few years that we haven’t. I think we have a group of guys who can get the job done this year.”
Class 3A, District 5
1. Glenwood, 187. 2. Sioux City East, 184.5. 3. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 170. 4. Sioux City North, 165. 5. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 161.5. 6. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 99.5. 7. Denison, 86. 8. Sioux City West, 28.