Pekin’s Vogel wins title at PCM tourney
MONROE — Austyn Vogel continued his midseason dominance Saturday, claiming the 145-pound title at the PCM Invitational in Monroe.
Vogel won by 17-2 technical fall in the championship round to conclude his undefeated day. The senior also won by 15-0 technical fall and 13-1 major decision to reach the finals.
“It was a pretty dominant tournament for him, and you can see his confidence level is coming up,” said Pekin head coach Al Chapman. “There’s still some things we can tweak, but he’s obviously starting to come along here, and this is the time of year to do it.”
Vogel’s title run was the highlight of the day for the Panthers, who finished eighth out of 12 teams with 95 points. Knoxville, which had four tournament champs and four runner-ups, easily won the team title with 250 points.
Other top performances for Pekin included Brandon Baayen finishing third at 113 pounds, as well as fourth-place finishes from Tayte Schoff (138), Thomas Slaney (182) and Trenton Conger (195). Freshman Michael Hadley took fifth at 220 pounds.
“We were pretty pleased with most of the guys. Overall, as a team we were pleased with how we looked against some tough competition,” said Chapman, who added it was a good tournament to help broaden his wrestlers’ horizons.
“There was a nice mixture of 1A and 2A teams, and it was good to see some teams from central Iowa that we don’t get to see a lot of,” he said. “Some of these wrestlers we’ll meet again at state. It’s a good challenge for our team.”
The Panthers are back on the mat Thursday at a quadrangular in Albia. Other teams scheduled to compete include Clarke and Moravia.