Pekin, Van Buren, Cardinal each crown one SEISC champ
NEW LONDON — The Panthers only brought eight wrestlers to Saturday’s SEISC wrestling tournament in New London, but half a Pekin team still proved better than most.
The Panthers finished fourth, scoring 113 points thanks to seven wrestlers placing in the top six in their respective divisions. The Panthers finished eighth as a team in 2011.
The lone champion for Pekin was senior heavyweight Derek Morales, who improved on last season’s third-place finish. Morales scored pins of 44 seconds, 1:02 and 1:28 to take the title at 285.
“Morales really looked good Saturday,” said Pekin head coach Al Chapman. “I can’t speak enough of him and how focused he was. What a great day he showed to his coaches and his team.”
Morales wasn’t the only Panther in the finals round, though. A pair of juniors, Austyn Vogel (138) and Thomas Slaney (182), wrestled into the championship match. Vogel and Slaney lost their respective matches to finish runner-ups.
Pekin sophomore Trenton Conger won three matches and was third at 170 pounds.
Pekin’s Brandon Baayen (106) and Tayte Schoff (145) won two matches apiece to score fourth-place finishes. Freshman Matt Bollinger (160) grabbed fifth with two wins on the day.
In the team race, Mediapolis came away as the big winner with five champions and 225.5 points to best second-place Louisa-Muscatine’s 147. New London came in third with 123.5 points.
The Panthers will travel to Van Buren next Saturday for sectionals.
Corman wins second straight conference title
NEW LONDON — Van Buren’s Zach Corman wrestled his way to the 220-pound title at the SEISC wrestling tournament Saturday, though the Warriors fell to ninth place out of 12 teams.
Corman, who also was crowned champion at 215 in 2011, topped Cardinal’s Sam Schmidt and Travis Simmons of Louisa-Muscatine to make it to the finals round. The senior rolled to his third win of the day to become champion, pinning New London’s Kyle Davis in 2:20.
Van Buren’s Jacob Heisel went 2-2 to take fourth at 126, and Curtis Thomas won the fifth-place consolation match in a stacked 182-pound bracket.
At 195 pounds, Mitch Garrels added a sixth-place finish for Van Buren, which scored 52 points overall.
Cardinal takes eighth
NEW LONDON — Andrew Hemm was crowned champion at 195 pounds Saturday to help lead the Comets to 85.5 points and eighth place out of 12 teams.
Hemm pinned both of his opponents in just the first period for his first title. The senior 195-pounder finished runner-up last season.
Cardinal sophomore Ryan Cale (113) lost his first match of the morning to Louisa-Muscatine’s Keegan Witbeck, but the Comet bounced back with a second-period pin and 6-0 decision to nab third place.
Along with Cale and Hemm, freshman Tyler Albert (152) and senior Tonch Craver (182) went out winners. Albert and Craver won by fall in their respective third-place consolation matches.
Also for the Comets, Robert McLaughlin finished fourth at 138 pounds.
The Comets will be joining Van Buren and Pekin for Saturday’s sectionals in Keosauqua.
Final Team Standings
1. Mediapolis 225.5
2. Louisa-Muscatine 147
3. New London 123.5
4. Pekin 113
5. Columbus 107
6. Lone Tree 100
7. Highland 89
8. Cardinal 85.5
9. Van Buren 52
10. Wapello 48.5
11. West Burlington/Notre Dame 38
12. WACO 25
106 — Cody McNeil (M) def. Grant McPheron (NL) 6-5; 113 — Travis Cole (H) def. Keegan Witbeck (LM) 6-4; 120 — Sawyer Farris (NL) fall vs. Kody Wood (H) 0:53; 126 — Kody Krenz (LM) def. Drew Foster (M) 6-5; 132 — Jess Hahn (H) def. Bradley Conley (M) 6-2; 138 — Drew Buster (M) maj. dec. vs. Austyn Vogel (P) 11-1; 145 — Alex Yedlik (LT) fall vs. Brady Broders (M) 2:42; 152 — Steven Holloway (M) fall vs. Brett Walsh (H) 0:56; 160 — Adam Drain (M) tech. fall vs. Nathan Boyer (Wap) 16-0; 170 — Blake Beckman (M) def. Stephen Kruse (LM) 10-4; 182 — Dalton Wheeler (LM) fall vs. Thomas Slaney (P) 3:02; 195 — Andrew Hemm (C) fall vs. Ethan Lamm (M) 1:21; 220 — Zach Corman (VB) fall vs. Kyle Davis (NL) 2:20; 285 — Derek Morales (P) fall vs. Cody Icenogle (LT) 1:28