SPORTS IN BRIEF: Fairfield wrestling, Pekin, Van Buren
Fairfield wrestlers compete in Mediapolis
Fairfield wrestlers traveled Saturday to the Mediapolis Invite.
Bryce Lunsford (160) finished second in his weight class and went 2-1 on the day. He beat Chandler Cocklin of Wapello by pin and Austin Latcham of Washington by decision.
Austin Francisco (170) went 2-2 on the day and placed fourth. Francisco defeated wrestlers from Washington and West Burlington Notre Dame. He is tied with Lunsford for second on the team with seven wins so far this season.
Randall Pugh (195) placed third overall. He defeated Dustan Fenton of Mediapolis by decision. Pugh now has six wins this season.
Brett Scott (220) took first in his weight class. Scott went 2-0 on the day with wins over Gage Jarrett from Notre Dame and Conner Kagy from Blue Valley. Scott leads the team with nine wins on the season.
Pekin basketball takes down Louisa-Muscatine
The Pekin boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both defeated Louisa-Muscatine Friday.
The girls got the night started with a 65-30 victory. Beth Atwood led the Panthers in points with 17. Gwynne Wright scored 14 points, including hitting three shots from beyond the arc. Her sister Samantha Wright scored 13 points and also recorded three assists.
“Most of our points came from their turnovers and our steals,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “Our plan was to play good transition basketball. The girls bought into the plan and played with great intensity.”
The Panthers are now 5-0 on the season and will host Mediapolis today. Mediapolis is also 5-0 and its closest margain of victory this season has been 24 points.
The boys won 66-58. Cade Millikin led the Panthers with 19 points, six steals and three assists. Petie Clubb scored 15 points and three assists. Brody Long was a force below the basket, scoring 13 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking three shots.
“We finished down the stretch to pick up the win but our rebounding and overall effort must improve before the next game,” Pekin head coach Ken Hutchinson said.
Pekin (3-1) takes on Mediapolis today at home.
Van Buren beats West Burlington
The Van Buren boys’ and girls’ basketball teams defeated West Burlington on the road Friday.
The girls’ team won 37-29. Kaitlyn Johnson led the Warriors in scoring with 15 points. She also led the her squad in rebounds with 10.
Abbey Rider scored seven points and Jenna Thornburg put down five points.
The girls play again Friday when Cardinal makes the trip to Keosauqua.
The boys’ team won 81-46. Brandon Plecker led the Warriors in the scoring column by putting down 18 points. Will Mertens scored 12 points. Thomas Fitzsimmons and Tanner Smith both scored 11 points. Garrett Saunders led the team in steals with five and assists with five.
Van Buren (4-0) hosts Burlington Notre Dame tonight in Keosauqua.
Pekin wrestlers place at Tri-County Invite
Pekin travled to the Tri-County Invite Saturday.
Three Panthers finished in sixth place. Zach Buller (126), Garrett Bowermaster (145) and Tyler Copeland (160).
Trenton Conger (220) finished second overall. He lost to a wrestler from West Branch in the championship match.
“With our small numbers we know we can’t win each war, but we’re trying to win each battle,” said Pekin wrestling coach Al Chapman. “Some of the younger guys are gaining experience and maturing.”
The Panthers took 12th overall out of 14 teams. Eddyville-Blakesburg won the tournament with the score of 221 points.
The Panthers will compete again in a triangular Thursday at West Burlington Notre Dame. Van Buren will be at the triangular as well.
3A state boys' basketball rankings
Record, Previous Ranking
1. Harlan (12) 3-0 1
2. Solon 4-0 3
3. Clear Lake 4-0 5
4. Carroll (1) 4-0 NR
5. Wahlert, Dubuque 3-1 7
6. Dallas Center-Grimes 4-1 9
7. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 2-1 6
8. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 3-1 2
9. Central Clinton, De Witt 4-0 NR
10. Fort Madison 5-0 NR
Others receiving votes: Pella 22. MOC-Floyd Valley 12. Grinnell 8. Creston 8. Humboldt 4. Le Mars 3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3. Waukon 1. Epworth, Western Dubuque 1.