DUBUQUE — Isaac Larkin and Ethan Barry won titles for Clinton, and the River Kings placed third Saturday at the seven-team Dubuque Invitational.
Dubuque Hempstead, ranked eighth in Class 3A, won the team title with 224.5 points in the round-robin style meet. Western Dubuque was second with 196.5, Clinton scored 146, Dubuque Senior was fourth with 131.5, Iowa Grant/Highland of Wisconsin was fifth with 120.5, Boscobel of Wisconsin was sixth with 81 and a JV all-star team had 61 points.
“The kids came out and did well competing for the first time this season," first-year Clinton head coach Eric Lueders said. "It’s a good place to start at and continue to grow and improve as the season progresses.
"We need to work on consistency delivering the same effort and focus for every match. That’s something we will focus on for the next two weeks approaching each match the same and delivering their best each time. Overall, the kids did very well to open the season.”
Barry beat Freddie Hosch of Western Dubuque 5-3 and pinned Steven Blosch of Hempstead in 2:54 to capture the title at 195 pounds.
“Ethan Barry competed hard, earning his first championship, and along the way knocked off the fourth-ranked kid (Hosch)," Lueders said. "Isaac Larkin also won a championship with a fall over a tough kid in his last match.”
Larkin pinned four of his five opponents as he went 4-1 in the 138-pound weight class. He pinned ninth-ranked Alex Rickard of Dubuque Senior in 3:07 in his final match, and that determined which of the two won it all.
Lane Smalley pinned his first two opponents before losing 6-3 to Ben Faber and getting pinned by champion Joe Pins, who is ranked second in the state at 120, in a second-place performance at 126 pounds.
“Lane Smalley wrestled great, placing second," Lueders said. "Battled every match and gained a lot of confidence in himself.”
Justin Brewer went 1-2 to place third at 106, Darin Bethard was 3-2 and placed third at 132, ninth-ranked Jess Chapman finished 3-2 and claimed third at 145 and Dante' Brunson went 3-2 to earn third at 170.
“Justin Brewer earned his first medal. He’s grown tremendously as a wrestler in one year," Lueders said. “Dante Brunson has a workman’s attitude and delivered in some gutsy performances on the day.”
Sixth-ranked Ben Chapman (160) and Dawson Troxel (220) each went 2-3 to place fourth, Tanner Samuels (0-4) was fifth at 120, Trevor Bitner took fifth at 182 and Elijah Robinson was fifth at 285.
“Trevor Bitner wrestled up in weight and gained valuable varsity experience and showed a lot of heart in his matches,” Lueders said.
Indians 3rd at Wapello
WAPELLO — Despite entering just eight wrestlers, Camanche came away with a third-place finish Saturday at the Willard Howell Invitational.
Freshman Cade Everson (132 pounds), junior Baylor Crigger (160) and senior Kolby Snodgrass (220) won titles for the Indians.
Wilton edged Centerville 186-179.6 to win the team title, and the Indians scored 142.5, 7.5 more than fourth-place Mount Pleasant.
Crigger, ranked sixth in Class 2A at 152, pinned Highland's Dan Burton in 56 seconds to claim his title. Everson capped a championship performance by pinning Gage Moorman of Centerville in 1:29. Snodgrass beat Mount Pleasant's Dalton Bass 15-4 in the final.
Junior Eric Campie was the runner-up at 152, losing 18-8 to Wilton's Trey Brisker, ranked second in Class 1A, in the final.
Sophomore Ben Vogel (106) and freshman Brennan Kramer (120) placed third, sophomore Tyson Snodgrass took fourth at 138 and Austen Clark was sixth at 145.
Schmidt wins for Northeast
TIPTON — Senior Wyatt Schmidt won an individual crown, and Northeast scored 66 points to place eighth Saturday at the Tipton Invitational.
Class 3A powerhouse Southeast Polk won the team title with 219 points, Class 3A North Scott was second with 160 and Tipton placed third with 157.
Schmidt won the title at 160 for the Rebels. He defeated North Cedar's Devon Willis 3-0 in the final.
Junior Seth Edens was the runner-up at 126 for Northeast. He lost 10-2 to Tipton's Ben Emrich in the title match.
Junior Carsen Mangelsen was third at 152, Aron Schoon was third at 170 and Ty Schmidt was fifth at 170 for Northeast.
Sabers 5th at West Delaware
MANCHESTER — Central DeWitt came away with one champion, one runner-up and three third-place finishers Saturday at the Bob Murphy Invitational.
The Sabers placed fifth in the 10-team event with 147 points. Host West Delaware won the team title with 250.5 points, followed by Davenport Assumption (219.5), Decorah (188), Grinnell (151) and Central DeWitt.
Freshman Keaton Zeimet improved to 6-0 as he won the title at 106 pounds. He beat Assumption's Trenton McDonough 5-0 in the final.
Junior Logan Pitts of Central DeWitt took second at 170. He was pinned by Jack Neuhaus of West Delaware in 3:54 in the title match.
Freshman Robert Howard beat West Delaware's Evan Woods 10-0 for third place at 113, senior Issac Payne took third at 126 with a 6-4 decision against West Delaware's Stavely Maury, senior Max Cousins beat Assumption's Joe Deckert 6-1 to claim third at 152
Also for DeWitt, sophomore Theodore Fox placed fifth at 160, freshman Cody Penniston placed sixth at 120, junior Sawyer Mercado placed sixth at 145, junior Cameron Lee captured sixth at 285, senior Collin Courtney was eighth at 132, sophomore Mason Manning was eighth at 138, junior Mitchell Michoski took eighth at 182 and junior Austin Meyer placed eighth at 220.