The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

February 11, 2013

Kings advance 5 to state meet

ELDRIDGE — For all the frustrations during the day, the big picture turned out pretty good for the Clinton High School wrestling team.

Five River Kings qualified for the Iowa Class 3A wrestling state tournament by earning top-two finishes Saturday at the Iowa Class 3A North Scott District tournament. All 14 Clinton wrestlers finished in the top five at their respective weights and Clinton placed fourth in the team standings.

“There were so many damn highs and lows — geez,” Clinton coach J.D. Lueders said. “There were so many ups and downs.”

Dustin Caldwell earned the lone title for the River Kings, beating Joe Pancratz of North Scott 5-1 in the final at 152 pounds. Hunter Genco (120) and Alex Caldwell (145) — both state placewinners last year — lost in the finals, as did freshman Justin Guilliams (195). Genco and Dillion Chase (160) earned their trips to state by winning matches for true second place, while neither Alex Caldwell nor Guilliams had to endure the extra match since they had beaten the third-place finisher in the semifinals.

“You think of all the ones we could have brought and it would have been a super day,” Lueders said.

It was a super day for Dustin Caldwell.

“It was a good feeling to be the only district champ, but obviously we want more,” he said. “I’m just excited to head out there with everybody. Getting the win really helped my confidence for the state tournament.”

Caldwell used a first-period takedown to establish a lead in the final, then clinched it with another takedown with 37 seconds left in the match.

“I just tried to stay relaxed,” Caldwell said. “I beat him two weeks before at the conference 5-0, so I knew I could beat him.”

Caldwell is much happier heading to the state meet, which starts Thursday in Des Moines, as a wrestler instead of a spectator.

“Getting third twice the past two seasons, it wasn’t fun because I’d have to go watch (the state tournament),” he said. “Then, when Alex made it, it was definitely worse because he could always hold it over me. I was on a mission this year, and I’m finally reaching my goals.”

For Alex Caldwell, the final was a repeat of the Mississippi Athletic Conference meet, with Bettendorf’s Bubba Hernandez handing him an 18-8 loss at 145 pounds. Guilliams also lost for the second time (8-1 to North Scott’s Colin Kreiter) in a MAC tournament rematch at 195.

Genco earned his third trip to Des Moines, but his route wasn’t easy.

The top seed at 120 pounds, Genco was caught for a five-point move early in the final against Pleasant Valley’s Spencer Nevills and spent almost a minute bridging with his elbows planted on the mat and his hands supporting his back to fight off a pin. Nevills kept the lead the rest of the way, using another 3-point near fall late in the mat as he won 13-7.

“It was just a scramble situation. “He’s a good wrestler, and I think I just took him for granted,” Genco said of the five-point first-period move.

“That’s where I lost all my energy. I haven’t been pinned yet this year, and I didn’t feel like today should have been the day. I did end up fighting off my back, but the next two periods were a lot harder than I thought they were going to be.”

Genco then had to wrestle for true second place against Austin Claussen of Davenport North, winning 11-6.

“I was really disappointed, and it took me awhile to get over it, but I think in the last 10 minutes before my match, I really did get over it,” Genco said, referring to the loss to Nevills. “Coach said something that really stuck out there. He said (referring to Genco’s first opponent at the state meet), ‘How are you going to feel wrestling Hunter Genco first round?’ Thinking you’ve got it easy because you won your district and you have to wrestled me, that’s just something for anyone out there. I’m not scared to wrestle anyone.”

Chase, a sophomore, came the other route to win in the match for true second. He lost to top-seeded Grant Rosenboom of Pleasant Valley in the semifinals, then beat second seed Bret McKinney of North Scott in the third-place match. He got the chance to wrestle for second after Rosenboom beat Bettendorf’s Eli Preisser in the finals.

Chase, who transferred from Bettendorf to Clinton this year, built a 9-0 lead before pinning Preisser in 4:49.

“It was a helluva fight back to get second,” Chase said. “I knew going into it I was going to win with the momentum I had from beating the North Scott kid. I know him (Preisser) pretty well; we were teammates last year. It felt so good beating a Bettendorf kid. They’re our rivals and where I came from, and it was just a great win.”

Bettendorf still had a lot to celebrate. The Bulldogs crowned six champions, qualified one other for the state tournament and won the team title with 227 points. North Scott edged Pleasant Valley 198-196.5 for second.

The River Kings finished with 181 points, knowing they left a lot of potential points on the mat.

“It’s tough to swallow because we know we’re a lot better than what we wrestled today,” Dustin Caldwell said.

There was sadness, too, as none of Clinton’s seniors qualified for state.

The toughest of those came at 285, where returning state qualifier Jake Oldaker lost 2-1 on an escape by Bettendorf’s Raekwon Jefferson in the ultimate tiebreaker in the semifinals. Oldaker then won his third-place match but watched as Jefferson came close to a takedown on the edge of the mat late in a 2-1 loss to North Scott’s Cegan Long in the championship match.

In addition to Oldaker and Ramirez, senior Nick Hatheway took third at 170 and senior Josiah Molina was fourth at 182, getting pinned twice after starting strong and leading both matches early.

But the frustrations started much earlier for the River Kings.

In the opening round, Amani Larson (105) and Riley Chapman (132) each lost leads in the third period, then lost their matches in overtime. That meant the best they could finish was fifth, which they did. Later in the round, Rafael Ramirez built a 9-2 lead against Devon Clark of Davenport North at 220 pounds but got too high on a cradle, was reversed to his back and was pinned at a weight where he might have had a shot at making it to state.

Those matches, and others that didn’t go ideally, prompted Lueders to say after the first round, “We’ll wait till the end of the day to see if I’m totally frowning.”

As it turned out, he had something to smile about at the end.

IOWA CLASS 3A NORTH SCOTT DISTRICT

Team standings

1. Bettendorf 227; 2. North Scott 198; 3. Pleasant Valley 196.5; 4. Clinton 181; 5. Davenport West 88; 6. Muscatine 66.5; 7. Davenport Central 55; 8. Davenport North 38.

Individual results

(Top two advance to state meet)

106 pounds

Championship — Jacob Schwarm (Bet) pinned Tony Nunez (Mus) 1:36. Third place — Travis Pulse (DW) pinned Jacob Lamantia (DC) 5:25. Fifth place — Amani Larson (Clin) pinned Jake Schmidt (NS) :33.

113 pounds

Championship — Paul Glynn (Bet) m. dec. Zach Blizzard (DW) 9-0. Third place — Scott Kraft (PV) dec. Ryan Renken (NS) 3-1. True second place — Blizzard pinned Kraft 5:30. Fifth place – Craig Harlock (Clin) dec. Colton Vogel (Mus) 3-0.

120 pounds

Championship — Spencer Nevills (PV) dec. Hunter Genco (Clin) 13-7. Third place — Austin Claussen (DN) pinned Jackson Gallagher (Bet) :40. True second place — Genco dec. Claussen 11-6.

126 pounds

Championship — Fredy Stroker (Bet) m. dec. Travis Willers (PV) 11-0. Third place — Curtis Ilg (Clin) pinned Tyler Yates (Mus) 3:29.

132 pounds

Championship — Logan Ryan (Bet) pinned Christian Foote (PV) 1:40. Third place — Jacob Ridgeway (NS) pinned Tim Chapman (DC) 5:17. Fifth place — Riley Chapman (Clin) dec. Tyler Hoth (DW) 6-1.

138 pounds

Championship — Jacob Woodard (Bet) dec. Randy McPhee (PV) 9-7. Third place — Colton Paustian (DW) pinned Eli Kuglar (DC) 4:23. Fifth place — Mike Peters (Clin) pinned Kohl Nylin (NS) 2:34.

145 pounds

Championship — Bubba Hernandez (Bet) m. dec. Alex Caldwell (Clin) 18-8.  Third place — Jakubb Fahrenkrug (NS) m. dec. Matt Nowak (PV) 9-0.

152 pounds

Championship — Dustin Caldwell (Clin) dec. Joe Pancratz (NS) 5-1. Third place — Khamani McQueen (DW) wbf over Malique Hudson (Bet).

160 pounds

Championship — Grant Rosenboom (PV) dec. Eli Preisser (Bet) 6-1. Third place — Dillion Chase (Clin) dec. Bret McKinney (NS) 6-0. True second place — Chase pinned Preisser 4:49.

170 pounds

Championship — Mitch Bowman (NS) dec. Brady Letney (V) 7-2. Third place — Nick Hatheway (Clin) dec. Michael Belanger (Bet) 13-11.

182 pounds

Championship — Justin Kreiter (NS) dec. Seth Skahill (PV) 8-3. Third place — Austin Snow (Bet) pinned Josiah Molina (Clin) 2:47. True second place — Skahill m. dec. Snow 15-5.

195 pounds

Championship — Colin Kreiter (NS) dec. Justin Guilliams (Clin) 8-1. Third place — Joe Picchiotti (PV) pinned AJ Dougherty (Bet) 5:48.

220 pounds

Championship — Cordell Eaton (NS) dec. Logan Burke (DC) 8-4. Third place — Savion Coleman (Bet) pinned Devon Clark (DN). True second place — Burke dec. Coleman 5-1. Fifth place — Rafael Ramirez (Clin) pinned Connor Moroney (PV) 1:54.

285 pounds

Championship — Cegan Long (NS) dec. Raekwon Jefferson (Bet) 2-1. Third place — Jake Oldaker (Clin) dec. Landon Carney (PV) 3-2.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • River Hawks win triangular CLINTON -- Cration Andresen claimed medalist honors and teammate Logan Wilhelm took second Thursday as they led Easton Valley to first place at a boys golf triangular hosted by Camanche at The Oaks Golf Course. Easton Valley finished with a 190-strok

    April 19, 2014

  • White Sox whipped by Texas Rangers ARLINGTON, Texas -- Martin Perez turned toward first base, waiting for the call he hoped was coming. When the umpire's arm went up signaling a strikeout on Dayan Viciedo's check-swing with a full count, the young Texas Rangers left-hander pumped his

    April 19, 2014

  • L'Kings keep Hot Rods cold BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- There's nothing like jumping on a team when it's down, and the Clinton LumberKings did just that Friday night. For the second night in a row, the LumberKings used a five-run inning to take a victory at Bowling Green Ballpark, th

    April 19, 2014

  • Saints split on the road CEDAR RAPIDS -- Ashford split a pair of lopsided softball games on the road Friday. The Saints beat Mount Mercy 14-2 in the first game of the doubleheader, but the Mustangs came back to take the second game 9-1 in five innings. Special to the Herald

    April 19, 2014

  • Cubs drop fifth straight CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija has had a hard time finding run support this season. The same could be said for all Chicago Cubs' pitchers. First, the good news: Chicago managed to break a 24-inning scoreless streak. And then, the usual dose of bad news:

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19-14 1B-Photo, Fulton catch HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Hall halts Steamers FULTON, Ill. -- Fulton knew it had its hands full heading into Friday's baseball game against Hall. After all, the Red Devils entered the game with an 8-1 record, and they had momentum after blanking Rockridge the day before. Fulton fell to Hall 5-2

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Shutout gives Ashford split CLINTON - Kevin Delzell's strong pitching helped Ashford come away with a split as it began its final home weekend of the season with a split against Clarke in college baseball Friday afternoon at Ashford University Field. Ashford got a strong pitchi

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-18-14 1C-Photo, Blackhawks Blackhawks start blue in Cup defense ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions. Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history and give the Bl

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • River Kings light up the Day DAVENPORT -- Clinton continued its strong season in boys track and field, taking first place Thursday at the Jesse Day Relays on the final day of qualifying for the Drake Relays. The River Kings scored 138 points. Solon edged Davenport Central 120-11

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18-14 3C-Photo, Rasche Clinton tennis splits with Muscatine CLINTON -- The Clinton tennis team faced Muscatine at Max Lynn Tennis Complex on Thursday where it was a tale of two duals. The girls' team won 9-0 over the Muskies while the River Kings fell 8-1. Queens sail in sweep In the six singles matches, not

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

High School Sports