The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

January 18, 2013

Kings knock off Knights

Genco’s technical fall in final match gives Clinton the tiebreaker edge

CLINTON — Clinton junior Hunter Genco knew it all came down to him.

The River Kings, ranked 12th in Class 3A wrestling, trailed Davenport Assumption, No. 2 in 2A, 33-28, and Genco’s match at 120 pounds against Kirk Mommsen was all that was left.

“The kid who I wrestled knew his only job was not to get pinned,” Genco said. “The only thing he did was stall the whole time. I couldn’t pin him.”

While Genco, ranked in Class 3A by The Predicament, didn’t get a pin and six points, he got a five-point technical fall that tied the match at 33.

“When I got the five, there was a lot running through my mind,” Genco said. “I was like, ‘What’s going to happen now?’ The only thing I could was hope for the best.”

Genco, his teammates, Assumption and all the fans in a packed W.J. Yourd Gymnasium had to wait while the winning criteria was determined.

“I had my headphones on,” Genco said. “I was kind of disappointed. I thought it was going to end as a tie or them winning. Once I saw everyone freaking, I looked around and I was like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ All my teammates ran over to me and then started cheering and yelling. I was like, ‘What the heck happened?’”

What happened was Genco’s technical fall gave Clinton the win on the third criterion and a 34-33 victory over Assumption. The teams were tied with seven match wins and three pins each on the first two criteria.

“It’s probably the biggest win of my career so far,” Clinton junior Alex Caldwell said. “We’ve had some tough duals in the past and haven’t come out on top. But this year, we’re here. We’re finally on the map whether people think so or not. Beating the No. 2 team in 2A is a big accomplishment for a team that’s ranked 12th.”

Clinton senior Nick Hatheway said: “I just wanted to hug all of my teammates because I know how hard we worked for this.”

Through the first six matches, things were not looking great for the River Kings. Assumption led 23-6 and had three more ranked wrestlers still to come to the mat.

“We were definitely the underdogs in this match,” Hatheway said. “Our coach kept telling us we had nothing to lose and to go out there and wrestle tough and see how the cards fell.”

Hatheway got the cards falling more in Clinton’s direction at 170 pounds against Clint Harland.

Hatheway got a big takedown late in the first period to take the lead.

“When I got my first takedown, it was probably the coolest takedown I’ve ever had,” Hatheway said. “The fans just stood up and went nuts. It made me want to take him down 100 more times.”

From there he went on to a victory by 7-1 decision and started a run for the River Kings.

Josiah Molina won by pin in 43 seconds, followed by a pin in 4:47 for Justian Guilliams. At 220 pounds, Raf Ramirez won by major decision 8-2 and gave Clinton its first lead of the night at 25-23.

At 285, Clinton’s Jake Oldaker faced fourth-ranked Sean Easler. Oldaker got a takedown late in the first period to go ahead 2-0. Easler chose top position to start the second period and earned two near-fall points to even the match. Oldaker chose to start the third period neutral and got a second takedown but allowed an escape.

As time was running out, Oldaker was clinging to a 4-3 lead and no one was sitting on Clinton’s bench. The coaches, wrestlers and managers were all cheering Oldaker on. Easler was cautioned for starting too early on a restart and then did it again with less than 5 seconds remaining to give Oldaker a 5-3 lead, which he maintained for a 28-23 lead.

The next two matches were critical as Clinton’s Amani Larson faced No. 7 Darien Collins at 106 and Clinton’s Craig Harlock wrestled No. 4 Brendan Gould. With Genco waiting, the River Kings could not give up more than 11 points to have any hope of a win.

Larson came through. By dropping a 13-1 major decision, he ensured Genco could have a say in who won the dual meet.

“Amani helped us win, not getting tech falled or pinned,” Caldwell said. “It was a team effort. It wasn’t just one person. It was everybody.”

Caldwell, ranked third in 3A, provided the other Clinton win, pinning Class 2A No. 9 Tionte Parks.

“First I had to take care of myself, and that was the big thing,” Caldwell said. “We started off kind of slow, but once I got us on the board it was like the domino effect. It kept going and going.

“Dustin (Caldwell) had a good match. That kid is ranked No. 1 and won state last year. Dillion (Chase) wrestled a kid ranked sixth; Dillion’s a sophomore and not even ranked, but he took his kid into overtime. It was nuts. Then Nick, Josiah, Raf, Justin Guilliams, Jake, those were the biggest matches. Everybody was performing.”

After his pin, Alex Caldwell yelled, “Let’s go” to his teammates, and they seemed energized by his display.

“It jumpstarted us,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to control your emotions sometimes and they got the best of me. Fortunately, it was positive. That’s what got us going.”

With that team effort, the River Kings picked up a dual victory over one of the big-name programs in the state.

“Usually that talk in Iowa is Bettendorf and Assumption,” Genco said. “Now it’s going to be Clinton. This is what our coach initially set out to do. People said he couldn’t do it. He turned our whole program around. ... It’s crazy.”

CLINTON 34, DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 33

126 — Tony DeVriese (DA) m. dec. Curtis Ilg, 12-1; 132 — Kyle Springer (DA) pinned Jared Redman, 1:57; 138 — Robby Washam pinned Riley Chapman, 2:16; 145 — Alex Caldwell (C) pinned Tionte Parks, 1:45; 152 — Nick Georgean (DA) m. dec. Dustin Caldwell, 11-3; 160 — Danny Busch (DA) dec. Dillion Chase, 6-1 (OT); 170 — Nick Hatheway (C) dec. Clint Harland, 7-1; 182 — Josiah Molina pinned Chris Patricio, 0:43; 195 — Justin Guilliams (C) pinned Chase Hager, 4:47; 220 — Raf Ramirez (C) m. dec. Zach Adrian, 10-2; 285 — Jake Oldaker (C) dec. Sean Esler, 5-3; 106 — Darien Collins (DA) m. dec. Amani Larson, 13-1; 113 — Brendan Gould (DA) pinned Craig Harlock, 1:22; 120 — Hunter Genco (C) tech. fall Kirk Mommsen, 15-0, 5:16.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hawkeyes to offer student tickets to public

    Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Hawkeyes will make any unsold student football tickets available to the general public as well on Aug. 1.

    July 25, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • Testimony ends in trial LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Shelly Sterling, who had testified

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Cubs San Diego sinks Cubs, 13-3 CHICAGO — Tyson Ross kept mowing down Chicago Cubs hitters, long enough for San Diego’s suddenly potent offense to carry the Padres to victory for the second straight night.Ross struck out a career-high 11, and the light-hitting Padres broke out for

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trestman ready for round 2 BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — This time last year, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was still something of a curiosity.He was a guy leading an NFL team for the first time as training camp started, plucked from Canada after spending several years out of the le

    July 25, 2014

  • Sox jump on Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An impressive start from Hector Noesi was just a couple of pitches away from being something really special.Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings, and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears bring high hopes to '14 camp BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery understands expectations are soaring. He’s not backing away from them, either.The Bears are aiming high, hoping to return to the NFL playoffs after missing out for the sixth time in se

    July 24, 2014

High School Sports