The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

February 7, 2013

Kings ousted on mat

MARION — When your three best wrestlers are at weights where the opponent has No. 1-ranked wrestlers in the state, you know your chances of team success are diminished.

That’s what Clinton faced in the Iowa Class 3A regional dual team competition Wednesday night. Despite winning one of those three matches, the River Kings suffered a 48-12 loss to host Marion Linn-Mar.

“Going into it, we knew we were going against one of the toughest teams in the state,” Clinton coach J.D. Lueders said. “It’s a big accomplishment (reaching the regional final). We knew we wouldn’t match up well.”

The River Kings made things interesting early, starting with a meet-opening pin from 285-pounder Jake Oldaker. Linn-Mar won the next two matches, then Clinton’s Hunter Genco pulled off a huge win at 120 pounds.

Genco, ranked fifth in the state by thepredicament.com, defeated top-ranked Alijah Jeffery 6-4 to pull the River Kings within 10-9 in the dual.

Jeffery had beaten Genco each of the four times they had wrestled each other the past two seasons, with Genco scoring three points each time. One of the wins this year was by a 13-3 score and the other was 9-3 in the semifinals of the Bob Lueders Invitational.

“Genco kind of took Jeffery out of the match,” J.D. Lueders said. “Hunter came right out at him. He took him out of his rhythm. He wrestled totally different.

“It’s tough to beat someone three or four straight. It can send a message. I think this kid has to be concerned with Hunter at state. It was worth the risk (of the possibility of a fifth straight loss).”

After Genco’s victory, Linn-Mar pulled away by winning the next six matches, including three by pin. Two of the wins featured No. 1-ranked Lions against third-ranked River Kings.

At 145, Linn-Mar’s Joel Northrup used an early five-point move to get started toward a 12-1 win against Alex Caldwell, and at 152, Ross Lembeck beat Dustin Caldwell 5-3.

“Alex got caught in a weird predicament and was down quick,” Lueders said. “Later, the referee said because he called a takedown he had to give back points, but he just as easily could have given it a stalemate.”

It was Northrup’s third victory against Caldwell this season. The others were by 5-4 and 5-2 scores.

Dustin Caldwell and Lembeck had not faced off this season.

Linn-Mar’s string of wins was capped Dakota Digmann, who was trailing 3-2, got a headlock on seventh-ranked Dillion Chase and pinned him.

Nick Hatheway ended the skid for Clinton with a 4-2 win at 170, then Linn-Mar won the final three matches. At 195, Sam Nowak avenged an earlier loss by beating Clinton’s Justin Guilliams 8-4. In the final match, fifth-ranked Justin Green needed overtime to defeat Clinton’s Rafael Ramirez 4-2.

Text Only
Top News
  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 18, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • AGENDA: 4-22-14 Clinton City Council

    The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by a committee of the whole.

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

    April 18, 2014

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

    April 18, 2014

  • Blagojevich campaign account donates final dollars

    A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term.

    The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports Friends of Rod Blagojevich donated $709.85 to a Serbian Orthodox Church monastery earlier this month.

    April 18, 2014

  • GOP lawmaker objects to 9-0 vote for Obama library

    A Republican lawmaker is protesting after an Illinois House committee recorded a 9-0 vote to commit $100 million for President Barack Obama's library and museum, even though the committee's four GOP members weren't there.

    Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein says he didn't expect a vote during Thursday's hearing. He told WBEZ radio and the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald he would've voted no.

    Sullivan says "the legacy of the Obama presidential library shouldn't be kicked off in a cloud of controversy."

    April 18, 2014

  • Prosecutor says 6 felon voting cases will proceed

    A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn't impact them.Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Linda Fangman said Thursday the prosecutions will "proceed as is," despite Tuesday's ruling suggesting that not all felons lose their voting rights. She's handling felony election misconduct cases against six offenders accused of voting in the 2012 election even though they lost their rights. A seventh may plead guilty Monday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Iowa's unemployment rate climbs to 4.5 percent

    Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force.

    Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4.4 percent in February. It compared to a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in March 2013.

    April 18, 2014

AP Video