DEWITT – it was a exciting weekend for area wrestling teams.
Camanche, Clinton, Northeast and Central DeWitt all participated in the 2019 Saber Invitational, picking up individual wins and milestones along the way.
Camanche won the event while Central DeWitt finished second.
Two grapplers hit a big moment in their prep careers. Both Camanche senior Ben Vogel and Central DeWitt junior Keaton Zeimet hit 100 career wins, both on the way to individual titles on Saturday afternoon.
The River Kings had just one individual champion on the day, but had multiple place-winners along the way, leading them to a sixth place team finish.
Hunter Randall, the only state qualifier from last season, took the crown at 220.
He beat Mississippi Athletic Conference opponent Brett Rappel from Davenport North by a tech fall in his first round of the day and then pinned Maquoketa’s Lane Stender in 2:58.
Both Brooke Peters and Kale Anderson placed second overall.
Anderson, who wrestled at 113 on Saturday, took on state-place winner Keaton Zeimet in the championship match. Zeimet, who had yet to lose this season, took the match by fall in 1:09.
Peters had the opportunity to actually wrestle a teammate. At 138, both Clinton’s Brooke Peters and Ty Jurgenson wrestling for second and third place, with Peters picking up the 18-1 in a tech fall.
Clinton’s Ashten Corbin took third, downing Camanche’s Jason Huling in the third place match for the win.
Jamel Neal placed third at 220, the same weight class that Hunter Randall won. Neal fell in 44 seconds to Maquoketa’s Lane Stender and then won out from there.
The Indians’ edged Central DeWitt by just one point in the team standings for the team title on Saturday.
Along with Vogel’s 100th win, he also was one of five individual champions for the Indians.
At 120, Vogel picked up four wins and four pins to eventually with the weight class.
Also winning their weight class was Jaxon Bussa. Bussa took down Davenport North’s Jeffrey West by fall in 1:11 to take the title for 106.
Eric Kinkaid had a battled at 132, eventually coming out on top. In his final round of the day he faced 2019 district-qualifier Robert Howard, winning by Major Decision 10-0.
Brennan Kramer also faced a Saber to win at 138. He pinned Jeff Fuller late in the second period for his fourth win of the day.
The last individual champion was Cade Everson, pinning Midland’s Cayden Miller in the first place match.
Finishing second at 162 was Logan Waltz. Waltz put up a fight in the first place match but fell 4-1to Maquoketa’s Abraham Michael.
The Rebels came home with one individual title, Ty Schmidt doing the job for the blue and white.
Schmidt pinned three opponents on his way to the championship. In his final match of the day, he pinned Davenport North’s Priest Sheedy early in the second period.
Jace Rathje placed fourth overall, with Peyton Mclane placing fifth and Cody Ploog placing sixth.
The Sabers had one individual title on their home mats on Saturday, but had a number of second and third place finishes to add to their team score, helping them compete for the team title.
Zeimet capped his day with his pin over Clinton’s Kale Anderson, keeping his season perfect and becoming the 12th Saber in history to reach 100 career wins.
At 120, Koal Bossom took second place. Bossom fell in his third match of the day to Ben Vogel, but rebounded with a pin over Clinton’s Luke Jennings.
Robert Howard also fell to a Camanche opponents. State-placewinner Eric Kinkaid won by Major Decision in the championship match to take the title, leaving Howard the runner-up.
Carter Donovan continued the trend, winning up until the championship round when he fell to Midland’s Caden Ballou.
Cole Miller, Mitchell Howard, Cael Grell and Keaton Kruse all placed third for the Sabers.