KNOXVILLE – Albia topped South Central Conference rivals Chariton (72-6) and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (58-21) while finishing the night earning a 48-27 win over the Panthers on Thursday.
"Historically, any time these teams get together, you can pretty much expect a dogfight from start to finish," Albia head wrestling coach Dave Wenger said. "This night was no different. We were really presented with quite a few individual match-up problems in each dual that forced us to bounce our line-up around a bit to put our kids into the best possible position to be successful."
Stephen Conley won three matches for the Blue Demons, pinning Chariton's Tyler Govaert in 45 seconds and Knoxville's Kale Kincaid in 1:47. Conley added a 9-0 major decision against EBF's Kyler Ricard to cap a perfect night competing at 160 pounds.
"Obviously, not every scenario requires our kid to win a match. The difference in big time duals like this almost always comes down to bonus points," Wenger said. "Sometimes it's okay if you simply don't get pinned or lose by major decision. We know that we aren't going to be favored in every match we wrestle, but the kids understand that not giving up bonus points is the key to our dual success.
"These duals were a great example of that. We don't ask our kids to win every match, but maximum effort is non-negotiable."
EBF bounced back after losses to Albia and a 54-30 setback against Knoxville. The Rockets ended the night winning 60-24 over Chariton to finish 1-2 in the SCC quadrangular.
"The team continues to improve. Part of the improvement is occurring with wrestlers starting to compete at weights that are more appropriate for them individually," EBF head wrestling coach Scott Williamson said. "The execution of moves is improving as they gain confidence.
"The mindset that a six-minute match has multiple opportunities to score and catch an opponent on their back. The team understands you continue to wrestle for six minutes and be ready to seize the opportunity."
Sigourney-Keota 42, Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union 33
Sigourney-Keota 37, North Mahaska 29
Iowa Valley 34, Sigourney-Keota 33
SIGOURNEY – Sigourney-Keota came within one win of secure a quadrangular sweep on Thursday.
Iowa Valley scored four falls and a 14-5 major decision at 152 pounds to edge the Cobras by a single point. Daniel McLaughlin (126), Reid Molyneux (132), Jack Clarahan (160) and Cade Streigle (195) all scored pins against the Tigers for S-K.
Jacob Moore (138) and Evan Dawson (145) joined Clarahan, Schuster and Streigle in scoring pins for the Cobras against Columbus. McLaughlin and Molyneux earned falls for S-K (13-5) against North Mahaska while Cade Molyneux earned an important 8-0 major decision at 170 pounds against the Warhawks.
Centerville 36, Wayne 24
Clarke 42, Centerville 27
CENTERVILLE – Nathaniel Genobana needed just 12 seconds to secure a pin against Jace Pipes in a 138-pound match for the Big Reds in a dual win over Wayne.
Caden and Peyton Sales both scored wins for Centerville (2-6) in a loss to South Central Conference rival Clarke. Caden Sales pinned Zethann May in the second period of a 145-pound match while Peyton Sales won 12-6 over Kacey Boyer at 152 pounds.
Leland Henderson added a pin 43 seconds into the third period of a 160-pound match with K.J. Fry.
Van Buren County 42, WACO 12
Van Buren County 42, Louisa-Muscatine 18
LETTS – Brant Tedrow, Korbin Camp and Maddix Kite scored pins for the Warriors against Louisa-Muscatine in the first of two Southeast Iowa Superconference wins for the Warriors.
Tedrow scored a fall for the Warriors (3-1) with two seconds in the second period at 220 pounds against Spencer Kessel. Korbin Camp pinned Riley Norwood in 50 seconds of a 126-pound match while Kite pinned Will Hoopes in 4:29 at 132 pounds.
Keokuk 45, Fairfield 33
KEOKUK – Five pins and a 7-2 win by Payton Cline gave the Trojans (2-3) a chance to secure a Southeast Conference dual against the Chiefs.
Kolbe Barnes clinched the win for Keokuk, pinning Arya Patel in 2:51 to secure the dual win. Grady Flynn (220), Cesar Smithburg (285), Cohyn Roach (138), Logan Adam (152) and Theodore Metcalf (182) scored falls for Fairfield.