Rockets secure wins at Southern Iowa Classic (Optional 2-4 column photo)

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont's Caydn Hall secures a headlock during action at the Southern Iowa Classic last season. Hall earned his 100th win on Tuesday in EBF's season-opening quadrangular at Wapello.

WAPELLO — Late falls by Maddie Black (120) and Tyler Schutt (126) allowed the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont wrestling team to open the season with two wins in three duals on Tuesday night at Wapello High School. EBF scored the final 24 points of a 42-34 win over Mid-Prairie, earning a second win after opening the night with a 51-18 victory over English Valleys-Tri County.

Wapello would prevent EBF from a 3-0 start to the season, winning 62-18 over the Rockets in the final dual of the night. Conner Reed earned his second fall of the quadrangular for EBF, pinning Kekai Seumanutafa in 34 seconds after beating Brodey Neal in 1:19 in a pair of heavyweight matches.

Caydn Hall, who like Reed is a returning district qualifier for the Rockets, earned his 100th career win on Tuesday. Hall received a pair of forfeits during the night.

"I was very pleased to see the competitiveness in our young team," EBF head wrestling coach Scott Williamson said. "The wrestlers showed they are learning the technique we want to be our staple to win matches as we move through the season.

EBF (2-1) heads to the Williamsburg tournament on Saturday. Action gets underway at 10 a.m.

"The season is very early and we are thankful for the chance to practice and wrestle right now," Williamson said. "We are excited about the season and the advancement we will make mentally and technically through the year."

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Van Buren County 55, Central Lee 39

KEOSAUQUA — Isabel Manning led the way to an impressive early-season Southeast Iowa Superconference south division win, pouring in 29 points for the Warriors including seven points during a 9-0 run to end the first quarter.

Manning added 14 rebounds, five assists and two steals. The senior scored 17 points in the second half to help Van Buren County pull away from a 22-22 halftime tie.

"It's a different style basketball," VBC head girls basketball coach Matt Zeitler said. "This is the best defense we've played as a team in a long time. We do so many things well as a team."

Zoe Best added 14 points for the Warriors while Kadence Nausbaum added seven steals on defense. Mya Merschmann, a future Clarke University teammate of Manning, led Central Lee with 20 points.

Van Buren County (2-0, 2-0 SEI south) heads to Burlington-Notre Dame for another conference test on Friday. The Warriors then step out of conference for a SEISC cross-over contest at Winfield-Mount Union on Saturday.

Sigourney 48, Tri-County 7

THORNBURG — Kaylee Weber scored 17 points to help the Savages dominate in the paint in a season-opening South Iowa Cedar League road win.

Tri-County (0-2) continued to struggle on the offensive end. The Trojans did not score a point in the second quarter and trailed 27-2 at halftime against the Savages. Moravia opened its season at Tri-County on Monday holding the Trojans below 20 points in a 37-16 win.

It was great to finally get our season going," Moravia head girls basketball coach Derek Reischauer said. "We haven't been able to have any practices with our full team yet, nor any scrimmages and have only gone full court in practice once in practice, so it was just great to finally be able to play some basketball.

"I was really happy with how hard our girls played, things were not always pretty but the level or energy and toughness we showed can cover up a lot of errors. I know our girls were just as excited to get the season going with all the adversity they had to deal with and they showed it with their enthusiasm on the bus to the game and on the floor during the game."

Sigourney (1-0, 1-0 SICL) hosts English Valleys in a conference contest on Friday. Moravia heads to Lamoni on Friday to open Bluegrass Conference play before hosting Cardinal in a non-conference varsity doubleheader on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

Winfield-Mount Union 36, Pekin 19

WINFIELD — Kerrigan Pope led the Panthers with 10 points, matching Winfield-Mount Union sophomore Bradie Buffington for the high mark in scoring in a tough Southeast Iowa Superconference north division road loss.

Pekin struggled from the field, making just six of 34 shot attempts including just one make in 13 shots from 3-point territory. The Wolves forced the Panthers into 21 turnovers.

Pekin (1-1, 0-1 SEI north) heads to Mediapolis on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pekin 76, Winfield-Mount Union 46

WINFIELD — Brock Long and Brady Millikin led a balanced scoring attack for the Panthers with 15 points apiece in a strong season-opening Southeast Iowa Superconference north division road win.

Long finished with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Millikin collected a game-high six assists and three steals for the Panthers.

Brayden Sobaski scored 13 points while racking up six rebounds and four steals. Cael Lyle had 11 points and four rebounds.

Pekin (1-0, 1-0 SEI north) heads to Mediapolis on Friday night.

Sigourney 53, Tri-County 31

THORNBURG — Ethan Shifflett scored 10 points as a balanced effort helped the Savages open the season with a South Iowa Cedar League road win.

Sigourney took off in the second quarter, outscoring Tri-County 22-7 in the eight-minute stretch to open a 35-14 lead. The Trojans fell to 0-2 after dropping a season-opening non-conference contest to Moravia, 66-24, on Monday.

Sigourney (1-0, 1-0 SICL) hosts English Valleys on Friday.

Central Lee 70, Van Buren County 25

KEOSAUQUA — Dylan Stuecker led the Hawks with 22 points, including 21 in the first half while hitting all seven attempts from 3-point territory in a dominant Southeast Iowa Superconference south division win over the Warriors.

Jackson Manning led Van Buren County with 14 points in the season-opening loss. The Warriors (0-1, 0-1 SEI south) head to Burlington-Notre Dame on Friday for conference action before traveling to Winfield-Mount Union on Saturday for a SEISC crossover contest.

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