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Comets 2nd at Central Girls Wrestling Invitational

Blunt, Lopez champions for Charles City at Clear Lake Invitational

Comets 2nd at Central Girls Wrestling Invitational
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City junior Lilly Luft, shown here recording a takedown during a meet against Waukon last week, won the 132-pound bracket at the Central Girls Invitational on Friday while helping the Comets place second amidst a field of 25 teams.

Press Staff Report

ELKADER — The Charles City girls wrestling team placed second among a field of 25 at Friday’s Central Girls Invitational.

The Comets’ team point total of 173 was bested only by Decorah (197).

Charles City’s returning state champion Lilly Luft scored a team-high 27 points while going 3-0 with two falls and a major decision in claiming the 132-pound title. Luft improved her season record to 17-2.

Alexis Ver Meer was 3-0 with three fall victories while winning the 113B title and scoring 26 points for the Comets.

Kaylee Hennich compiled 24 points for the Comets while going 3-1 with three falls for a second-place showing in the 106-pound bracket.

Kylie Blunt placed second in the 138-pound bracket while going 2-1 and scoring 20 points; Elizabeth Oleson recorded 19 points while going 3-1 with three fall victories and a third-place showing in the 132-pound bracket; Alex Wright recorded a team-best four fall victories as part of her 4-1 record and a fifth-place, 17-point showing in the 126-pound bracket; Morgan Maloy and Destiny Kolheim both went 2-2 in the 152-pound bracket with respective fourth-place (13 pts.) and fifth-place (11 pts.) showings; and Katelyn Miller went 3-1 while placing fifth and scoring 10 points in the 138-pound bracket for the Comets.

* Charles City 160-pounder Kayden Blunt and 138-pounder Nathan Lopez both went undefeated for bracket titles while scoring 24 points apiece during Saturday’s Clear Lake Wrestling Invitational.

Excluding byes, Blunt went 3-0 with two falls and Lopez went 2-0 with two falls as Charles City’s two lone champions helped the Comets place fifth amid the eight-team field with 132.5 team points.

Among other wrestlers recording victories and points at Clear Lake for the Comets included the team’s resident ranked 220-pounder Tino Tamayo, who placed second in his bracket while going 1-1 and scoring 16 points; Carter Haberkorn, who placed third among 106-pounders while going 2-1 with two falls and scoring 16 points; Trevor Peterson, who placed fourth among 170-pounders while going 2-2 with two fall victories and scoring 14 points; Jordan Young, who placed fourth among 113-pounders while going 2-2 with a fall and a technical-fall victories and scoring 13.5 points; Talan Weber, who placed fourth among 145-pounders while going 2-2 with a fall and a sudden-victory win while scoring 9 points; and Dylan LaPolice, who placed fifth among 126-pounders while going 2-2 with two fall victories while scoring 10 points.

Finishing ahead of Charles City were invite champions Emmetsburg (220), Algona (208), North Butler-Clarksville (166) and Okoboji/HMS (142).

Rounding out the field were Forest City (122.5), Clear Lake (75) and West Fork (41.5).

The third-place NBC Bearcats boasted three bracket champions, including two-time state heavyweight champion Chet Buss, who improved to 25-0 with a pair of fall victories.

Tanner Arjes (126) and MaKade Bloker (170) were the Bearcats’ other invite champions.

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