Out-manned Comet wrestlers fall to Cadets 57-15
By John Burbridge
CRESCO — Thursday’s varsity wrestling dual between Northeast Iowa Conference rivals Charles City and hosting Crestwood was already leaning heavily toward the home team before the mats were rolled out.
The Comets had five unfilled weight classes — including four of the first five starting at 106 — thus spotting the Cadets 30 points.
Crestwood would go on to win the meet 57-15. Still, there was a little pride at stake going into the final bout as, out of the eight wrestled matches at that point in the meet, the teams were tied at 4-4.
Charles City got wins from all three of their returning district qualifiers: seniors Nick Lopez and Trevor Peterson, and junior Talan Weber; and a fourth victory from senior Ethan Peterson.
Lopez got the Comets on the board when he edged senior Ryan Wilson with a 3-2 decision in the 145-pound match.
Weber followed by recording his team’s lone fall victory of the evening when he pinned Cadet junior Ethan Matt 4:38 into their 152-pound match.
Trevor Peterson just missed getting a fall victory over Cody Kerian in the 195-pound match as the Cadet junior managed to fight off two cradle predicaments, and then avoided a major-decision loss when he scored late in a 11-4 final.
Ethan Peterson defeated senior Drew Jackson with a 9-3 decision in the 220-pound match.
It would come down to Comet sophomore Dontrell Baker and Cadet junior Kole Balvanz for which team to claim more “wrestled” victories.
Both combatants were tied at 4 through two periods before Balvanz was awarded a point when Baker was called for a locked-hands penalty. Balvanz soon got another penalty point when Baker was called for stalling.
A takedown with short time approaching increased Balvanz’s lead to 8-4 which proved to be the winning decision score.
* Two days removed from wrestling with distinction at the Go-Hawk Girls Invitational where they won four bracket gold medals, Charles City’s girls had another impressive showing during the girls varsity dual against the Cadets.
The Comets won the meet 46-30 while winning six of the seven matches wrestled.
Winning with first-period falls were Kylie Blunt (135), Elizabeth Oleson (140) and Morgan Maloy (145); and winning with third-period falls were Tegan Cavanaugh (115) and Destiny Kolheim (155).
Two-time state champion Lilly Luft earned a major decision in her 130-pound match.