It was a banner day on the mat Jan. 5 as Guthrie County’s three high schools piled together several top notch performances.
West Central Valley emphatically secured a runner-up finish at the Coon Rapids-Bayard Invite led by a pair of individual titles while Panorama picked up a bronze medal sparked by Noah Kirtley’s 100th career win.
South Central Calhoun came away with the team title, securing 154 points while WCV tallied 127 points, followed by Panorama’s 111 points.
East Sac County (106 points) was fourth, followed by Audubon (90.5) in fifth, narrowly edging sixth-place AC/GC (89).
Riverside, CR-B, Saydel and Exira/E-H-K rounded out the 10-team tournament.
West Central Valley continued its steady climb up the wrestling ranks thanks to individual championships from two of its most veteran wrestlers. Carson Wadle improved to 17-2 at 182 pounds, securing a title with a pair of pins of East Sac’s Lana Snyder and SCC’s Josh Van Hulzen.
Fellow senior Cole Sackett asserted his dominance in the 160-pound bracket, securing three consecutive victories en route to a title, improving to 16-5 on the year. The Wildcats also received a trio of silver medals from Cael Carl (132 pounds), Justin Garcia (126 pounds), and Zak Custard (220 pounds). Custard came away with pins in four of his five matches, which was the third best mark Saturday.
Weston Pote improved to 17-6 on the year, finishing third at 138 pounds thanks to a pair of pins.
As a team, WCV secured 14 pins, the second most behind South Central Calhoun’s
20 pin falls. Panorama was third with 13 pins while AC/GC was tied for fourth with 11, along with East Sac County.
Panorama came away with the most total match points (174), while SCC (159) and ESC
(146) rounded out the top three.
Fifth-ranked Wyatt Appleseth (22-1) led Panorama with a championship at 145 pounds, securing a pair of pins and a tech fall. The sophomore pinned Saydel’s JakeVan Houten just 12 seconds into the championship match. The Panthers also received silver medals from Logan Christe (113 pounds) and Hunter Holmes (285 pounds) in addition to Kirtley’s milestone achieving day.
Kirtley (152 pounds) secured four consecutive victories to start his day, aided by three pins and a tech fall before being pinned by ninth-ranked Chase McAlister of South Central Calhoun in the title match. The senior’s pin of ESC’s Garret Quirk earned him the 100th victory of his career.
Garret Fox’s tournament-leading 41 match points allowed him to earn a third place trophy. Fox (17-8) pinned West Central Valley’s Gunner Powell 12 seconds into their third place match. Emry Colby (14-6) also snagged a third place victory, securing a pair of pins while cementing his third place victory with a 10-4 decision over Riverside’s Austin Kremkoski.
AC/GC’s Blaine Beeler was the highest placing Charger, securing a title at 120 pounds, improving his season record to 19-6, thanks to a pair of pins over SCC’s Michael Goff. A trio of Chargers came in third, including Ben Kingery (19-7) at 195 pounds, Gabe Rowley (22-6) at 145 pounds and Cale Rowley (11-9) at 126 pounds.
Additionally, Dawson Muller (113 pounds) and Gage Buttler (220 pounds) came in fourth in their respective weight classes.
Panorama is in action again tonight at Martensdale-St. Mary’s High School before they take part in the Perry Invite Saturday, Jan. 12.
AC/GC hosts a dual with Riverside, Tri-Center and Woodbine tonight (Jan. 10) in Guthrie Center.
West Central Valley heads east to take part in the ADM Invite Saturday in Adel.