Hill reaches 100 career match victories

The Mustang wrestling team went 5-0 last week, after securing wins over Pekin, Cardinal, Moravia, Clarke and Wayne. The Mustangs began the week with a meet at Pekin on Jan. 7 where they scored a 60-12 win over Cardinal, a 51-30 win over Pekin, and a 54-21 win over Moravia. On Jan. 9, the Mustangs traveled to Clarke where they scored a 42-34 win over Wayne and a 48-27 win over Clarke.

Coach Jim Nelson and the Mustangs are working hard and improving as the season progresses. The Mustangs are led by senior 182-pounder Caden Hill who reached his 100th career win after pinning Brady Langloss of Wayne on Jan. 9. Hill is currently 21-2 this season.

Hill went 5-0 this week including the win over Langloss. In that match Hill and Langloss battled through a scoreless first period as both wrestlers were working to gain control and momentum in the match. Langloss was called twice in the second period for stalling, which helped put Hill on top 1-0. Hill turned Langloss late in the second period and secured a two-point near fall, but couldn’t end the match there.

Hill started the final period in the down position and picked up a quick reversal after catching Langloss out of position. After gaining control, Hill turned Langloss again and pinned him in 5:45 to secure the fourth of his five wins during the week.

Hill received forfeits from Clarke, Cardinal and Moravia. He wrestled Trevor VanBrocklin of Pekin on Jan. 7 and spent very little time on the mat in that match. When the whistle blew to begin action against VanBrocklin, Hill went to work quickly. He put VanBrocklin on the mat with a takedown and added two more points when he turned VanBrocklin on his back. Hill wasn’t awarded the pin right away, but his continued determination and aggressive style of wrestling led to a pin in just 1:10.

The Mustangs won eight of the 14 matches against Wayne. Along with Hill, Kolton Stremler produced a quick pin against David Perryman at 195 pounds. He turned Perryman on his back and pinned him in just 53 seconds.

Dawson Townsend also turned his match into a quick pin at 106 pounds. He faced Gunnar Guffy and, like Stremler, took Guffy to the mat in the opening seconds. Townsend turned Guffy on his back with ease and pinned him in 52 seconds.

Jayden Ball dominated Ty Wood at 113 pounds. Ball put Wood on the mat shortly after it began and wasted no time scoring. Ball turned Wood over and pinned him in 56 seconds.

Davis County and Wayne traded forfeits at 120 pound and 126 pounds. Marcus Elam followed with a pin over Trent Terrell at 132 pounds. Elam trailed early after getting taken to the mat by Terrell in the first period. Elam also fought off a pin attempt at the end of the first period, but trailed 5-0 going into the second period of action.

Elam started the second period on the bottom, forcing Terrell to try and hold him down. Elam wasted no time getting free after the two started battling on the mat. Elam found a way to slip free and used a reversal to gain control. He didn’t let Terrell back up off the mat. Elam pinned Terrell in 3:39.

Cohen Piper secured his first-ever varsity wrestling win in this meet. Piper wrestled at 138 and faced Grayson Spencer. Piper came out aggressive and scored the first takedown. Spencer quickly caught Piper out of position and secured a reversal. As the two were battling on the mat, Piper found an opening to free himself, scoring a reversal.

The two wrestlers continued to battle on the mat. Spencer eventually scored another reversal and put Piper on his back for a three-point near fall. Piper kept from being pinned as the first period ended, but trailed 7-4.

Spencer chose to start the second period with both wrestlers standing up. That decision worked in Piper’s favor. Piper showed he was strong and could take wrestlers to the mat. He took Spencer down early in the second period and didn’t let him up. This time Piper maintained control and pinned Spencer in 2:32 for the win.

Wayne scored wins at 126, 145 and 152, 170, 220 and 285. The Falcons couldn’t come up with wins in some of the early matches to keep the Mustangs from securing the 42-34 victory.

Davis County 48, Clarke 27

Hill started the meet against Clarke by scoring a victory with the forfeit at 182 pounds. Clarke won the next two matches with pins at 195 and 220 pounds.

Davis County’s Dalton Main brought the Mustangs back even with a pin at 285. He faced Will Smith and came from behind to win the match. Smith took Main to the mat early with a takedown. Main was able to free himself and put Smith on his back for a two-point near fall. Main never gave up control of Smith after that. He pinned Smith in 1:03 seconds to tie the team score at 12-12.

Davis County won the next four matches to take control of the meet and the team score. Townsend pinned Kayden Ludington in 55 seconds of their 106-pound match. Townsend scored the opening takedown and kept control of Ludington from start to finish.

Ball, Morgan Van Hemert and Taylor Huggins each won matches by forfeit. That put Davis County up 36-15.

Clarke’s Zethann May outlasted Elam at 132 pounds in a very close and exciting 10-8 decision. Piper faced Kaycey Boyer in another exciting match. Piper got off to a slow start, but came on strong with a flurry of takedowns late. Piper was called several times for a locked-hands violation during the match. That eventually led to a disqualification despite the fact that Piper won the match 18-11.

Austin Payne and Matthew Garmon both secured victories with forfeits to help Davis County finish the night with a 48-27 victory.

Davis County 60, Cardinal 12

The Mustangs began the week with the quadrangular meet at Pekin. They scored an easy win over Cardinal losing just two matches. The 60-12 victory was also aided by the fact that Cardinal gave up forfeits to Main, Townsend, Gerald Rupe at 126 pounds, Elam, Easton White at 145 pounds, Hill, Stremler, and Clayton Garmon. That left just four matches to be wrestled because neither team had wrestlers at 152 and 160 pounds.

Of those four matches, none of them went longer than the first period. Ball started things off with a pin over Gunnar Zugg at 113 pounds. Ball came out aggressive and scored the opening takedown to get the lead.

Zugg scored a point when Ball was called for a violation. The two battled from a standing position for a while, but neither wrestler was able to get any offensive moves going. Finally, Ball found an opening to take Zugg to the mat. That led to Ball turning Zugg and pinning him in 1:41 to secure the win.

Taylor Huggins faced Mason Shepherd at 120 pounds and dominated this match. Huggins gained the opening takedown and turned Shepherd with ease as he picked p a three-point near fall. Huggins added an additional two-point near fall after Shepherd worked his shoulders away from the mat. Huggins turned Shepherd a third time and finished with a pin in 1:18.

Cardinal scored pins at 138 and 170 to account for their only points of the meet. The Mustangs dominated the mat with a 60-12 victory.

Davis County 54, Moravia 21

The Mustangs took advantage of a nearly full lineup to beat Moravia 54-21. Davis County received forfeits in eight of the weight classes. Those earning victories from those forfeits included Stremler, Clayton Garmon, Main Ball, Rupe, Elam, Adrian Gomez, and Hill.

Townsend scored a pin over Dalton Ervin at 106 pounds. Townsend took Ervin to the mat early and needed just 42 seconds to turn him and put his shoulders on the mat.

Taylor Huggins suffered a 6-3 loss to Wil Martin, Huggins scored the opening takedown and held an early lead, but a reversal tied the score at 2-2. Martin added a reversal in the second period and gave up a penalty point to Huggins on an illegal hold. Martin finished the match with a two-point near fall as he beat Huggins 6-3.

Easton White was pinned in 2:44 in his match with Connor Golston at 145 pounds. Matthew Garmon was pinned in 2:33 of his 170-pound match against Spencer Baty.

Davis County 51, Pekin 30

The Mustangs finished the night with a 51-30 win over Pekin. The Panthers gave up forfeits to Townsend, Rupe, Elam, and Stremler while the Mustangs didn’t have wrestlers at 145 pounds and 160 pounds. The Mustangs got a pin from Dalton Main in the heavyweight match. Main faced Kaden Pollock and pinned him in 15 seconds. Pollock also suffered a knee injury on the move Main used to get Pollock on the mat.

After the forfeit to Townsend, Ball pinned Logan Baker in 52 seconds just after their match began at 113 pounds. Ball dominated the match scoring just the opening takedown before getting the pin.

Taylor Huggins faced Gavyn Brown and pinned him in 2:56. Huggins dominated this match at 120 pounds scoring early and often. He opened the match with a takedown to get Brown down on the mat. He nearly pinned him in the first period, but could only get a five-count out of the referee on the near fall. Huggins let Brown up and secured another quick takedown before the end of the period. He held a 7-1 lead going into the second period of action.

Huggins scored a takedown to bet the second period started. This time, Brown wasn’t getting up. Huggins kept brown on the mat and pinned him in 2:56.

Pekin’s Michael Jones pinned Gomez in 1:30 at 138.

White outworked Logan Lauderman at 152 pounds to score a 20-13 decision. White trailed early when Lauderman got out to a quick start. A takedown and two-point near fall put Lauderman ahead. White did score a reversal, but a penalty point and an escape helped Lauderman push his lead to 8-2 going into the second period.

White came on strong in the second period using several takedowns to get back into this match. Three straight takedowns and a three-point near fall helped White gain an 11-10 lead. Lauderman scored an escape to tie the match at 11-11. White added another takedown and three-point near fall to push his lead to 16-11.

In the final period, White took Lauderman to the mat twice more. He gave up just two escape points on his way to the 20-13 match win.

Matthew Garmon was pinned at 170 pounds before Hill put the Mustangs back in control.

Hill faced Blake Juhl at 182 pound, and didn’t stay on the mat long. Hill took Juhl to the mat, scored a two-point near fall and pinned him, all within 1:10 of the match starting.

Stremler sealed the victory with a forfeit at 195. Davis County finished with a 51-30 win and a 3-0 meet record.

“We came off winter break with five dual wins, which is a good motivator for the wrestlers to keep the season rolling strong,” said Coach Jim Nelson. “The team has improved to 11-4 so far, with about 10 more duals still scheduled in January. We should be able to maintain a winning season. We still have to face tough Knoxville and Eddyville teams this week and several other decent teams at the BGM this Friday.

“The wrestlers have had a lot of individual success too. Caden Hill just claimed his 100th career win. Dawson Townsend is 17-3 and ranked. His three losses are to the same opponent from Albia who is also currently ranked,” said Nelson.

“Taylor Huggins is still eyeing a return to the state tournament. He is currently 19-4. Jayden Ball has been raising some eyebrows. He is currently 15-4. You can never count him out. Gerald Rupe has maintained a winning record in his senior year at 12-6. Marcus Elam has been steady on his winning with a 16-9 record. Adrian Gomez is 10-9 with a lot of winning to come. Kolton Stremler is still holding strong in his senior year with a 14-8 record. Dalton Main has kept things lively at heavyweight with an 11-5 record. Clayton Garmon and Austin White have both claimed 9 wins. Both are starting to get their wrestling styles working in competition,” he said.

“Kade Martin has a winning varsity record of 6-1. Drake Hamm, Morgan Van Hemert, Cohen Piper, McKinley Boyd, Easton White, Cameron Nicoli, Alex Dunkin and Matt Garmon have been making their contributions to the winning season too,” said Nelson. “They step into the line-up any time they can and they help produce those team wins.”