On Dec. 15 the Maquoketa Valley wrestling team hosted New Hampton/Turkey Valley, North Fayette Valley and Monticello. Although the Wildcats ended up losing all three duals, coach Kurt Hatfield was very happy with how the team wrestled and fought.

Hatfield said, “Last night’s duals went very well. We went up against some tough kids. The good thing is we didn’t back down, we stayed right in there and fought hard. Carter Kruse had a good night. Brady Davis was a small heavyweight but proved he could battle with the biggest of them. We are starting to see a lot of the stuff we do in the wrestling room coming out. We have worked very hard in the room to make it easier in the gym.”

The first dual of the evening came against Monticello. The Wildcats wrestled tough but lost, 52-24. Brady Davis in a tight match beat Owen Thomas by a 2-1 decision. Michael Schaul also won his first match of the night beating Tyler Luensman by a 7-2 decision. Carter Kruse recorded a fall against Miles Hatchel in 1:22, and Devin Smith followed with his own pin in 1:37 against Owen Thomas.

The Wildcats only win in their 78-6 loss to New Hampton/Turkey Valley came from Davis at heavyweight who won his second match of the night pinning Tyler Reicks in 1:43. Against North Fayette Valley, Schaul won by tech fall over Jesse Grimes 18-1 in 3:53. Two other Wildcats, Tim Harmon and Smith won by forfeits in the Wildcats’ 45-17 loss.

Individual match results:

Against NH/TV Davis won by fall; Tyreese Crippin, Michael Schaul, Aiden Salow, Kruse, Harmon and Smith lost by fall.

Against North Fayette Valley Schaul won by tech fall; Davis lost by decision; Crippin, Salow and Kruse lost by fall.

Against Monticello – Kruse, Smith won by fall; Davis, Schaul won by decision; Salow lost by major decision; and Crippin lost by fall.

The Wildcats wrestling team wrapped up their first half of the season on Dec. 19 Mv placed 10th of 13 teams at the Central DeWitt Invitational with three wrestlers placing in the top six in their respective weight classes.

Harmon won his first match of the day by pin over Cael Eganhouse of Midland in 1:10. In his quarterfinal match, he lost by fall to Joey Peterson, of North Scott, in 3:54. After receiving a bye in his third match he pinned Mitchel Howard, of Central DeWitt, following it with a fall in 0:59 for fifth place against Ryan Campbell, of North Scott.

Davis went 3-2 taking home sixth place at 285. He opened with a sudden victory over Sam Gravert of Central Dewitt 6-4. In round two he lost by fall to David Borchers of North Scott in 0:21 seconds. In round three he pinned Dawson Rheingans of North Scott in 1:39 and followed with another fall in round four over Johathan Lilly from Wilton in 3:08. In his fifth-place match, he lost by fall in 0:53 to William Caes of Maquoketa.

At 145 Schaul opened with a fall over Craig Mercado of Clinton in 1:42. After falling to West Delaware’s Logan Peyton in the quarters by a 5-2 decision he won by fall over Ethan Hoefer of West Delaware in 3:16, and pinned Layton Slaymaker of Central DeWitt in 2:28. In his fifth-place match, he lost by tech fall to Carter Donovan of Central Dewitt 17-2.

At 160 Salow went 1-2 losing his first-round match by tech fall 16-0 to Landon Peterson of Central DeWitt. After receiving a bye in round two, he lost by fall in 58 seconds to Ashten Corbin of Clinton.

Kruse went 2-2 on the day. After losing his first-round match to Ben Meader of Mid-Prairie by fall in 1:32, he won his next match pinning Ty Morrison of Creston/O-M in 2:44 and followed with a 2-0 win over Ben Thines of Maquoketa before losing his final match against Jacob Waller of Bellevue by fall in 54 seconds.

Devin Smith went 1-2 at 220 after winning his round one match, by fall over Ryan Rausenberger from Clinton in 59 seconds, he lost his final two matches by major decisions to Andy Weis of Creston/O-M, 9-1, and Ali Monaghan, of Clinton, 11-1.

Hatfield said following the invitational, “Our kids showed they could go with any kid in any class. Michael Schaul proved to himself that he can take anybody down. Timmy Harmon had a good day for his first tourney back. Brady Davis wrestling at heavyweight but weighing in at 220 stood in there and hung with the true heavyweights. It’s been a tough first half of the season wrestling with all the bigger schools. We are looking forward to the next half when we get back into our conference and 1A tournaments. I am pretty excited to see how the tough first part of our season will help us in the second half.”

West Delaware won the team title with 255.5 points. North Scott was second (247.0), Creston /O-M third (162.5), Central DeWitt fourth (140.0), Camanche fifth (118.5), Wilton sixth (107.0), Mid-Prairie seventh (92.0), Midland eighth (92.0), Maquoketa ninth (60.0), Maquoketa Valley 10th (47.0), Clinton 11th (41.0), Bellevue 12th (30.0), 13th Northeast Community (7.0).