The Albia wrestling team started the season with a bang, winning the Pekin Tournament on Saturday with 180.5 points. The Blue Demons outpaced a surprising Davis County team that finished second with 170.5, followed by Pekin, 152, Riverside, 115.5, Van Buren, 99, Iowa City Regina 94, Cardinal 75 and Moravia 33.
Albia crowned three champions including Carter Anderson at 106, Aden Reeves, 126 and Landon Turner, 145. Tate Padilla was second at 160 and Shawn Good was runner-up at 170.
Albia had six wrestlers finish in third including Logan Carter, 113, Eli Zanoni, 132, Michael Thomas, 138, Doug Flattery, 195, Jer McAninch, 220 and Jaquan Stallworth, 285.
“Overall, we had a pretty productive day for our first competition of the year,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “At times, we showed glimpses of really good things. I felt good about where we are from a conditioning standpoint and we were able to implement in real-time matches a lot of the things that we have working on in practice to start out the season.
“As always, we have a few things to fix, but for the most part, those things are easily correctable,” he said. “Our depth allowed us to overcome a very serious challenge from a greatly improved Davis County team that will give a lot of teams fits in dual competition this year.They’d better be on everyone’s radar moving forward.”
At 106 Carter Anderson finished first, receiving a bye, pinning Jayden Ball of Davis County in 1:21 and scoring an 8-4 decision over Mick Shroder, Riverside.
Dawson Bonnett finished fourth at 113. He pinned Bruce Claman, Van Buren, in the 1:01, lost by fall to Jace Rose, Riverside, then lost 5-2 to teammate Logan Carter in the consolation finals.
Carter, who finished third, lost 15-2 to Tayler Huggins of Davis County before winning in the consolation finals.
Albia didn’t wrestle at 120 but Aden Reeves, ranked #1 at 120, was dominant at 126. He pinned Sam Aitchison of Regina in 2:27, beat Marcus Elam, Davis County by tech fall in 2:43, pinned Cooper Laumeyer, Pekin in 10 seconds and pinned Nolan Moore, Riverside in 2:40.
At 132, Eli Zanoni lost by pin to Davan Goeing of Davis County in 1:55, then battled all the way back for third. He pinned Bailey Fescoln, Pekin in 2:00, lost by pin to Michael Jones, Pekin in 2:23 and pinned Sean Nugent, Regina, in 2:55.
Michael Thomas pinned Josh Mansfield of Riverside at 138, lost by technical fall to Gabriel Smith, Riverside in 5:46 (19-4) and pinned Simon Ball, Davis County in 5:50.
Landon Turner powered through the 145-pound bracket, pinning Austin Payne, Davis County in 3:05, pinning Teddy Metcalf, Van Buren in 3:14, and beating Cael Baker, Pekin 4-1 in the title match.
Barrett Bonnett finished fourth at 152. He pinned Dylan McDonald, Riverside, in :51, lost in sudden victory, 5-3, to Wilston Wuthrich, Davis County and then lost 7-4 to Aidan Udell of Regina.
Stephen Conley finished fifth at 152, losing 7-0 to Wilson Wuthrich of Davis County, pinning Dylan McDonald, Riverside in :38 and beating Brody Caviness 5-0.
Tate Padilla finished second at 160, pinning Aidan Franklin of Van Buren in 3:33 and losing to Hunter Conger, Pekin 6-1.
Shawn Good was runner-up at 170 with a pin over Micah Elam, Davis County in 3:45 and losing to Cole Earnest, Pekin 4-2 in the title bout.
At 182 Gavin Shaw was sixth. He was pinned by Logan Kealey, Pekin in 5:06 and by Kaiden Hendricks, Riverside, in 1:42.
In his first varsity match, Doug Flattery lost 5-3 to Kolton Stremler, Davis County but came back with a 4-1 win over Edward Vicek, Riverside.
Montez Ellis finished sixth at 220, losing by pins to Mason Juhl, Pekin, in 1:50 and to Mitchel Boyd, Davis County in 1:50.
Jer McAninch pinned Boyd of Davis County in 2:17 and lost a tough 8-3 decision to Rowan Udell, Regina before pinning Lane Karros, Riverside, in 1:50.
Jaquan Stallworth finished third at 285, pinning Kaden Pollock, Pekin in 1:21, losing by pin to Dagisteno Shilling, Cardinal in 2:52 and beating Caden Shetler, Regina 16-7.
Albia is at Clarke on Thursday against Clarke, Chariton and Moravia and competes in the Dan Christensen Invitational at Central Decatur on Saturday.