For the three Albia wrestlers moving on to the district tournament at Knoxville next Saturday, the Williamsburg sectional was a great experience. For the rest of the team, that finished last in the six-team sectional, not so much.
Williamsburg won the sectional with 216 points, followed by Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, 200.5, Grinnell, 163.5, East Marshall, 159, South Tama, 158 and Albia, 127.
“I’m generally a pretty positive guy, but generally speaking, we had a pretty rough day for the second year in a row up in Williamsburg,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “We have to find a way to get better before next November. It’s really that simple. Our team is really young and our kids are only going to get better, but after Saturday we all know that we have to do more if we want different results in the future.
“I’m really happy with our three district qualifiers, who all have a legitimate shot to get to state,” he said. “The stakes only get higher now as the weeks click by. It is always a really exciting and stressful time of the year.”
As expected, freshman Carter Anderson led the team with a first place finish at 106. He beat Tytan Guerrero of Williamsburg 5-0 in the first round, then pinned Caydn Hall of EBF in 2:37. Anderson (29-3) will wrestle Will Emmons (18-18), Carlisle in the first round at districts.
At 145 Barrett Bonnett had to battle through a wrestleback to earn a trip to districts. He pinned Jacksen Kargol of EBF in his first match, then lost a 4-2 sudden victory match against Garrett Jensen of Williamsburg. In the wrestleback he scored a major decision of Samuel Bandstra, East Marshall. Bonnett (34-10) will wrestle Colby Tool (37-1) of PCM in the district first round.
At 195, Jer McAninch stopped Aaron Neave of South Tama 3-1, then lost by pin in 1:11 to Noah Bandstra of East Marshall. There was no wrestleback and McAninch (23-7) will meet Gabe Hemsted (32-8) of Carlisle as runner-up in districts.
Michael Thomas won his first match at 138 in a 9-0 major decision over Brayden Smith of South Tama, but lost by pin in 4:33 to Carson Burchland, East Marshall, in the match for first place. Thomas lost by pin in 1:23 to Eli Rose of Grinnell to finish third. Thomas finishes his season at 28-15.
At 113, Logan Carter scored a pin over Kevin Arizmendi of South Tama in 3:06, but lost by pin to Tyler Landgrebe, EBF, in :45 and lost an 11-3 decision to Kayden Gryp, Williamsburg to finish fourth. Carter finishes 18-19 on the year.
At 120, Dawson Bonnett pinned Dayton Menuis, EBF, in 3:43, but fell to Brock Beck, Grinnell by tech fall, 17-2 at the 4:06 mark, then lost by pin to Chase Malloy, Williamsburg in 2:52 to finish fourth. Bonnett ends his year at 16-22.
At 182 Doug Flattery won his first match with a pin in :45 over Mason Roberts, EBF, but lost to Aiden Waseskuk by pin in 5:28 and fell to Max Meade, Williamsburg in 1:55 for a fourth place finish. Flattery finishes his junior season at 14-12.
Eli Zanoni finished seventh with a loss by pin to Tim Benson of East Marshall in 2:57 and a loss to Boden Koehler of STC by pin in :50. Zanoni ends his season with a 19-19 record.
Stephen Conley had a tough day at 152, losing to Vincent Branan of STC 6-0 in his first match, then falling 1-0 to Nick Marovets, Williamsburg to finish sixth. Conley ends his season at 17-17.
At 160 Chaz Fee was sixth with losses by pin to Caden Steward, East Marshall (1:08) and to Dallas Horne, STC (1:21). Fee finishes his season at 5-5, moving up from JV late in the season.
Gaven Shaw lost twice by pin at 170. He was pinned in 1:59 by Payton Vest, STC, and to Logan Walton, East Marshall in 2:50. Shaw ends his season at 8-19.
At 220 Montez Ellis lost by pin to Cael Kellogg, STC, in 4:00, but came back to pin Tayte Nauman, East Marshall, in 1:03. Ellis finishes his sophomore year at 7-11.