Albia wrestlers win SCC tournament title

Stephen Conley winning the 152-pound conference crown. (Jesse Simmons photos)

The Albia wrestling team took no prisoners in the first South Central Conference wrestling tournament held in years. The only team from the SCC not participating was Knoxville.

The Blue Demons scored 220 points, crowning six champions to win the title by 95 points over Clarke (125). Centerville was third with 123.5, EBF fourth with 117, Chariton fifth with 88 and Davis County sixth with 70.

“We were able to keep our momentum going from Saturday into Thursday night’s tournament,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “As we sat down and planned everything out at the beginning of the week, it became very apparent to me that the kids wanted to go out and see how they stacked up against our conference opponents.”

Wyatt Stewart (5-0) scored pins of William Yaeger, Chariton, in 1:14 and Kade Martin, Davis County, 1:21 to win the 106-pound title.

Carter Anderson (6-0) scored pins over Jacob Chapman, Chariton in :34, Joclyn Cox, Davis County, 1:02, and Ethan Domina, Clarke, in 5:02, to capture the 113-pound crown.

Albia got its third straight champion at 120 when Brodie Conner (5-1) Tyler Schutt, EBF, in 1:46. It was four straight at 126 when Dawson Bonnett (4-1) pinned Everett Garner, Chariton, in 1:03 and Jessica Guerrero of Clarke in :48.

At 145 Albia picked up another championship with Eli Zanoni (7-1) pinning Kacey Boyer, Clarke, in :55, Alex Garman, EBF, in :31, Caden Sales, Centerville, in 3:47 and Austin Payne, Davis County in 2:34.

The Blue Demons’ final championship came at 152 when Stephen Conley (5-1) pinned Harrisen Kargol, EBF in 3:40, beat Peyton Sales, Centerville 8-2 and pinned Easton White, Davis County in 5;04.

The Blue Demons had three other wrestlers in the finals, finishing second. At 138 Justin Keller (5-2) scored a medical forfeit over Zethann May, Clarke, pinned Morgan VanHenert, Davis Coutny in :44 and lost by pin to  Nathaniel Genobana, Centerville in 2:23.

At 182 Devin Kimball (1-1), pinned Josh Oldfield, Centerville in 1:32 and lost by pin to Clayton Young, EBF, in the finals in :51. At 220 Paul Ballard (2-3) finished second by pinning Cruize Flanders, Centerville, in :44, losing by fall to Jake Smith, Clarke, in 3:47 and pinning Dallas Furman, Chariton in :33.

Albia pulled out third place points from Bode Thompson (1-5) at 132. He lost by fall to Cadyn Hall, EBF in :33 and to Matthew Lewis, Centerville in 2:57. At 160, Lance Helm (2-4) lost by fall to Leland Henderson, Centerville in 4:36, scored a major decision over Sam Primakov, Chariton, 15-6, lost by major decision to KJ Fry, Clarke, 15-3 and pinned Cayne Hall, EBF in 5:03. At 285 Montez Ellis (2-5) finished third lowing by fall in 1:48 to Conner Reed, EBF, losing by injury default to Will Smith, Clarke in 4:00 and coming back to score a medical forfeit over Dane Dyer, Chariton.

Carter Kamerick (0-3) finished fourth at 195. He lost by fall in 1:11 to Jayden Allen-Winston, Chariton, lost by fall to Tyler Binning, Clarke, in:26 and lost by medical forfeit to Seth Kargol, EBF.

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Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont picked up a championship at 182 with Clayton Young (4-3) pinning Devin Kimball of Albia in :51 and Josh Oldfield, Centerville in :30 and at 285 when Conner Reed (11-0) pinned Montez Ellis, Albia in 1:48, pinned Dane Dyer, Chariton in :57 and pinned Will Smith, Clarke, in :27.

They had runner-up finishes at 120 with Tyler Schutt (6-5) losing to Albia’s Brodie Conner by pin in 1:46 in the finals after beating Leah Chandler, Chariton, by major decision, 15-2 and pinning Brogan West, Davis County in 1:00.

Cayden Hall (6-4) was second at 132 with a pin in :33 over Bode Thompson, Albia, while losing by pin to Matthew Lewis, Centerville in 1:49.

At 170, Blake Jager (6-5) finished third pinning Mat Garmon, Davis County in :50, beating Cole Binning, Clarke, 10-5 and losing to Lucas Henderson in the finals by pin in 1:11.

“Over the course of the last two years, this tournament hasn’t really fit our schedule the best,” said Coach Wenger. “We turn right back around and compete in a 16-man bracket at the Central Decatur on the following night, which makes things quite challenging from a scheduling perspective, so my approach has been fairly conservative knowing that we will have two really late nights in a row. “We find it very important to get outside of our conference and wrestle other teams. CD allows us to do that,” said Coach Wenger. “It would be nice if we could reach a consensus on a date for the SCC Tournament that would work better for all the teams involved. It is a great event for our conference, but it is still a work in progress. Obviously, the kids responded well.

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