Hinton's Marcus Edgington fights for control in a grapple with K-P's Brody Verschoor Saturday at the Sioux Center Dual Tournament. Edgington won the match by 4-1 decision, but the Panthers took the dual 59-9.
K-P - ranked No. 2 in Class 1A - came into the tournament 14-0 in duals this season and rattled off wins over Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull, West Sioux and Hinton to start pool wrestling before suffering its first loss in the regular season in two years to host Sioux Center, 40-34.
The dual with the Warriors began at the heart of Sioux Center's lineup as Class 2A No. 6-ranked Casey Mouw won by 16-1 technical fall over K-P's Andrew Zellmer at 171 pounds. Sioux Center's No. 8-ranked Andrew Carlson then handed the Panthers' No. 6-ranked Allen Leekley his second loss of the year by 5-2 decision at 189 and No. 5-ranked Brady Punt won by 17-2 tech fall over Dustin Collins at 215.
The Warriors won at heavyweight as well with Casey Schelling pinning Mike Weaver in 18 seconds. After a K-P open at 103, Sioux Center's Augustin Martinez pinned Jon Laddusaw in 1:59 at 112 and Jose Filipe won by fall in 3:47 at 119 - giving the host squad a 37-0 lead in the dual at the midway point.
K-P needed pins at six of the final seven weights just to have a chance at a comeback and No. 4-ranked Tim Culler headed the Panthers in the right direction at 125 with a win by fall in 1:31 over Jose Ruiz. The comeback attempt was short-lived, however, as Sioux Center's Curtis Hayes earned a 10-7 decision over Sean Bainbridge at 130. Hayes' win put the dual out of reach for the Panthers with Sioux Center leading 40-6 with just five matches left.
K-P won the final five matches to close the final margin to six, starting with No. 7 Brody Verschoor's 9-1 decision win over Tom Heijerman at 135. No. 1-ranked Brandon Bohlke received a forfeit at 140, while Jeff Engle won by fall in 3:25 over Ross Hulstein at 145, Dexter Mahrt pinned Trevor Schelling in 1:17 at 152 and No. 5-ranked Isaiah Corbin won by fall in 48 seconds over Houston Hartwig at 160.
Panthers' coach Tom Stauch said that starting the dual with seven consecutive losses was simply too much for K-P to overcome against a worthy opponent such as the Warriors.
"Sioux Center has a really good team and the place we started was to their advantage. Those guys are still going to wrestle anyway - the starting point doesn't really matter - but they got an almost insurmountable lead and the rest was history," said Stauch. "I was pleased with the way the guys came back, though. It was nice to see the tide get turned a bit."
The loss to Sioux Center left K-P as the second seed out of Pool A and the Panthers took on Pool B second seed Central Lyon in a battle for third place, prevailing 48-20.
The dual opened at 189 with Leekley taking a forfeit and a Collins pin of Collin Campbell in 44 seconds at 215 staked the Panthers to an early 12-0 lead. Central Lyon's Andrew Zackow earned a 5-1 decision over Weaver at heavyweight and a Panther open at 103 brought the Lions to within three at 12-9, but K-P quickly resumed control with Laddusaw (112) and Moffitt (119) receiving opens.
Culler then squared off against Central Lyon's Class 1A No. 6-ranked Nate Herda at 125 and came away with a 13-9 decision win. The Lions' Nate DeBoer won by 19-4 tech fall over Bainbridge at 130 to leave Central Lyon trailing 27-14 and that was as close as the dual would get. Verschoor won by 5-1 decision over Jeff Gacke at 135 and after Bohlke took a forfeit at 140, Engle scratched out a 4-3 decision win over Dillon Reynolds at 145 to put the Panthers up 39-14 with three matches to wrestle.
Central Lyon chipped away at the lead as Jordan Gacke won by fall over Mahrt in 2:55 at 152, but it was too little too late for the Lions as Corbin - in one of the better matches of the tournament - won an 8-7 decision over Scott Eben at 160 and Zellmer pinned Owen Fastert in 1:01 at 171 to secure third place for the Panthers.
"They wrestled so well against Central Lyon," said Stauch. "This group, they always seem to do their best. That's all you can ask out of them. Overall I was pleased with our wrestling and everyone came out with at least three wins except Mike Weaver and he's at a big disadvantage wrestling heavyweights because he weighs 215."
In pool wrestling earlier in the day, the Panthers defeated Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull 63-15 on the strength of nine pins. Engle (145), Mahrt (152), Zellmer (171), Leekley (189), Laddusaw (112), Moffitt (119), Culler (125), Bainbridge (130) and Bohlke (140) all won by fall for K-P, while Verschoor was a decision winner at 135 and Corbin took a forfeit at 160. RV/B-H's only points of the dual came in succession as Justin Juffer won by 15-13 decision over Collins at 215, Joey Vander Brink won by fall in 52 seconds over Weaver at heavyweight and Tim Negaard received a forfeit at 103.
K-P followed the rout of Rock Valley with an equally dominating 66-15 win over West Sioux in the second round of pool wrestling. The Panthers got pins from Leekley (189), Collins (215), Laddusaw (112), Bainbridge (130), Verschoor (135), Bohlke (140) and Engle (145) en route to the win. Moffitt (119), Culler (125), Corbin (160) and Zellmer (171) all received forfeits. West Sioux's points came from a Kyle Hansen 2-1 decision of Mahrt at 152, a Ray Schiefen pin of Weaver in 5:50 at heavyweight and an open at 103.
The Panthers' final dual before falling to Sioux Center was a 59-9 thumping of Hinton. Corbin (160), Leekley (189), Collins (215), Culler (125), Bainbridge (130), Bohlke (140), Engle (145) and Mahrt (152) all scored pins for K-P. Hinton had three wins in the dual - all by decision - including 1A No. 5-ranked Marcus Edgington earning a 4-1 decision over Verschoor at 135.
"Marcus wrestled very well and he showed a lot of great movement and great defense. He scored when he needed to and wrestled a terrific match," said Stauch. "It was a good thing for Brody to be pushed like that. I was proud of Brody because I know he was disappointed, but he came back and won his next two matches convincingly.
"Things are not always going to go your way and you just have to keep working. There's a lot of adversity there and it's about overcoming that."
Hinton also scored a victory at 171 where Adam Teut topped Zellmer by 2-1 decision and at heavyweight with Ryan Held earning a 6-3 decision over Weaver.
1. Aurelia/Galva-Holstein 2. Sioux Center 3. Kingsley-Pierson 4. Central Lyon 5. Sibley-Ocheyedan 6. Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull 7. Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove 8. West Sioux 9. Hinton 10. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn