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Kingsley-Pierson fourth at MVC tourney

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

K-P's Jeff Engle works on turning BCIG/OA's Tyler Down in their semifinal match at 145 pounds Saturday during the MVC tournament. Engle pinned Down in 1:12 for his 100th career win.
(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker)
Junior Jeff Engle recorded his 100th career win and was one of three individual champions for fourth-place Kingsley-Pierson at the Maple Valley Conference wrestling meet Saturday in Holstein.

Engle opened the day at 145 pounds with a pin of Westwood's Matt Mallett in 1:30, then reached the century mark with a pin of Battle Creek-Ida Grove/Odebolt-Arthur's Tyler Down in the semifinals - joining teammate Isaiah Corbin as 100-match winners. Engle went on to claim the title with a 17-1 technical fall win over Aurelia/Galva-Holstein's Andrew Perry to complete a banner day in his high school career.

"Jeff did very well. He's looking very tough," said K-P coach Alan Goetsch. "And he's wrestling very smart."

Engle opened the year in the top 10 in Class 1A, but recently fell out of the rankings after some early losses. Goetsch said that Engle appears to be back on track and ready for the stretch run.

"Jeff's been in them the entire time and just as easily could have won those matches," said Goetsch. "All of his losses are to really good kids. I don't think he's been upset by anybody."

Corbin - who won his 100th match in K-P's dual with Woodbury Central Thursday - became the second Panther to claim a title Saturday at 171. Making the move permanently from 160 to 171, fifth-ranked Corbin won his opening-round match by fall in 47 seconds and defeated Jake Dean of Woodbury Central by 13-4 major decision in the semifinals. On cruise control all day, Corbin advanced to the championship match and won by 7-0 decision over A/GH's Austin Todd.

"He really took command of his matches and dominated them," said Goetsch. "He looked a lot tougher (at 171). He's starting to settle into the weight class, getting used to the heavier and taller guys."

K-P's final champion of the day was Mike Weaver at heavyweight. Weaver won by fall in 57 seconds over Bo Hansen of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto in the opening round, then outlasted Lucas Ploen of Woodbury Central for a 3-0 decision win in the semifinals. In the finals, Weaver reversed an earlier 4-2 decision loss to A/GH's Adam Dreeszen with a 5-4 overtime win and his first conference title.

"We've been working with Mike a lot to be more patient in his matches. If it has to be won in the second or third period, he's confident he can do that now," said Goetsch. "He's been really keeping his head and he's looking tough."

The day yielded mixed results for the other nine wrestlers in K-P's lineup. Caleb Bush reached the finals at 112, but came up short of an MVC title with a 2-0 decision loss to A/GH's Ryan Donahoo. Bush defeated Donahoo by 7-4 decision during a dual earlier this season. Bush received a bye in the first round and advanced to the title bout with a pin of Woodbury Central's Tyler Smith in 1:44.

"I was really pleased to see him in the finals," said Goetsch. "He had beaten that kid when we dualed them, so I kind of expected him to win. But he lost on a takedown or reversal with about 15 seconds left in the match. He was in it the whole way."

The Panthers had third-place finishes out of both Dallin Mahrt at 119 and Sean Bainbridge at 140. Mahrt was 2-2 on the day, capturing third with a 10-6 decision over Woodbury Central's Sam Catus.

Bainbridge was 3-1, taking his opening round match by 12-6 decision over MVAO's Jesse Garule before dropping into the consolation bracket with a 7-1 decision loss to A/GH's Mike White. A pin of West Monona's Leo Zima earned him a spot in the third-place match, where he met - and beat - Garule once again, this time by 5-2 decision.

Jon Laddusaw was also in a third-place match at 125, but came up short with a 6-3 decision loss to Woodbury Central's Seth Epling. Laddusaw won his first match before losing to A/GH's Adam Parker by fall in the second round. Another win put paired him with Epling and the loss there left him in fourth place at 2-2 on the day.

Freshman Todd Bottorff was also 2-2 at 130, but a first-round loss to Lawton-Bronson's AJ King left him battling for fifth at day's end. Bottorff bounced back from the loss to King with a pin in 2:00 of Westwood's Trevor Platzick, but a 7-5 decision loss to Cordell Hanson of West Monona sent Bottorff into the fifth-place match. Finishing strong, Bottorff won a 5-2 decision over Woodbury Central's Jake Davidson for fifth.

Travis Shaffer (152), Ross McNaughton (160) and Andy Bainbridge (215) were all sixth-place finishers for K-P without recording a win.

"I was really pleased with them," said Goetsch of the overall team effort. "We were happy with our results and a couple matches here or there and we could have done a little better even. We almost had four champs and (team champion) BCIG had five.

"We placed fourth over Lawton-Bronson and I thought that was really good for our guys too. We're almost a better tournament team right now then we are a dual team."

K-P will now take part in the BCIG tournament Friday and Saturday in Ida Grove.

MVC Tournament Team Standings:

1. BCIG/O-A 232 2. A/GH 208 3. Woodbury Central 172.5 4. K-P 146 5. Lawton-Bronson 138 6. MVAO 92 7. West Monona 53 8. Westwood 40.

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