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Mid-Prairie’s trip to Monticello didn’t start off like they had planned, but the Golden Hawks picked up steam as the night went on as they picked up one of three duals on the night.
Their first dual, against Regina, started the way of the Regals and a malaise seemed to hang over Mid-Prairie during the dual. During one of the matches, Mid-Prairie assistant Randy Billups yelled out that “it looks like you’re stuck in the mud!”
Regina picked up the first weight of the dual, 145 pounds, by forfeit and proceeded to win the next two as Aidan Udell pinned David Murray and Scott Blondin pinned Cael Garvey to put Regina up 18-0.
Cory Allen at 170 pounds was the first winner for Mid-Prairie, pinning his opponent in 1:32 after having scored three takedowns already. Nick Milder, the Class 1A No. 4 at 182 pounds pinned Beau Stutzman in 1:14 and Rowan Udell pinned Josh Wallington at 195 pounds. That gave Regina a 30-6 lead.
Isaac Boucher took a win by forfeit at 220 and Gannon Callahan pinned Caden Shetler in 1:04 at heavyweight. The win was the first of three on the night for Callahan. Mid-Prairie coach Justin Garvey said Callahan has shown a lot of poise for a freshman.
“I was real impressed with Gannon Callahan tonight, he wrestled really smart,” Garvey said. “He’s building confidence. He was a freshman coming in, and wrestling at heavyweight. He is going against some big upperclassmen.”
Callahan said the 9-3 start to the season has been a surprise and has helped him stay confident heading into his matches.
“I just think about going out there and getting my job done to get the win,” Callahan said.
Those two wins gave Mid-Prairie 12 points and cut the deficit to 30-18. A double-forfeit at 106 pounds followed by forfeit wins for Regina at 113 and 120 sealed the dual for Regina.
A double-forfeit at 126 pounds was followed by a 5-1 win for Sean Nugent over Rylee Vercande. Dallas Miller finished off the dual on a positive note for the Golden Hawks as he put Aden Clark to his back for the pin in 1:09.
In between duals, Garvey told his team something had to change.
“I told them we’ve got to get moving on our feet and I noticed a lot of us sitting on our heels and leaning,” Garvey said.
Their next dual came against Class 2A No. 4 Monticello, who sports three ranked wrestlers. Only six matches of the 14 total weights were wrestled, with Mid-Prairie taking two of them. Cael Garvey pinned Jericho Strouf in 1:22 at 160 pounds and Callahan pinned Adam Terry in 4:34. Monticello won the dual 54-30.
Despite the loss, Garvey was happy with the fight Mid-Prairie showed in the second dual.
“(Effort) showed in the Monticello dual, and while we were outclassed at some of the weights we started to turn things around a little bit,” Garvey said.
The final dual of the night was a 52-12 win for Mid-Prairie over Clayton Ridge. In all six contested matches Mid-Prairie earned bonus points. Cory Allen pinned his opponent at 170 pounds, Wallington earned a 14-6 major decision at 195 with a bevy of takedowns.
Boucher and Callahan earned first-period pins at 220 pounds and heavyweight.
Rylee Vercande wrestled against another girl for the first time this wrestling season, earning a pin in 1:22 at 132 pounds.
Dallas Miller won his second match of the night with another quick pin, pinning Buck Wachendorf in just 40 seconds.
The dual had two exhibitions as Joe Allred won an 8-1 decision and Stone Peck was pinned.
Varsity takes on Mount Vernon
Four Mid-Prairie wrestlers took on the Mount Vernon Invitational with two placing in the top four.
Isaac Boucher was the highest finisher for Mid-Prairie, finishing in third place at 220 pounds. After a bye in the first round, Boucher took the mat and pinned Xavier’s Isaac Ball in 1:03. His semifinal match was then against Seth Adrian, the No. 9 wrestler in Class 2A. Adrian won by fall in 32 seconds.
Boucher bounced back in the third-place match with a pin in 2:42 over Muscatine’s Shane Mathias.
Cory Allen placed fourth at 170 pounds. He received a bye through to the quarterfinals and won an 11-4 decision over Owen Huehnergarth from Beckman Catholic. Mount Vernon’s Paul Ryan, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by IA Wrestle, pinned Allen in the semifinals and Allen lost a 3-1 decision in the third-place match to Peyton Angelias of Lisbon.
Josh Wallington competed at 195 and Cael Garvey wrestled at 160 pounds. Both were 1-2 on the day, but did not place.
Junior varsity wrestles at Marion tournament
The rest of the Golden Hawk lineup traveled to the junior varsity tournament at Marion featuring mostly Class 2A and Class 3A schools.
All of the wrestlers were placed into four-person brackets.
Beau Stutzman won first in his bracket, winning two matches by first-period pins and winning a 3-0 decision.
Five Golden Hawks placed second including Rylee Vercande, Stone Peck, Joe Allred, Dominic McCain and Gannon Callahan.
Dallas Miller was third in his bracket and Jeremiah Boos and Michael Kelly were fourth in their brackets.