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In a packed field at Saturday’s WACO Invitational, 15 teams descended on Wayland including Mid-Prairie and Lone Tree. The Golden Hawks entered 18 wrestlers, while Lone Tree fielded just four, but both had a couple wrestlers place in the medal round.
Mid-Prairie had three chances for champions at Saturday’s, and were successful on two occasions as Duncan McCain remained undefeated on the year and Visouth Peterschmidt rolled to the championship. Jason Tew dropped just his third match of the year in the finals.
McCain stayed perfect on the year after a dominant run in the tournament, passing the 30 win mark in the process. McCain won by fall in three of four matches. McCain pinned Jalen Collins of WACO and Daryun Kreft of Mediapolis in his first two matches. McCain also ended the day with a pin of Javis Krieger of New London.
In his semifinal match, even though McCain did not get the fall, he was dominant. McCain took down his opponent, Daylen Fenton of Moravia, at will in a 24-11 major decision win.
Peterschmidt pinned his way to a title. Peterschmidt’s day started with a pin against Isaiah Johnson of WACO, Ethan Cooksey of Pekin lasted into the third period in the semis before succumbing, and Peterschmidt pinned Clay Harper of Tri-County in the second to win the bracket.
Jason Tew was the third finalist for the Golden Hawks and after pinning his first opponent in the quarter finals, had a much tougher time of things in the semis. He handed Taylor Fox of East Buchanan just his fourth loss of the season with a takedown in sudden victory.
Tew trailed 3-1 after an escape and a takedown in the second by Fox, with Tew earning an escape. In the third, Tew got another escape from bottom and earned a penalty point to tie the match and send it into overtime. Tew got his first takedown 15 seconds into the extra period for the victory.
No. 8 wrestler in Class 1 A at 195 pounds, Quinton Castell of Moravia bumped up for the tournament and waited for Tew in the finals. Castell took first, pinning Tew in the first period.
Brent Foster at 152 pounds and Jose Juarez at 182 pounds each placed fourth, the Golden Hawks next highest finishers. Juarez did so defeating teammate Cory Allen in the semis. Allen was 1-2 on the day
Cody Allen finished fifth at 220 pounds and was the only wrestler, besides the champions to win their final match of the day. Levi Stultz at 106 pounds, Tristain Novy at heavyweight, and Ethan Danner at 170 pounds each took sixth.
David Murray, Jeremiah Boos, Isaac Boucher all collected a win, but did not place for Mid-Prairie. Dallas Miller, Timothy Grepl, Austin Boos, Beau Stutzman, and Miles Burrow also saw action in the tournament.
For the Lone Tree Lions, both Levi Tripses and Aaron Slaughter rebounded from losses in the semifinals to take third.
For Tripses, his match in the semis with New London’s Javis Krieger was his third in just 10 days. Tripses’ match Saturday was not as competitive as it was just two days previously when he lost a tight 4-2 decision.
Tripses pinned Daylen Fenton of Moravia to solidify a third-place finish.
After defeating Jaden Williams of WACO with a third period pin, Slaughter faced a tough match against Drayven Fenton of Mediapolis that he lost by a major decision 12-2.
Slaughter ended the day with a first period pin of Bryce Kaster of Moravia.
Dylan Tripses at 160 and Zack Madoerin had rough days going 0-2 on the day. Tripses’ first match of the day came against No. 3 Brennan Swafford of Class 2A.
Mid-Prairie finished fourth in the team standings with 129 points. East Buchanan won the tournament with 171 points. Moravia and Mediapolis followed with 159 and 157 points respectively.