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Aaron Slaughter spent less than three minutes on the mat during his Southeast Iowa Super Conference championship run at 113 pounds.
The Lone Tree senior received a bye as the top-seed and needed only 21 seconds to pin his semi-final opponent, Brody Barton from Columbus Community. His finals matchup came against West Burlington-Notre-Dame-Danville’s Grifen Molle.
Molle, a freshman, was no match for Slaughter who put him to his back in the second period and easily pinned him.
“My goal for every match is to push the pace and work harder than the other guy, and since he was coming off being hurt and not practicing he was going to be a bit out of shape so I wanted to take advantage of that and use it,” Slaughter said.
The conference title starts the postseason run for Slaughter, who has his goals set on being the top-placing wrestler in Lone Tree history at the state tournament. That record currently sits at sixth place and he’ll get started on that goal next week at the his sectional in Lisbon.
Bryce Thompson, the 106-pound freshman, placed third after winning a marathon match 5-4 in the ultimate tiebreaker period.
Thompson led during the third period, but a late takedown from Mediapolis’ Jordan Riherd tied things up 3-3 and pushed the match to overtime. With no scoring during the one-minute sudden victory period, the match went to overtime. Both wrestlers were able to escape during their 30-second choice period, leaving the match at 4-4 heading into the ultimate tiebreaker. Thompson, who scored first in the match, was given the choice and chose the down position. An escape gave him the 5-4 victory.
During those periods Riherd was close to scoring, but Thompson said he was just able to hold on long enough and then scored when it mattered.
“I was just holding on to that leg and wouldn’t let go,” Thompson said.
Heavyweight Trey Shalla was on the mat for 96 seconds in a fifth-place finish. He was pinned in his first match in 28 seconds, but then pinned his next two opponents in less than a minute each to take fifth place.
Ty Griffen lost his first match and his bracket did not have wrestle-backs, and Tim Mills did not place after losing his first two matches.
This Saturday Lone Tree will wrestle at the Lisbon Class 1A sectional 15. The others schools at the tournament will be Belle Plaine, Durant, Highland, Lisbon, North Cedar, Iowa City Regina and West Branch. First and second place advance from sectionals to the district tournament next Saturday in Wilton.