24th-ranked Panther wrestlers place third at Southern Iowa Classic
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
FAIRFIELD — The 24th-ranked Mt. Pleasant wrestling team competed in the Southern Iowa Classic on Saturday, facing off against 12 other teams.
Out of the 13 teams, the Panthers placed third, scoring 141 points. Washington won with 230.5 points and Fairfield was second, with 161.
Mt. Pleasant had four top three finishes on the night, taking two first place finishes and two third place finishes.
Mt. Pleasant’s two championships came from James DeMeyer, at 152 lbs., and Dalton Shull, at 220 lbs.
DeMeyer started the day out with a pin over Davis County’s Caden Hill, in 1:24. He advanced to the semifinals where he took down Shane Reid of Keokuk by pinfall, in 4:53. DeMeyer then defeated Clarke’s Jonathan Blair, 4-1, to take the bracket.
Shull received a bye in the first round and pinned Centerville’s Peyton Russell in the quarterfinals. He advanced to the title match with a high-scoring 9-7 win over Chase Bellon of Knoxville and finished things off with a 6-2 decision over Tanner Murphy of Washington.
Brayden Ackles, at 106 lbs., and Zach Beason, at 182 lbs., each took third place in their brackets.
Ackles pinned Jonah Cooper of Fairfield, in 1:13, to start off his day. He was then defeated by a 5-0 decision by Gabe Gordon of Knoxville before finishing the day off with a 12-0 major decision over Centerville’s Chris Bowen and another pin against Cooper, in 3:36.
Beason started the night off with a pin against Cameron Brown of Knoxville, in 2:53. He was then pinned, in 1:02, by Nathan Bair of Clarke, before closing the night out with a pin against Chariton’s Jade Spencer, in 5:06, and a 10-6 decision win against Brown.
Nate Wallace placed fourth in the 138 lbs. bracket. Jaden Davis (145 lbs.) and Anthony Carrasco (285 lbs.) finished fifth.
Corbin Broeker (113 lbs.), Tyler Davis (160 lbs.) and Dalton Bass (195) lbs. placed sixth. Tyler Raub (120 lbs.) and Garret Boecker (170 lbs.) both competed but did not place.
Mt. Pleasant will be back at home on Thursday, Feb. 2, for their next action. They will wrestle against Muscatine and North Scott in a meet starting at 5 p.m.