Mt. Pleasant wrestlers place second at Williamsburg Invitational
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
WILLIAMSBURG — The Mt. Pleasant wrestling team competed in the Williamsburg Invitational on Saturday.
Out of five teams, the Panthers finished second, with 138 points. Hosting Williamsburg won the day with 249 points.
The Panthers had two wins on the day. James DeMeyer won the 152 lbs. bracket and Dalton Shull came out on top at 220 lbs.
DeMeyer won five matches in a row to win the 152 lbs. bracket. He started out with three falls, pinning Zeke Smith of Pella, in 3:11, Erick Funez of Perry, in 1:22, and Bryson Cline of Grinnell, in 2:46.
DeMeyer then advanced to the championship with a 12-4 major decision over Pella’s James VanGorp and won the bracket with a 7-1 decision over Michael Galyon of Williamsburg.
Dalton Shull started the day out with three byes in a row to get him to the 220 lbs. semi final. He pinned Billy Grout of Williamsburg in 28 seconds to advance to the final and took the bracket with a pin over Williamsburg’s Keaton Zimmerman, in 5:13.
Mt. Pleasant also came away with three second place finishes on the day. Avante Henley placed second in the 132 lbs. bracket. Nate Wallace took second in 138 lbs., and Dalton Bass placed second at 195 lbs.
Henley lost by pinfall in his first match, to Zach Stewart in 1:11. He then won four matches in a row, including two pins, to take second place. In his final match, he defeated Cole Bisbee of Pella, on a 12-6 decision.
Nate Wallace started the day off with a 3-0 decision over Sam Fredrickson of Pella in round one. After a bye in round two, he pinned Dylan Burns of Williamsburg. Wallace was pinned in his next match but closed things out with a 7-2 decision win over Wyatt Dillon of Grinnell.
Bass won his first two matches by pinfall, taking down Perry’s Juan Campos in 4:28 and Tyler Wille of Williamsburg in 1:14. After a couple of falls, Bass lost the first place match to Josh Holub, on a pin in 5:44.
Zach Beason gave the Panthers their sixth top three finish with a third place finish at 182 lbs. He picked up one pin on the day, taking down Perry’s Cesar Ramirez on a round two pin, in 1:47.
Jaden Davis (145 lbs.), Garrett Boecker (170 lbs.) and Anthony Carrasco (285 lbs.) all finished fourth in their respective weight classes. Brayden Ackles (106 lbs.) and Corbin Broeker (113 lbs.) each placed second.
The Panthers will be back at home on Thursday, Jan. 26, for a non-conference dual with Burlington. That dual is scheduled to start to 6 p.m.