Tigers take the mat in Ft. Madison
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
FT. MADISON — The New London wrestling team competed at the Ft. Madison Invitational on Saturday, finishing in fifth place, with 114 points.
The Tigers had six wrestlers compete in the invite and picked up six top-three finishes. Two Tiger wrestlers picked up wins, two placed second and two came away with third.
Sam Loyd picked up the championship at 113 lbs. After receiving a bye in the first round, Loyd pinned Adam Smith of Van Buren, in 3:09. He then defeated Ft. Madison’s Ryan Steffensmeier by an 8-1 decision.
Javis Krieger won the 132 lbs. bracket, scoring three pins along the way. He pinned Burlington’s Bryce Angle in 38 seconds, Ft. Madison’s Dalton Woolever in 3:44, and Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Cole Curfman in 1:31.
Reno Chiri placed second at the 145 lbs. weight class. After a first round bye, he pinned Caleb Lalonde of West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville, in one minute to reach the title match. Chiri lost the championship match by injury to Preston Terry of Burlington.
Austin Van Amerongen placed second in the 285 lbs. bracket, but was only able to wrestle in one match. He received a bye in the first two rounds and lost the championship match on a 5-0 decision to Drake Fox of West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville.
Gabe Carter finished third place at 126 lbs. He pinned Quentin Story of Van Buren, in 1:12, for a first round win. Carter lost his semifinal match by a 6-2 decision to Zach Osborne of Mediapolis. In the consolation semifinal, he pinned Gage Connor of Louisa-Muscatine in 1:02. Then, in the third place match, Carter won by an 8-6 decision against Wayne Briggs of West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville.
Julian Wikoff placed third at 138 lbs. After a first round bye, he pinned Mitchell Trexel of West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville, in 44 seconds to win his quarter final. He was pinned by Harlan Steffensmeier, in 1:35, to lose his semifinal match. Wikoff then pinned Colton Oldfield of Muscatine, in 2:32, and Noah Cunningham of Cedar Rapids Kennedy, in 1:01, to take the bronze.
The New London wrestlers will be in action again on Thursday, Jan. 4, in a quad at WACO with Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union and Lone Tree.