The South Tama 7th and 8th grade Middle School wrestling team began their season November 22, 2011, in Newton. This was a quad meet with opponents also from Pella and Norwalk. Individual stats were: Jonah Bearden 10-8, LBF; Peyton Craun LBF, WBF, WBF; Ruben Garcia 14-1, WBF, 8-6; Blake Keller 7-0, WBF; Kyle Kucera LBF, LBF, WBF; Lansin Lacina 0-4, 13-2, WBF; Jaret Probasco 4-0, WBF, WBF; Dakota Vodochodsky WBF, LBF, WBF.
December 1, 2011, the Trojans traveled to Hudson. The South Tama wrestlers faced tough competition from Union, West Marshall, AGWSR and Hudson with the following results: Jonah Bearden LBF; Kolbie Clark 0-9; Peyton Craun LBF; Ruben Garcia 0-8, 1-0; Blake Keller LBF, LBF; Kyle Kucera 15-0, WBF; Lansin Lacina 0-9, LBF; Jaret Probasco 2-3, LBF; Skyler Steuhm 2-4; Dakota Vodochodsky 3-4, 4-7; Kyler Welsh 8-3, 12-0.
South Tama hosted their first meet December 9, 2011, with visitors from Hudson, Grinnell, Oskaloosa and East Marshall. The Trojans posted the following stats: Jonah Bearden LBF, LBF, 6-8; Kolbie Clark WBF, 0-7, 6-2; Peyton Craun WBF, WBF, 7-3; Ruben Garcia 13-3, 10-0, 3-1; Blake Keller LBF, 4-14, 4-0; Kyle Kucera LBF, 2-5, 1-3; Jaret Probasco WBF, LBF, 10-0; Skyler Steuhm LBF, WBF, LBF; Dakota Vodochodsky 0-6, WBF, WBF; Kyler Welsh LBF, WBF.
After a close match, Kolbie Clark pins his opponent in the third period at Dike-New Hartford on Jan. 6. -Photos provided
The Trojans were host to Dike-New Hartford, Hudson, Wapsie Valley and East Marshall on December 15, 2011. Individual results were: Jonah Bearden WBF, 2-4; Kolbie Clark 1-5, WBF, WBF; Peyton Craun LBF, 2-4, WBF; Ruben Garcia 0-4, LBF, LBF; Blake Keller WBF, LBF, WBF; Kyle Kucera 2-9, WBF, 14-5; Lansin Lacina WBF, 0-6; Jaret Probasco 2-3, 9-1, 6-1; Skyler Steuhm 2-4, WBF; Dakota Vodochodsky LBF, WBF, WBF.
On January 6, 2012, the Trojans wrestled at Dike-New Hartford. Other competition was found at the meet from Jesup, Union and Clarksville. South Tama wrestler results: Jonah Bearden LBF, 0-11; Bailey Chyma WBF, WBF, WBF; Kolbie Clark WBF, 7-2, WBF; Peyton Craun 16-2, 0-4; Ruben Garcia LBF, 1-6, WBDefault; Blake Keller LBF, LBF, LBF; Kyle Kucera LBF, WBF; Lansin Lacina WBF, WBF; Jaret Probasco LBF, 4-6; Skyler Steuhm LBF, 2-4; Dakota Vodochodsky WBF, WBF; Kyler Welsh LBF, WBF, WBF.
"A lot of the kids are new to the sport this year, and their confidence is growing. The kids have all worked hard from day one and are improving all the time. We are getting better, but we haven't peaked yet. The competition is getting tougher each week, so we will continue to work intensely with strong practices to increase our skills and better our performances on the mat," said Coach Steve Chyma.
The Trojans have their final home meet January 13, travel to Brooklyn on January 20, to West Marshall on January 26 and end their season on the road at Gladbrook-Reinbeck on January 26.