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STC wrestlers split in Grinnell

January 26, 2012
By Jeff Barker , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama County wrestling team split a double-dual in Grinnell January 19, beating Oskaloosa 43-33, and losing to Grinnell 39-37.

In the first dual against Oskaloosa, South Tama collected five falls by Ben Packer (1:04), Levi Kaufman (1:13), Tyler Walz (1:25), Erik Lux (5:05) and Miguel Guzman (5:47). Wade Quigley also received a forfeit at 152. A couple of starters for Oskaloosa were unavailable for the meet.

"They're well-coached. They're not going to put any below average guys on the mat. We had to wrestle well and we did. They gave up a few weight classes. They're a tough team when they're healthy," remarked coach Nate Van Dyke in post-meet comments.

In the final dual of the evening, it came down to the last match to finish, which was Ben Packer at 106. With the Trojans behind, 39-34, Packer needed a pin for the win. Packer dominated the match and near the end took some chances to get the fall, giving up some back points when he got caught on his back at the end of the match. He still won, 16-10 but it only closed the team score to 39-37 in favor of the Tigers.

"We deserved to win the dual the way we wrestled," said Van Dyke "You can go right down the line. Levi Kaufman set the tone, beat a state qualifier right off the bat -- pinned him. That was a big match for him, being they're in our sectional, for seeding. (Miguel) Guzman had a big win at the top, and (Dalton) Vest wrestled good against a kid that's really tough."

The Trojans gambled with some lineup changes, hoping to maximize their points against the Tigers, as Van Dyke explained.

Fact Box

Oskaloosa Results

106 -- Packer (STC) Fall (1:05) Randau

113 -- De Jong (O) Fall (1:48) Thiessen

120 -- Caves (O) Fall (3:14) Steuhm

126 -- Shope (STC) 13-4 Schaffner

132 -- Wanders (O) 14-6 Rivera

138 -- Kaufman (STC) Fall (1:13) Pace

145 -- Bush (O) Fall (2:54) Kalinay

152 -- Quigley (STC) Forfeit

160 -- Walz (STC) Fall (1:25) Jones

170 -- Lux (STC) Fall (5:05) Wisse

182 -- Llewellyn (STC) Fall (0:36)

196 -- Jones (O) Fall (0:36) Climer

220 -- Guzman (STC) Fall (5:47) C. Tuttle

285 -- Vest 6-0 D. Tuttle

Grinnell Results

106 -- Packer (STC) 16-10 Sadler

113 -- Nuez (STC) Forfeit

120 -- Thiessen (STC) Forfeit

126 -- Crawford (G) Fall (3:42) Steuhm

132 -- Jay (G) Fall (1:37) Rivera

138 -- Kaufman (STC) Fall (3:13) Beck

145 -- Lindley (G) Fall (4:46) Kalinay

152 -- Walz (STC) 11-1 Lidtka

160 -- Lux (STC) Fall (2:57) Kelley

170 -- Leshen (G) 6-2) Llewellyn

182 -- Keenen (G) Forfeit

196 -- J Kriegel (G) Fall (2:52) Climer

220 -- Guzman (STC) Fall (3:12)

M Kriegel

285 -- McGinnis (G) Fall (1:34) Vest

"We kind of had to roll the dice. We bumped our little guys up. We bumped Kade (Steuhm) all the way up to '26' from '13.' He was winning the match (9-4) and it kind of came down to that and he got pinned. But I'd take Kade in that match, nine times out of ten."

The Trojans took part in the East Marshall tournament January 21 and then travelled to Union January 24 for a make-up double dual.



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