Wrestling mats covered the floor of the South Tama County High School gym Saturday, December 14 for the STC Invitational. The JV Trojans wrestlers began around 10 AM with the goal of winning as many matches they could throughout the five rounds of the day. JV wrestlers did not wrestle for team points.
"Our JV wrestlers are getting matches in and that helps them learn the sport, get better, and have fun with it," said head wrestling coach Nate Van Dyke.
The first JV win of the day came from sophomore Bryce Ellenbecker who pinned Evan Farmer of Nevada in the second period of his match in the first round. Ellenbecker also received a forfeit in the fourth round and later pinned Josh Sowers of Marshalltown in the fifth round.
South Tama junior Bo Blocker, first year wrestler, pinning his opponent from BGM.
Juniors Jose Alcazar and Bo Blocker led the JV squad with four pins each.
"My goal is to stay positive and that's what I'm doing right now. My other goal is to get more than 20 wins this season and that's where I'm headed," said Alcazar.
Juniors continued to keep the spotlight as Charles Kaufman won three out of five matches and Adrian Castanon and Isaias De La Torre both won two out of five matches.
In the first round, freshmen Elias Garcia and Kyle Kucera pinned their opponents. Sophomore Dylan Cronk pinned his opponent from Vinton in the third period of his first round match. Freshman Nathan Weiss had a close match and lost by one point against an opponent from West Marshall in the first round as well.
Freshman Gabe Garcia pinned his opponent in the first period of his second round match. Kucera won his match of round two, 8-0 in the second round.
During round three, sophomore Andrew Peters won his first match of the day by pinning his opponent in the first period.
In the fifth round, Gabe won his match 9-4 and Weiss received a forfeit.
At the end of the seven-hour day, coaches were pleased with the effort made by all the JV wrestlers.
"Our wrestlers did good today, we're getting better and better," said assistant coach Scott Bolen.