On Saturday, January 25, the South Tama Trojan wrestling team took on the Dyersville Beckman Blazers, the Union Knights, the Des Moines Lincoln Railsplitters, the Independence Mustangs, and the Washington Demons at East Marshall. Overall the Trojans took fourth out of 8 total teams. Other teams at the meet included the East Marshall Mustangs and the Benton (Van Horne) Bobcats.
The morning began with South Tama dualing the Blazers. Junior Brandyn Jensen was first to wrestle and after a tough 6 minutes, he lost 5-0. None the less, the Trojans' prevailed winning 42-33. Of South Tama's 48 points, 18 came from pins. Junior Kyle Llewellyn pinned his opponent in 3:54. Another pin came from senior Dalton Vest in 1:33. The final pin was made by sophomore Jaret Probasco in 56 seconds. South Tama's remaining 24 points came through forfeits that were accepted by seniors Kolton Smith and Jake Thiessen, sophomore Bailey Chyma, and freshman Hunter Filloon.
Round two was against the Union Knights and South Tama struggled to gain their twelve points. Llewellyn had his second pin of the day gaining 6 points followed by senior Angel Escarzaga who accepted a forfeit gaining another 6 points. The final score 57-12, Union.
STC?junior varsity wrestler Lansin Lacina won all of his matches at wrestling meet on Saturday Jan. 25. Chronicle/Ericka Dunning
"We had 8 duals in three days last week, which is a tough task," said assistant coach Scott Bolen. "The kids responded well and wrestled tough majority of the day on Saturday."
On Thursday, January 23, South Tama took on BCLUW and won 36-33. The next day, the Trojans took a victory over AGWSR, 39-38, but lost to Denver-Tripoli, 42-30.
Despite the 3 day dual haul, the Trojans kept wrestling and had another victory over the Des Moines Lincoln Railsplitters. Points were earned by Thiessen, Jensen, Llewellyn, and Smith with pins, junior Jose Alcazar, freshman Kolbie Clark, and Chyma through technical falls, and by Filloon, Vest, and Hoskey by accepting forfeits. The Trojans had a final score of 57 to the Railsplitters 21.
The last two rounds of the day did not go as well for the Trojans. In round 4, the Trojans fell to Independence 73-5. The only wrestler to score points was Smith who won his match with a technical fall in 4:11. The final round of the day went better for the Trojans but still ended in a loss. Twenty four points were earned by Vest with a pin in 1:08, Escarzaga with a pin in 35 seconds, Chyma and Smith who won their matches, and Hoskey who accepted a forfeit. Round 5 ended with a final score of 46-24, Washington.
"A couple of our guys took some dings on Saturday and they're the ones we expect to make some noise at conference," said Bolen. "So, you hope they react to that in a positive way. A little fire as we head into the post-season"
Junior varsity wrestlers also wrestled on Saturday and several won 2 out of 3 matches. Senior Trent Banes won his first match 6-2 and third match with a pin in 21 seconds. Freshman Bryce Ellenbecker won his first match with a pin in 2:59 and second match 15-4. Junior Adrian Castanon won his first match 6-2 and third match 9-5. Sophomore Dylan Cronk also won his third match with a pin in 2:21. The highlight for JV came from Lansin Lacina who won all three of his matches. Lacina won the first with a pin in 2:40, the second with a score of 6-2, and the third with a pin in 1:23.