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Trojans face tough competition at Williamsburg

January 23, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama wrestling travelled to Williamsburg on Thursday, January 18 to face a pair of 2018 Dual State qualifying teams in West Delaware, currently ranked 2nd in Class 2A, and Williamsburg who is unranked. In last year's Dual State Tournament, West Delaware bested Williamsburg 43-21 to finish 3rd in the team dual tournament.

The first dual of the night was between the STC Trojans and West Delaware Hawks. On top of their team ranking, the Hawks have eight individually ranked wrestlers including 3rd ranked Ryan Phillips (132), 5th ranked Jadyn Peyton (138), 8th ranked Cael Meyer (145), 2nd ranked Mitchel Mangold (152), 8th ranked Jared Voss (160), 9th ranked Wyatt Voelker (170), 5th ranked Jack Neuhaus (182), and 7th ranked Jordan Bries (195).

With all of the firepower West Delaware brought on Thursday, it was a tough dual for the young STC Trojan team. The Trojans managed to take three of the 14 matches. Cael Kellogg was up second for the Trojans at 220. He won 7-3 over Ben Petlon. Logan Arp got a 11-3 major decision win over Tyger Vaske for four team points.

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Aiden Waseskuk works on turning Williamsburg’s Lucas Spratta at 170. Waseskuk won the match.
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The upset of the night came at 182 with South Tama's Aiden Waseskuk narrowly edging out 5th ranked Jack Neuhaus 4-3. The upset win was a feather in the cap for the unranked Waseskuk who has made strides in his senior campaign. His 26 wins are second most on the STC roster throughout a season where he captured both runner-up (Bob Sharp Invite) and first place (Bill Van Horn Invite) finishes at tournaments this winter.

The Hawks closed out the first dual with a resounding 63-10 win over the Trojans.

After the Hawks and the Raiders faced off in a tightly contested dual, it was the Trojans turn to take their first crack at the Raiders in the 2018/19 season.

Williamsburg's Cole Cremeens started with a 8-3 win over STC's Kalem Schrock at heavyweight. At 106 Tytan Guerrero stuck STC's Brody Chyma in the 2nd period. The Trojans got on the board at 113 with Logan Arp winning 8-4 over Kayden Gryp. Arp swept the 113 field on Thursday and leads the Trojans with 27 wins so far this season.

The Raiders put a stop to STC's attempts by winning the next three matches. Chase Malloy won 5-2 over Kyler Smith at 120, Sam Van Dee took a forfeit and Jalen Schropp pinned Brady Knode at 132. Schropp is ranked 6th in Class 2A and was coming off a big win over 3rd ranked Ryan Phillips earlier in the evening. The Raiders had a team lead of 24-3 at this point in the dual.

STC's 138 pounder Brayden Smith took to the mat and defeated Kam Royster 8-4. Garrett Jensen took the next match at 145 for the Raiders winning by tech fall over Garrett Arp.

STC's Vincent Branan topped Nick Marovets 8-3 at 152. The Raiders would take the next two matches with Riley Holt winning in overtime over Dallas Horne at 160. Gage Hazen-Fabor also topped Payton Vest 8-5.

South Tama's Aiden Waseskuk and Aaron Neave each won their matches over Lucas Spratta and Max Meade at 170 and 182.

Finishing out the night Williamsburg's Billy Grout stuck Cael Kellogg. The dual ended with the Raiders winning 41-18.

The Trojans will be gearing up for post season action with the WaMaC Conference tournament to be held on Saturday at Benton High School (Van Horne). The Trojans will be back at Williamsburg next Saturday for Sectionals. They will face wrestlers from Albia, East Marshall, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Grinnell and Williamsburg. The first and second place winners in each weight class will then travel to Knoxville for Districts on Saturday, February 9 and will be joined by the first and second place winners from Sectional 11. Teams competing at the Sectional 11 tournament include Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Chariton, Clarke, Knoxville and top ranked PCM.



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