As South Tama County varsity wrestlers took to the mat Saturday December 14, team scores were the main focus due to the fact that awards were not being given to individual winners of weight classes.
STC won against Vinton-Shellsburg 45-29, lost to Ankeny-Centennial 27-46 and Dubuque Wahlert 12-52, and finished up the day on a positive note with a win against Nevada 51-30.
In round one, the Trojans faced up against Vinton-Shellsburg. First to wrestle was sophomore Jaret Probasco (120) who pinned his opponent in 36 seconds. Pins were also made by junior Brandyn Jensen (145) in 3:32, senior Trent Banes (182) in 1:25, junior Kyle Llewellyn (195) in 37 seconds, senior Angel Escarzaga (220) in 1:27, and Garrett Hoskey (285) in 1:06. Senior Cesar Rivera (152) won his match 12-7 and senior Dylan Kalinay (170) accepted a forfeit.
STC?Sophomore Jaret Probasco prepares to pin his Vinton-Shellsburg opponent in action on Saturday, Dec. 14.
"It felt good to get the first match out of the way," said sophomore Bailey Chyma, grateful to get rid of the nerves.
The Trojans did not perform as well in round two against Ankeny-Centennial. To make up the Trojans' 27 points, Probasco, Chyma, and Llewellyn pinned their opponents, Rivera won his match 18-11, Jensen won 7-4, and Banes won 7-3.
In the third round, the Trojans did not wrestle.
STC continued to struggle in the fourth round as they faced Dubuque Wahlert. Winners consisted of Chyma who won his match 10-7, Probasco who won his match 3-1, and Hoskey who received a forfeit.
"I feel like we should have won three duals today," said Chyma. Instead, the Trojans won two duals.
Wrestling against Nevada in round five, the Trojans were much more successful than they had been in round four and two. Pins were made by Probasco in 1:13 into his match, senior Jake Thiessen (132) in 53 seconds, Jensen in 5:15, Rivera in 2:44, Kalinay in 1:44, and Chyma in 1:44. Banes won his match 6-0. Llewellyn and Escarzaga both accept forfeits as well.
"We came out physical today, we were aggressive. We set the tone for each match," said Thiessen (captain.) "We're going to keep getting wins and working hard."
As a team, head coach Nate Van Dyke and assistant coach Scott Bolen feel that lots of improvements have been made since the first home meet Dec.. 5.
"Our goals are the same as they were in the beginning of the season. We're getting closer," said Van Dyke.