Cowboys finish as 2A runner-up at State Duals

The Cowboy wrestling team poses with the cheerleaders, managers and coaches after being presented their Class 2A runner-up trophy from the State Dual Tournament. This makes for their fourth team trophy in the past five years from this event. They were Class 1A champions in 2014 and 2015. Photo courtesy of Mug Shots by Jim

The championship match to determine the 2A state dual tournament winner was just what it figured to be on paper, number one seed New Hampton/Turkey Valley versus number two Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. While it was a back and forth, fairly tight battle, the top-ranked Chickasaws held on for a 42-30 win. Following the Cowboys in the final finishing order were: 3rd-West Delaware, Manchester; 4th-Williamsburg; 5th-Webster City; 6th-Solon; 7th-Assumption, Davenport; 8th-Ballard, Huxley.

They started the day by defeating Solon 42-25, as Tanner Abbas (152) won by fall in 1:11 followed by three straight losses to take the early momentum away. Mason Carpenter (195) stopped the bleeding with a fall in 3:00, only to have the Cowboys lose the next match. Spencer Trenary (285) turned it around again with a 6-4 win, and Tyler Stein (106) followed it with a pin in 1:01. Remington Hanson (113) kept it going with a fall in 2:47, but the Cowboys lost the next match. They would come back yet again to take three of the final four matches to seal it, as Connor Johnson (126) won 11-7, Reed Abbas (138) pinned his man in 2:30 and Kamren Jergenson (145) scored a fall in :52.

The red and black met Williamsburg in the semifinals, defeating the Raiders 33-28. After dropping the opening bout at 160 pounds, Reymundo Vasquez (170) scored a fall in 1:25 to put the first points on the board. Carpenter won by fall in 3:24, but then the Raiders took the next two matches to stay in it. Trenary stopped them with a fall in a quick 44 seconds, followed by Stein winning 10-7 and Hanson 8-6 in overtime to keep them on a roll. After the next three matches all went to the Raiders, the Cowboys became desperate to turn it around. That’s when the Abbas brothers hit the mat, and they did just that as Reed scored an 11-4 win followed by Tanner’s quick pin in 56 seconds. That gave them an 11-point cushion, and the Raiders fall at 152 brought them just short.


For the full story, see the February 22 edition of the Monitor.