The final dual of Mid-Prairie’s home quad on Thursday finished with the Golden Hawks and Tipton Tigers tied at 42-42.
The first four tie-breaking criteria did not result in a winner, but the fifth gave a point and the win to Mid-Prairie. With more forfeits than their final opponent, the Golden Hawks took two out of three for the night.
“We had more people ready to wrestle so that was what it was,” Mid-Prairie coach Justin Garvey said.
Mid-Prairie defeated both of its River Valley Conference opponents on Thursday, picking up a 54-24 win over West Branch in the opening dual.
Several Golden Hawks gave up early takedowns, but came back to win by pins in the first dual.
“I felt as if we wrestled really kind of a little over the top, a little too excited to be at home wrestling,” Garvey said. “We got in some trouble a couple times, but the guys, they stayed strong and they fought through it and they came out of it.”
Mid-Prairie seniors Ben Meader and Josh Wallington each started the season 6-0 with a pair of pins.
Meader escaped some early trouble in the first match to pin his opponent in 81 seconds.
“I got in bad position, he got a headlock on me,” Meader said. “I had to keep my composure and still wrestle my match.”
Jardin Mufaume, Wallington, Brodey Neal, Mose Yoder and Vinnie Bowlin each won by fall, as well.
Meader earned another pin during the Golden Hawks’ 47-36 loss to New London in the second dual. The Tigers elected to forfeit at 220 and move their 220-pounder up to face Neal at heavyweight.
It didn’t work out for them. Neal got his second pin of the night with eight seconds left in the first period.
“That was huge for us, “ Garvey said. “We were right there with a pretty good team, we’ve just got to stay focused and keep getting better.”
Owen Trimpe won by fall in 1:06 at 152 pounds in the final dual. Wallington’s second pin came against Tipton’s Jack Boldt.
“He was a different type of wrestler, more chaotic, just harder to take shots on and unpredictable,” Wallington said. “I just lifted him up and he ended up on his back.”
Yoder wins at Fulk Classic
Mose Yoder won all three of his matches to finish first at 113 pounds in the Jeremy Fulk Classic at New London on Saturday. Meader went 1-2 to finish third at 182.
Wrestlers return, place at NL
Cael Garvey and Gannon Callahan returned to the mat for Mid-Prairie on Saturday and each started the season with a win at New London. Garvey went 2-1 and won the third-place match at 195. Callahan earned a 9-4 decision in the semifinals before falling 4-0 to Lisbon’s Brant Baltes in the heavyweight final.
Vinnie Bowlin did not wrestle in Saturday’s tournament after starting the season 2-0 at 160.
Bowlin sustained an ankle injury when he gave up an early takedown in his first match on Thursday. Despite the injury, Bowlin got off of his back and finished with a pin just 28 seconds in during the win over West Branch.
Mid-Prairie starts 1-2
The Golden Hawks opened the season on Dec. 1 with a 51-24 win over English Valleys/Tri County, a 42-34 loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and a 50-28 loss to host Wapello. Mufaume, Wallington and Neal each had two pins while Meader won all three matches by major decision.
Hotz finishes third in Wapello
Lone Tree senior Will Hotz is off to a 3-1 start with the Columbus/WMU wrestling team. Hotz had a pin in a win over Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, and bounced back from a semifinal loss on Saturday with two pins to finish third at 170 in the Willard Howell Invitational.