Cael Garvey and Mid-Prairie took West Branch’s best punch, and walked off the mat with a win on Thursday. The Golden Hawks defeated the Bears 40-39 on criteria and picked up a win over New London as well to go 2-1 for the day.
Garvey’s match at 220 with West Branch sophomore Logan Wright was hard fought, almost literally.
“He came out swinging, so I just kept pushing him because he just kept backing up,” Garvey said. “I just kept pushing him around the circle and he just kept getting more mad.”
Most of the action in the first period occurred after Garvey pushed Wright out of the circle, as the two continued pushing after the whistle. In the second period, Garvey escaped and scored the only takedown of the match on the way to a 5-0 decision.
“You’ve got a couple of 220-pound kids out there and they’re wanting to slug it out,” coach Justin Garvey said. “At one point I told the official, ‘you’ve got to get this under control, because it’s going south,’ but you know, Cael has matured some. During his freshman or sophomore year, that probably would have gotten a whole lot uglier. So I’m proud of the fact that he kept his composure. He scored the points that he needed to and he stayed in really good position. He didn’t give up a point, so good on him.”
Garvey won by forfeit twice to open the season 5-0. His fellow senior Brodey Neal also went 3-0 on Thursday with a pin of Seth Franzoni (West Branch) in 51 seconds, and a 73-second pin of Tipton’s Lucas Sutton.
“I just hand fought, trying to just do a normal snap down and next thing I knew, I threw him,” Neal said about the pin of Sutton.
His pin gave Mid-Prairie a 39-36 lead over Tipton, but the Golden Hawks would fall 42-39 after a forfeit at 106.
“I didn’t know what the team score was at the time,” Neal said. “I just went in there and wrestled my hardest.”
His second pin was critical to Mid-Prairie’s tight win over West Branch, as was junior Kaden Meader’s pin of Jaxon Kaalberg with 17 seconds left in the second period.
“After that first match, Garvey told me to hit my offense more,” Meader said. “So I went in there and tried to initiate the first move. I definitely think that I got lucky a couple of times there.”
Meader fell behind 2-0 and 4-2 before getting an escape, takedown, and pin in the second period. His Golden Hawk teammates, fans, and student section erupted as he came back to earn the critical six points.
“It did get loud in here and people got excited,’ Garvey said. “But our kids were focused on the wrestling and that’s what we needed, we needed the team to focus on the matches that were taking place. And things started out a little rough for us. But ,I think we found our groove there in the middle of this event tonight and our kids, you know, maybe saw, hey, this is what it’s like to wrestle. We had some ups and downs, but we came out of it 2-1 somehow.”
Mose Yoder opened the night with a quick pin to kick off the Tipton dual, but gave up an escape and takedown in the third period to drop an 11-9 decision against West Branch. New London’s Mavy Pope had the first takedown in the final 113-pound match, but Yoder came back to score a couple takedowns and finished the match with a pin in the second period.
Andrew Kaufman gave up a reversal, but came back with an escape and a takedown to pin his New London opponent with five seconds left in the first period.
Jarron Thomas had a 6-4 decision over Tipton’s Aiden Graves. Evan Phillips gave up a reversal and scored a reversal in the second period of his match against Tipton at 152. He earned three nearfall points and a pin to bring the Mid-Prairie crowd to its feet early on Thursday.
“I think that the biggest point of growth for these kids… I’ve been saying it the whole night, it’s the fight,” Garvey said. “When things get tough, we’re not just quitting and just rolling over and getting pinned. They’re staying in there and they’re fighting back to their bellies and they’re getting stand ups. And so that’s the biggest takeaway. I think we learned how to fight tonight.”
Yoder first in New London
Mose Yoder finished in first place at 113 pounds in New London’s Jeremy Fulk Classic for the second straight season.
Last year, he wrestled for seven minutes and 45 seconds as both of his pins came in the second period. This year the pins came in 66 and 65 seconds as Yoder won the title match by fall over Cedar Rapids Washington’s Nathaniel Velez.
Freshman Landry Gingerich finished second, winning his first two matches at 132 pounds before falling to the defending state champion, New London senior Marcel Lopez, by tech fall. Cael Garvey suffered his first loss of the season in the championship match at 220. He picked up a 23-8 tech fall and a 29 second pin on his way to the title match with WACO senior Jonah Clark. Clark took a 9-3 lead in the match before winning by injury default.
Dalton Miller, Kaden Meader, and Brodey Neal each won third-place matches for Mid-Prairie. Evan Phillips went 1-2 on the day to finish third at 152. Dom Shively, Terry Bordenave, and Burke Berry each finished the day with a win to take fifth.
Watts gets first pin
Mid-Prairie opened the season at home on Tuesday, December 2, with a win over English Valleys-Tri County, and losses to Wapello and E-B-F.
Senior Manny Watts had his first career pin in the third period over English Valleys’ Benjamin Coffman, and picked up a second win with a 6-5 decision against Wapello.
Mose Yoder, Cael Garvey and Landry Gingerich won matches by fall as well in the 66-18 win over EV. Garvey and Kaden Meader won by first-period pin in a 51-27 loss to Wapello. E-B-F went 9-1 in matches wrestled with Mid-Prairie with nine pins. Terry Bordenave pinned Clayton Young in the second for the Golden Hawks’ lone victory in the 54-30 defeat.
113: Mose Yoder (MIPR) over Michael Puffer (TIPT) (Fall 0:51)
120: Maxson Fogg (TIPT) over Noah Freeman (MIPR) (Fall 5:26)
126: Wyatt Ham (TIPT) over Colin O`Rourke (MIPR) (Fall 2:46)
132: Landry Gingerich (MIPR) over (TIPT) (For.)
138: Wyatt Lashmit (TIPT) over Andrew Kaufman (MIPR) (Fall 1:19)
145: Madison Kelly (MIPR) over (TIPT) (For.)
152: Evan Phillips (MIPR) over Braxton Heffernan (TIPT) (Fall 4:41)
160: Kaleb Nerem (TIPT) over Emmanuel Watts (MIPR) (Fall 1:51)
170: Skyler Schmidt (TIPT) over Kaden Meader (MIPR) (Fall 0:51)
182: Jarron Thomas (MIPR) over Aiden Graves (TIPT) (Dec 6-4)
195: Jerry Havill (TIPT) over Jaxsen Timmerman (MIPR) (Fall 0:51)
220: Cael Garvey (MIPR) over (TIPT) (For.)
285: Brodey Neal (MIPR) over Lucas Sutton (TIPT) (Fall 1:13)
106: Jayson Johnson (TIPT) over (MIPR) (For.)
120: Dylan Olson (WEBR) over Noah Freeman (MIPR) (Fall 1:37)
126: Luke Guseman (WEBR) over Colin O`Rourke (MIPR) (Fall 1:45)
132: Landry Gingerich (MIPR) over (WEBR) (For.)
138: Logan Keeler (WEBR) over Andrew Kaufman (MIPR) (Fall 1:09)
145: Cale Seydel (WEBR) over Madison Kelly (MIPR) (Fall 0:17)
152: Auron Marsh (WEBR) over Evan Phillips (MIPR) (Fall 1:17)
160: Emmanuel Watts (MIPR) over (WEBR) (For.)
170: Kaden Meader (MIPR) over Jaxson Kaalberg (WEBR) (Fall 3:43)
182: Jarron Thomas (MIPR) over (WEBR) (For.)
195: Jaxsen Timmerman (MIPR) over (WEBR) (For.)
220: Cael Garvey (MIPR) over Logan Wright (WEBR) (Dec 5-0)
285: Brodey Neal (MIPR) over Seth Franzoni (WEBR) (Fall 0:51)
106: Timmy Hosier (WEBR) over (MIPR) (For.)
113: Lincoln Edwards (WEBR) over Mose Yoder (MIPR) (Dec 11-9)
(MIPR Tie Breaker 1.0)
126: Colin O`Rourke (MIPR) over Gavin Bailey-Menke (NLHS) (Fall 0:42)
132: Marcel Lopez (NLHS) over Landry Gingerich (MIPR) (TF 24-9 4:00)
138: Andrew Kaufman (MIPR) over Corbin Jacobs-Jewell (NLHS) (Fall 1:55)
145: Madison Kelly (MIPR) over (NLHS) (For.)
152: Evan Phillips (MIPR) over (NLHS) (For.)
160: Dominic Lopez (NLHS) over Emmanuel Watts (MIPR) (Fall 2:59)
170: Kaden Meader (MIPR) over (NLHS) (For.)
182: Josh Glendening (NLHS) over Jarron Thomas (MIPR) (Fall 0:50)
195: Trent Wilkerson (NLHS) over Jaxsen Timmerman (MIPR) (Fall 2:15)
220: Cael Garvey (MIPR) over (NLHS) (For.)
285: Brodey Neal (MIPR) over (NLHS) (For.)
106: Double Forfeit
113: Mose Yoder (MIPR) over Mavy Pope (NLHS) (Fall 3:17)
120: Gage Burden (NLHS) over Noah Freeman (MIPR) (Fall 1:57)
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