The Iowa-Grant wrestling team opened its 2011-12 season Friday night with a convincing 54-12 Southwest Wisconsin Activities League dual-meet victory over visiting Riverdale.
The Panthers (0-1) got off to a slow start dropping three of the first four matches to fall behind 12-3. But I-G rebounded to collect victories in the final nine matches, four by pin, three by forfeit and two decisions, to turn the close match into a route.
Brandon Pierick (160 pounds), Blake Welu (182), Derek Peat (190) and Logan Mills (120) notched pins in the victory.
Jacob Yelinek (145), Larry Davidson (220) and Luke Nowak (126) won decisions, while Ben McFall (285), Gavin Jenkins (106) and Jordan Jenks (113) collected forfeit wins.
Bollant’s 9-3 victory over Billy Silvers at 170 tied the dual at 12-12 and Welu’s ensuing first-period pin of Michael Hanson at 182 gave the Panthers a lead they would never relinquish.
Panthers finish second at Dubuque Invite
Saturday afternoon Bollant (170), Nowak (126), Pierick (160) and Welu (182) each claimed individual titles to lead the Panthers to a second-place team finish at the Dubuque Invitational.
Western Dubuque won three of its four head-to-head to championship matches with I-G to outpoint the Panthers 236-223 to claim a fifth straight Dubuque Invitational team title.
Bollant (4-0) scored a 6-3 decision over Western Dubuque’s Blake Kass to win the 170-pound title. Nowak (4-0) pinned Muscantine’s Tyler Yates in the first-period to win the 126-pound championship.
Pierick (4-0) defeated Northeast Goose Lake’s Kody Moehr, 10-5, in the 160-pound championship, while Welu defeated Hempstead’s Layton Fritsch, 10-3 at 182.
I-G’s Logan Mills (120), Tucker Sarbacker (138), Cody Belken (152) and Derek Peat (195) each went 2-1 on Saturday to finish second.
Coach Ryan Allen’s Panthers will return to action this Thursday night with a SWAL conference dual at Cuba City/Southwestern. The Panthers will then host the Iowa-Grant Quadrangular this Saturday.
Iowa-Grant 54, Riverdale 12
(from Friday, Dec. 2 @ Iowa-Grant)
106 - Gavin Jenkins (IG) won by forfeit. 113 - Jordan Jenks (IG) won by forfeit. 120 - Logan Mills pinned Garoutte, 2:31. 126 - Luke Nowak (IG) dec. Ingalls, 4-2. 132* - Roen (R) pinned Murilo Luques (IG), :25. 138 - Spears (R) dec. Tucker Sarbacker, 8-1. 145 - Jake Yelinek (IG) dec. Louis, 7-1. 152 - Beckius (R) dec. Cody Belken (IG), 7-4. 160 - Brandon Pierick (IG) pinned Koch, 4:22. 170 - Logan Bollant (IG) dec. Silvers, 9-3. 182 - Blake Welu (IG) pinned Hanson, 1:54. 195 - Derek Peat (IG) pinned Hillberry, 2:46. 220 - Larry Davison (IG) dec. Wanek, 7-6. 285 - Ben McFall (IG) won by forfeit.
(from Saturday, Dec. 3 @ Dubuque)
Team Scores - 1.Western Dubuque 236, 2.Iowa-Grant 223, 3.Clinton 155.5, 4.Davenport West 146.5, 5.Dubuque Hempstead 113, 6.Northest Goose Lake 108.5, 7.Dubuque Senior 103.5, 8.Muscatine 71.
Iowa-Grant Championships Matches
120 - Jake Gotto (WD) def. Logan Mills (IG) 3-1. 126 - Luke Nowak (IG) pinned Tyler Yates (M), 1:25. 138 - Dylan Gansen (WD) def. Tucker Sarbacker (IG), 7-2. 152 - Dustin Caldwell (C) def. Cody Belken (IG) 4-1. 160 - Brandon Pierick (IG) def. Kody Moehr (NEGL), 10-5. 170 - Logan Bollant (IG) def. Blake Kass (WD) 6-3. 182 - Blake Welu (IG) def. Layton Fritsch (DH), 10-3. 195 - Riley Demmer (WD) pinned Derek Peat (IG), 2:56