West High had all 14 wrestlers place on Saturday at the Mississippi Valley Tournament — with three champions — but the Trojans did not capture the MVC team title for the first time in a decade.
Cedar Rapids Prairie won with 262.5 team points. Linn-Mar was second (217.5) and West High was third (209.5). It marked the first time since 2003 that West High did not win the MVC.
“For us to win this today, we’d have to wrestle almost a perfect tournament, and we weren’t even close to that,” West coach Mark Reiland said. “The score showed that.
“The fact that everybody placed is a good thing. But some of them were in seventh- and eighth-place matches. To win tournaments like this, you can’t be in that match, you’ve got to be higher.”
Chris Walters (126), Kegan Wakefield (138) and Micah Kelsay (220) won titles for the Trojans on Saturday. All three won by decision.
Kelsay beat Dubuque Hempstead’s Gannon Gremmel in sudden victory 9-5
“I think I should have beaten him in regulation, I just didn’t take a hold of chances I had,” Kelsay said. “It ended up in my favor.”
Kelsay trailed 4-3 in the third period, but got a takedown to go ahead. Gremmel escaped and worked the edge of the mat as Kelsay tried to get a takedown for the win.
In sudden victory, Kelsay made his move.
“I think I’ve improved a ton this season,” Kelsay said. “I’ve got great workout partners; Mickey (Pelfrey) and Bryon (Tate) is a great coach to work with.”
Walters, like Kelsay, won his first MVC title. No. 2 Walters beat No. 3 Josh Wenger of Prairie 4-1.
Walters got a takedown in the first period and an escape and takedown in the second to go ahead 4-1.
Wenger had the top position the third period, but couldn’t score with it.
“It didn’t make sense to me, because I didn’t think he was going to turn me,” Walters said. “But I definitely should have gotten out and gone for the major.”
Wakefield won his second MVC title — he previously won a title as a sophomore at 119. The third-ranked senior beat No. 4 Trey Blaha of Prairie 2-1.
Wakefield went into the third period with the score still 0-0 and Blaha chose bottom position.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” Wakefield said. “I had to dig down deep. Lots of times in close matches, I think about my training, what I need to get done. I knew I could do it.”
Blaha escaped, but Wakefield took him down with a single leg midway through the period and rode him to the finish.
“I wish I had done a little better on top; I just wrestled to hold on,” Wakefield said.
No. 2 Mickey Pelfrey (195) lost his MVC final to No. 1 Marcus Harrington of Waterloo West 5-1.
Colin Foerstner (285) placed third and Donovan Doyle (170) was fourth. Tyler Hebl (145) was fifth and Jamine Bailey (113) and John MIlani (152) placed sixth.
“We’ve come a long ways from the start of year,” Reiland said. “We have more work to do in the next three weeks. You can’t fault the effort, sometimes we’re just not doing things right.”
Next up for West High is a Class 3A regional dual Feb. 6. The Trojans host West Des Moines Dowling Catholic with a spot in the Class 3A state dual tournament on the line.
The Class 3A District Meet is Feb. 9 in Mount Pleasant. City High will travel there as well.
The Little Hawks placed 13th on Saturday. Bryton Jones (152) and Ryan Maas (220) placed third for City High.
“Bryton wrestled the way he’s capable of,” City coach Cory Connell said. “He’s a guy that’s been right there all year. Hopefully he can turn that corner to finish the year the way he wants to.”
Alex Lemus placed fourth at 113 for City.
“We still need to get a lot better,” Connell said. “Three guys placing … we need to get better.”
MVC Super Meet
Team scores — 1. Cedar Rapids Prairie 262.5; 2. Linn-Mar 217.5; 3. West High 209.5; 4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 166; 5. Cedar Falls 160; 6. Dubuque Wahlert 118.5; 7. Waterloo West 110; 8. Cedar Rapids Washington 106; 9. Cedar Rapids Xavier 102; 10. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 99; 11. Dubuque Senior 88.5; 12. Dubuque Hempstead 78.5; 13. City High 59; 14. Waterloo East 30.
106 — Chase Lynn (DS) maj. dec. Nolan Hromidko (CRK) 13-4. 8. Jordan Crawford (West).
113 — Matt Wempen (LM) tech. fall Kyle Briggs (CRJ) 17-0. 4. Alex Lemus (City). 6. Jasmine Bailey (West).
120 — Alijah Jeffery (LM) dec. Daniel Kelly (CF) 8-2. 8. Jakeb Bakken (West).
126 — Chris Walters (West) dec. Josh Wenger (CRP) 4-1.
132 — Dax Dills (CRW) maj. dec. Matt Hesselman (DS) 10-2. 7. Tristen Bowers (West).
138 — Kegan Wakefield (West) dec. Trey Blaha (CRP) 2-1.
145 — Joel Northrup (LM) dec. Skyler St. John (CRP) 5-2. 5. Tyler Hebl (West).
152 — Jamie Day (CRP) dec. Brandon Haas (DH) 6-4. 3. Bryton Jones (City). 6. John Milani (West).
160 — Clark Doyle (CF) pinned Dakota Digmann (LM) 3:06. 7. Jackson Voight (West).
170 — Cameron Rathje (CRP) pinned Weslee Haynes (DW) 3:04. 4. Donovan Doyle (West).
182 — Nick Hagedorn (CF) dec. Andrew Hollady (LM) 14-12 SV. 6. Mitch Yoerger (West).
195 — Marcus Harrington (WW) dec. Mickey Pelfrey (West) 5-1.
220 — Micah Kelsay (West) dec. Gannon Gremmel (DH) 9-5 SV. 3. Ryan Maas (City).
285 — Andrew Netolicky (CRP) pinned Zac Gillis (CRW) 8:10. 3. Colin Foerstner (West).