Seniors lead Bears to 2 wins

Seniors lead Bears to 2 wins


Seniors lead Bears to 2 wins



It has been the seniors that have led the West Branch wrestling team all season long.

So it seemed only fitting that the trend continued on Senior Night.

Led by strong performances from its seniors, West Branch cruised to a pair of wins in a River Valley Conference double dual Thursday, downing Camanche 60-19 and Regina 55-18.

The Bears won 10 of 14 matches in the win over Camanche before and got wins from four seniors in their final home match in the victory over Regina.

“It feels pretty great,” senior Casey Pence said. “We’re all like a family. I’ve grown up with these guys wrestling every day, so it feels great to finish it out like this at home.”

Pence and fellow seniors Tyler Donovan and Justin Roth all won two matches as West Branch improved its dual record to 11-3.

Donovan, ranked fifth in Class 1A at 152 pounds, ran his season record to 31-2 with a pair of quick pins Thursday.

He needed just 1:36 to put Jack Damgaard of Camanche on his back and pinned Mason Simpson of Regina with five seconds left in the second period.

“All of us seniors have been working hard together since we were freshmen,” Donovan said. “We’ve worked through the ups and downs together and it just feels good that we’re all on an up note tonight together.”

Pence had an even shorter night than Donovan.

The third-ranked 160-pounder in Class 1A earned a forfeit in his first match against Camanche before pinning Regina’s Zach Galindo in 1:53.

Pence improved his season record to 23-0 with his two wins.

“I think we all just knew that our last time out here we wanted to wrestle our best,” Pence said. “It’s a great feeling.”

The most dramatic victory of the night belonged to Roth, who scored an escape and then a takedown to edge Regina’s Justin Hunter in the second sudden victory period.

Roth, who also had a second period pin of Camanche’s Mike Morris, improved to 26-9 on the season with the two wins.

Fellow seniors Carter Carew and Joe Tatman each finished 1-1.

Carew, who is ranked eighth at 126 pounds, dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 9 Brice Everson of Camanche and earned a win by forfeit, while Tatman pinned Camanche’s Guy Edfors in 1:26 before being pinned by Regina’s Adam Ries.

“They have great leadership qualities; that’s why they are captains,” West Branch coach Jason Feuerbach said of the seniors. “They are in the room doing the right stuff every day, they lead by example in the classroom, and through the school they are leaders, so they kind of set the tone for our team.”

Sophomore Drew Finnegan also went 2-0, picking up a pair of wins at 220 pounds.

Finnegan, who is ranked ninth in Class 1A, picked up a win by forfeit and earned an 8-2 win over Regina’s Jared Brinkman.

“It was good to send the seniors off with two dual victories, and I would say that we are performing better,” Feuerbach said. “It’s the right time of the season to start peaking.”

Regina finished 1-1 as the Regals won three of the four contested matches in a 51-27 win over Camanche that featured 10 forfeits.

Adam Ries (138) and Justin Hunter (170) posted pins for the Regals, while Mason Simpson won a 7-2 decision at 152 pounds.

Ries finished with a pair of wins Thursday as he pinned Luke Lenoch of West Branch in 3:53.

“He is a competitor,” Regina coach Adam Martensen said of Ries. “He’s always working offense, always keeping the action going and it pays off.”

Regina and West Branch will both return to action at the first River Valley Conference tournament Saturday at Wilton.

“We are working for this time of the year right now, and I really think that we are starting to show that,” Martensen said. “I think we are really excited to have a good finish to the season.”


106 – Nathan Thoms (CAM) dec. T.J. Schott 4-2

113 – Jeremy Sorem (CAM) won by forfeit

120 – Noah Everson (CAM) won by forfeit

126 – Brice Everson (CAM) won by forfeit

132 – Jimmy Zhang (CAM) won by forfeit

138 – Adam Reis (ICR) pinned Guy Edfors 2:10

145 – Eric Bracken (ICR) won by forfeit

152 – Mason Simpson (ICR) dec. Jack Damgaard 7-2

160 – Zach Galindo (ICR) won by forfeit

170 – Justin Hunter (ICR) pinned Mike Morris 1:59

182 – Charles Purnell (ICR) won by forfeit

195 – Adam Demory (ICR) won by forfeit

220 – Payton Maske (ICR) won by forfeit

285 – Jared Brinkman (ICR) won by forfeit


106 – Nathan Thoms (CAM) pinned Dayne Ehlts 1:26

113 – Jeremy Sorem (CAM) won by forfeit

120 – Noah Everson (CAM) major dec. Cale Donovan 14-0

126 – Brice Everson (CAM) dec. Carter Carew 6-1

132 – Adam O’Neil (WB) pinned Jimmy Zhang 3:54

138 – Joe Tatman (WB) pinned Guy Edfors 1:26

145 – Cole Lacina (WB) won by forfeit

152 – Tyler Donovan (WB) pinned Jack Damgaard 1:36

160 – Casey Pence (WB) won by forfeit

170 – Justin Roth (WB) pinned Mike Morris 3:59

182 – Luke Lenoch (WB) won by forfeit

195 – Ryan Grosvenor (WB) won by forfeit

220 – Drew Finnegan (WB) won by forfeit

285 – Tony Rocha (WB) won by forfeit


106 – T.J. Schott (ICR) pinned Dayne Ehlts 1:07

113 – Dalton Depoorter (WB) won by forfeit

120 – Cale Donovan (WB) won by forfeit

126 – Carter Carew (WB) won by forfeit

132 – Adam O’Neil (WB) won by forfeit

138 – Adam Ries (ICR) pinned Joe Tatman 1:28

145 – Cole Lacina (WB) dec. Eric Bracken 9-5

152 – Tyler Donovan (WB) pinned Mason Simpson 3:55

160 – Casey Pence (WB) pinned Zach Galindo 1:53

170 – Justin Roth (WB) dec. Justin Hunter 5-2 SV

182 – Aaron Demory (ICR) Luke Lenoch 3:53

195 – Ryan Grosvenor (WB) major dec. Payton Maske 10-0

220 – Drew Finnegan (WB) Jared Brinkman 8-2

285 – Tony Rocha (WB) won by forfeit


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