By Matt Bryant, Golden Triangle News Service
RIVERSIDE ? Featuring 15 ranked wrestlers from 13 schools, Highland?s Gary Curtis Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday provided a tough test for area grapplers.
New London placed seven wrestlers in the top six places to finish with 103 team points, good for fourth place.
Three Tiger wrestlers fell just short of an individual championship.
New London?s #6 ranked, 126-pounder Samuel Loyd cruised to finals with two tech falls. The championship match pitted two ranked wrestlers for the title. Loyd faced off against #9 Nolan Noonan of Cascarde. Loyd lost the match by fall.
Tiger Gabe Carter earned his way to the 152-pound finals with a fall and a decision before he ran into #1 ranked Isaac Judge of South Tama. Judge won the match 15-4.
Gavin Holmes, New London?s 160-pound wrestler, recorded two pins to gain entry into the final where he fell to South Tama?s Pedro Rodriguez.
Final Team Standings
1) Washington ? 200.0; 2) South Tama County ? 187.5; 3) Columbus Community ? 126.0; 4) New London ? 103.0; 5) Muscatine ? 95.5; 6) Cascade ? 91.0; 6) Highland ? 91.0; 8) Alburnett ? 85; 9) Saydel ? 84.5; 10) Iowa City Liberty ? 48.5; 11) Iowa City Regina ? 48.0; 12) West Branch ? 47.0; 13) Mid-Prairie ? 25.0.
New London Individual Results
126: Samuel Loyd (New London) ? 2nd
Quarterfinals ? Samuel Loyd over Carson Harder (Muscatine) (Tech Fall 21-6) Semifinals ? Samuel Loyd over Cullen Klebe (Highland) (Tech Fall 18-2) 1st Place Match ? Nolan Noonan (Cascade) over Samuel Loyd (Fall 1:29)
132: Scott Christofferson (New London)
Champ. Round 1 ? Geoff Streb (Highland) over Scott Christofferson (Fall 2:42) Round 2 ? Scott Christofferson over Levi Quinlan (IC Regina) (Fall 4:33) Round 3 ? Connor Conlin (Cascade) over Scott Christofferson (Fall 1:08)
138: Javis Krieger (New London) ? 4th
Champ. Round 1 ? Javis Krieger over Harold Blakely (West Branch) (Fall 0:54) Quarterfinals ? Javis Krieger over Vinnie Bowlin (Mid Prairie) (Fall 0:55) Semifinals ? Tanner Probasco (South Tama) over Javis Krieger (Decision 7-4) 3rd Place Match ? Cory Stewart (Highland) over Javis Krieger (Decision 10-7)
145: Currey Jacobs-Miller (New London)
Champ. Round 1 ? Currey Jacobs-Miller over David Murray (Mid Prairie) (Decision 8-3) Round 2 ? Colton Vest (South Tama) over Currey Jacobs-Miller (Fall 0:43) Round 3 ? Currey Jacobs-Miller over Ted Weber (Cascade) (Fall 2:37) Round 4 ? Jose Cerenzo (Columbus Community) over Currey Jacobs-Miller (Fall 3:55)
152: Gabe Carter (New London) - 2nd
Quarterfinals ? Gabe Carter over Gauge Storm (Columbus Community) (Fall 1:35) Semifinals ? Gabe Carter over Kiowa Kieth (Washington) (Decision 6-0) 1st Place Match ? Isaac Judge (South Tama) over Gabe Carter (Major 15-4)
160: Gavin Holmes (New London) - 2nd
Quarterfinals ? gavin Holmes over Noah Freeman (Columbus Community) (Fall 1:08) Semifinals ? Gavin Holmes over Dan Burton (Highland) (Fall 4:30) 1st Place Match ? Pedro Rodriguez (South Tama) over Gavin Holmes (Fall 3:53)