NEW LONDON — The annual Jeremy Fulk Classic was held in New London this weekend and Henry County was represented well. Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union was second in the team race with 161.5 points and two individual champions. WACO was fourth with 123 points and two individual champions, and New London placed fifth with 109 points and three individual champions. Louisa-Muscatine won the team title with 182 points.
Columbus was led by Jose Cereze at 152 lbs. and Jarod Kadel at 183 lbs., both of which took home titles.
Jose Cerezo began the day with a bye and pinned WACO’s Robert Frazer in 1:01 during the semifinals. He won the 152 lbs. bracket over Mid-Prarie’s David Murray via pinfall at 1:40.
Kadel had three pins to win his bracket. He pinned Louisa-Muscatine’s Tyler Hansen in 1:11, teammate Cesar Neri in 50 seconds and another Louisa-Muscatine wrestler, Gage Conner, in 1:37.
WACO’s Jonah Clark won the 120 lbs. bracket. He had a bye in both the quarterfinals and semifinals and had a third period pin over Louisa-Muscatine’s Marcos Moedano in the championship. Clark pinned Moedano in 5:11.
Jalen Collins was WACO’s other winner, at 126 lbs. He pinned Rylee Vercande of Mid-Prarie in 31 seconds in the semifinals and then won the bracket with a pin in 1:06 over another Mid-Prarie wrestler, Dallas Miller.
New London freshman Marcel Lopez took first in the 113 lbs. bracket. Lopez received ab ye in the quarterfinals and pinned Louisa-Muscatine’s Wyatt Salmon in 3:53 during the semifinals. In the first place match, Lopez pinned Columbus/W-MU’s Isaac Acosta in 1:13.
Gabe Carter picked up another first place for New London at 170 lbs. Carter had a quarterfinal bye, pinned Joe Allred of Mid-Prarie in the semifinals and finished off the bracket with a 4-2 decision over Max Mashek in the finals.
Gavin Holmes won the 182 lbs. bracket to give New London a third champion. After a quarterfinal bye, Holmes pinned Jeremiah Boos of Mid-Prarie in 1:09 to get to the finals. In the finals, Holmes won a 5-1 decision over Chance Colby of Columbus/W-MU.
All three teams will be back in action in Wayland on Thursday, Dec. 6, when they all meet up for a triangular.