PELLA — Sporting a young lineup at its home Last Chance Invitational, the Central College wrestling team had eight wrestlers earn top-three finishers Saturday afternoon.
There were no team scores as eight different programs sent underclassmen and reserve wrestlers to Pella.
Chase Poston (sophomore, Olympia, Wash.) was the lone individual champion for the Dutch, going 2-0 to win at 125 pounds. Poston won his first match by an 18-1 technical fall and won the title match with an 11-2 major decision over teammate Carlos Posas (junior, Madera, Calif., South HS).
“He’s been training really hard and wants to be on the mat,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “He got an opportunity today and showed what he is capable of doing.”
Peyton Hammerich (freshman, Princeton, Ill.) won his first two matches to advance to the title bout before taking second place at 174 pounds. Levi Condy (freshman, 165 pounds, Memphis, Tenn., Christian Brothers HS) and Samuel Zook (sophomore, 285 pounds, Oak Harbor, Wash.) both won their first three matches on the way to bagging second-place performances.
“They are all guys we’re going to need the next couple of years,” Van Kley said. “They showed some potential today and at the same time they know there are some things they need to keep working on. They have good attitudes and we’ll keep pushing forward with them.”
Jordan Bendorf (freshman, San Diego, Calif., Bonita Vista HS) and Julian Rodriguez (freshman, Escondido, Calif., Escondido HS) shared third place at 141 pounds after both lost in the semifinals. Christian Wilson (freshman, 165 pounds, Houston, Texas, Cypress Ridge HS) and Gavin Babcock (junior, 197 pounds, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) also secured third-place performances.
Miles Hansmeier (freshman, 149 pounds, Waukon), Luke Condy (freshman, 157 pounds, Memphis, Tenn., Christian Brothers HS) and Tanner Zimmerman (senior, 197 pounds, Indianola) all finished fourth at their respective weight classes. Holden Miller (senior, Yelm, Wash.) was fifth at 285 pounds.
“It all shows the depth of our program,” Van Kley said. “We’re proud that it’s not just starters and that other guys are capable of putting in great effort.”
All focus turns towards the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional February 29 – March 1 in Dubuque at the Five Flags Center.
“It’s a big two weeks of training ahead of us,” Van Kley said. “We believe in our system. We’ll make sure we are healthy and ready to go for a fun weekend in Dubuque.”