MANLY - Max Reiter put together the best day of his wrestling career here on Saturday, as he was the lone South Hamilton grappler to come up golden at the Central Springs Panther Round-Robin Tournament.
The 152-pounder piled up a 5-0 record, including a 5-3 double-overtime victory over Zach LeBahn of Dike-New Hartford on his way to the top of the podium. Reiter scored a reversal with 5 seconds remaining in the tight match to prevail.
"That (double-OT) match really defined his day and it should help him with his confidence the rest of the year," South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie said of Reiter. "He has his own style and he gets it done."
Six Hawks finished in the top three at their respective weights and the team tallied 148 points to finish in fifth place. South Central Calhoun (302) won the tournament, followed by Central Springs (230), Riceville/St. Ansgar (229) and Dike-New Hartford (177).
South Hamilton had four openings in its lineup.
"We decided to send a couple of our guys to a (junior varsity) tournament because it's better for each individual to gain quality experience," Brodie said. "We weren't there to fill a lineup and try to win the team (title)."
1. South Central Calhoun 302; 2. Central Springs 230; 3. Riceville/St. Ansgar 229; 4. Dike-New Hartford 177; 5. South Hamilton 148; 6. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 45.
South Hamilton Results
106 - Charlie Reiter 3-2, 3rd; 113 - Brian Greenfield 2-3, 4th; 120 - Open; 126 - JD Rader 4-1, 2nd; 132 - Jordan Toillion 3-2, 3rd; 138 - Austin Roys 2-3, 4th; 145 - Open; 152 - Max Reiter 5-0, 1st; 160 - Open; 170 - Hunter Griffin 3-2, 3rd; 182 - Brady Clabaugh 3-2, 3rd; 195 - Logan Koopman 1-4, 5th; 220 - Open; 285 - Josh Lutter 1-4, 5th.
JD Rader, ranked third (Class 1A) at 120, bumped up to 126 and finished second with a 4-1 record. He accumulated four pins, and his lone loss was a 4-2 setback to No. 5-ranked (2A) Kyle White of Central Springs. White was the 126-pound state runner-up a season ago.
"We moved JD up to wrestle some tougher competition and it was a good day for him," Brodie said. "He was excited to go up and he was definitely the aggressor (against White). We're just trying to get him as many tough matches as we can throughout the season."
Compiling 3-2 records and placing third for the Hawks were Charlie Reiter (106), Jordan Toillion (132), Hunter Griffin (170) and Brady Clabaugh (182).
South Hamilton will be in Gilbert on Thursday for a Heart of Iowa Conference dual against the Tigers. Junior varsity action will start at 6:30 p.m., with the varsity dual to follow.