STORY CITY - Sophomore JD Rader won easily early and then grinded it out in the money rounds here on Saturday to claim the 120-pound title at the Jim Kinyon Norsemen Invitational.
South Hamilton's sixth-ranked (Class 1A) grappler's day included a 42-second pin and two narrow decisions, highlighted by a 4-2 victory over East Marshall/GMG's Zach Underhill in the gold-medal match. Rader broke a 2-2 tie by turning Underhill for two near-fall points in the third period.
"JD had a great day because we knew it was going to be a pretty tough weight class," South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie said.
The Hawks scored 113 points and finished sixth. Grinnell (202) won the team title.
Heavyweight Josh Lutter finished second for South Hamilton. His day included a pair of pins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
"Josh had a great day, too," Brodie said. "He did some things that I haven't seen him do all season."
Charlie Reiter (106) claimed bronze.
Hawks slide by Gilbert
GILBERT - South Hamilton picked up a 39-27 Heart of Iowa Conference dual victory over Gilbert last Thursday evening.
Austin Roys (145), Max Reiter (152), Hunter Griffin (170) and Brady Clabaugh (182) were winners on the mat; Reiter, Griffin and Clabaugh all recorded falls.
Rader (120), Brian Carroll (126), Colton Mohr (220) and Lutter (285) were forfeit winners.
"It's always good beating Gilbert," Brodie said. "I thought our guys wrestled pretty well. We're still working to get better and there are still a lot of things I'd like to see us improve on, but I thought we wrestled hard."