MANLY - Bigger physically and sharper mentally, Austin Roys has put the pieces of the puzzle together during the early stages of his senior season on the wrestling mat.
South Hamilton's 145-pounder continued to flourish on Saturday by winning his first-ever tournament title and improving to 11-1 with an unbeaten afternoon at the Central Springs Round Robin Tournament.
Roys was joined by junior JD Rader on the top of the podium. Rader (11-0) stayed perfect on the season with five more victories.
The Hawks entered just seven wrestlers, so competing for a team title was out of the question. They finished with 127 points to place fifth; South Central Calhoun (256) sat on top.
"We knew we weren't going to finish very well in the team standings, but the seven kids we brought really performed well," South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie said.
Charlie Reiter (126), Luke Peters (138), Max Reiter (160) and Josh Lutter (285) all placed third. Brady Clabaugh (170) was fourth.
ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT
Saturday at Manly
1. South Central Calhoun 256; 2. Central Springs 250; 3. Dike-New Hartford 194; 4. Mason City Newman 128; 5. South Hamilton 127; 6. BCLUW 124.
South Hamilton Results
126 - Charlie Reiter 3-2, 3rd. 132 - JD Rader 5-0, 1st. 138 - Luke Peters 4-1, 3rd. 145 - Austin Roys 5-0, 1st. 160 - Max Reiter 3-2, 3rd. 170 - Brady Clabaugh 2-3, 4th. 285 - Josh Lutter 3-2, 3rd.
Roys collected wins by pin, technical fall and decision, and Brodie says his newfound dominance is all about attitude.
"Austin is approaching his matches different this year and this is the way I always thought he could wrestle," Brodie said. "He's starting to put it all together in his senior season and that's pleasing to see."
Rader gave up his first takedown of the season in the tournament, but that didn't break his stride. He put up three falls and two decision wins.
"JD had some quality competition that's kind of under the radar and it's nice to get some of these matches early in the season," Brodie said. "He's working some different stuff and trying to improve every aspect of his game. He just needs to keep moving forward."
Peters was one of three grapplers at 138 to finish 4-1, but the South Hamilton freshman came up unlucky in the criteria used to determine the champion.