Doolittle, Hartnett and Lawson NCC champs again, Rohmiller and Cherry golden for first time
Lawson makes a statement, Doolittle fourth Lynx grappler to win three titles
HUMBOLDT — Did you feel the ground shake at approximately 5:10 p.m. Saturday evening? That was just Cooper Lawson making a statement to the rest of the Class 2A heavyweight wrestlers around the state.
What was he saying? The state title runs right through him. And good luck.
Lawson, the 2016 state runner-up and current No. 1-ranked grappler in the weight class, put together one of the finest matches of his career in a championship-round 14-4 dismantling of fifth-ranked and 2017 state bronze medalist Spencer Trenary of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows at the 51st North Central Conference tournament.
Lawson’s five takedowns were impressive enough. But it was his tremor-inducing throw that put Trenary flat on his back late in the second period that elicited the oohs and aahs from the crowd. The five-point move expanded the Webster City senior’s lead to 12-2.
“I hit it perfect I think,” Lawson, who has now won 40 consecutive matches without allowing a takedown, said of the throw afterwards. “I couldn’t have done it any better. I wish I would have pinned him right there, but it is what it is. I got the major (decision) and I’m happy with that.”
Trenary, who owned the height advantage, attempted throws of his own throughout the bout, but to no avail.
“He wrestles a lot of greco, so I know he wants to throw,” Lawson said. “I beat him in the positions he’s comfortable at, I think that’s the main thing.”
As impressive as it was, WCHS head coach Chad Hisler says it was just Cooper being Cooper.
“He’s always in position and he has great hips and great feet,” Hisler said of his heavyweight. “And when Cooper wants to do something he can do it.”
Lawson (31-0) and 10th-ranked 132-pounder Carson Hartnett (25-5) became the 12th and 13th two-time NCC champions for WCHS. Third-ranked 120-pounder Drake Doolittle (29-3) became just the fourth Lynx grappler to collect three crowns, and 152-pounder Luke Rohmiller (16-5) and sixth-ranked 220-pounder James Cherry (22-3) won league gold for the first time.
The five individual champions tied the program record. WCHS also had five winners in 1992 and again in 2012.
Doolittle joined an elite club that also includes former Lynx greats Connor Larson, Jason Dillingham and Bart Chelesvig. He’ll attempt to become the first WCHS wrestler to ever win four conference titles a year from now.
“It’s an honor to be with those names,” Doolittle said after dismantling the 120-pound bracket for the second straight year. “To have your name with all of those top guys, it means a lot.”
Doolittle outscored his two opponents 34-7, offering up only escapes. He piled up seven takedowns in the finals before he showed Iowa Falls-Alden’s Mason Kent the lights in 4:19.
While his last two titles have come easily, Hisler was quick to point out that Doolittle’s first crown as a freshman at 113 in 2016 came over two-time state champion Justin Portillo of CGD.
Hartnett saw just 47 seconds of mat time, but that was fine by him. A bye and medical forfeit put him in the finals, but he showed no rust in decking Iowa Falls-Alden’s Darin Lemke in just 47 seconds.
“It kind of irritates you because you want to have that workout in there, but I got mine and it worked out for me,” Hartnett said. “It’s just another win though. I’ve just got to keep working for my bigger goals.”
After a career that has been sidetracked a time or two by injuries, Rohmiller was finally healthy enough to put his full arsenal on display. He had no trouble disposing of CGD’s Sam Wigans, the top seed, in the finals, 9-1. Rohmiller scored a late takedown in the first period to jump in front and then put Wigans on his back in the second.
“It’s just great to be back,” Rohmiller said. “I just wanted to keep the pressure constant and wrestle to the best of my abilities.”
Cherry recorded the fastest pin of the tournament, a blink-and-you-missed-it 11-second win over Humboldt’s Brandon Johnson in the semifinals. He then got a chance to avenge an earlier loss to IF-A’s Victor Sanchez in the gold-medal bout, but that ended after just 1:15 when Sanchez was forced to injury default with a shoulder ailment. It occurred when Cherry whipped Sanchez to his back within the first 40 seconds. Cherry put Sanchez on his back again 30 seconds later and that put an end to the match.
“That was probably my favorite toss. That felt great,” Cherry said of the first throw. “I was a little mad going into that match. That was for the conference championship and I didn’t want there to be any doubt.”
Saturday at Humboldt
1. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 247 1/2; 2. Webster City 212 1/2; 3. Clear Lake 192; 4. Iowa Falls-Alden 153; 5. Humboldt 126; 6. Algona 112; 7. Hampton-Dumont 61; 8. St. Edmond 34.
106 — Spencer Nelson (CL) dec. Tyler Stein (CGD), 6-1. 113 — Remington Hanson (CGD) tech fall Chase Rattenborg (WC), 16-1, 3:58. 120 — Drake Doolittle (WC) pinned Mason Kent (IF-A), 4:20. 126 — Eric Faught (CL) pinned Quinton Buresh (IF-A), 1:07. 132 — Carson Hartnett (WC) pinned Darin Lemke (IF-A), 0:47. 138 — Reed Abbas (CGD) major dec. Jackson Hamlin (CL), 13-5. 145 — Tanner Abbas (CGD) major dec. Joey Busse (HUM), 17-7. 152 — Luke Rohmiller (WC) major dec. Sam Wigans (CGD), 9-1. 160 — Reymundo Vasquez (CGD) dec. Ben Finn (CL), 12-9. 170 — Mason Carpenter (CGD) dec. Zane Williams (WC), 6-3. 182 — Calvin Kruse (ALG) dec. Riley McWherter (IF-A), 4-0. 195 — Dalton Chipp (H-D) dec. Kade Hambly (CL), 7-5 (SV-1). 220 — James Cherry (WC) injury default Victor Sanchez (IF-A), 1:15. 285 — Cooper Lawson (WC) major dec. Spencer Trenary (CGD), 14-4.
106 — Ryan Duckett (SE) pinned Cole Nelson (HUM), 4:36. 113 — Conner Morey (CL) pinned Reece Eakins (ALG), 4:40. 120 — Keaton Wilson (CGD) pinned Luke McKenna (ALG), 0:18. 126 — Noah Carlson (SE) dec. Nick Gasca (WC), 8-4. 132 — Zach Kollmorgen (HUM) dec. Bryan Hillyer (CL), 7-0. 138 — Riley Burke (IF-A) pinned Timmy Larson (HUM), 3:18. 145 — Braxton Doebel (CL) tech fall Cayden Howland (IF-A), 16-1, 5:11. 152 — Austin Chase (ALG) pinned Rhys Glidden (CL), 2:27. 160 — Mitchell Priebe (ALG) pinned Kyler Hadwiger (IF-A), 3:37. 170 — Chance Poley (CL) tech fall Trey Barz (H-D), 15-0, 4:30. 182 — Colby Lienemann (CGD) pinned Joel Osborn (HUM), 0:51. 195 — Caleb Olson (WC) dec. Noah Murphy (ALG), 8-4. 220 — Brandon Johnson (HUM) pinned Kain Nelson (CGD), 1:31. 285 — Justin Jones (HUM) pinned McKade Eisentrager (IF-A), 0:54.
106 — Abe Scheideman (H-D) dec. Evan Deal (ALG), 9-5. 113 — Zach Packard (HUM) pinned Nicolas Kim (SE), 0:51. 120 — Jaycob Martzahn (H-D) medical forfeit Colby Clarken (HUM). 126 — Bryce Allen (CGD) pinned Tomas Cavazos (H-D), 2:44. 132 — No match (double injury default). 138 — Cole Johnson (ALG) pinned Brady Auderer (WC), 5:23. 145 — Daltyn Peck (WC) pinned Caleb Talbot (ALG), 5:39. 152 — Levi Henderson (IF-A) pinned Davion Goodell (HUM), 4:41. 160 — Harrison Hayes (WC) pinned Logan Moser (HUM), 5:30. 170 — Levi Naeve (HUM) pinned Alberto Salmeron (IF-A), 5:17. 182 — Dalton Mennenga (CL) major dec. Hunter Collicott (WC), 16-8. 195 — Salvador Fregoso (CGD) pinned Nicholas Hamilton (IF-A), 1:33. 220 — AJ Stevenson (IF-A) medical forfeit Gavin Meints (ALG). 285 — Jake Keith (CL) major dec. Kale Kramer (ALG), 9-1.
Webster City Results
106 — Reece Sadler 0-2, DNP. 113 — Chase Rattenborg 1-1, 2nd. 120 — Drake Doolittle 2-0, 1st. 126 — Nick Gasca 2-2, 4th. 132 — Carson Hartnett 2-0, 1st. 138 — Brady Auderer 0-3, 6th. 145 — Daltyn Peck 1-2, 5th. 152 — Luke Rohmiller 3-0, 1st. 160 — Harrison Hayes 2-2, 5th. 170 — Zane Williams 2-1, 2nd. 182 — Hunter Collicott 1-3, 6th. 195 — Caleb Olson 3-1, 3rd. 220 — James Cherry 2-0, 1st. 285 — Cooper Lawson 3-0, 1st.