Lawson’s 100th win gives Lynx team title at Perry Invite
Hartnett, Williams spoil perfect seasons of foes to win individual titles
PERRY — Chad Hisler checked and rechecked the team point totals as he stood matside and nervously waited for the 285-pound championship match at the Perry Invitational Saturday evening.
But did Webster City’s head wrestling coach need to be concerned? No, not really. Not when he had the top-ranked heavyweight who hasn’t allowed a takedown in close to two years waiting in the wings.
Trailing Panorama by two points with the final match remaining, the Lynx pinned their team title hopes on No. 1-ranked Cooper Lawson and the senior delivered without ever breaking a sweat. Lawson decked Panorama’s Dan Jensen in just 28 seconds to send WCHS to its first tournament championship of the season.
It was also a milestone moment for Lawson individually, as he became the 17th Lynx grappler to collect 100 career victories with the pin in the finals. It ran his win streak to 35 consecutive bouts as well, but he was just happy to help the team sprint across the finish line.
“I was more worried about the team title because I knew it was close,” Lawson said. “It was head-to-head with Panorama and they were the only team that could (beat) us.”
Lawson (26-0) spent just 2:09 on the mats in collecting three falls. His quarterfinal lasted only 17 seconds, not enough time to even make him breathe hard.
WCHS sent six individuals into the gold-medal round and crowned three champions. Nine grapplers placed in the top five, as the Lynx accrued 189 points. Panorama tallied 185 and Sergeant Bluff-Luton, third with 1791⁄2, came up short in its bid for a third straight Perry Invite crown.
Carson Hartnett (132) and seventh-ranked Zane Williams (170), two more WCHS seniors, joined Lawson at the top of the podium. Second-ranked Drake Doolittle (120), Luke Rohmiller (152) and sixth-ranked James Cherry (220) settled for silver.
WCHS led by as many as 36 points following the semifinal round, but Panorama gobbled up consolation-round points to make things interesting down the stretch. The Lynx went 2-0 against the Panthers in the finals and that was ultimately the difference.
“I thought we took another step forward,” Hisler said. “There are a lot of guys on our team that I could count on to (come through at the end) like that, but it was pretty cool for Cooper to do it with his 100th win. He loves that kind of challenge.”
Hartnett (23-5) had arguably the best day of any wrestler in the field. In his first tournament at 132, he pinned eighth-ranked (1A) Wyatt Crocker of Logan-Magnolia in the semifinals and then owned third-ranked (3A) and previously unbeaten Matthew Jordan of Des Moines East in the finals. Hartnett hit three single-leg takedowns against Jordan and was never in jeopardy of giving up a takedown.
“I had to grind to get down to 132, but all of this extra work, you’re going to see it now,” Hartnett said afterwards. “I went into that (finals) match thinking I’m going to win and score as many points as I can. I wrestled it just like it was any other match.”
Hisler was impressed.
“Carson, that’s the best I’ve ever seen him wrestle,” he said.
Williams (23-5) took down an unbeaten as well when he turned a duck under into an outside single for the only takedown of the match midway through the third period in a 3-2 victory over fourth-ranked (1A) Gunnar Grunsted of Panorama in the finals.
“He didn’t really do much on the offensive side, just laid back and waited for me to do something,” Williams, who pinned three opponents in earlier rounds, said. “It was a big win for me and for the team.”
Doolittle (25-3) was on the other end of a third-period takedown in his scrap with fourth-ranked (3A) Zach Thompson of Perry. Thompson secured the only takedown of the match in the final 30 seconds for a 3-1 victory; he avenged a loss to Doolittle in the finals of the 2017 tournament.
Rohmiller (11-5) was unable to get on his offense in a 1-0 setback against ninth-ranked (2A) Caleb Swalla of Van Meter. Earlier in the day, Rohmiller pinned eighth-ranked (1A) Bo Giese of Logan-Magnolia in the quarterfinals.
Cherry (18-3) had his way with the 220-pound field until he ran smack-dab into top-ranked (3A) Greg Hagan of West Des Moines Dowling in the finals. Following back-to-back falls, Cherry found himself on the other end of a pin at the hands of the Maroons’ unbeaten wrestler.
Other place winners for WCHS included Reece Sadler (fourth at 106), Chase Rattenborg (fifth at 113) and Caleb Olson (fourth at 195). Rattenborg lost to West Des Moines Dowling’s Carson Murray 20-8 in the quarters, but got another crack in the medal round and handed Murray an 11-9 loss in sudden-victory.
Hawks at back of field
South Hamilton scraped together just 13 points and finished at the back of the 15-team field in Perry.
The Hawks failed to advance anyone out of the first round and had no place winners. Heston Strohman (113), Jamie Hildreth (120), Lane Swenson (138) and Colton Willis (195) all picked up one victory.
Saturday at Perry
1. Webster City 189; 2. Panorama 185; 3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1791⁄2; 4. Logan-Magnolia 151; 5. Van Meter 140; 6. Des Moines East 138; 7. Woodward-Granger 1221⁄2; 8. West Des Moines Dowling 1131⁄2; 9. Carlisle 105; 10. West Marshall 97; 11. Perry 821⁄2; 12. Carroll 801⁄2; 13. Eagle Grove 681⁄2; 14. Saydel 601⁄2; 15. South Hamilton 13.
106 — Riley Harger (VM) dec. Hunter Pierce (W-G), 6-0. 113 — Colby Wiederholt (VM) dec. Briar Reisz (L-M), 7-6. 120 — Zach Thompson (PER) dec. Drake Doolittle (WC), 3-1. 126 — Brock Espalin (DME) dec. Kaleb Olejniczak (PER), 6-3. 132 — Carson Hartnett (WC) dec. Matthew Jordan (DME), 7-3. 138 — Easton Graff (SB-L) dec. Deville Dentis (DME), 8-6. 145 — Garret Thompson (L-M) dec. Klayton Keller (SAY), 11-8. 152 — Caleb Swalla (VM) dec. Luke Rohmiller (WC), 1-0. 160 — Parker Klocke (CARR) dec. Matthew Scott (DME), 2-0. 170 — Zane Williams (WC) dec. Gunnar Grunsted (PAN), 3-2. 182 — Trevor Carey (PAN) pinned Trevor Sprague (SAY), 1:08. 195 — Cody Fisher (W-G) pinned Dalton Holmes (PAN), 1:28. 220 — Greg Hagan (DOWL) pinned James Cherry (WC), 1:29. 285 — Cooper Lawson (WC) pinned Dan Jensen (PAN), 0:28.
Webster City Results
106 — Reece Sadler 3-2, 4th. 113 — Chase Rattenborg 2-2, 5th. 120 — Drake Doolittle 2-1, 2nd. 126 — Nick Gasca 1-2, DNP. 132 — Carson Hartnett 3-0, 1st. 138 — Brady Auderer 0-2, DNP. 145 — Daltyn Peck 0-2, DNP. 152 — Luke Rohmiller 3-1, 2nd. 160 — Harrison Hayes 0-2, DNP. 170 — Zane Williams 4-0, 1st. 182 — Hunter Collicott 2-2, DNP. 195 — Caleb Olson 2-2, 4th. 220 — James Cherry 2-1, 2nd. 285 — Cooper Lawson 3-0, 1st.
South Hamilton Results
106 — Open. 113 — Heston Strohman 1-2, DNP. 120 — Jamie Hildreth 1-2, DNP. 126 — Jose Galdeano 0-2, DNP. 132 — Tristan Cleveland 0-2, DNP. 138 — Lane Swenson 1-2, DNP. 145 — Trevor Thompson 0-2, DNP. 152 — Ethan Young 0-2, DNP. 160 — Nathan Wilson 0-2, DNP. 170 — Nate Laube 0-2, DNP. 182 — Open. 195 — Colton Willis 1-2, DNP. 220 — Zach Larson 0-2, DNP. 285 — Open.