Phetxoumphone opens season ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds in Class 2A
Lynx sophomore one of four NCC grapplers ranked in lightest weight class
WEBSTER CITY — Webster City sophomore Camron Phetxoumphone was never going to fly under the radar on the wrestling mat this winter anyway. So, he might as well take the bull’s-eye and run with it.
Phetxoumphone is ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds in Class 2A by iawrestle.com. One of the state’s primary sources for prep wrestling, iawrestle.com released its preseason rankings Monday afternoon, only hours before programs across Iowa opened practice for the upcoming season.
Phetxoumphone is coming off one of the best freshman seasons in Lynx history. He won a North Central Conference championship, placed fifth at the state tournament in the lightest weight class and walked off the medal podium with a 40-6 record.
The North Central Conference is expected to be loaded at 106. Sitting right behind Phetxoumphone at No. 2 is Humboldt’s Cole Nelson, while Hampton-Dumont’s Jakyb Kapp is No. 5. In 1A, St. Edmond’s Ryan Duckett is No. 4.
Phetxoumphone went 2-1 against Nelson a season ago. Nelson claimed a 13-8 victory at the Don Miller Invite in Fort Dodge last December, but Phetxoumphone rebounded to win the rematch, 9-4, in the semifinal round of the NCC tournament in January. The rubber match also went to Phetxoumphone by major decision, 14-5, in the opening round of the state tournament in February.
Phetxoumphone pinned Kapp twice a season ago, both coming in the first period.
Phetxoumphone and Duckett have never met.
Other ranked NCC wrestlers include: Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Tyler Stein (1A No. 7 at 113), Remington Hansen (1A No. 5 at 138), Reed Abbas (1A No. 8 at 145) and Garett Seaba (1A No. 8 at 152); Iowa Falls-Alden’s Brody Hoversten (2A No. 8 at 120), Riley Burke (2A No. 4 at 152) and McKade Eisentrager (2A No. 5 at 220); Clear Lake’s Sam Nelson (2A No. 3 at 126) and Dylan Kruckenberg (2A No. 10 at 220); and Algona’s Cole Lewis (2A No. 7 at 195).
WCHS will open the season with a conference triangular against Iowa Falls-Alden and CGD in Iowa Falls on Thursday, Dec. 5.
A preview of the upcoming season will appear in The Fan, set to his newsstands on Friday, Nov. 29.
Prep Wrestling Rankings
1. Camron Phetxoumphone, Web. City
2. Cole Nelson, Humboldt
3. Carter Anderson, Albia
4. Carter Kolthoff, SH-BCLUW
5. Jakyb Kapp, Hampton-Dumont
6. Arnie Galvan, Mount Vernon
7. Chase Fiser, Bondurant-Farrar
8. Lucas Else, Ridge View
9. Lane Scorpil, Columbus Comm.
10. Jaxon Bussa, Camanche
1. Jader Briggs, Akron-Westfield
2. Quincy Happel, Lisbon
3. Jace Rose, Riverside Oakland
4. Ryan Duckett, St. Edmond
5. Noah Strohmeyer, Colfax-Mingo
6. Kevin King, SC Calhoun
7. Bryce Thompson, High-Riverside
8. Cale Reding, BGM
9. Kaden Petersen, Rockford
10. Ali Gerbracht, AGWSR