No. 1 Phetxoumphone a champ at Perry, Lynx fifth
Henely, Mason and Vankham dominant in consolation rounds; Doolittle and Hawks’ Swenson both second
PERRY — The front side of the bracket didn’t go as planned for Brayden Henely, Austin Mason and Jordan Vankham here on Saturday. But the back was a feast, and all three of them were famished.
The Webster City trio all lost first-round matches and then combined to go 12-0 with nine pins the rest of the day at the Perry Invite, and the points they piled up went a long way to propelling the Lynx into fifth place in the 19-team field.
Mason (138 pounds) and Vankham (145) pinned their final four foes to place seventh. Henely (120) had a pin, a major decision and two decisions to join his teammates in seventh.
“All three of those guys wrestled really well,” WCHS head coach Chad Hisler said after his team crowned one champion, sent two to the finals and scored 1421⁄2 points. “That’s a big deal and it’s a big confidence booster for all of them.”
Top-ranked (Class 2A) West Delaware easily claimed the team crown with 295 points. Logan-Magnolia (200) was second. South Hamilton also competed, had one finalist, and finished 12th with 65 points.
Top-ranked (2A) Cam Phetxoumphone (113) continued on his dominant run that has now reached 58 consecutive victories. The 2020 state champion decked all three of his opponents, including West Delaware’s Carson Less in the gold medal round. Phetxoumphone built up a 9-0 lead before turning out the lights on Less in 5:03 for the second time in the last 12 months. Phetxoumphone also pinned Less in the first round of the 2020 state tournament.
“Cam wrestled with a chip on his shoulder,” Hisler said of junior star, who improved to 15-0 on the season and 97-6 in his career. “He’s on a mission.”
Sixth-ranked Carson Doolittle (106) also reached the championship round, but dropped a tight 4-3 decision to second-ranked (3A) Khyler Carstarphen of Dowling, 4-3. Carstarphen built a 4-0 lead after two periods, but Doolittle rallied in the third with a takedown and stalling point.
Doolittle’s two losses this season are both to top-five individuals in the state’s largest class by a combined two points.
“Carson’s wrestling really well right now and you can see him working out with Cam is really helping him,” Hisler said. “He’s a competitor and he’s good.”
CJ Hisler (182) and Trey Shannon (220) both placed fourth, Chase Rattenborg (132) was fifth, and Landon Griffin (285) took sixth for WCHS.
“Getting fifth with nine freshmen and sophomores, I was happy,” Chad Hisler said. “I think we left some points out there at a couple different weights though. We haven’t had a day where everybody has had a good day, but hopefully that’s coming next Saturday (at the North Central Conference tournament).”
South Hamilton’s Lane Swenson (170), ranked third (1A), reached the title round before suffering his first loss of the season at the hands of top-ranked (2A) Jared Voss of West Delaware. Voss caught Swenson in a spladle in the first period and the five-point move left the South Hamilton senior reeling. But Hawks’ head coach Dan Brodie said Swenson will learn from it and use it for motivation.
“If you’re going to be on that level, these are the types of kids you want to wrestle,” Brodie said. “Hopefully this will light a fire under Lane.”
The Hawks competed without Trevor Thompson, who is nursing an ankle injury, but that gave Elijah Balderas (195) an opportunity to join the lineup and he thrived with a fifth-place finish. Brent Greenfield (182) also placed fifth, as he and Balderas combined to go 6-4.
“It was a great day for Elijah to pop into the lineup and I thought he wrestled really well,” Brodie said. “Brent continues to have a good season too. There were so many good kids at 182 and he was right there in the mix with all of them.”
Colton Willis (220) added a sixth-place finish and Keyton Remsburg (113) took eighth for South Hamilton.
Saturday at Perry
1. West Delaware 295; 2. Logan-Magnolia 200; 3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 168; 4. West Des Moines Dowling 163; 5. Webster City 1421⁄2; 6. Spencer 1181⁄2; 7. Carroll 110; 8. Spirt Lake-Park 107; 9. Van Meter 102; 10. Woodward-Granger 101; 11. Carlisle 76; 12. South Hamilton 65; 13. Panorama 63; 14. West Marshall 60; 15. Perry 46; 16. Eagle Grove 25 1/2; 17. Saydel 22; 18. Collins-Maxwell 21; 19. Des Moines North-Hoover 11.
Webster City Results
106 — Carson Doolittle 3-1, 2nd. 113 — Cam Phetxoumphone 3-0, 1st. 120 — Brayden Henely 4-1, 7th. 126 — Reece Sadler 0-2, DNP. 132 — Chase Rattenborg 2-2, 5th. 132 — Codey Berg 1-2, DNP. 138 — Austin Mason 4-1, 7th. 145 — Jordan Vankham 4-1, 7th. 152 — Ryan Zuetlau 2-2, DNP. 160 — Brady Jessen 2-2, DNP. 170 — Skyler Scott 0-2, DNP. 182 — CJ Hisler 2-2, 4th. 195 — Dylan Burnette-Bingham 0-2, DNP. 220 — Trey Shannon 3-2, 4th. 285 — Landon Griffin 2-3, 6th.
South Hamilton Results
106 — Holden Klein 0-2, DNP. 113 — Keyton Remsburg 2-2, 8th. 138 — Carter Stolee 0-2, DNP. 145 — Connor Caudle 0-2, DNP. 152 — Blake Harris 0-2, DNP. 160 — Owen Duns 0-2, DNP. 170 — Lane Swenson 2-1, 2nd. 182 — Brent Greenfield 3-2, 5th. 195 — Elijah Balderas 3-2, 5th. 220 — Colton Willis 2-3, 6th.