Feb. 12—Boys Wrestling
Pella qualifies school-record seven boys for state
MARSHALLTOWN — The Dutch boys wrestling program has been building in the right direction for several years now and they added another milestone on Saturday as they qualified a school-record seven boys for the state tournament.
A top three spot earned you a trip to state and Pella had nine of their 13 getting into matches to qualify for state. Dutch qualifiers included Damion Clark (132), Rex Rhamy (138), TR Putz (150), Logan Bruxvoort (165), Jackson Van Kley (190), Kieran Van Voorst (215) and Noah Parsons (285).
Van Kley will make his third consecutive trip to Des Moines and will look to improve on his eighth place finish from a year ago. Bruxvoort and Clark are also returning state qualifiers and will try to fight for a medal finish.
Two other Pella wrestlers came close to joining their peers as Dax Putz (126) and Hunter Smith (157) competed in third place matches but would fall to earn fourth.
The Iowa High School Boys State Wrestling Tournament starts Wednesday with the 3A session starting at 1:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
1. SE Polk (274), T2. Pella (135), T2. Xavier (135), 4. Urbandale (101.5), 5. Boone (80.5), 6. Waterloo East (80), 7. Marshalltown (76.5), 8. Mason City (39), 9. Waterloo West (5)
Oskaloosa 56, Mt. Pleasant 50
OSKALOOSA — The Indians played their second game in less than 24 hours as they hosted Mt. Pleasant for a non-conference matchup on Saturday.
The Panthers held a 12-7 after the first quarter before Oskaloosa's defense helped them bounce back to hold a 19-18 lead at the break. Both offenses started going in the second half and the Indians were able to hold on for the 56-50 victory and snap a three-game losing streak.
Oskaloosa (4-16) finishes off their regular season slate with a trip to Burlington (5-15) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
*Stats were unavailable at time of print
Dallas Center-Grimes 75, Pella 62
PELLA — Pella played host to Dallas Center-Grimes in a high-scoring affair on Friday night with the Mustangs leaving with a double-digit win.
The DCG offense exploded for 28 points in the first quarter and Pella was forced to play catchup from there with the Mustangs doing enough on the offensive end to fend off the charging Dutch.
DCG would shoot 54% from the field and 9-of-19 from three while only committing two turnovers. Calix Cahill, Jonathan Howard and Jackson Green all scored 16 points for the Mustangs.
Meanwhile, Pella would shoot 38% from the floor and 10-of-26 from deep. They won the battle of the boards 33-24 and only committed six turnovers themselves. Jack McGuire led the way with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block while all four other starters had at least eight points.
Pella (11-8) will face another tough test on Monday at 7:30 p.m. when they host No. 3 Waverly-Shell Rock (16-3).
No. 4 Dallas Center-Grimes 47, No. 13 Pella 38
PELLA — Playing for what could be the second of three times in one month, the Lady Dutch went wire-to-wire with the Mustangs again on Friday.
It was a rough first quarter for Pella as they fell behind 12-2. The second quarter proved to be better for girls in white and green as they outscored DCG 16-9 in the quarter to pull within three at the break. The Mustangs were then able to do enough to halt another big Pella run and finish off their 10th straight win over the Lady Dutch.
Abby Warner led Pella with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals on the night.
"We started off slow in the first quarter and dug ourselves in a hole," Pella head coach Blaine Forsythe said. "I like the fight from our team to claw back in the second and third quarters. We gave ourselves a chance in the second half and just came up short. DCG is a well-coached team that made it difficult on us offensively. We finished our regular season in third place of the LHC with all of our losses coming to top 10 ranked teams in their respective classes and all but one were by single digits."
Pella will have a chance to face the Mustangs a third time this month if they advance to the regional finals. Including Friday, the last three meetings between the two teams have been decided by single digits.
No. 13 Pella (15-6) will first await the winner of Ballard (12-8) and Newton (7-14) for a regional semifinal game at home on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Area team compete in conference tournament
NEWTON — Oskaloosa, Pella and Pella Christian all competed in the Two Rivers Conference Tournaments over the weekend.
The girls got things started on Friday with the Oskaloosa girls taking fourth place while Pella girls were fifth and the Pella Christian girls were 10th.
"The girls had plenty of chances and just came up a little short," Oskaloosa head coach Tony Witt said. "I am proud of how much the team has improved as the season progressed."
Sidney Thompson went on to be the girls individual champion out of the 60 girls competing. She bowled games of 246, 190 and 191 for a three-game total of 627.
"Sidney has improved a lot from last year with a lot of extra practice outside of the normal bowling practice times and it has really paid off for her with the average (195) for the season and her consistency this year," Witt said.
Following behind Thompson was Ava Ridenour, who finished third after bowling games of 188, 224 and 168 for a 580 series.
The Lady Dutch were led by Taylor Walker's three-game series of 517 as she took ninth overall. McKenna Salvador was next with a 449 series to take 21st.
PC saw Caitlin Veenstra and Macy Van Der Hart roll to 39th and 40th place, respectively, after finishing with series' of 373 and 370.
The boys were up next on Saturday and it was Oskaloosa taking third with the Dutch following behind in sixth and the Eagles in 10th.
The Indians held a lead after the first five baker games but were unable to hold on from there.
"The boys were disappointed because their goal was to be the team champions for the season, but still a good finish for the season," Witt said.
The individual competition was a close one for the title as Osky's Trey VanWyk fell just short after bowling games of 248, 247 and 245 to finish with a 740 series. He was three pins short of first place finisher Brock Alderson of Sigourney. Cole Vanderwal was next for the Indians with a 590 series to take 20th.
Carter Failor paced Pella with a 677 total to take fifth place while PC's Andrew Van Kooten led the Eagles with a 454 series to finish 50th.
All three teams will be in action on Monday and Tuesday at state qualifying meets.
Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.