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Baxter wrestlers edge English Valleys in road triangular

Jan. 7—BELLE PLAINE — Baxter and English Valleys each won three contested matches and took three forfeits during their wrestling dual on Thursday, but the Bolts edged the Bears after scoring all three of their contested wins by fall.

It was an up-and-down night for Baxter as it split a pair of duals against South Iowa Cedar League opponents. The Bolts edged English Valleys 36-33 but lost 57-18 to host Belle Plaine.

In the win over English Valleys, the Bolts were 3-3 in contested matches and 3-3 in forfeit wins. There were two double forfeits.

Ayden Beck (126), Jack Anderson (150) and Callyn Bishop (190) all won by fall, while Alex Dille (113), Koltin Hurd (138) and Aiden McFadden (285) each took forfeits.

Ayden Beck

Bishop's pin came in 39 seconds. The Bolts also were pinned only twice in their three contested losses.

Against Belle Plaine, Baxter was 2-4 in contested matches and had a 6-1 disadvantage in forfeits. McFadden took the forfeit at 285, while Beck and Bishop both scored first-period falls.

Beck and Bishop (19-5) each were 2-0 with two pins for the night, while McFadden was 2-0 with two forfeits.

Bolts finish sixth at North Mahaska

NEW SHARON — Seven Bolts traveled to the North Mahaska Invitational on Saturday and a pair of champions led Baxter to sixth place in the 13-team field.

Bishop and McFadden both claimed titles and Anderson was second as Baxter scored 96 points in sixth.

Bishop, who is ranked 12th in Class 1A at 175, was 2-0 with two first-period pins. McFadden (21-4) was 3-0 with three pins at 285.

Anderson and Beck (22-3) each lost just once on the day. They both fell to state-ranked opponents at their weights.

Aiden McFadden

Anderson (21-4) was 3-1 with three pins, and he took second at 144 after falling to No. 4 Kolt Knaack at North Tama in the finals.

Beck, who is ranked No. 8 at 120, was 2-1 with two first-period pins. His lone loss was a 10-0 major decision defeat to Grinnell's Dylan Heater, who is ranked sixth in 2A at 120.

Ruger Kincaid (17-7) finished 2-2 and placed sixth at 150. One of his losses was a 12-10 decision in SV-1 in the fifth-place bout.

Alex Dille (113) and Maddox Peters (138) also competed and finished 0-2 at their weights.

Solon won the tournament championship with 230 points, while Grinnell (169), North Mahaska (140), Oskaloosa (140) and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (134.5) completed the top five.

The remaining top 10 featured Baxter (96), North Tama (79.5), Lynnville-Sully (65.5), Pella (47) and Montezuma (42).

Jack Anderson