C-M boys down HLV to earn road split

Jan. 14—VICTOR — Colfax-Mingo's John McGill and Earlham's Ryan Stiles faced off for a third time this season, and the Tigerhawk senior was better than ever in winning the rubber match during a road triangular hosted by HLV on Thursday.

Colfax-Mingo split the two duals, scoring a 39-18 win over South Iowa Cedar League rival HLV and losing 57-19 to the previously-ranked Cardinals of Earlham.

When McGill faced Stiles on Saturday at PCM, it was a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup. The situation was similar in the latest meeting, but McGill moved up to second after the win over Stiles in the championship match of that tournament.

The third and maybe final match of the season between the two grapplers went to McGill and the latest matchup ended in a 15-4 major decision for the Tigerhawk senior.

Cason Fitch

Earlham got the better of Colfax-Mingo overall though as the Cardinals were 4-3 in contested matches and had a 6-1 advantage in forfeit victories.

The other contested wins for the Tigerhawks came from newly-ranked Cason Fitch at 120 and Donnie Baucom at 215. Fitch, who is now ranked 12th in Class 1A at 120, won 6-2 and Baucom scored a win by fall. Isaiah Baucom was given a forfeit at 190.

The Tigerhawks were 3-1 in contested matches against HLV and had a 4-2 surplus in forfeit wins. There were four double forfeits.

Against the Warriors, McGill and Isaiah Baucom both won by fall, while Kyle Wood (144) won 5-3. Fitch, James Cherveny (126), Tate Carlson (175) and Jermaine Cross (285) all accepted forfeits.

McGill improved to 33-1 after a 2-0 night, while Fitch is now 29-5 and Isaiah Baucom moved to 22-15.