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Union's Adam Ahrendsen conquers stacked bracket in Bobcat Jerry Eckenrod Invitational

Knights sophomore wins weight with eight ranked wrestlers; Don Bosco overcomes West Delaware for team crown

VAN HORNE — Union Community’s Adam Ahrendsen proved a couple things Saturday.

Anyone can be beat on any given day and he can compete with anybody on the mat.

The Knight sophomore captured the individual title in a stacked 152-pound bracket and won Outstanding Wrestler honors of the Bobcat Jerry Eckenrod Invitational at Benton Community. Ahrendsen won by medical forfeit in the final and was one of three Union titlists.

Ahrendsen was the fifth seed in a division that had eight ranked wrestlers from all three classes.

“It was about giving you all,” said Ahrendsen, ranked sixth in Class 2A. “I had nothing to lose. I’m still a sophomore, so I just give it all I can.”

Ahrendsen didn’t have to take the mat in the last round, receiving the forfeit from West Delaware’s fifth-ranked Mitchel Mangold, who tweaked his knee in the semifinal according to Hawks Coach Jeff Voss. He was unfazed by the field or his spot in the bracket.

“His approach is the same,” Union Coach Bart Mehlert said. “He’s scary dangerous as you can see and that’s how he goes into every match.

“He’s always in every match,” Mehlert said. “It’s exciting to watch.”

He did plenty of damage en route to the championship match. He opened with a fall and then toppled Independence’s third-ranked Matthew Doyle, 12-4.

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In the semifinals, he handed North Linn’s top-seeded Brady Henderson, ranked second in 1A, his only loss of the season. Ahrendsen scored two points late and pinned Henderson on the edge of the mat in 5:53.

“I didn’t feel like I was going to go over and give up back points, but it was kind of a risky situation,” Ahrendsen said. “It worked out.”

Ahrendsen won 34 matches last season, including one at the state tournament. He likes to scramble and has an unorthodox style that isn’t normally regular technique. Ahrendsen might add a little gray to Mehlert’s beard or contribute a few lost hairs on his head, but it has resulted in a 26-1 record.

“I have a different style of wrestling,” Ahrendsen said. “It works for me, right now.”

Top-seeded Jack Thomsen (138) and 220-pounder Lane Albertsen added titles for the Knights. Albertsen scored the final five points, including two nearfall in the third, to beat Davenport Assumption’s second-ranked Seth Adrian, 5-2

Union and team champion Don Bosco tied for a tournament-best three champions. The Dons' balance helped eclipse more than a 40-point deficit to runner-up West Delaware. Don Bosco placed 12 in the top seven, including 10 that finished fifth or better, to overcome the Hawks, 227 1/2-214.

Don Bosco went 3-for-3 in the finals, while West Delaware went 1-for-6. The Hawks’ lone title came from fourth-ranked Ryan Phillips at 132. Phillips sandwiched a third-period escape between takedowns in the final two periods for a 5-2 victory over Williamsburg’s No. 6 Jalen Schropp.

“He’s beaten a lot of good kids since the season started,” Voss said of Phillips. “Schropp is a good wrestler and we knew it was going to be a good match. Ryan has been really consistent, wrestling tough and when he is wrestling hard the matches come to him and he’s coming out ahead.”

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Jadyn Peyton (138), Jared Voss (160), Jack Neuhaus (182) and 195-pounder Jordan Bries placed second for West Delaware. The Hawks only won four total placing matches in a rough final round.

“We knew it would be tough,” Voss said. “This tournament had a bunch of ranked wrestlers in it. We beat some good guys in the semifinals to get there (finals).

“You get in a tournament like this and you have to see how your young kids respond. We’ve got a lot of young guys on the team and we’ll learn from it.”

Independence’s Cole Davis captured the 160-pound championship. Davis improved to 25-4 with a 6-4 decision over West Delaware’s Jared Voss in the final. Third-seeded and eighth-ranked Davis scored the first two takedowns and added another late in overtime. Davis recorded a 14-7 semifinal victory over Don Bosco’s second-seeded Carson Tenold, ranked second in 1A.

Davis dropped to 160 for the first time this week.

“He’s doing a good job,” said Independence Coach Michael Doyle, who added that his aggressive style works well against Tenold's similar approach. “I think you’re seeing the hard work pay off.”

Fifth-ranked Will Esmoil earned a title for West Liberty. The two-time state qualifier and 2017 state medalist used two takedowns and a reversal for a 6-0 victory over Vinton-Shellsburg’s No. 9 Luke Radeke for the 145 championship.

Williamsburg also crowned one champion. Heavyweight Cole Cremeens scored a takedown as time expired to edge Independence’s Drew Evans, 3-1, in the finals.

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Teams — 1. Don Bosco 227.5, 2. West Delaware 214, 3. Union Community 167.5, 4. Davenport Assumption 158.5, 5. Williamsburg 155.5, 6. Independence 141, 7. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 112, 8. West Liberty 105, 9. Centerville 104, 10. East Marshall 82.5, 11. Vinton-Shellsburg 82, 12. Dallas Center-Grimes 72.5, 13. C.R. Jefferson 61, 14. North Linn 53, 15. C.R. Washington 41.5, 16. Benton Community 29.

Championship matches

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106 pounds — Garrett Funk (DB) major dec. Dominik Ridout (EM), 13-3; 113 — Matthew Lewis (Cen) dec. Tyler Landgrebe (EBF), 10-4; 120 — Daniel Kimball (DB) dec. Nathaniel Genobana (Cen), 5-2; 126 — Trestin Sales (EBF) dec. Lake LeBahn (UC), 13-8; 132 — Ryan Phillips (WD) dec. Jalen Schropp (Will), 5-2; 138 — Jack Thomsen (UC) dec. Jadyn Peyton (WD), 7-3; 145 — Will Esmoil (WL) dec. Luke Radeke (VS), 6-0; 152 — Adam Ahrendsen (UC) won by medical forfeit over Mitchel Mangold (WD); 160 — Cole Davis (Ind) dec. Jared Voss (WD), 6-4 SV; 170 — Sage Walker (EBF) major dec. Zach Needham (DCG), 10-2; 182 — Thomas Even (DB) pinned Jack Neuhaus (WD),: 57; 195 — Julien Broderson (DA) pinned Jordan Bries (WD),: 55; 220 — Lane Albertsen (UC) dec. Seth Adrian (DA), 5-2; Hwt. — Cole Cremeens (Will) dec. Drew Evans (Ind), 3-1.

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