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By: Rod Bastow
The Mount Ayr wrestlers were back in action on January 16, with a trip to Creston. It was a big meet with over 110 matches. The meet included Wayne, Nodaway valley,East Union, Chariton, Norwalk, southeast warren,Creston and Mount Ayr. After a slow start the young Raiders came up with a solid showing as they won 7 of 11 matches. Mount Ayr was led by Preston Fleharty who won all 3 of his matches. He defeated Ben Brenizer of Norwalk in his first match by a score of 9 to 1. Preston had a takedown and near fall in the first period. He scored reversals in each of the next two periods to get the win. Preston quickly disposed of Luke Travis of Creston in his second match. Preston quickly took Travis down and turned him to his back. The match lasted 45 seconds. Preston scored another first period pin in his third match which was against Carson Rieck of Creston. Preston had a takedown and a near fall before getting the pin near the end of the first period. Brock Shaha won two of his three matches. His first match was a 3 to 0 loss to Tyler Harper of Norwalk. Harper scored a takedown and an escape to defeat Shaha. Brock came out more aggressive in his second match as he was able to pin Blake Sharp of Chariton near the end of the second period. Brock controlled Sharp with a takedown and near fall in the first period and a reversal and near fall in the second period. In his third match Brock scored a first period pin over Evan Powell of Norwalk. Brock took Powell down and scored a near fall before getting the pin. Cain Harmening had his first two matches of the season and showed some potential. Cain was outpointed by Landon Umthun of Norwalk in his first match. Cain struggled on his feet as he gave up 4 takedowns and a reversal as he lost by a 10 to 3 score. In his second match, Cain scored a first period pin over Peyton Jones of Wayne. Derek Jones lost his first two matches by fall to Colton Halterman and JC Bradley both of Southeast Warren. Derek got a win over Connor Helm of Norwalk. It was a wild match as Derek scored two reversals and a penalty point to lead 5 to 4 after the first period. In the second period Derek scored another reversal and penalty point to lead 8 to 4. Derek had 2 takedowns in the third period and gave up 3 escapes to gain the hard fought 12 to 7 win.
The Mount Ayr wrestlers were back in action with a meet at Bedford on Monday,January 20. Other teams participating included Central Decatur, East Union, Wayne and Southwest Valley. It was a pin or be pinned night as Mount Ayr won 8 matches by pin and lost 3 matches by pin.
Cain Harmening led the way with 3 pins. He came from behind to defeat Anderson of Wayne. Cain gave up the takedown in the first period. He tied the score with a reversal in the second period and got the fall in the third period. In his second match he pinned Mason of Bedford-Lenox in 39 seconds. His final match took a little longer as he pinned Smith ofCentral Decatur with 20 seconds remaining in the first period.
Brock Shaha won both of his matches by first period fall. Tallman of East Union was his first victim. Brock had a takedown and a near fall before getting the pin in one minute and 22 seconds. He followed the same pattern in his win over Cordon of Southwest Valley. This time the pin came in a minute and 11 seconds.
Preston Fleharty won his first two matches and lost his final match. He quickly pinned Hansen of East Union in 27 seconds. He took down Motsinger of Bedford-Lenox and scored a near fall before getting the pin in a minute and 30 seconds. Preston was quickly pinned by Kitzman of Bedford-Lenox in his final match.
Derek Jones wrestled all Bedford-Lenox wrestlers. He got pinned by Mann and Grundman. He dominated his third match against Johnson. After giving up a takedown Derek scored a penalty point, an escape, a near fall, another escape, another takedown and another near fall before scoring the fall near the end of the third period.