Lynx crown 2 champs, win 3rd straight ADM Tiger Invite title
ADEL – This one belongs to the team – the entire team.
With all 14 members contributing at least one point, the Webster City wrestling team captured its third consecutive ADM Tiger Invitational title by just that – one point – on Saturday.
The Lynx put five grapplers in the finals – two for the first time – and crowned a pair of champions en route to 209.5 points and a narrow victory over runner-up Dallas Center-Grimes (208.5) and third-place finisher ADM (206.5). Jake Powers collected his first-ever tournament title at 145 pounds, and fourth-ranked (Class 3A) 160-pounder Connor Larson steamrolled to a second gold medal in as many weeks.
“It was a good day and we weren’t at full strength,” WCHS head coach Ted Larson said, noting regular 138-pounder Tanner Hild didn’t compete due to a back injury. “It was important for us to come here and have a good day to give us some confidence and give us a feel for where we’re at right now.”
Brandon Patten (170), top-ranked Dylan Fielder (182) and No. 10 Landon Johnson (285) were all silver medalists. Alex Oswald (152) and Gus Gasca (195) placed fourth.
Powers pinned second-seeded Jesse Anderson of DC- G in the semifinals and then powered past top-seed Josh Davis of Des Moines East, 12-5, in the finals. Powers scored six points in the final moments against Davis to win going away.
“Jake really dominated the whole day,” Ted Larson said. “He’s wrestling at the level that we need him to be wrestling.”
Connor Larson was arguably the most dominant wrestler in the tournament. He needed just 4 minutes, 56 seconds of total mat time to dispose of four opponents. He ended all four bouts in the opening period, including a 56-second pin against Dakota Clausen of DC-G in the finals.
“Connor is wrestling relaxed and intense right now,” Ted Larson said. “He’s right where he needs to be.”
Patten, who joined Powers as a first-time finalist, dropped a 4-3 decision to Cole Baker of DC-G in the last round. Patten was in on the legs of Baker when time expired.
Fielder suffered just his second loss this season to No. 5 (2A) Jordan Groves of ADM, 8-3, in the gold-medal match. Groves led 4-3 in the closing moments when Fielder went for a go-for-broke throw; Groves was able to put him on his back for four insurance points.
It was a rematch of a 2011 first-round state tournament match also won by Groves, 10-2.
“That was two kids where the styles were very similar,” Ted Larson said. “Both have an outstanding double-leg shot; Dylan and I talked about it right after the match where we’ve got to have another go-to takedown that we can score on somebody that’s been watching us and scouting us. So we’ll get that corrected.”
Johnson fell to Newton’s Derrick Hurt, 6-3, in the feature bout at heavyweight.
Cole Nokes (106, seventh), Freddie Seeley (113, fifth), Ryan Ferrari (138, seventh) and Gavin Dinsdale (220, sixth) also placed for the Lynx.
Nokes won three straight matches on the backside of the bracket after opening the day with a loss.