Rader wins second HOIC crown; Hawks finish sixth

DES MOINES – Two down, two to go.

Winning four Heart of Iowa Conference wrestling titles may not be the top priority of South Hamilton sophomore JD Rader – he’s long said winning a state championship is the dream – but he’s still on that path nonetheless after Saturday’s conference tournament at Saydel High School.

The 113-pound champion a season ago, the sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Rader collected 120-pound gold with a pair of victories.

After fending off Saydel’s Grant Sherman, 1-0, in the semifinal round, Rader worked over Greene County’s Abe Yoder and scored an 18-6 major decision win in the gold-medal round.

“Conference championships are good things, but in the grand scheme of things this is just helping to propel JD into the postseason in a couple of weeks,” South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie said. “This comes at the right time of year because he’s building some confidence.”

South Hamilton notched 10 top-six places and scored 120 points to finish sixth amongst the 10 teams in attendance.

Greene County crowned a tournament-best four champions and piled up 200 points to take top honors. Gilbert was the runner-up with 150 points and two title winners.

Roland-Story (146), Nevada (145) and Prairie City-Monroe (139) completed the top five.

The Hawks picked up bronze medals from Austin Roys (138), Max Reiter (152) and Josh Lutter (285); all three went 3-1 on the day.

Jordan Toillion (132) and Brady Clabaugh (182) finished fourth; Brian Greenfield (113) and Hunter Griffin (170) were fifth; and Logan Koopman (195) and Zach Stanley (220) took sixth.

“It was a good day overall, but we are still making a lot of rookie mistakes,” Brodie said.

South Hamilton will make a unique trip to PCM High School on Thursday, but the Hawks won’t be facing the Mustangs. Instead, they’ll tangle with North Polk and Greene County in a pair of make-up duals from December.