Rader, Roys claim titles at Jim Kinyon Norsemen Invite
STORY CITY – JD Rader has always been good on the wrestling mat, but he continued to show that he’s taken his skills to another level on Saturday at the Jim Kinyon Norsemen Invitational.
Rader, a South Hamilton junior and the seventh-ranked (Class 1A) 132-pounder, ended all three of his matches early and stayed unbeaten en route to a third tournament title this month.
“He’s just dominant right now,” South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie said of Rader, who improved to 14-0 this season. “He showed he’s kind of upped the ante.”
Austin Roys (145) added a second gold medal to his collection as well with three convincing victories; he’s now 12-1 on the season.
Josh Lutter (285) placed third for the Hawks. Max Reiter (160) and Brady Clabaugh (170) were fourth, Brian Greenfield (126) placed fifth, Luke Peters (138) and Andrew Norman (182) were sixth, and Corey Clabaugh (113) was seventh.
South Hamilton, which had five open weights, scored 131 points to place sixth in the 11-team field. Grinnell dominated with 257 points.
“I thought we went out and competed hard,” Brodie said. “It’s good to see us finish this half of the season on a good note.”
Rader – a two-time state place winner – met East Marshall’s Zach Underhill in the finals of this tournament for the third consecutive time and decked him in 4:57. Rader won the match-up last year as well after Underhill took Round 1 in 2011.
“JD had a hiccup in the semifinal round (a 24-8 technical fall win over Jacob Jenkins of Winterset) where that kid was able to score some points on him, but I think that was a wake up call,” Brodie said. “He looked really good in the finals.”
Roys cruised to an 8-2 decision win over Adam Davis of Gilbert in the finals.
“Austin did not let off the gas pedal once. He took control in all three matches and I thought he looked really good on his feet,” Brodie said. “I think he’s going to see good things from that moving forward.”
Lutter piled up three pins. His only loss came in the semifinals against top-ranked (2A) and eventual tournament champion Mario Pena of Hampton-Dumont.
“We started at a rough spot in the bracket and it’s too bad Josh didn’t face Pena in the finals because everyone else at the tournament I think Josh beats,” Brodie said. “But we were happy he got the chance to wrestle (Pena) because we’re trying to get Josh further along at the end of the season. So it was a good experience for him.”