Rader wins 3rd HOIC title, Roys and Lutter pick up their first for Hawks
JEWELL – Quality trumped quantity for the South Hamilton wrestling team at Saturday’s Heart of Iowa Conference tournament.
A depleted lineup didn’t stop the Hawks from winning multiple individual titles and placing sixth with 125 pounds in the 10-team field.
Greene County won a tournament-best four gold medals and snuck by runner-up Prairie City-Monroe, 168.5-167, for the team prize. Gilbert (164), Saydel (156.5) and Roland-Story (134) rounded out the top five.
PCM, South Hamilton and Saydel all crowned three champions.
Hawks’ junior and third-ranked (Class 1A) 132-pounder JD Rader kept his career-long unbeaten streak at the HOIC tournament intact with a 5-2 decision over Greene County’s Jordan Challen in the feature bout. His third championship, coupled with titles by teammates Austin Roys (145) and Josh Lutter (285), gave the large Hawk crowd plenty to be excited about afterwards.
Rader made quick work of his quarterfinal- and semifinal-round opponents, racking up a fall and technical fall. His first win of the day moved him into sole possession of sixth-place on the school’s all-time wins list and he left the tournament at 28-0 on the season.
Roys, who continued to flourish during his senior season, clipped Greene County’s Abe Yoder 7-5 in the finals. Lutter was also locked in a tight battle before he prevailed over Roland-Story’s Danny Dankel, 4-2.
Roys earned wins by technical fall and major decision to reach the finals. Lutter decked back-to-back opponents on his way to the gold medal.
South Hamilton was open at four weights, but the Hawks managed to place eight of its 10 wrestlers in the top six.
Max Reiter (160) claimed a bronze medal; his lone loss was an 8-2 decision to eventual champion Landon Schuessler of North Polk in the semifinals and he rebounded to win a pair of matches on the backside of the bracket.
Luke Peters (138) and Jordan Toillion (152) placed fourth, Charlie Reiter (126) was fifth and Corey Clabaugh (113) finished sixth.