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Thu
07
Mar

UIU wrestlers hope for hardware at Nationals

 

 

By Jerry Wadian

Upper Iowa hopes to bring home another trophy for a top-four finish in a DII National Wrestling Tournament this year. The Peacocks have brought home two such trophies in the last three years. The 2013 National   Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. 

“Wrestling is an individual sport,” noted UIU head coach Heath Grimm. “However, in the end, it’s all about team hardware; that’s what everyone wants.”

UIU has six wrestlers in the hunt. NSIC champion St. Cloud State has nine, and teams like Nebraska-Kearney and Central Oklahoma will have large contingents at the tourney.

However, as Grimm pointed out, “The year we won third place, we only had four wrestlers in the competition. It’s all about how well the individuals perform.

So, chances for team success lie squarely on the shoulders of six wrestlers. 

Thu
07
Mar

Jayden DeVilbiss wins NCAA III Regional Championship

 

 

 

Luther College sophomore and former South Winn wrestler Jayden DeVilbiss on Saturday won the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championship which included victories over the seventh-, fifth- and second-ranked wrestlers in the country. The 184-pound wrestler was also voted Tournament MVP by 11 head coaches and five referees at the tournament. Jayden will compete in the National Championships to be held at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on March 15-16. Jayden is the son of Gary and Diane DeVilbiss of Ossian. (submitted photo)

 

 

Thu
07
Mar

UIC All-Stars to put on a show

 

The annual UIC Senior All-Star Basketball Game is always a delightful show, and the fans never really know exactly what to expect.

This year’s contest is set for Monday, March 11, at North Fayette High School in West Union. It promises to be as exciting and full of mystery as always.

There will be boys’ and girls’ basketball games and a 3-point shooting contest, as well as the girls’ free throw shooting contest, the co-ed 2-ball shooting contest, and the very popular boys’ slam-dunk contest, 

What fans don’t know is how all these events will play out. There can be many surprises.

Will there be no fouls, like one year, or will a referee draw a foul as happened in last year’s contest!

Will some players try new things, like a post player who never shot outside almost winning the 3-point contest? Will the winning shot come in the final second? 

Thu
07
Mar

Beermann to coach FB at Waukon

 

Beermann to coach FB at Waukon

Former Valley head football coach Chad Beermann was hired Tuesday, Feb. 26, as the head football coach at Waukon.

Beermann, who has been the head man for the Tigers for 17 years (1996-2012), had looked at a couple of different positions but only applied at Waukon.

“It is a good fit,” stated Beermann. Ted Snitker, a former assistant at Valley was stepping down as Waukon’s head coach, but would stay involved with the program, particularly in the weight room. Also, his brother, John, who was a line coach at North Fayette, is the line coach at Waukon. So, I would be working with some good people that I know.”

And Beermann jokingly added, “I can still wear black on the sideline (Waukon’s colors are orange and black), and there will be a Torkelson around.”

Thu
28
Feb

UIC All-Stars to put on a show

 

UIC All-Stars to put on a show

 

The annual UIC Senior All-Star Basketball Game is always a delightful show, and the fans never really know exactly what to expect.

Thu
28
Feb

Homestead Iowa Realty wins team title

 

Homestead Iowa Realty wins team title; Stahl/Jensen doubles queens

Sadler wins 3 events at Women’s City Bowling

 

By Jerry Wadian
 

Thu
28
Feb

Hanson resigns from coaching

 

Hanson resigns from coaching

 

North Fayette head girls’ basketball coach Jim Hanson has resigned from coaching at the school. Hanson, who has been the head man since the 2006-07 season, will remain as a teacher.

Wed
20
Feb

Johansen 8th at State Wrestling; team 49th

 

3 of 4 Hawk wrestlers win at least once

Johansen 8th at State Wrestling; team 49th

By Jerry Wadian

Possibly the last North Fayette Hawk wrestling team in school history went out in a blaze of glory, as Tyler Johansen fought his way to eighth place, as Dalton Lape and Zach Bruns each won a match at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Jordan Larson lost both matches, but the experience will help the sophomore next year with a new team under the whole-grade sharing agreement with Valley.

As a team, the Hawks finished in a tie with Southeast Warren for 49th with 10 points.  Alburnett won the team title with 138 points; Emmetsburg was a distant runner-up with 76 points. Two other UIC teams also did well as South Winn came in at 35th and Sumner-Fredericksburg, who won the UIC, placed 37th.

To get to the State Meet, a wrestler has to face some tough competition in Sectional and District action.

When in Des Moines, each bracket has 16 of the best wrestlers in the entire state in that class. Everyone is tough.

 

Johansen continued his late-season surge by wrestling back from a first-round loss to place eighth at 220.

The sophomore opened against an undefeated opponent in Iowa City Regina’s Daniel Gaffey (40-0). Johansen lost by fall in 2:26.

Johansen won his next two matches. He threw Chance Wursta (37-12) from Eddyville-Blakesburg. The first period was scoreless, but the sparks flew over the next two minutes as Johansen earned a quick escape and takedown for 3-0 lead. An escape and takedown put him up, 5-1,with the winning throw coming in 3:41.

 Next, Johansen edged Levi Paulson (46-6) of Woodbury Central in a barn-burner, 6-5. Johansen opened fast with two early takedowns to build a 4-0 lead. After that, he used a pair of escapes to fend off a Paulson rally.

However, the Hawk lost to Michael Davidson (28-7) when he got caught early and thrown in 18 seconds. In the match for seventh, Johansen dropped a 5-2 decision to Kevin Tiach (42-9).

Bruns won his opening match at 132 with a 7-1 decision over Erik Freed (43-7), using a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second to take a 3-0 lead. The sophomore crafted a pair of takedowns in the final period for the 7-1 win.

The round-two match against Logan Loftus (50-4) of Iowa Valley was close. The first period was scoreless, but Bruns opened the second period with a reversal to take a 2-0 lead. Loftus made the escape and opened the final period with another to tie the match at 2-2. Loftus, who went on to win the 132 pound title, won a 4-2 decision with a late takedown.

In the final match, Bruns couldn’t handle Emmetsburg senior Tyler Leuer, dropping a 10-2 major decision in his third match in Des Moines.

Dalton Lape finished his junior season with a 1-2 record at State. He never led in getting taken down by Cody Thompson (38-13) in 3:45.

Undeterred, Lape came back to throw Iowa Valley’s Cody Dee (46-4) in the opening 13 seconds of the second period; Lape was up, 2-1, at the time. The throw was his 30th of the season and 68th of his career; both will potentially stand forever as school records at North Fayette.

East Buchanan senior Luke Bird (30-5) ended Lape’s run at State with a throw in 4:53.

Larson lost a 10-1 major decision in round one to Brad Kerkoff (44-8). The senior from Audubon used four takedowns to win a 10-1 major decision.

In round two, Larson was taken down early by Tucker Bluml (38-26) and thrown in 35 seconds.

After the meet was over, head coach Jacob Pedersen commented, “I am thrilled that three of the four won matches. It is a great learning experience and should give them confidence in the next few years.

“I know the wrestlers are not satisfied with how the weekend ended, so next year is going to be a fun and determined year for the team.”

Individual Hawk Results

120- Larson (0-2)- lost 10-1 dec. to Kerkoff (Aud); thrown by Bluml (RIVO), 0:35.

132- Bruns (1-2)- dec. Freed (MNTA), 7-1; lost 4-2 dec. to Loftus (IAVA); lost 10-2 dec. To Leuer (EMMT).

220- Johansen (2-3)- thrown by Gaffey (REG), 2:26; threw Wursta (EBF), 3:41; dec. Paulsen (WODC), 65; thrown by Davidson (RV), 9-5; lost 5-2 dec. to Tiach (WHB).

Hwt- Lape (1-2)- thrown by Thompson (GTRA), 3:45; threw Van Dee (IAVA), 2:13; thrown by Bird (EB), 4:53.

Wed
13
Feb

Tiger girls bow out early

 

Tiger girls bow out early

 

 

Wed
13
Feb

State Wrestling Meet 2012 Schedule Class 1A

 

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