The Sailors took 5 varsity wrestlers to the Chris Davis Invitational, and all 5 wrestlers finished on the podium. Max Magayna came away with the championship at 152 pounds, defeating the number two ranked wrestler in the state in the process. Sam Hackett was a finalist at 138 pounds, finishing runner up to the number 6 wrestler in the state. Coach Boleyn was very pleased with the performance of the entire team, and particularly the two finalists. “With Max, this is what we have been waiting for. He has been a part of our club and a part of our program for a number of years now. To finally get him in the high school gym, on the high school mats, and to watch him go out there and enjoy himself and wrestle is awesome. He had a game plan, went out and executed, put on quite a show and came away with the win. Sam’s attitude and drive in his match were fantastic. He was aggressive on the mat, he just made one little mistake and that ended up being the difference in the match. That match was very close between two quality athletes. Sam understands that he can wrestle and hang with the best guys in the state, it should be a confidence booster for him going forward."
In the Championship match at 152 pounds, Max Magayna used an early takedown and a suffocating ride to take a 4-0 advantage into the second period. Beginning the second period, he scored an early escape, and came right back with another takedown to end the second period ahead 7-0. In the third period he scored one final takedown to secure the major decision over Lawson Loose of Riceville. Magayna was pleased with his performance after the match, “It was a tough match, he made me work. I turned him pretty easy, got the back points. I feel good, ready to do it again.” If there is any additional pressure after amassing a stellar youth record and entering high school with high expectations, Max doesn’t show it. “This season my goal is to win state, but throughout my high school career I want to be a four timer and then go on to college and win an NCAA Championship.” It is obvious that Magayna has set lofty goals for himself, but with performances like he had today, these are just the first steps to making those goals become a reality.
In the other championship match of the day for Columbus at 138 pounds, Sam Hackett would take on number 6 ranked Bryce McDonough of Central Springs. As the first period was winding down, Sam surrendered a takedown, but was able to immediately transition into a reversal as the period expired. The score was tied at 2 entering the second period. Hackett rode tough in the second, keeping his opponent on the mat the entire period without giving up an escape. The third period began neutral, Hackett was unable to fend off a takedown attempt and was taken down to his back. He finished the tournament as the runner up at 138 pounds.
In the third place match in an absolutely stacked 113 pound bracket, Gavin Reed faced Rafe Arbegast of West Fork. A first period takedown and a pair of reversals gave Gavin a comfortable lead in the third period. He was able to work a tilt to extend his lead and cruise to a 10-0 major decision to lock up a third place victory.
In the third place match at 170 pounds, Carson Hartz took on Landen Paul of North Lynn. A first period takedown and back points gave Carson a 4-0 lead heading into the second period. After a neutral start to the second period, Carson hit his signature fireman’s and took his opponent directly to his back and secured the pin for a third place finish.
In the third place match at 220 pounds, Connor Knudtson took on Cullen Dickson of Waukon. Connor secured an immediate takedown and rode tough for the remainder of the period to take a 2-0 lead into the second period. He was on bottom to start the second period and was unable to escape and was turned. Connor finished the day in 4th place.
Dawson Schmitt (Wapsi Valley) L- Fall 4:00
Garret Rinken (Nashua Plainfield) L- Fall 5:06
Rafe Arbegast (West Fork) W- Maj. 10-0
Easton Wheeler (Anamosa) W- Fall 2:44
Brady Benning (Wapsi Valley) W- Fall 2:49
Bryce McDonough (Central Springs) L- Fall 5:26
Titus Evans (Nashua Plainfield) W- Fall 1:18
Curtis Schott (North Lynn) W- Fall 1:18
Lawson Loose (Riceville) W- Maj. 9-0
Sam Banger (Wapsi Valley) W- Maj. 15-2
Kaden Jacobsen (Central Springs) L- Fall 1:25
Landen Paul (North Lynn) W- Fall 2:35
Ethan Schellhorn (Tripoli) W- Fall 1:19
Nathan Rechkemmer (North Lynn) L- Fall 2:55
Cullen Dickson (Waukon) L- Fall 2:19
Junior Varsity Tournament
Tyse Hagenow (Wapsi Valley) L- Fall 1:31
Brock Kleitsch (Wapsi Valley) L- Fall 0:26
Bo Wangsness (South Winn) W- Fall 0:44
Autum Stonecypher (West Fork) L- Fall 1:31
Olivia Marti (Waukon) L- Fall 0:55
Tyanna Teetzen (Denver) L- Fall 1:37
Carson Haase (Denver) W- Fall 1:35
Alex Gaspar (Eagle Grove) W- Maj. 9-0
Camden Oliver (Central Springs L- Fall 1:52
Jack Christianson (Hudson) L- Dec. 7-14
Lance Teeselink (Eagle Grove) W- Dec. 3-0
Rory Prazak (Central Springs) L- Fall 2:25