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Tue
23
Feb

Bachman named IWCOA Class 1A Coach of the Year


MFL MarMac wrestling head coach Chet Bachman has been named the Class 1A Coach of the Year by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
23
Feb

State Wrestling 2021: McGeough places third, Decker just off the podium


MFL MarMac wrestlers Karter Decker (middle) and Gabe McGeough wrapped up their individual seasons at the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament, held last week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Decker went 1-2, just missing a shot at a medal at 138 pounds, while McGeough placed third at 160 pounds in Class 1A. They’re pictured with head coach Chet Bachman.

After a loss in his first match, sophomore Karter Decker bounced back in the first round consolation match, pinning Lisbon’s Indy Harbaugh in 48 seconds.

For Karter Decker, this season taught him how to overcome adversity. “I had a couple injuries this year I had to battle through, and I had some losses I had to fight back from,” he said. “I had to keep moving through it and not let them get to me.”

Karter Decker said coming up short is tough, but the experience serves as good motivation. “It hurts,” he acknowledged, “but next year I’ll be back down there. I stack myself up really close against all the other kids.”

Junior Gabe McGeough won his opening match by fall over Garrett Quirk of East Sac County, then followed it up with an 8-6 overtime victory against Northwood-Kensett’s Drake Tiedemann in the quarterfinals.

Gabe McGeough lost his semifinal match 3-2, coming just short of the 160-pound finals, but didn’t dwell on it. “I knew, if I got too down on myself, I wasn’t going to be able to come back,” he said. “In 10 years, I want to be able to look back and say I got the next best thing, so that’s all I could think about. Cowboy up and get back on the horse.”

Gabe McGeough defeated Casey Hanson from Lake Mills in the third-place match, avenging a loss in the state dual tournament earlier in the week. “The first time I wrestled him, I got sloppy at the end of the match. This time, I kept my feet moving and kept my pace high. I was ready to go through hell to finish that match with my hand raised,” said McGeough.

For Gabe McGeough, 2021 marked a return trip to the state tournament. He placed fifth at 145 pounds a year ago. Next year, as a senior, he hopes to improve upon this season’s third place finish. “I’ve got one last go, and I’ll give it everything I’ve got,” he said.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
23
Feb

‘You wish you could just stop and hold on to that moment’


The MFL MarMac wrestling team placed eighth in Class 1A at the state dual team tournament, held Feb. 17 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It was the Bulldogs’ first-ever appearance at the event. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac seniors Jacob Trudo (left), Austin Nickolai, Koal Klenk and Logan Brown show off the team’s state participant trophy.

Bulldog junior Andrew Heins won two matches at state duals, including falls against Don Bosco and Lake Mills.

Senior heavyweight Jacob Trudo said the team was well prepared for state. “Everyone, from 106 to me, was really ready,” he said. “We just faced some really good competition.”

Freshman Holden Mathis (right) was one of two MFL MarMac wrestlers who won all three of their matches at the state dual tournament.

MFL MarMac’s first-ever appearance in state dual tournament is a memorable one

 

Tue
23
Feb

After opening round win over Jesup, MFL MarMac can't get past Maq Valley


Grace Anderson tallied five points in MFL MarMac’s 48-30 Class 2A Region 1 semifinal loss to undefeated Maquoketa Valley. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kayden Gillitzer was MFL MarMac’s top scorer against Maquoketa Valley, sinking three shots from behind the arc for nine points.

Lakota Morrissey edges around a Wildcat defender.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
23
Feb

Central boys lose to Wapsie Valley


Hazen Loan goes up for the shot over a Wapsie Valley defender. The senior had a team-high eight points in the Warriors’ playoff loss. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Caden Erickson passes the ball to a Central teammate in the game against Wapsie Valley.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
23
Feb

Ed-Co takes bite out of the Bulldogs

By Audrey Posten

 

Tue
16
Feb

Bulldogs qualify for state dual tournament for first time


The MFL MarMac wrestling team has qualified for the state dual tournament for the first time ever. Pictured (front, left to right) are cheerleaders Avery Ihde and Jordyn Jones, managers Emily Troester and Savannah Schaller, Karter Decker, Holden Mathis, Konnor Barat-Klimesh, managers Emma Keehner and Rose Koehn, cheerleaders Amara Buchheit and Alexis Ross; (middle) Logan Brown, coaches Chet Bachman, Collin Stubbs and Tracy Decker, Tristen Koehn, Gabe McGeough, Andrew Heins, Bryce Radloff, Kadence Pape, Koal Klenk, coach Brent Pape, Mason Overton; (back) coach Chip McGeough, Jacob Trudo, Taylor Herzmann, Austin Nickolai, Kashton Mathis, Michael Knickerbocker, Collin Henkels, Tyler Zuercher, Austin Schlee and coaches Travis Johnson and Mike Meyer. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Junior Andrew Heins had one of the biggest moments for MFL MarMac. He trailed throughout his 126-pound match to Wilton’s Trae Hagen, before picking up a fall with only 10 seconds remaining.

MFL MarMac’s strong freshman group was a big part of the team’s success this season. 120-pound Holden Mathis (right) won a 13-0 major decision in the regional dual against Wilton.

At 170 pounds, sophomore Austin Schlee pinned his Wilton opponent.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
16
Feb

McGeough, Decker are state-bound


MFL MarMac junior Gabe McGeough was the 160-pound champion at Saturday’s Class 1A District 3 Tournament at Denver. Now, he’s headed to the state wrestling tournament for a second time. He placed fifth last year. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

McGeough has lost just once this year, in early December. Since then, it’s fueled him. “That loss definitely humbled me and helped me get back to my roots and work harder,” he said. “I’ve been a different competitor since then.”

Karter Decker will also make a return trip to state, after placing second at 138 pounds at districts.

Decker faced some adversity in his district experience. After winning the semifinal match by fall over North Linn’s Blaine Baumgartner, the sophomore was pinned by Denver’s Isaac Schimmels in the first-place match. The loss put Decker in a wrestle back situation. He passed the test with flying colors, though, winning by fall over Carson Staner of Cascade.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
16
Feb

After first round playoff exit, Wiley discusses Central girls’ season


Central’s Grace Kuehl brings the ball up the court on a fast break. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Ashlyn Scherf looks for an open teammate in the Warriors’ first round playoff loss to West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
16
Feb

Whittle falls just short of state, coach reflects on program growth


Brandon Whittle placed third in the 220-pound weight class at the district tournament at Denver on Feb. 13, putting him just short of a trip to state. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

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