SPOKANE, Was. - Richie Lewis and Malcolm Allen will have their shot at winning national titles.
Lewis (157) and Allen?(285) advanced to today's semifinal round after going 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.
The Tritons placed five wrestlers in the quarterfinals, with Darrell Pampkin?(133) and Ryan Niven (165) still in medal contention.
in medal contention.
"They (Lewis and Allen) went out and won the close matches,'' said Iowa Central head coach Luke Moffitt. "This tournament is decided on guys that can win close matches.''
Nate Smith (125), Niven and Bryce Fisher (197) all advanced to the quarterfinals.
Lewis picked up two falls to start the tournament, defeating Tyler Ellwood of Iowa Lakes in 2:34 and then pinning Tyler Bruce of Niagara in 3:24.
He won a tight 3-2 decision over Kyle Wade of Nassau in the quarterfinals.
Allen, earned a bye in the opening round and then won a 10-4 decision over Shawn Chamberlain of Muskegon. In the quarterfinal match, he won a 3-2 decision over Michael Henry of Highline.
Pampkin picked up a bye in the opening round and then lost a 5-3 decison to Jake Nicholson of Jamestown. He bounced back with three straight decisions (8-6, 7-2, 4-2 in sudden victory).
Niven won his first two matches by fall and decision before losing in the quarters. He won his consolation match by fall to advance to the medal round.
Fisher earned a fall and sudden victory win to advance to the quarters. He lost in the quarters and suffered a defeat in the consolation round.
St. Edmond graduate Teddie Harvey (141) won his first match, pinning Tyler Hinton of Northwest in 4:06. Harvey then lost two straight decisions.
Clarion-Goldfield graduate Marcus Peterson (149) lost his first match and bounced back with two victories before bowing out of the tournament.
Jake Meehan (174) won his first match before losing two straight.
"We ran into some tough positions and lost close matches,'' Moffitt said. "Our guys now know what it's going to take. The ones that didn't place are all coming back.
"Everyone that was down here won a match, so I'm looking forward to having them back next year.''
Iowa Central is in seventh place in the team standings with 51 points.
Northeast Oklahoma A&M is leading the team race with 111 team points.
Wrestling will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Mountain time); 12:30 p.m. (CST).
Finals will be held at 6:45 p.m.?(Mountain time); 8:45 p.m.?(CST).