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Host Cougars capture title with 3 individual winners

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Carson Collins of Manson Northwest Webster pins Alta/Aurelia’s Schade Larson in the finals of the Doug Wood Invitational on Saturday in Manson. For more photos, please visit

MANSON — For the first time in seven years, the Manson Northwest Webster wrestling team claimed their own team tournament here on Saturday.

The Cougars won the Doug Wood Invitational, accumulating 197.5 points. OA-BCIG (175) was second, and South Central Calhoun placed third at 147.5.

“We wrestled well,” said Manson Northwest Webster co-head coach Ron Ewing. “It was really huge in the wrestleback round. We knew the kids in the finals would be there, but we competed as a team and wrestled lights out.

“Our coaching staff did a great job. My co-coach, Mitch Krueger, and our assistants, Gary Bulky and Ben Dolder, helped our kids accomplish this.”

Ninth-ranked state qualifier Koby Hanson (136) spent little time on the mat Saturday on his way to the 136-pound crown. Hanson was 2-0 with a fall in 13 seconds of the semifinals and 30 seconds in the championship match.

“Koby knows what he wants to do. He wants to be on that (state) podium (in February),” Ewing said. “He has to take it to the next level, and he’s off to a terrific start.”

Koby’s cousin, Donovan Hanson, grabbed the 106-pound crown. Donovan earned tech falls in the first two rounds, and defeated St. Edmond freshman Ryan Duckett 18-2 in the finals.

Carson Collins won the 120-pound crown with another short day of action, picking up falls in 36 seconds and 33 seconds.

“Carson is one of the hardest workers in the room,” Ewing said. “He is well-balanced and has great leadership.

“Donovan wrestled lights-out and picked up three tech falls.”

Fourth-ranked Enrique Maravilla (285), who is new to the Manson school district after moving in from Georgia, cruised to the 285-pound crown. Maravilla had pins in 1:28, 0:36 and 2:36.

“I like to see a kid move in and come in to our room with wrestling ability,” Ewing said. “I believe Enrique was a two-time state place-finisher in Georgia.

“He’s a senior and is helping kids in the room.”

Daltin Roest (113), A.J. Cardenas (132) and Austin Berger (160) were all third for the Cougars. Nathan Thoma (126), Grant Calmer (145) and John Schuttler (195) were fourth, and Carson Peterson (182) placed fifth.

Duckett (4-2), wrestling in his first tournament, turned in a strong performance for the Gaels. He pinned Mohamed Yokie of South Hamilton in 30 seconds in the quarterfinals, then stuck Tyler Peterson of Alta-Aurelia in the semifinals (2:43).

“Ryan wrestled well,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “We know Donovan (Hanson) is a good wrestler and he has obviously put in a lot of time. It was good for Ryan to see competition like this and see where you are at. He has the will to win, and hopefully we can keep improving.

“We definitely got better. We just have to set goals of making it to the second period, making it to the third, then not giving up falls. We have to take small steps with a young group. They’ll keep coming and working hard.”

Nathan Russell earned a fall in 2:58 for the Gaels at 170 pounds.

South Central Calhoun had Chase McAlister (152) and Brody Goodman (160) capture crowns. McAlister registered three falls, and defeated 10th-ranked Garret Bruce of East Sac County in the finals. Goodman, who is ranked eighth, had two pins, a tech fall, and a 10-4 decision in the finals.

Jordan Khommanyvong (132) and Tanner Fistler (145) were second for SCC. Kody Kutz (285) was third.

East Sac County’s Nathan Thomsen (126), Austin Corbin (182) and Bruce finished second. West Bend-Mallard’s Nolan Blair (113) was second, and Mason Studer (152) finished third.