IOWA FALLS — The run atop the North Central Conference ended on the final match of the day here Saturday for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.
Tied with host Iowa Falls-Alden for the team title, the Cowboys could only sit on the sidelines and watch as heavyweight McKade Eisentrager gave himself a title and the Cadets team gold with a pin in the third period.
Eisentrager’s victory pushed Iowa Falls-Alden to 198.5 points, six ahead of the reigning two-time defending champion Cowboys. This marked the first title for the Cadets since 2000.
Humboldt finished third overall, followed by Hampton-Dumont, Algona, Webster City, Clear Lake and St. Edmond.
Reed Abbas and Garrett Seaba were crowned champions for the Cowboys, with Tyler Stein adding a second. For Abbas, a junior, this is his second NCC title after winning as a freshman.
Abbas picked up two falls and a decision to claim gold at 145 pounds, with Seaba doing the same at 152. Stein made it to the 113-pound title match.
Remington Hanson, also a previous NCC winner, was third, along with teammates Bryce Allen, Camden Hanson and Kain Nelson. Ethan Traub and Daniel Chavez finished fourth.
Nelson had the fastest and third-quickest falls of the tournament at 17 and 22 seconds. His third pin came in just 38 seconds, as Clarion-Goldfield/Dows had 20 total falls on the day.
Algona’s Cole Lewis and Andrew Hamilton each finished first, with Gavin Meints placing second. Lewis earned a fall and a decision at 195, and Hamilton had the same to improve to 30-1 at 220.
Meints collected two pins before falling to Eisentrager, with Jacob Zabka and Collin Murphy placing third for the Bulldogs. Reece Eakins, Brandon Harris, Luke McKenna and Spencer Long were all fourth.
Humboldt capped off a big day for the program with three individual golds courtesy Cresten Craven, Levi Naeve and Logan Nilles. Cole Nelson and Colton Goodell were each second-place performers.
Craven had two decisions and a fall to claim the 120-pound crown; Naeve had a fall, a technical fall and a decision at 160; and Nilles had a fall and two decisions at 182.
Colby Clarken was third, with Jase Goodell, Jordan Jensen and Tanner McKimmey finishing fourth for the Wildcats.
Webster City’s talented sophomore Camron Phetxoumphone stayed on path to become a four-time NCC winner, earning his second league championship with a pair of wins at 106 pounds.
Phetxoumphone, a perfect 27-0 on the year, downed Nelson in the finals, 6-4.
Freshman CJ Hisler reached the 170-pound finals, falling to Kyler Hadwiger in a wild 13-12 decision. Hisler had a bye and a pin on his day for the Lynx, who also saw third-place efforts from Evan Estlund and Trey Shannon.
Ronnie Orres had the highest finish for St. Edmond, as the 106-pounder placed fourth after going 2-2 on the day. Orres is 16-10 overall.
Orres opened his tournament with a fall vs. Kaeden Langfitt of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows in the quarterfinals before falling to Phetxoumphone in the semis.
The freshman rebounded with another pin, this time against Tegan Oliver from Iowa Falls-Alden in 1:39 in the consolation semis. Orres lost to Zabka in the third-place match via fall.
“Ronnie had a good day,” SEHS head coach Eugene Carlson said. “He’s faced Zabka now three times, but this was his best match against him. He just made a couple mistakes, and hopefully can grow from them.”
Johnny Dickerson, Cayne Reed, Tyler Rossmanith and Grant Webster all went 0-2 on the day for the Gaels.
“We were hoping to get one of those other guys in a placing match, but it just didn’t work out,” Carlson said. “We’ll get back in the room and correct our mistakes ahead of these final meets before sectionals.”
Clear Lake’s streak of having at least one individual champion came to a halt at 26 years. The Lions had three runner-up finishes.