Cowboys take NCC championship back; Humboldt places 2nd
WEBSTER CITY — The Clarion-Goldfield/Dows wrestling team regained control of the North Central Conference here on Saturday, capturing the overall championship while crowning three individual winners.
A year after coming up short to Iowa Falls-Alden in the team race, the Cowboys locked on for their fifth title in the past seven years to go along with winning the regular season duals crown.
C-G/D finished with 235 points. Humboldt (191) was second, followed by Hampton-Dumont/CAL, Webster City, Algona, Clear Lake, Iowa Falls-Alden and St. Edmond.
Reed Abbas, Remington Hanson and Garrett Seaba all finished first for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, with Kaeden Langfitt, Cale Kirstein, Mack Seaba, Bryce Allen, Kain Nelson and Daniel Chavez adding runner-up medals.
“It’s always rewarding to dominant any sort of competition and know that your preparation, nutrition and training all pays off in these situations,” Abbas said. “It’s very important for us to control the NCC year after year, not only because we are very competitive and love to win, but also to set a standard or expectation to win the NCC for future Cowboy wrestlers.”
Abbas earned two pins and a technical fall. After capturing gold in this meet as a freshman, he was second last year.
In the finals at 138 pounds, Abbas pinned Colby Clarken from Humboldt in 1:39.
“For the process of moving forward and getting closer to state, (the NCC meet) is just another test mentally and physically to sharpen my tools so I can execute and perform as dominant as possible at state,” said Abbas, a returning state medalist who went 42-11 last year.
Hanson, who is 20-0 on the year, had a technical fall, pin and decision on his way to placing first. Garrett Seaba, 20-2 like Abbas this season, had two decisions at 170.
For Humboldt, Jase Goodell finished first at 126 pounds and Colten Goodell was the winner at 220. Along with Clarken’s second-place medal, Jayden Gargano, Dylan Vaudt, Joe Weydert, Jordan Jensen and Fletcher Satern placed third.
Camron Phetxoumphone scored yet another NCC title, pinning his two opponents to lead Webster City. Carson Doolittle, CJ Hisler and Trey Shannon also captured crowns, with Chase Rattenborg finishing third.
The Lynx had 176.5 points.
Algona had a trio of runner-ups in Jacob Zabka, Brandon Harris and Hunter Berry. The Bulldogs closed with 136.5 points.
Tyler Rossmanith was fourth and Grant Webster sixth for St. Edmond. Rossmanith went 2-2, falling in the third-place match at 182 pounds, 4-3.
“Coming off a good weekend, I was really disappointed in our energy, intensity and overall attitude (at the NCC),” SEHS head coach Eugene Carlson said. “These kids are keeping this program alive and going, but they have to give more. We have to have more dedication, passion and caring for St. Edmond wrestling because there are others coming up that want to be part of this program.
“We have two weeks to go back to the drawing board and look at everything — myself included — and see where we can get better to get us to where we want to be.”