Bosco wrestlers win 3rd tournament
By Ken Thoma

The cream of the crop – Don Bosco wrestlers have now won all three of the wrestling tournaments they were at this season, and they had a slight avenging victory last Saturday at the 17-team Bobcat Invitational where they overcame four other ranked teams and 36 other ranked individuals.

Don Bosco won the tournament championship by a score of 227.5 team points vs. 214 for West Delaware of Manchester with everything coming down to who won the most championship matches. Whereas WD had five wrestlers in the championship round, Don Bosco only had three, but the Dons won all three, starting off with a 13-3 major decision win at 106# by freshman Garrett Funk over 6th-ranked Dominik Ridout of East Marshall and, at 120#, the Dons’ returning state champion Daniel Kimball beat 3rd-ranked Nathan Genobana of Centerville 5-2.

After that, West Delaware only managed just one winning decision in their first four championship matches. The clincher for Don Bosco came in the championship match at 182# when 2nd-ranked Thomas Even pinned 5th-ranked Jack Neuhaus of West Delaware in just 57 seconds.

In all, the Dons placed nine of their 10 other entries. Placing 3rd for Bosco were Cael Frost (138), Max Wettengel (145) and Carson Tenold (160) while three others placed 4th: Cael Rahnavardi (170), Bryce Schares (195) and Noah Pittman at HWT. Easton Larson secured a 5th place finish at 132# while Cody Brown (113) and Cade Tenold (152) placed 7th. While Alex Carpenter did not place at 220#, he scored six valuable team points for the Dons who fielded no wrestler at 126#.

The Dons traveled to South Winneshiek Jan. 8 for a double dual and will be at the 10-team tournament this Saturday in Hudson, scheduled to start at 9:30 AM, and will have a double dual at East Buchanan next Tuesday night starting at 6 PM.
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