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Sports

Wrestlers roll over Nebraska

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The third-ranked Iowa wrestlers took out the Nebraska Cornhuskers 22-9 Saturday at Lincoln, but lost some tough matches.
Derek St. John (157) lost his first match of the year when third-ranked James Green knocked off Derek, 9-7.
James beat Derek last year in the Big Ten Tournament, but Derek bounced back and won the Nationals.
Mike Evans (174) has lost two straight to wrestlers ranked higher then he was, but I have to give him credit, he kept attacking in both matches.

Women Split

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeyes’ 88-72 loss to the Michigan State women last Thursday was tough to watch.
Iowa relies on its 3-point shooting, but have won games when they are not hitting from the outside.
Against the Spartans, the Hawks were not only cold from the outside (1-13) but got crushed on the boards 44-29.
Size, balance and quickness were on Michigan State’s side as the Spartans had five players in double figures, the Hawkeyes three.

Solon takes honors at robotics tourney

ALBERT LEA, Minn.– Two of the five teams from Solon Middle School and Solon High School competing at the Dream It Do It Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament received awards. The tournament was on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Albert Lea High School in Albert Lea, Minn. The tournament was hosted by Riverland Community College.

Spartans send six to finals

Solon wrestles to second place at Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational

SOLON– Solon’s wrestlers crowned one champion but sent five others to the finals Saturday as the Spartans placed second at their own 10-team invitational.
Lance Evans at 220 pounds won by fall in 3:07 of his title match to become Solon’s lone individual champion.
The Spartans finished second to Lisbon, ending the Ed Hadenfeldt Wrestling Invitational with 177, tied with Washington and only five points out of the top spot.

Solon scores 89 in win

Spartans knock off WaMaC West leader Bobcats

SOLON– Third quarter defense was a specialty for the Spartans last week.
Solon’s varsity boys posted a pair of double-digit home wins against West Delaware and Benton Community.
Against the Bobcats, the leaders of the WaMaC West, Solon scored the most points of the year (89) and chalked up its largest margin of victory (33).
In both games, the 56-36 win over West Delaware and the 89-56 win over Benton Community, the Spartans throttled the opposing offense in the third quarter and stomped on the offensive pedal, outscoring the two teams by a combined 32-11.

Lady Spartans fall to Beckman

Girls pick up win OT win at BC

SOLON– The Lady Spartans fell to both Dyersville Beckman and West Delaware last week, but took Benton Community to overtime for a win Friday night.
The Beckman matchup was a makeup of a game wiped out by the weather in December, and the Lady Spartans made an impressive fourth-quarter comeback before falling, 45-36.
Freshman Josie Durr put in 14 points to lead Solon in scoring. Nichole Oberthien led in rebounding with eight. The Lady Spartans shot six free throws for the night, while Beckman went to the line 26 times.

CCA takes two out of three matches at home

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TIFFIN– It was a full night of wrestling in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) gym Thursday, Jan. 16, as the Clippers hosted the Huskies of Highland, the Cardinals of Maquoketa and the Mustangs from Mount Vernon.
Seven forfeits carried the Clippers past the Huskies 42-34 in a dual meet which saw the Creek boys struggle as Connor Murphy lost a 14-5 major decision, Trevor Thurn was pinned in 14 seconds, Jujaun Kimber fell in 43 seconds and Brandon Chalfant went down in 1:28.

Business as usual for West High

Trojans knock out Jefferson J-Hawks, 79-49

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– After the bump in the road that was the end of their 60-game undefeated streak the week before, the West High Trojans were back in their groove, conducting business as usual on the hardwood Friday.
The Trojans entertained the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks Friday night, Jan. 17, and took care of business with a 79-49 victory.

Trojan wrestlers split on the road

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ALBIA– West High wrestlers were in action Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Albia where they met the Blue Demons and the Trojans from Fairfield. Albia prevailed 58-24 over West, but the Iowa City Trojans handled their southern cousins, 54-27.
Mitchell Boxwell pinned Albia’s Jacob West in 5:04 in a 220-pound match while Blake Moser pinned the Blue Demons’ Trever Blackford in 2:13 in the heavyweight match.

Trojans sweep the Cougars in bowling action Jan. 17

Wever, Kreiss lead West on the home lanes

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IOWA CITY– Mike Mellecker’s West High varsity bowling teams swept the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars Friday, Jan. 17, in the Trojans’ home for bowling; Colonial Lanes.
Max Wever led the boys with his 432-pin effort as West won handily 2,770 to 2,520. In girls’ action Brooke Kreiss showed the way with her match-high 346. The Women of Troy prevailed 2,240 to 2,129.
In the junior varsity (JV) contests it was the boys winning 2,363 to 2,221 and the girls falling 1,665 to 1,719. Jared Donovan led the boys with 362 while Walter Robles helped out the women with a 281.

Pointers sink Clippers, CCA rallies against North Linn

CCA’s Schropp, Brechtel, Murphy, Wessling, Chalfant and Manard all win by fall

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CENTER POINT– Scott Slifka’s Stormin’ Pointers did it again. For the second time this season, the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) squad put a win into the books over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. CPU won 66-12 on the Clippers’ mats back in early December and followed that performance with a 54-21 win Thursday, Jan. 9, in Center Point.
The Clippers rebounded to take a 48-18 win over the North Linn Lynx.

West defends the mats, defeats four teams in home invitational

IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland’s West High grapplers have proven time and again to be a force to be reckoned with. Saturday, Jan. 11, was one of those times as the Trojans invited Lewis Central, Pleasant Valley, Ankeny and Wilton to their house for a day of fun on the mats. However, the day wasn’t much fun for the guests as West High rolled on to victory over all four.