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Spartan wrestlers take third

MONTICELLO– The Solon varsity wrestling team crowned four individual champions during its first tournament competition of the year this past Saturday at Monticello.
First place winners included :
– Cody Fritz, 152 pounds
– J.J. Hanus, 170 pounds
– Lance Evans, 182 pounds
– Jay Pike, 215 pounds
Other place winners included:
– Louis Gnida, fourth at 106 pounds
– Trevor Yahr, fifth at 113 pounds
– Brian Haight, fifth at 126 pounds
– Taylor Walkner, fourth at 138 pounds
– Elijah Kane, fifth at 138
– Jarrett Paulson, third at 145
– Aaron Shulista, third at 170
– Tommy Hamiel, third at hwt.
Team scores were as follows:
1. Alburnett 216
2. Lisbon 212.5
3. Solon 175.5
4. Monticello 121
5. Starmont 83
6. Beckman 79.5
7. Ed. Co. 65
8. Anamosa 53
“We finished the day real strong,” Solon head coach Brooks McLaren said. “The heavier weights are pulling through like we thought they would.”
Earlier in the week the team defeated West Liberty and Regina, while falling to Williamsburg in its first dual meet competition of the season.
The squad returns four wrestlers with state meet experience, including seniors Jarrett Paulson, Cody Fritz, J.J. Hanus and Tommy Hamiel. With a squad of 30, including several talented underclassmen , the team expects to be very competitive this season.