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Spartans put eight in finals at Oelwein

OELWEIN– The Solon wrestling team put eight in the finals and crowned four champions at the Oelwein Invitational held Saturday, Dec. 10. The team finished second to Byron, Ill., with 207 points. Complete team scores were as follows:
1. Byron, Ill. 211
2. Solon 207.5
3. Independence 202.5
4. Crestwood, 180
5. Oelwein, 113
6. Prairie Du Chien, Wis. 101.5
7. Valley, CEW 89.5
8. Jesup 68.5
9. Starmont 59
10. Clayton Ridge 19
11. Postville 16
Cody Fritz remained undefeated at 10-0 with a major decision in the finals. Aaron Shulista won the title at 160 with a 6-3 decision. Kyle Kroymann, wrestling in his first tournament of the season, won by fall in the finals at 195, and Jay Pike got a pin as well at 220 pounds. J.J. Hanus lost a hard-fought decision in the finals by a score of 3-1, losing to the top-ranked wrestler in the state from Independence.
Individual place winners were as follows:
106: Louis Gnida, second;
113: Trevor Yahr, fifth;
138: Taylor Walkner, fourth;
145: Jarrett Paulson, second;
152: Cody Fritz, first;
160: Aaron Shulista, first;
170: J.J. Hanus, second;
195: Kyle Krooyman, first;
220: Jay Pike, first;
Hwt: Tommy Hamiel, third.
In commenting on the meet, coach Brooks McLaren said “We had 16 pins on the day, and pretty much everyone stepped up to the challenge, allowing us to beat Independence.” This marks the first time in school history that Solon has beaten Independence, a perennial power in the state, at a wrestling tournament.
Earlier in the week, the Spartans won both of their dual meets by scores of 54-18 over Vinton, and 50-24 over Waterloo Columbus, raising the season dual meet record to 5-1.