By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
ANAMOSA— The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the 2011-2012 wrestling season with a triangular meet against the home Raiders and Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU).
The meet also marked the debut of new Clipper coach Jared Carder.
The Pointers took the first dual with a decisive 60-23 victory. Tyler Kasper earned a 15-0 Technical Fall over CPU’s Brennan Henderson in a 138-pound match while Casey Rohret pinned CPU’s Kevin Chila in 1:22 at 220-pounds. A CPU forfeit to Carter Carew at 120-pounds rounded-out the Clippers’ points.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association rule book was needed to decide the winner of the CCA-Anamosa dual, which ended in a 42-42 tie. According to rule 9.2.2, sub-section H, Anamosa was given the winning point due to the “total number of first points scored per match.” In other words, the Raiders had six takedowns to CCA’s three for the win.
Trevor Thurn, Daniel Brechtel, Carew, Nate Langrehr and Stephen Jensen all earned wins for CCA at 106, 113, 120, 126 and 132 pounds respectively. Thurn pinned Anamosa’s Levi Lode in 4:50, Brechtel pinned Hank Durgin in 2:35, Carew got the fall on Allen Taylor in 1:57, Langrehr got the pin in 1:53 over Randy VonBehren, and Jensen pinned Blayne Walker in 3:03. Rohret and Beau Gerard picked up forfeits at 195 and 220 pounds.
The Clipper roster lists nine freshmen and eight sophomores. Gerard is the sole junior with Jones and Rohret the only seniors. Coach Carder pointed out before the meet that ten of the men had never wrestled before this season.
CCA is in action again Thursday, Dec. 8, at Marion High School against the Marion Indians and Williamsburg Raiders. Carder’s crew defends the home mats on Thursday, Dec. 22, as Waterloo Columbus and Independence come to Tiffin.