Rochester, Minn. â€” Ballard of Huxley’s 15-meet winning streak came to an end Saturday, but coach Jeff Weatherman hardly seemed heartbroken.
“Because of the level we’re at, we need to be in this type of event because this is going to show us our strengths, it’s going to show us our weaknesses,” Weatherman said.
Ballard, which is ranked No. 7 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 1 in Class 2-A in Iowa, finished third in Division I of The Clash dual-meet tournament Saturday, going 1-2 in its final pool competition. The losses were to perennial powers Apple Valley, Minn. (49-24) and Simley, Minn. (37-26). Ballard beat Christiansburg, Va., 45-19 in its final meet Saturday.
Christiansburg’s coach is Daryl Weber, a two-time state champion at Don Bosco of Gilbertville and an NCAA champion at Iowa.
The all-tournament team included two Iowa recruits – 130-pounder Tony Ramos of Glenbard North of Illinois and 145-pounder Tyler Carew of Iowa City West.
Ballard (16-2) finished second in Division II here last season.
“I don’t like to lose,” Weatherman said, “but sometimes a loss just makes you a better team and makes you a better wrestler. Did we come here to win it? You bet. We didn’t get it done, but I guarantee you it will make us a better team.”
The Bombers had a 3-0 record Friday.
Don Bosco, ranked No. 9 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 1 in Class 1-A, finished second in Division IV here. The Dons beat Perham, Minn., 42-19 and Glenbard North (Ill.) 28-22 before losing 42-24 to Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday.
Don Bosco finished the weekend with a 3-3 record. The Dons were fourth in Division II last season.
Iowa City West won the Division V championship, and evened this season’s score with Waverly-Shell Rock with a 36-25 victory Saturday.
Waverly-Shell Rock, the champion here last season, beat West 37-33 Dec. 12 in the finals of the Five Seasons Duals at Cedar Rapids.
Matt Behnami’s pin at heavyweight and decisions at 103 by Jack Hathaway and at 112 by Jon Skarda put the meet away for Iowa City West.
“The first time we wrestled them we didn’t have a full lineup and we stayed pretty close to them,” Behnami said. “We had a feeling we’d beat these guys the next time.”
After a weekend of six meets, Iowa City West coach Mark Reiland and Waverly-Shell Rock coach Rick Caldwell saw enough to fill out a ream of practice planning sheets.
“We weren’t ready to go (Friday) and we had to wrestle this morning,” said Reiland, whose team was 5-1. “Until we get ourselves ready to go every time out, we’re not a very good team.
“In some places, we’re not getting the bonus points where we need to. You can’t win by seven, you win by eight (a major decision). You can’t win by 14, you win by 15 (a technical fall). You got them on their back, you’ve got to pin them.”
Waverly-Shell Rock was 4-2 here.
“We’ll give them (today) off, but we’ll start back on Monday morning,” Caldwell said. “I have lists upon lists of things we need to get better at. That’s one of the nice things about this tournament, you see a lot of different styles, you see a lot of matches that are important so kids need to perform well. We learned a ton, now we’ve got to go back and get ready for the next important thing, which is the end of January, first of February when it starts getting really important again.”
By: Dan McCool, Des Moines Reister (Original Here)