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Larsen Is WCAC Wrestling Champion! With Incomplete Roster, Team Finishes Last

On a day which otherwise was not what Charger fans would have hoped for, 132 pounder Gunnar Larsen was crowned champion yesterday at the WCAC meet held at Panorama High School. After receiving a first round bye, the Charger junior defeated Jackson Boese of Van Meter/Earlham by a technical fall, 21-6. It didn't take long for Larsen to lay claim to the title

as he pinned Matthew White of Woodward-Granger in less that a minute (0:57) in the championship match. The wins improve Larsen's overall record to 13-2 for the season.

ACGC was unable to fill its lineup, as the Chargers filled just eight out of fourteen weight classes. All of the Charger grapplers scored points, but with the depleted lineup, the team was able to score only 71.5 points which placed the team in last place out of the eight schools participating. Van Meter/Earlham won the team title with 225.5 points.

While Larsen claimed the gold, Cale Rowley was the only other Charger to claim a top three spot as he won the bronze for his third place finish at 145. Rowley improved his record to 13-6, winning his final two matches after falling in the semifinals. He came back to win in the consolation semifinals and took third place by winning a 7-5 decision over Braiden Beane of West Central Valley.

The team will take a break for the holidays and will resume competition when it hosts a dual event with several schools on Tuesday, January 7, with the wrestling to begin at 5:30 . Go Chargers!

Charger results:

120: Dawson Muller placed fifth

Quarterfinals: Corbyn Atwell (W-G) over Muller by fall, 5:32

Consolation round 1: Muller received a bye

Consolation semifinals: Nick Steinelage (I-35) over Muller by fall, 3:26

Fifth place match: Muller over Atwell by fall, 1:45

132: Gunnar Larsen place first

Quarterfinals: Larsen recieived a bye

Semifinals: Larsen over Jackson Boese (VM/Earl) by technical fall, 21-6

First place match: Larsen over Matthew White, (W-G) by fall, 0:57

138: Cayden Jensen placed fifth

Quarterfinals: Jensen over Tristan Drake (VM/Earl) by dec, 12-7

Semifinals: Kitt Lundy (Pl'ville) over Jensen by MD, 16-7

5th place: Jensen over Evan Woosley (I-35) by medical forfeit

145: Cale Rowley placed third

Quarterfinals: Rowey received a bye

Semifinals: Tyler Haynes (VM/Earl) over Rowley by fall, 1:27

Consolation semifinals: Rowley over Brayden Simons (W-G) by fall, 4:44

Third place match: Rowley over Braiden Beane (WCV) by dec, 7-5

160: Reid Rumelhart placed fourth

Quarterfinals: Rumelhart received a bye

Semifinals: Landon Goodenberger (Pan) over Rumelhart by fall, 2:39

Consolation semifinals: Rumelhart received a bye

Third place match: Jon Mckeever (W-G) over Rumelhart by fall, 5:14

170: Cole Plowman placed sixth

Quarterfinals: Cale Pritchett (W-G) over Plowman by fall, 0:59

Consolation round one: Plowman received a bye

Consolation semifinals: Michael McGiff (Pl'ville) over Plowman by dec, 4-2

Fifth place match: Curtis Jacobe (I-35) over Plowman by fall, 3:12

182: Bryce Rochholtz placed sixth

Quarterfinals: Kade Polich (W-G) over Rochholz by fall, 0:30

Consolation round one: Rochholz received a bye

Consolation semifinals: Xander Soder (Ogden) over Rochholz by fall, 1:15

Fifth place match: Isaac Man (Pl'ville) over Rochholz by fall, 1:15

195: Jon Pavelka placed fifth

Quarterfinals: Brock Thompson (I-35) over Pavelka by fall, 2:40

Consolation round one: Pavelka received a bye

Consolation semifinals: Aiden Hansen (VM/Earl) over Pavelka by fall, 1:06

Fifth place match: Pavelka over Auden Phippen (WCV) by fall, 3:07

Team scores:

Van Meter/Earlham 225.5

Woodward-Granger 205.5

Panorama 153.5

Interstate 35 148

Ogden 95.5

West Central Valley 93

Pleasantville 79

ACGC 71.5

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