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Chargers Finishes Third at Riley Invite; Danker Claims Gold

The ACGC wrestling team turned in a respectable showing at the Coach Riley Invitational in Greenfield yesterday with a third place finish among the eleven teams competing. The Chargers garnered 112 points, while team champion Mount Ayr tallied 147.5. Clarinda finished second with 126 points.

Seth Danker continued his winning ways as he took top honors in the 138 pound class. Danker claimed two falls on his way to the title, including a pin of Kale Downey of Clarinda in the finals. Danker's performance leaves him with an unblemished season mark of 6-0.

A trio of Chargers finished as runners up including Gunnar Larsen at 132, Cale Rowley at 152, and Christian Nolte at 170. Nolte recorded the quickest Charger fall when he pinned his opponent from Central Decatur 0:29 in the quarterfinals. Cayden Jensen picked up a bronze for a third place finish in the 160 lb class.

A total of eight Chargers took to the mats at the meet hosted by Nodaway Valley High School. Other who competed for ACGC were Tegan Slaybaugh at 106, Dawson Muller at 145, and Bryce Rochholz at 195.

"I was happy with out team's overall performance," Charger coach Shawn Danker offered following the tournament. "We had eight of fourteen weight classes filled and we placed third out of eleven teams. We were only fourteen points our of a runner up finish.

"We have some little things to clean up on our technique and conditioning. However, I'm not seeing any major concerns at this point of the season," Danker went on to say. "We are very happy to be in the gym on the mat and able to wrestle. We have a big week with a quad dual on Thursday at Bedford-Lenox and a tournament on Saturday at Oakland Riverside."

Charger results: 106 lb: Tegan Slaybaugh (ACGC) finished fourth. Semifinals: Drew Elan (MOAY) over Slaybaugh by dec, 9-2; Third Place: Brayden Maeder (SWVA) over Slaybaugh by dec, 6-2. 132 lb: Gunnar Larsen (ACGC) finished second. Quarterfinals: Larsen over Dalton Kitzman (BELE) by fall, 5:31; Semifinals: Larsen over Luke Spaur (KNOX) by MDec, 11-1; Finals: Bryce Shaha (MOAY) over Larsen by dec, 6-3; 138 lb: Seth Danker (ACGC) finished first. Quarterfinals: Danker over Triston Barncastle (COM) by fall, 4:31; Semifinals: Danker over Jaxon Christensen (NOVA) by dec, 8-3; Finals: Danker over Kale Downey (CLAR) by fall, 4:33; 145 lb: Dawson Muller (ACGC) finished fifth. Quarterfinals: Conner Fitzgerald (BELE) over Dawson by fall, 2:26; Consolation semis: Dawson drew a bye; Fifth place match: Muller over Brennan Hayes (COM) by fall, 5:35

152 lb: Cale Rowley finished second. Quarterfinals: Rowley over William Bolinger (COM) by SV,14-2; Semifinals: Rowley (ACGC) over Ross Stephens (PV) by fall, 0:46; Finals: Jaydon Knight (MOAY) over Rowley by fall, 3:32 160 lb: Cayden Jensen (ACGC) finished third. Quarterfinals: Jensen over Chris Aragon (COM) by dec, 5-4; Semifinals: KJ Fry (CLRK) over Jensen by fall, 3:01; Third place match: Jensen over Jacob Hiemstra (PV) by fall, 2:54 170 lb: Christian Nolte finished second. Quarterfinals: Nolte over Jesse Niebauer (CDEC) by fall, 0:29; Semifinals: Nolte over Dillen Ammons (PV) by fall,1:57; Finals: Jake Cox (BELE) over Nolte by dec, 14-8 195 lb: Bryce Rochholz did not place. Quarterfinals: Alex Swanson (PV) over Rochholz by fall, 1:24; Consolation semifinals: Tyler Binning (CLRK) over Rochholz by fall, 1:55

Team scores: Mount Ayr 147.5, Clarinda 126, ACGC 112, Pleasantville 109, Bedford/Lenox 14, Creston/O-M 99.5, Central Decatur 98, Southwest Valley 91, Nodaway Valley 86.5, Clarke 86, Knoxville 60

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