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Iowa Rams compete in Jacksonville Wrestling Tournament

Coach Jay Colsch

Four Iowa High School wrestlers traveled to Jacksonville, Illinois on Saturday, December 16, to compete in the Jacksonville JV Tournament.  Varsity wrestlers from the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) and Junior Varsity wrestlers from 7 nearby high schools participated in this event.

98 lbs – In his inaugural debut, Thomas Rinabarger lost a hard-fought decision to Alexis Kamp of Notre Dame High School in Quincy, Illinois by a score of 19-9.  Thomas placed 2nd in his weight division.

145 lbs – With the score tied 10-10 in his first round match, James Cheek was caught and pinned by the eventual champion, Edgar Lopez of ISVI.  James came back in his 2nd round match with a first period fall over Sadi Stengel of ISVI.   James placed 2nd in his weight division.

160 lbs – Elijah Buck found himself in a 5 man round robin.  In the first round, Eli pinned Jack Baylor of Rochester.  He received a bye in the 2nd round.  In round 3, Eli lost to eventual champion, Avery Bodi, of Quincy High School.  In round 4, Eli pinned Levi Perkins of Carlinville.  Finally, in a battle for runner-up honors, Eli pinned Mike Puccetti of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Illinois. 

285 lbs – Miquel Salas suffered two tough losses.  In round 1, Miquel received a bye.  In round 2, he was pinned by the eventual champion, Conner Sweeney of Rochester High School.  In a closely-contested third match, Miquel was pinned by Chase Lawless of Carlinville.  Miquel placed third in his division.

The Iowa Rams will return to action on January 4 with a wrestling camp and intra-squad meet at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque.  Wrestlers from the Wisconsin School for the Blind will be joining them for this day-long event.  

On January 20, their wrestling season will conclude with the NCASB Conference Wrestling Tournament in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Eight Iowa Wrestlers in Grades 7-12 are expected to compete.

The team is coached by Jay Colsch, IESBVI Regional Director with assistance from Matt Wigginton, a former wrestler at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque; Carter Fuhrman, a former wrestler at Waukon High School; and Alex Gillaspie, a former standout wrestler for IESBVI who prepped at Marion High School.

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