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NCASB wrestling

Joy in Janesville

Dan Gable, who coached at the University of Iowa, was quoted as saying “When my wrestlers got their hand raised, I jumped for joy!”

When the Iowa Rams competed in the NCASB Conference Wrestling Tournament at Janesville, Wisconsin last Saturday, January 20, there were plenty of coaches and fans jumping for joy as the hands of Iowa wrestlers were being raised!

Miguel Salas captured the 285 lb championship with two thunderous first period pins.  In his opening match, Salas used a headlock to record a first period fall over his friend and nemesis, Thomas of Wisconsin.    In the championship match, Salas again controlled his opponent’s head and arms, then executed a slick “duck under” move known as a “slide by” to take down Sussek.  From there, Salas used a half-nelson to turn the Wisconsin heavyweight and record yet another first period pin.  Miguel finished the season with an overall record of 2 wins and 2 losses in his second year of NCASB competition.

At 160 lbs, Eli Buck finished second.  Buck received a first round bye that led to a semifinal battle against Erubiel of Minnesota.  Down early in this match, Buck used his strength and endurance to storm back, regain the lead, and eventually pin the Minnesota  in the second period.   In the championship match, Buck was taken down early by Eh of Tennessee.  Again, Buck wrestled with tremendous resolve, but was unable to recover as he ended up getting pinned late in the first period.  Eli finished his season with an overall record of 5 wins against just 2 losses in his second year of NCASB competition.

At 132 lbs, James Cheek finished 3rd in an 8-man bracket.  Cheek received a first round bye. In the semi-finals, he lost by fall to Carlos of Tennessee.  Cheek stormed back through consolation matches with two quick first period pins.  He pinned Jackson of Kansas in 38 seconds, then claimed third place by pinning Ronnay  of Wisconsin in just 17 seconds.  Cheek finished with 3 wins and 1 loss on the day.  James recorded 4 wins against 3 losses in his first year of NCASB wresting.

Jacob Longmire also finished 3rd in an 8-man bracket at the 97 lbs weight class.  Weighing just 85 lbs and wrestling in NCASB competition for the first time, Longmire impressed his coaches and fans with a 13-6 major decision over Andrew of Kansas in the first round.   In the semi-finals, Longmire lost by fall to eventual champion, Morgan  of Indiana.  In consolation matches, Longmire wrestled with reckless abandon as he pinned Ty of Kansas, then captured 3rd place by recording another major decision over Andrew of Kansas.  Jacob finished the day with 3 wins and 1 loss.

Thomas Rinabarger found success, but did not place in his weight class at 97 lbs.  During his first round match with Gabe of Kansas, Rinabarger led 9-7 before getting pinned in the 3rd period.  In his consolation match, Rinabarger had an early 4-0 lead against Ty of Kansas, but eventually dropped a 9-4 decision.  Coaches commented that Rinabarger has shown steady improvement throughout his first year of wrestling as evidenced by the fact that he scored 9 points in a loss by decision early this year and led in the early stages of both matches he wrestled during this tournament.

The wrestlers are coached by Jay Colsch with assistance from Alex Gillaspie, Carter Fuhrman, and Matt Wigginton.  Coach Colsch commented that he was especially pleased by the outpouring of support his wrestlers received from parents and fans.  A contingent of Iowa folks, including 4 aspiring cheerleaders and a former wrestler traveled with the team to watch the Cheerleading and Wrestling Competition.  Others chose to follow the action by logging on to www.trackwresting.com where live action results were posted.  All 5 wrestlers expressed hope that their IESBVI friends will join them in wrestling camps and competition next year. 

Team photo of the 2018 Iowa Rams Wrestling squad

A photo of Jake taking his opponent to the matA photo of Eli wrestling

A photo of Elijah wrestling his opponent  James wrestling his opponentMiguel wrestling his opponentThomas wrestling with another NCASB participant



  Photo of Champion Miguel with his winning bracketThe Iowa girls checking out the cheerleading competitionA photo of the group watching the cheerleading competition


 NCASB Conference Wrestling Tournament Team scores:

1              Tennessee  168.0

2              Missouri  61.0

3              Ohio  59.5

4              Iowa  59.0

5              Illinois  57.0

6              Indiana  55.0

7              Kansas  36.0

7              Kentucky  36.0

9              Wisconsin 32.0

10           Minnesota 11.0


 Congratulations to all of the Iowa Rams!



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