Redhawk wrestlers lock up Top 10 finish in New Sharon

Redhawk wrestlers brought home several medals last Saturday from the North Mahaska Wrestling Invitational held in New Sharon. Pictured from left, Max Monat (second place), 1A No. 5 Kolt Knaack (champion), Gavin Rausch (third place), 1A No. 2 Case Monat (third place), and Addy Hochstetler (second place). PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW KNAACK

The North Tama boys’ wrestling team secured a Top 10 finish at the North Mahaska Wrestling Invitational in New Sharon last Saturday thanks to a series of notable performances including from Class 1A No. 5 Kolt Knaack who captured the championship in the 138 pounds bracket.

The boys took eighth overall out of 14 teams with 77 points.

After receiving a bye in the first round, Knaack went 3-0 with three falls including in the champion round over Baxter’s Skyler Stoll in 43 seconds.

Freshman Max Monat took second place in the 106 pounds bracket after a win by fall in the quarterfinal round and a win by decision in the semifinal round before being pinned by North Mahaska’s Ryan Groom in the champion round.

Monat’s older brother, Class 1A No. 2 Case Monat took home a third place finish in the 113 pounds bracket, as did his teammate Gavin Rausch in the 132 pounds bracket.

After winning by fall in the quarterfinal round, the elder Monat won by decision in the semifinals and again by decision, 11-4, over Oskaloosa’s Ty Lorentzen in the consolation semifinals. Monat pinned North Mahaska’s Joel DeJong in four minutes for the third place medal.

Rausch won his first round by decision, 5-4, before losing in the semifinals by fall to Solon’s Jordan Schmidt. In the third place round, Rausch pinned Oskaloosa’s Elliot Adam in 1:02.

The Redhawk girls squad also competed at North Mahaska with freshman Addy Hochstetler bringing home a second place medal by going 1-1. After being pinned in the first round by Centerville’s Audrianna Roso, Hochstetler won by fall over Grinnell’s Alyssa Kreigel.

This week Thursday the Redhawk boys wrestlers were set to face both Sumner-Fredericksburg and Wapsie Valley in a home dual for Senior Night.