NT wrestlers battle at home

North Tama’s Ashton Bradley defends a takedown attempt by Denver’s Cole Miller on Jan. 21. Bradley took a narrow 5-2 loss. Darvin Graham/North Tama Telegraph

TRAER–The North Tama Redhawk wrestlers had the rare opportunity to wrestle at home all throughout last week.

The week started last Thursday with a three-team dual in Traer between North Tama, Hudson and Denver; and finished out Saturday at home with the North Tama Redhawk Invitational.

The Redhawks took a 45-30 team loss to Hudson, largely due to open weight forfeit matches at 132, 145, 170, 195 and 220.

North Tama outshot Hudson in non-forfeit wins, 5 to 3, but the limited roster size was too much for the Redhawks to overcome. Hudson meanwhile was only open at the 113 weight class.

Case Monat, Logan Rausch and Xander Bradley each earned pins while Cale Bradley and Noah Weber gutted out decision wins against the Pirates.

North Tama’s Noah Weber gets a pin against Denver’s Cooper South during the team’s home dual meet on Jan. 21. Darvin Graham/North Tama Telegraph

Hudson’s roster featured two wrestlers ranked by The Predicament against North Tama, No. 5 Karter Krapfl at 138 and top-ranked Tate Entriken at 160.

Krapfl got an early, first period pin over Nathan Kucera and Entriken received a forfeit victory.

North Tama saw less success in their dual against No. 12 Denver on Thursday.

The Redhawks fell by a score of 54-16. North Tama’s only wins came from Weber, Xander Bradley and Christian Dronebarger. Dronebarger won a 10-0 major decision at 113 over Cale Lyons. Weber and Bradley each got wins by fall.

Monat came within two points of a win against Rhett Bonnette, but ended up taking the 8-6 loss.

Redhawks 285-pounder Xander Bradley scores a quick takedown en route to a pin over Denver’s Cade Bonnette on Jan. 21. Bradley was also the lone individual champion at the North Tama Invitational tournament the following Saturday. Darvin Graham/North Tama Telegraph

Ashton Bradley wrestled another competitive bout but also fell by decision, 5-2 against Denver’s Cole Miller.

The Cyclones squad came into the dual featuring four ranked wrestlers. No. 4 Isaac Schimmels (138), No. 5 Joe Ebaugh (120), No. 9. Brooks Meyer (126) and No. 10 Ben Foelske (152) each won their matches over the Redhawks by fall.

On Saturday the Redhawks hosted nine teams from all over central and eastern Iowa for a Sat. tournament.

North Tama wrestled in 9 out of 13 weight classes and as a team finished in sixth place. Hudson was back in town for the tournament and ended up the team champion with 179 points over runner-up Vinton-Shellsburg who scored 167.

Xander Bradley was the Redhawks only tournament champion with four decisive wins by fall and a 3-0 decision victory over Vinton-Shellsburg’s Caleb Rouse for the heavyweight championship.

North Tama finished with four other wrestlers who finished in second or third place include runner-up wrestlers Monat (106) and Weber (170) and third place finishers Logan Rausch (152) and Cale Bradley (126)

The Redhawks have been led in scoring largely by committee this season. Case Monat leads in team points scored this season with 150. Monat also has the most wins with 23 to go along with 12 wins by fall.

Behind Monat are heavyweight Xander Bradley with 21 wins and 126-pounder Cale Bradley with 20.

Middleweight Logan Rausch sits a few wins and a few points behind the team leaders but has scored the most wins by fall on the team (16) this season.

The Redhawks will travel to Columbus Catholic High School in Waterloo on Saturday, Feb. 6 to compete in the Class 1A state sectional tournament.