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Warhawks Second in Team Race

North Mahaska found themselves in a highly competitive wrestling invitational Saturday. The Warhawks used a pair of firsts and seconds to finish second in the team race. Solon won the team title with 211.5 points and NM was second with 190.5. to outdistance Grinnell in the 14-team meet.

North Mahaska picked up titles at 106 pounds and 145 then added runnerup a spot at 170 and three third place finishes.

Ryan Groom took the 106 pound crown with a pin of Sam Nelson of Oskaloosa in 1 minute 32 seconds. In the finals he pinned North Tama’s Maxon Monat in 55 seconds.

Paul DeJong captured the 145-pound title with a solid day. He opened the day with a technical fall over Oskaloosa’s Luke Abrahamson 18-3. In the quarterfinals DeJong took just 37 seconds to pin Iowa City City High’s James Tilley. He scored a 6-3 decision over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s Nathan Curry 6-3. He faced Solon’s Teague Williams in the finals an scored a 10-3 decision to stand atop the podium.

Paul DeJong of North Mahaska picked up a title at 145 pounds Saturday at the North Mahaska Invitational. DeJong scored a technical fall over Luke Abrahamson of Oskaloosa, above, en route to the title. He also helped the team to a runnerup finish.

Wyatt Van Weelden powered his way to a runnerup spot at 170. He pinned his way into the finals. He pinned Jesse Hendershott off Iowa City City High in 1:23. Cayne Hall of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was Van Weelden’s victim in the quarterfinals with a pin in 2:36. Van Weelden pinned Solon’s Kyler Jensen in 1:44. Callyn Bishop from Baxter scored a major decision over Van Weelden 12-3.

Gage Reis at 138, Change Angle at 160 and Trace Goemaat at 285 captured third.

Team scores
Solon 211.5, 2. North Mahaska 190.5, 3. Grinnell 180.5, 4. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 138, 5. Oskaloosa 115, 6. Tie, Baxter, Pekin 100, 8. North Tama 77, 9. Montezuma 75.5, 10. Pella JV 49, 11. Iowa City City High JV 42, 12. Lynnville-Sully 37, 13. Mount Ayr 35, 14. Cardinal 34.