Bulldogs win three more duals, have three individual champs at tournament

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Tristen Koehn was the 145-pound champion at the Jan. 15 MFL MarMac Invitational. It marked his second straight first-place tournament finish. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Senior Collin Henkels wrestled his way to fifth place in the 195-pound weight class.

Kashton Mathis earned a fall in the 160-pound championship match at the MFL MarMac Invitational.

Andrew Heins was one of three Bulldogs who were tournament champions at the MFL MarMac Invitational. The senior took the top spot at 126 pounds.

Austin Schaller, wrestling at 220 pounds, came in sixth at Saturday's tournament.

Taylor Herzmann, who coach Chet Bachman said is wrestling the best he ever has, was fourth in the 182-pound weight class.

In the 132-pound bracket at the MFL MarMac Invitational, Holden Mathis placed third.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


The MFL MarMac wrestling team continued to perform well in duals last week, picking up three more wins in a Jan. 13 conference quadrangular at North Fayette Valley.


The Bulldogs’ toughest fight was against the host school, whom they defeated 48-29. Austin Schlee (160), Kashton Mathis (170), Taylor Herzmann (182), Keith Anderson (113) and Holden Mathis (132) all led the effort with falls in their respective matches. Bryce Radloff earned an 8-6 sudden victory in his 138-pound match and Tristen Koehn came out on top in a 6-0 decision at 145 pounds, while Nolan Lerch and Austin Schaller scored wins by forfeit at 195 and 220 pounds, respectively.


MFL MarMac’s losses came at 120, as Jack Vorwald was pinned by his opponent, and 126, when Andrew Heins dropped a match by technical fall. NFV was also able to pick up forfeit wins at 106, 152 and 285 pounds.


“We wrestled well and had some good matches against North,” said coach Chet Bachman.


The Bulldogs easily won their dual with Postville, 70-12, boosted by falls from Kashton Mathis (170), Herzmann (182), Collin Henkels (195), Schaller (285), Heins (132) and Holden Mathis (132). Vorwald and Radloff both picked up wins by technical fall, and Koehn (152), Schlee (160), Anderson (113) and Rylee Kugel (126) earned victories by forfeit.


Lerch was pinned in his 220-pound match, and MFL MarMac also forfeited at 106, giving the Pirates their lone points.


The team’s margin of victory was even larger, at 75-6, against a small Tripoli squad. The Bulldogs won all but four matches via forfeit. In three contested bouts, Koehn and Schlee earned falls at 152 and 160 pounds, respectively, while Kashton Mathis secured a 10-6 victory at 170. Tripoli’s only points came by a forfeit at 106 pounds.


The Bulldogs wrapped up the week Jan. 15, at their own MFL MarMac Invitational. With 135 points, they placed third in the 10-team field, trailing just Crestwood at 232.5 points and Wapsie Valley at 173.5 points. Anamosa and Maquoketa Valley tied for fourth with scores of 116.


MFL MarMac had three individual champions—Heins at 126, Koehn at 145 and Kashton Mathis at 160—marking the team’s highest number at any tournament this season.


“We left a few out there, but wrestled well on Saturday and got a few more champs. Some guys stepped up and did a nice job,” Bachman said.


Anderson was just off the top of the podium, finishing second at 113 pounds, while Holden Mathis came in third at 132. Vorwald (120), Herzmann (182) and Lerch (195) wrestled their way to fourth place in their brackets, and Henkels placed fifth at 195 pounds. Schlee and Schaller were sixth at 170 and 220 pounds, respectively.


Bachman said several wrestlers have taken great strides as the season has progressed.


“Keith Anderson is wrestling really well right now. Jack Vorwald, this is the best he’s ever wrestled, and Taylor Herzmann,” Bachman shared. “Nolan Lerch is doing a good job after going through some bumps.”


With the conference tournament just a week and a half away, followed by the postseason, Bachman said the team can “see the light at the end of the tunnel.”


“You can get weary in December, going through the grind,” he said, “but now we’re wrestling well and feel good. Now, it’s all about management and staying healthy.”


Next up for the Bulldogs is a dual meet at Alburnett on Jan. 20. The team will also send several participants to the Girls State Wrestling Tournament in Coralville Jan. 21-22.

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