Devon Luing

Devon Luing was one of the Trojans who will be in action Saturday at the District Meet.

During the post season only the top two wrestlers at each weight class move on to the next level.

Pleasantville competing in a Class 1A Sectional in Ogden Saturday advanced six wrestlers to that next level.

The next level, Districts will be held at Pleasantville High School Saturday starting at noon.

Colfax-Mingo won the Sectional team title with 209 points, Martensdale-St. Mary’s was runner-up with 182 points and the Pleasantville Trojans third in the eight team field with 178 points.

Advancing to Districts for the Trojans will be Devon Luing (106), Trevor Nickel (126), Kitt Lundy (145), Jacob Hiemstra (160), Alex Swanson (195) and Matthew Kauffman (285).

Lundy and Kauffman each won their weight classes.

Lundy, now 25-8 for the season, had a first round bye. Then he pinned Kylie Doty of Colfax-Mingo in 41 seconds. In the finals he pinned Avery McClound of Ogden in 4:31.

Kauffman carries a mark of 35-4 into Districts. He had a first round bye followed with a pin in 15 seconds over Stellen Willis of South Hamilton.

In the finals, Kauffman pinned Alan Allsup of Martensdale-St. Mary’s in 51 seconds.

Luing is now 27-12 for the year and Nickel 13-24. Luing was 1-1 Saturday while Nickel was 2-1. Nickel won a wrestle-back match with a fall in 1:42 over Mariah Webster of Colfax-Mingo.

Hiemstra was 1-1 Saturday as was Alex Sampson. Hiemstra moves on with a record of 17-15 and Sampson stands at 12-11 overall.

Other Trojan wrestlers were Brynn Miller, 5th at 128, Dillen Ammons 3rd at 152, Michael McGriff 4th at 170, Isaac Mann third at 182 and Alex Sampson 4th at 220.

Mann finished with a nice record of 24-17.

The Trojans are coached by Heath DeForest.

Comments

The coach replied, “I was very happy with our team’s effort this weekend. We went in with 3 wrestlers out due to various reasons and we were only 3 points away from qualifying for regional duals! I loved how they fought and kept the team in it!”

He added, “Sectionals always brings out a roller coaster of emotions with some wrestler’s seasons ending and some breaking through and advancing. I always feel heartbreak for those that do not advance, especially our seniors who ultimately end their wrestling career. In the same breathe I am excited about the 6 wrestlers that earned a trip to the district tournament. I think we have great opportunities at every weight and look forward to our kids competing on Saturday at districts!

Sectional Scoring

Colfax-Mingo 209; Martensdale-St. Mary’s 182; Pleasantville 178; Ogden 168; South Hamilton 142; Baxter 50; Collins-Maxwell 45; Meskwaki 0.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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