AMES - The Nevada wrestling team had one wrestler place at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational Saturday.
Freshman Drew Robinson was the lone Cub to place, taking fifth at 106 with a 3-2 record. Nevada placed 15th with 16 points.
“Overall we wrestled decent today,” Nevada head coach Lonnie Ferguson said. “We didn’t have as many places as I wanted, but we need to know where we’re at as far as competition in the state and things we need to work on.”
Robinson defeated Indianola’s Cael Meacham by technical fall (20-5), lost by fall to Dowling Catholic’s Khyler Carstarphen, pinned Ballard’s Landon Broer, lost by technical fall to Omaha Skutt Catholic’s Zachary Ourada. That put him in the fifth-place match, where he won by a 14-0 major decision over Pocahontas Area’s Tyce Ruffridge.
“I lost two today so I had to come into this one with a chip on my shoulder,” Robinson said of his win over Ruffridge. “I just had to outwork him.”
Robinson’s record moved to 15-3 at the conclusion of the tournament. Even with the early success Ferguson said Robinson has a lot of room to grow.”
“I think he has more potential,” Nevada head coach Lonnie Ferguson said of Robinson. “We need to concentrate on the little things - mat presence, time presence. Giving up points right before the end of a period - you can’t do stuff like that. Even the losses - we’re learning. Which is great.”
Edgar Cabrera was the only other Cub to earn a victory on the mat.
Cabrera went 1-3 at 138. He defeated Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Mack Seaba by technical fall, 16-1, in his opening match then lost to Ballard’s Wyatt Borg, Dallas Center-Grimes’ Gavan Moran and West Des Moines Valley’s Chase Hutchinson.
Valley was the Mendenhall Invitational team champion with 207 points. Indianola took second with a score of 202 and DCG was third with a score of 195.
Final team scores: 1. West Des Moines Valley 207, 2. Indianola 202, 3. Dallas Center-Grimes 195, 4. Omaha Skutt Catholic (Neb.) 144, 5. Dowling Catholic 131.5, 6. Gilbert, 115.5, 7. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 113, 8. Ballard 102.5, 9. Carroll 80, 10. Boone 79, 11. Ames 73, 12. Perry 63, 13. Pocahontas Area 45.5, 14. OA-BCIG 26, 15. Nevada 16.
Individual results - Nevada
106 pounds - 5. Drew Robinson (3-2). 113 - Dominick Garcia, 0-2. 126 - Luis Lopez, 0-2. 138 - Edgar Cabrera, 1-3. 182 - Holden Fry, 0-2.
GILBERT - Nevada fell short in three duals against West Marshall, Gilbert and Boone during a quadrangular meet Jan. 7.
The Cubs suffered a 51-30 setback versus West Marshall, a 63-15 loss to Gilbert and a 64-13 defeat at the hands of Boone. The three losses put Nevada at 3-8 on the season.
All five of Nevada’s victories against West Marshall came by pinfall.
Drew Robinson pinned the Trojans’ J.D. Downs in one minute, 19 seconds at 106 pounds. Edgar Cabrera defeated Colby McMorran in 2:45 at 138, Holden Fry took out Kameron Malloy in 3:49 at 182, Isaac Pantoja whipped Sam Schaper in 1:46 at 195 and Camdan Vincent stuck Wesley Thompson in 1:09 at 285.
Robinson received forfeits against both Gilbert and Boone. Dominick Garcia also came out on top against the Tigers and Toreadors at 113, defeating Gilbert’s by fall in 1:47 and edging Boone’s Trent Overturf by a 6-5 decision.
Nevada’s other victory against Gilbert was a 10-5 decision by Cael Franzen over Aiden Gibbons at 145. Luis Lopez scored the other Cub win versus Boone with a 9-0 major decision over Gage Smith at 126.
Boone 64, Nevada 13
160 - Collin Mitchell (B) won by forfeit. 170 - Jayden Angle (B) won by forfeit. 182 - Taner Harvey (B) won by fall over Holden Fry (N), 0:17. 195 - McGuire Bryant (B) won by fall over Isaac Pantoja (N), 1:25. 220 - Brevin Bennett (B) won by fall over Nate Anderson (N), 5:02. 285 - Hector Garcia (B) won by fall over Camdan Vincent (N), 4:52. 106 - Drew Robinson (N) won by forfeit. 113 - Dominick Garcia (N) won by decision over Trent Overturf (B), 6-5. 120 - Carter Fry (B) won by fall over Zach Stinn (N), 1:10. 126 - Luis Lopez (N) won by major decision over Gage Smith (B), 9-0. 132 - Seth Morris (B) won by forfeit. 138 - Kyle Sharp (B) won by major decision over Edgar Cabrera (N), 10-0. 145 - Wyatt Oppedahl (B) won by forfeit. 152 - Dylan Pestotnik (B) won by forfeit.
Gilbert 63, Nevada 15
145 - Cael Franzen (N) won by decision over Aiden Gibbons (G), 10-5. 152 - Kruz Pierce (G) won by fall over Theo Skelton (N), 3:28. 160 - Carson Johnson (G) won by forfeit. 170 - Aiden Carr (G) won by forfeit. 182 - Joe Larimore (G) won by fall over Fry (N), 2:37. 195 - Jacob Steenhoek (G) won by fall over Pantoja (N), 4:47. 220 - Cayden Meskan (G) won by fall over Anderson (N), 1:38. 285 - Jacob Torresi (G) won by fall over Vincent (N), 2:44. 106 - Robinson (N) won by forfeit. 113 - Garcia (N) won by fall over Connor Clark (G), 1:47. 120 - Kekoa McKinney (G) won by fall over Stinn (N), 0:38. 126 - Cael Ihle (G) wn by fall over Lopez (N), 0:50. 132 - Brody Bents (G) won by forfeit. 138 - Jake Shedarowich (G) won by decision over Edgar Cabrera (N), 6-2.
West Marshall 51, Nevada 30
152 - Luke Coulter (WM) won by fall over Skelton (N), 1:52. 160 - Austin Pfantz (WM) won by forfeit. 170 - Ben Kielman (WM) won by forfeit. 182 - Fry (N) won by fall over Kameron Malloy (WM), 3:49. 195 - Pantoja (N) won by fall over Sam Schaper (WM), 1:46. 220 - Elijah Meester (WM) won by decision over Anderson (N), 10-3. 285 - Vincent (N) won by fall over Wesley Thompson (WM), 1:09. 106 - Robinson (N) won by fall over J.D. Downs (WM), 1:19. 113 - Caden Vellinga (WM) won by fall over Stinn (N), 0:10. 120 - Miles Moore (WM) won by fall over Garcia (N), 1:37. 126 - Jake Vawter (WM) won by forfeit. 132 - Blaise Bouchard (WM) won by fall over Lopez (N), 0:59. 138 - Cabrera (N) won by fall over Colby McMorran (WM), 2:45. 145 - Cael Pfantz (WM) won by forfeit.