Cubs place 13th at Mustang Invite

Joe Randleman

GRIMES - The Nevada wrestling team had five wrestlers pick up at least one victory at the Mustang Invitational Saturday in Grimes.

Wayne Beard won three matches at 132 pounds, Luke Ferguson picked up two at 145 and Nick Walleser (120), Dennis Garcia (126) and Emilio Saldana (138) each earned one victory for Nevada during the tournament. As a team, the Cubs scored 32 points to place 13th in the final team standings.

Beard placed seventh at 132. He pulled off a 6-2 decision over Ankeny Centennial’s Darien Rouse, then lost by fall to Webster City’s Luke Rohmiller.

Beard pinned Adel-Desoto-Minburn’s Aaron Beeber in one minute, one second during the consolation second round and lost by fall to I-35’s Ethan Eliott in the consolation semifinals. In the seventh place match, Beard pinned Greene County’s Cayden Gerdes in 3:39.

Ferguson opened with a loss by technical fall to Ankeny Centennial’s Jace Williams. After receiving a bye in the consolation first round, he defeated Des Moines East’s Deville Dentis by fall in 1:05.

The consolation semifinals saw Ferguson lose by technical fall to Webster City’s Carter Rholl. Ferguson came back to pin I-35’s Jacob Steinlage in 54 seconds during the seventh-place match.

Walleser placed eighth at 120 with a 1-3 record. He defeated ADM’s John Thorne by fall in 3:57 during the consolation second round for his victory.

Garcia went 1-2 at 126. He pinned East’s Jonathan Terjo in 1:14 during the championship first round for his one win of the tournament.

Saldana took seventh at 138. His one win on the mat came in the seventh-place match as he pinned Greene County’s Isaac Ireland in 3:49.

Alex Peebles and Hunter Beard came in eighth at 182 and 220 respectively for Nevada.

Creston/Orient-Macksburg - the No. 2 team in Class 2A according to The Predicament - won the Mustang Invitational team title with 219.5 points. Ankeny Centennial took second with a score of 185.5.

Final team scores: 1. Creston/Orient-Macksburg 219.5 points, 2. Ankeny Centennial 185.5, 3. Webster City 163, 4. West Marshall 145, 5. DCG 130, 6. ADM 126, 7. I-35 121.5, 8. Carlisle 100.5, 9. Carroll 82, 10. Des Moines East 76.5, 11. Greene County 34.5, 12. PCM 34, 13. Nevada 32.

Individual results - Nevada

120 pounds - 8. Nick Walleser (1-3); 126 - Dennis Garcia (1-2); 132 - 7. Wayne Beard (3-2); 138 - 7. Emilio Saldana (1-2); 145 - 7. Luke Ferguson (2-2); 182 - 8. Alex Peebles (0-3); 195 - Gunner Lyon (0-2); 220 - 8. Hunter Beard (0-3).