Nevada's Weber places first at Mustang Invitational: What we learned from Cub wrestlers' first week

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Kaden Weber

The Nevada wrestling program produced an individual champion at the Mustang Invitational Saturday in Grimes and the Cubs came up short against Knoxville in their opening dual Dec. 2 at Knoxville.

Nevada only sent three wrestlers to Grimes Saturday. Kaden Weber took first at 106 pounds, Holden Fry placed sixth at 182 and Nicholas Lauritzen wrestled at 285.

Even with the small numbers competing Nevada placed 11th out of 14 teams at the Mustang Invitational with 35 points. Creston/Orient-Macksburg won with 187.5 points and Dallas Center-Grimes was second with 182.

The Cubs fell to Knoxville, 66-18. They picked up two pins and one victory by forfeit against the Panthers.

Here's what we learned from Nevada's first competition of the season:

Weber shines

Weber had a big opening week for Nevada. He went 3-0 at 106 pounds during the Mustang Invitational and scored a fall against Knoxville.

Weber pinned Lewis Central's Max Roseland in three minutes, 37 seconds and West Marshall's Shane Hanford in 3:23 at Grimes. He also won a 7-4 decision over Ankeny Centennial's Cody Vandermark.

On Dec. 2 Weber stuck Knoxville's Dane Gullion in 1:29.

Fry also steps up

Holden Fry went 2-2 and placed sixth at 182 pounds during the Mustang Invitational and earned a pin against Knoxville.

At the Mustang Invite Fry pinned Oskaloosa's Bobby Opheim in 1:57 and Webster City's Skyler Scott in 2:33. He lost by fall to Ankeny Centennial's Zach English and Urbandale's Turner Swick.

Fry downed Wayne Johnson in 1:15 at 182 during the dual against Knoxville.

Lauritzen was 0-2 at the Mustang Invitational with losses by fall to Creston/Orient-Macksburg's Chris Wilson and Oskaloosa's Jeremiah Weber. Taiten Olsen picked up a win by forfeit at 285 against Knoxville.