Sports, January 26th

High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant will host Washington tonight with the girls playing at 6 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will have the call with the pregame show at 5:45 pm.

Holy Trinity Catholic picked up decisive victories against Wapello in both the boys’ and girls’ games as the girls’ won 66-20 and the boys’ scored in a frenzy, taking the win 88-56. Connor Gehling put up 31 points for the Crusaders as Luke Hellige added 21 points to the winning effort. 

Van Buren County was swept by Burlington Notre Dame last night as the girls fell 69-37 and the boys lost 71-31. 

Van Buren County will host Holy Trinity Catholic tonight with the girls playing at 6 pm followed by the boys. 

Not even the Mediapolis girls’ team’s high scoring offense could stop the streaking Bears as Danville snuck out with the 66-64 road victory. Grace Holsteen led the Bulldogs with 20 points as Hanna Wagenbach tallied a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. The Danville boys’ team also managed to come out with the win over Mediapolis 56-45. The Bulldogs will travel to Burlington Notre Dame tonight with game one scheduled for 6 pm. 

Central Lee will take on Danville in a home matchup tonight with the girls playing at 6 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO met up last night for a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North showdown and the WACO girls’ team exited with a 58-37 victory after a strong first half performance. The WACO boys’ team appeared poised to comeback and steal the game away from #3 Winfield-Mt. Union after a 31-point fourth quarter, but the Wolves hung on to win 64-56 to stay undefeated in conference play. Cam Buffington scored 23 points in the win, while Hunter Hughes led the Warriors with 17 points. 

WACO will host Hillcrest Academy tonight with the girls scheduled to start the night at 6 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will face off against Columbus tonight with game one at 6 pm and the boys to follow at home. 

New London will face off against West Burlington on the road tonight with the first game scheduled to start at 6 pm. 

High School Wrestling

New London celebrated their senior night by hosting a quad last night but fell to Burlington Notre Dame, 69-5, Louisa-Muscatine, 42-21, and tied Van Buren County, 24-24. 

Michael Raines, the lone senior for New London, enjoyed the night as he won all of his matches, which included a technical fall over Burlington Notre Dame’s Bridge Anderson and a win by fall against Louisa-Muscatine. 

Burlington Notre Dame’s Carter West, Kaiden Dietzenbach, and Dirk Boyles won by fall, while Tate Sherwood picked up a win by a 9-4 decision against New London. 

Gavin-Menke-Bailey won his matches by fall against Louisa-Muscatine and T.J. Jirak of Van Buren County. Kane Forseen and Riley Raines both won their matches against Louisa-Muscatine and Van Buren County. For the Warriors, Maddix Kite and Ethan Lamma picked up wins by fall against New London. 

The WACO boys’ team competed in a quad last night, picking up wins against Pekin, 66-12, and Wapello, 48-18, but fell to Highland, 43-28. Against Pekin, John McLaughlin, Braxton Stauffer, and John Stauffer picked up wins by fall.

McLaughlin and John Stauffer both won by fall, while Gage Samo and Codder Malcom battled it out with Samo, winning by a 5-2 decision. Braxton Stauffer won by sudden victory in his 150-pound weight class matchup. 

Samo was the lone Warrior to win a match not by forfeit against Highland as he won by major decision. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union, WACO, and New London boys’ teams will compete at the conference tournament tomorrow, January 27th, at Burlington Notre Dame. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team had Burlington on the ropes but fell just short, losing the dual 39-36. The Panthers found early success with Lane Beckler and Charlie Bohenkamp winning by fall; moreover, Keegan Birdsell picked up a win by 2-0 decision in the 144-pound weight class. Adrian Perez-Hall picked up three points, while Salomon Cordero won his match by fall to help the Grayhounds claim a 27 to 21 lead. William Birdsell responded with a 2-1 win by decision against Caden Huff in the closest match of the night. Juan Lopez won his match by fall along with Sawyer Fulton. However, Braxton Hutchinson’s win for Burlington provided the points necessary to take the dual. The Panthers will compete in a tournament hosted by Fairfield tomorrow. 

The Mt. Pleasant, Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union, and WACO girls’ teams will compete at Alliant Energy Power House for Super Regionals today.

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant split their match against Burlington last night with the girls winning 2,452-1.970 and the boys losing by a slim margin, 2,743-2,578. The Panthers will travel to take on Keokuk on Tuesday, January 30th. 

College Wrestling

The William Penn women’s wrestling team, led by former Iowa Wesleyan head coach Jake Kadel, find themselves ranked 11th in the new Coaches’ Top 20 rankings. The Statesmen are led by two top-ranked individuals in the sensational Aduago Nwachukwu, a former Tiger, in the 136-pound weight class and Ashley Lekas in the 170-pound weight class. 

College Basketball

The #5 Iowa women’s team will look to get back in the win column tomorrow, January 27th, at 1 pm in a home matchup against Nebraska. 

The Iowa State women’s team will look to pull off another upset against #24 West Virginia tomorrow at 1 pm on the road. 

The #23 Iowa State men’s team’s will take on #7 Kansas at home tomorrow at 12:30 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team will face off against Michigan tomorrow at 4 pm in a road matchup. 

This Day in Sports History

1960 – High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points. Still a national record. 

1991 – Jan Stenerud becomes the first pure placekicker to make the NFL Hall of Fame. 

1995 – With a record 6,254,427 ballots cast by fans in the NBA All-Star Voting, Detroit’s Grant Hill becomes the first rookie to lead all NBA players in All-Star votes received, earning #1 on 1,289,585 ballots.