Prep Wrestling: New London Wins Three; Mount Pleasant 14th at Highland:
New London crowned three individual champions while WACO and Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union each had one at Saturday’s Gary Curtis Invitational at Highland in Riverside.
Marcel Lopez, Dominic Lopez and Josh Glendening all were champions for the Tigers, with Marcel claiming the title with three straight technical falls.
His brother Dominic repeated the feat as well.
Glendening pinned all three of his opponents, winning his final in 1:16.
WACO’s Jonah Clark pinned three opponents including West Branch’s Logan Wright in the championship.
Louiden Huisenga, one of the top freshman in the state, was a runner-up finisher.
Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union senior Lane Scorpil continued his epic final year with a 120-pound championship.
Scorpil registered a 15-6 major decision over Preston Klosterman of Alburnett for the title.
Mount Pleasant’s best finisher was Bowen Davis.
Davis finished third at 138 pounds.
Mediapolis 14th at Ottumwa
The Mediapolis wrestling team finished 14th at the Ottumwa Invitational on Saturday.
Quinten Aney was the Bulldogs lone individual championship for the Bulldogs — picking up a fall, tech fall and a major decision en route to the first place finish.
Lucas Wagenbach finished four at 160 pounds, as well for Mediapolis.
Notre Dame Crowns Five Champions in Maquoketa Valley Invite
The No. 2 ranked Notre Dame Nike wrestling team had five champions on Saturday at the Farr Jebens Invite in Delhi at Maquoketa Valley High School.
Carter West, Blaine Frazier, River Belger, C.J. Walrath and Sam West were all champions.
The Blazers of Dyersville Beckman were the tournament champions, with Notre Dame finishing as runner-ups.
MFL-MarMac placed third.
College Wrestling: Iowa Rolls Purdue:
A top-five victory by freshman Drake Ayala and string of bonus-point wins sent the top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team past No. 15 Purdue, 36-4, on Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes scored bonus points in five matches and won nine-of-10 overall to extend their winning streak to 26 straight duals, the longest in the country.
They’ve also won 22 straight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The top-ranked Hawkeyes travel to Evanston, Illinois to face No. 23 Northwestern on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Girls’ Prep Basketball: Mount Pleasant to HTC:
The Mount Pleasant girls’ basketball team will look to get back into the win column tonight when they welcome in Holy Trinity in a nonconference affair.
The Panthers saw their three-game winning streak come to a close Friday night with a loss against Fort Madison at the HoundDome.
Holy Trinity earned a 70-23 win over New London last Friday, as the Crusaders enter play tonight with a record of 7-4.
They’re led by sophomore forward Mary Kate Bendlage who is averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Crusaders.
Natalie Randolph chips in with 11.4 points as well.
Mount Pleasant is led by Conference Player of the Year candidate Andrea Lopreato.
The do-it-all junior is averaging 20.3 points, nine boards and five assists per game.
Kenna Lamm is second on the team with 12.8 points per game. She’s shooting 31% from three, as well.
This will just be the fourth matchup between the two schools.
Mount Pleasant has won each of the last two.
Tonight’s game will tip at 6:45 p.m.
You can listen on FM 105.5 and kilj.com.
Nathan Bloechl and Kent Bennett will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, in the boys’ game Eric Rawson’s Panther boys’ will try to snap their five-game losing skid when they take on Albia.
Now 2-7, the Panthers have not won in one month.
Their game with Albia will tip at 7:30 p.m.
Other area action tonight:
- Lone Tree at Highland
- Alburnett at Louisa-Muscatine
- Danville at Mediapolis
- WACO at Sigourney
- Notre Dame at Washington
College Basketball: Wesleyan Holds on For Clutch Win:
Carver Locke had 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Iowa Wesleyan men earned a 78-74 over Crowley’s Ridge College in the second day of their tournament in Arkansas on Saturday.
Marvin Bateman chipped in with 11 points and four boards, while former New London prep Alex Dentlinger stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.
Off for a week now, the Tigers will be in action next on Monday, January 17th when they travel to Oskaloosa, Iowa to take on William Penn University.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
College Football: Alabama-Georgia Meet in National Championship:
The 2022 National Championship is set to commence tonight when No. 1 Alabama locks horns with No. 2 Georgia.
This will be the matchup to close the trilogy this season, with the two teams splitting their two regular season scraps.
Tonight’s game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Georgia is slated as 2.5-point favorites.