Sports, Monday, January 24th

Girls Wrestling: Blint 7th, McNamee DNP at Girls State Tournament:

Abby Blint and Ella McNamee made history again for Mount Pleasant, competing in this weekend’s Iowa Girls High School Wrestling championships.

Blint placed 7th in the 115-pound bracket while McNamee showed out well despite not placing.

Blint won her consolation 7th place match by fall over Mount Vernon’s Maddie Plotz to get onto the podium. She started her weekend with a pair of fall wins before running into trouble in the championship quarterfinals.

Blint dropped a SV-1 decision 7-5 to North Cedar’s Adison Musser, knocking the Panther senior to the consolation bracket.

Ella McNamee won her first match of the tournament by fall in 3:46 before being defeated via fall in the second round.

In the consolations McNamee picked up a duo of wins — one by major decision — before falling in the consolation quarters by 7-4 decision to to Ava McNeal of Lewis Central.

Girls Wrestling: IGHSAU Sanctions Girls Wrestling:

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Board of Directors have voted unanimously to sanction girls wrestling as the organization’s 11th sport.

The vote was made at the IGHSAU’s January 12th board of directors meeting and was announced prior to the start of the championship round of the Girls State Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Coralville.

The first IGHSAU-sanctioned season will take place during the 2022-23 school year.

To date, 58 schools have committed to sponsoring girls wrestling programs in Iowa.

The latest data from shows 1,018 girls participating in high school wrestling, represented by over 185 Iowa schools.

Prep Wrestling: Weekend Roundup

Mount Pleasant 6th in Williamsburg 

The Mount Pleasant wrestling team placed sixth in the six-team Raider Invite in Williamsburg on Saturday.

Carson Coleman finished second individually at 126 to lead Mount Pleasant.

He was beaten in the finals by Zach Westercamp of Fairfield.

Gannon McNamee and Bowen Davis were third place finishers for the Panthers, as well.

Western Dubuque won the team title.

New London Goes 4-1 at Steinkamp Duals

Dominic Lopez went 5-0 with three falls and technical fall as the New London wrestling team went 4-1 at the Steinkamp Duals in Winthrop on Saturday.

The Tigers earned wins over East Buchanan, Edgewood-Colesburg, Jesup and Sumner-Fredericksburg while falling to Waterloo West on criteria.

Gage Burden was undefeated in five duals with two falls.

Josh Glendening and Trent Wilkerson also had unblemished weekends for New London.

Notre Dame Rolls in Alburnett

Notre Dame had seven individual champions as the third-ranked Nikes cruised to the team title in Alburnett.

Carter West, Blaine Frazier, Tate O’Shea, Isaiah Fenton, Sam West, C.J. Walrath and Kayden Dietzenbach all were crowned victors.

Alburnett was the team runner-up while Dike-New Hartford placed third.

WACO Third at L-M Invite

WACO placed third and Mediapolis 7th at this weekend’s Louisa-Muscatine Invite.

Jonah Clark won the 220-pound title to led WACO’s attack. He pinned Burlington’s Julian Perez-Hall to win it all.

Kris Boone was second at 170-pounds for the Warriors as well.

Mediapolis’ Quinten Aney was, no surprise, an individual champion at 138 pounds.

Aney earned a fall, tech fall and a major decision in his finale.

It was his 150th career victory.

Prep Basketball: Panthers Sweep Central Lee Saturday

Mount Pleasant 49, Central Lee 35

Dewon Trent scored 15 points as Mount Pleasant took care of Central Lee 49-35 Saturday at Panther Gymnasium.

Aaiden Ashton added 13 points while Dylon Hagans poured in a season-high eight.

The win moved the Panthers to 5-9 on the year.

They’ll get a date with Keokuk on Friday night.

Mount Pleasant 50, Central Lee 36 (Girls) 

Andrea Lopreato had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mount Pleasant to a 50-36 win over Central Lee Saturday.

Kenna Lamm chipped in with 11 for the Panthers. Jadan Brumbaugh had six, as well.

The Panthers evened their ledger at 8-8.

They’ll now be off until Friday when they battle Keokuk.

Other Saturday finals:

  • Burlington 63, No. 7 Clear-Creek Amana 40
  • Danville 64, West Central 34
  • WACO 67, New London 48
  • E-B-F 76, Mediapolis 45
  • No. 1 Fort Madison 71, West Hancock 52