Sports, Thursday, December 9th

Prep Wrestling: Mount Pleasant Hosts Keokuk; Other Area Bouts:

The Mount Pleasant wrestling team will get back on their home mat tonight when the Panthers welcome in Keokuk for a Southeast Conference dual.

Mount Pleasant, off to a nice start, will look to continue their winning ways.

Wrestling will get underway tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Pleasant High School.

JV will wrestle tonight, as well.

Meanwhile in the Super Conference, Mount Pleasant native Blaine Frazier and the Notre Dame Nikes will wrestle in a conference triangular with Van Buren County and Highland at Highland.

Frazier is coming off a Cliff Keen Invite championship and his 150th career victory.

Mediapolis is back on the mat, as well.

The Bulldogs will travel to Louisa-Muscatine along with Pekin for a triangular.

Grappling will start at 6:00 p.m.

The main event will be at Winfield-Mount union High School tonight where Columbus Community/Winfield-Mount Union will host to Lone Tree and New London.

The Wildcats and Tigers are off to fantastic starts and the triangular tonight features multitudes of ranked wrestlers including three-time defending state champion Marcel Lopez and Columbus’ No. 2 ranked Lane Scorpil.

That bout will get underway tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Women’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Steamrolls Lincoln Christian:

Steve Williamson’s Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team outscored Lincoln Christian 40-15 in the second half, rolling to an 85-39 road win last night.

Brittany West dominated with a game-high 30 points and seven boards.

Kyla Moore stuffed the stat sheet with 28 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Kassi Craft had 10 points and six boards off the bench.

The win moved the Tigers to 9-2.

The Tigers will take on Viterbo University  in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Saturday.

Tip is set for 1:00 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Suffocates Hannibal for Big Win:

Iowa Wesleyan held Hannibal-LaGrange to a paltry 32% from the field, as the Tigers smothered the Trojans for a 66-46 win last night.

Joey Brown led a balanced Wesleyan offense with 11 points and seven rebounds while Alex Dentlinger ended with 10 points and two steals.

Jett Tjaden and Kaleb Cresswell finished with nine points and eight points respectively.

Iowa Wesleyan is now 4-8 on the year.

The Tigers will be in action next on Saturday, when they take on Bellevue University.

Tip is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

College Football: Iowa Lands Nwankpa in Huge Commitment:

The University of Iowa football team has landed their biggest fish.

Yesterday, Southeast Polk defensive back Xavier Nwankpa, the No. 11 recruit in the entire country in the Class of 2022 pledged his commitment to Iowa, spurning offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Oregon, Texas and USC among others.

The versatile Nwankpa is the highest-ranked recruit to ever come from Iowa according to various recruiting databases.

Reports have indicated he will also enroll in Iowa City in January and be eligible to participate in spring practices.

Nwankpa helped orchestrate Southeast Polk’s run to the state championship in 5A this year, registering 26 tackles and four picks.