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STC crowns two WaMaC Conference Champs


February 5, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It has been a busy few days for the Trojan wrestling team. Colton Vest and Isaac Judge both wrestled their way into their second conference championships of their careers on Saturday. Two days later, 13 senior wrestlers, managers and cheerleaders celebrated senior night at home.

On Saturday the STC Trojans joined the full WaMaC for the annual conference tournament. This year the tournament was hosted at Maquoketa.

Vest (145) began his day with a pin over Tyler Miller (Benton) in Round 1. He followed that with a pin over Mitchell Louwagie (Mount Vernon) in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Vest beat out Scott Betterton of Vinton in a 3-2 decision win. In the finals Vest faced a familiar opponent in Jake Recker (Beckman). Vest and Recker met in the same match last year. Vest won last year's match 5-4. This year the two went into overtime. Vest was able to secure the 2-1 win.

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STC’s Isaac Judge pinned West Delaware’s Mitchel Mangold to win his second WaMaC Conference Championship on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Maquoketa.
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"It feels amazing. He's (Recker) really improved a lot. I feel like I'm really starting to put some things together and find myself this season," said Vest.

For his path to state Vest has a plan. "Just focus on simple stuff and training hard. It's going to come down to a gas tank I think and if you want to win in the 3rd period you've got to be training hard for that 3rd period," Vest said of his hopeful road to the Well.

Judge began his day with a quarterfinals match, pinning Max Cousins (Central DeWitt) at 152. In the semifinals Judge also pinned Zack Bevans of Solon. The championship match came between No. 1 ranked Judge and No. 3 ranked Mitchel Mangold of West Delaware. Judge pinned Mangold (3:39) to get the championship.

"It felt good (to get the 2nd conference title), last year I should have gotten it too but I?lost in the post match. I just didn't wrestle that great. But this year feels good. I beat a ranked No. 3 kid, a kid that's been beating some killers and I felt good about it, said Judge."

On Saturday Judge will begin his road to defend his State title, but he's not feeling the pressure. The team motto has been to "hang loose." It's been a motto for the group since their freshmen year.

"I don't have any pressure. Last year means nothing. I just gotta do what I've gotta do and keep in the right mind set. Senior night is going to be sad just because I?love the Trojans. I?love wrestling for them but I'm ready to move on to the next chapter, said Judge."

That next chapter at this point is Iowa State.

"I?love Iowa State. I?love the campus and the coaches. I've got to start winning some bigger matches and then once I?start it will go from there," said Judge.

STC's 132-lb. Brady Fritz more than likely would have won a conference title. Fritz pinned Austin Roos (Benton) in the quarterfinals. He then pinned J.D. Kluesner ( Epworth) in the semis. During the championship match Fritz faced Ryan Phillips (West Delaware). Fritz was charged with an illegal slam due to his opponents arm being pinned during the take down. Phillips did not return to the match following concussion protocol checks. Due to the rules Phillips automatically won.

The Trojans placed 8 of the nine wrestlers they took to the tournament.

Pedro Rodriguez placed 4th at 160, Josh Thiessen placed 6th at 170, Dalton Rosenburg placed 4th at 182, Cael Kellogg placed 5th at 195 and Mario Moncada placed 6th at 220.

"We had a lot of guys wrestle at or above our seeds," said Nate Van Dyke, "we had a couple of weight classes who didn't. It's hard to seed a tournament like this where there is so much comparison and everyone's seen everybody so it's kind of hard to do. We had two WaMaC Champs and we haven't done that since probably 2002. Could have probably had three."

Team Results: 1. West Delaware 214.5, 2. Solon 195, 3. Williamsburg 180.5, 4. Western Dubuque 146.5, 5. South Tama 142, 6. Independence 132.5. 7. Mount Vernon 119, 8. Vinton-Shellsburg 116, 9. Beckman Catholic 115, 10. Central DeWitt 98, 11. Center Point-Urbana 75, 12. Clear Creek-Amana 68.5, 13. Marion 58, 14. Anamosa 52, 15. Benton 39, 16. Maquoketa 36

Two days later the Trojans were back at home to celebrate Senior Night. The evening had been postponed two times due to weather. Seniors honored included wrestlers: Mario Moncada, Scott Garcia, Ruben Garcia, Uriel Martinez, Pedro Rodriguez, Tanner Probasco, Brady Fritz, Josh Thiessen, Colton Vest, Isaac Judge and Dalton Rosenburg; managers: Kaylee Chyma and Saylor Upah and cheerleaders: Bri Nelson, Grace Jimenez and Kenzie Smith.

The seniors shined on the mat. Brady Fritz, Colton Vest and Pedro Rodriguez each received forfeits. Tanner Probasco (138) pinned Braden Garringer (:59). While Probasco quickly pinned his opponent another senior, Isaac Judge, took his time. Judge (152) methodically scored points with takedowns over Ben Gibson. He went right up to a tech fall before pinning Gibson in the second period. At 170 Josh Thiessen pinned Nate Miller (3:03). Uriel Martinez also took a forfeit at 182. It was the first time of the season Martinez was featured in the varsity lineup. The only Trojan senior to not get a win was Mario Moncada who bumped up to 285. Moncada gave up a lot of weight to Carson Webster who narrowly beat him 3-2.

Other matches for the night that went the Trojans way were Cael Kellogg who pinned Carter Martwig at 220 and Brayden Smith pinned Tirth Patel at 126.

The Trojans closed the dual with a 60-18 win.

Now the reason for the season begins. The Trojans will be at Williamsburg on Saturday for sectionals and if all goes well will head to Districts in Knoxville the following week.



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