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Trojans battle for first conference dual win over Indee

December 19, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Teamwork made the dream work for the STC Trojans last week. The Trojans hosted Independence and Benton for a double dual at the Round House on Thursday, December 13.

While it was the first meeting of the season for STC and Benton, the Trojans have already seen Independence twice leading up to Thursday's triangular. South Tama opened their season at the Cliff Keen Invite in Independence and then hosted the Mustangs one weekend later for the STC Duals. Independence won the first meeting two weeks ago, but on Thursday STC captured some redemption.

The night started with a dual between Independence and Benton. The Mustangs won 57-21

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STC’s Brody Chyma turns Independence’s Dalton Hoover for a pin on Thursday, December 13 at the STC High School Gym.
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Next up on the mats were Independence and South Tama. The dual between the Trojans and the Mustangs began at weight 170. It started a bit rocky for STC with Independence's seventh ranked (IAWrestle) Cole Davis getting a quick pin over STC's Payton Vest.

At 182 STC's Aiden Waseskuk managed to tie up the team score by pinning Marcus Beatty (2:21).

Aaron Neave came in at 195 and earned a 5-2 decision win over Tristan Cordes. Cael Kellogg also topped Christian Kremer at 220 by decision (5-3). At 285 STC's Kalem Schrock took a loss to Drew Evans by fall. It is the first season wrestling for Schrock who started several games as a lineman for the STC football team this fall.With the team score tied at 12, STC's Brody Chyma stepped onto the mat at 106. Chyma pinned Dalton Hoover for six team points.

The Mustangs took the next two matches at 113 and 120. Isaiah Weber defeated Logan Arp and Thomas Matteson pinned Kyler Smith. Arp and Smith are both freshmen for the Trojans.

Next up for South Tama was Brady Knode. Knode pinned Jaxon Holt at 126. While Knode was wrestling on the north mat, freshman Boden Koehler was wrestling on the south mat. Koehler fell to Holdyn Griffith 11-5.

Brayden Smith pinned Caleb Straw at 138 and Garrett Arp won a tight match 9-8 with a last second take down over Brady Webb at 145. The Mustangs were able to win the final two matches with Matthew Doyle topping STC's Vincent Branan at 152 and Joe Priebe topping the Trojans' Dallas Horne by decision. The match between Priebe and Horne tied up the team score at 33-33. By rule the dual would go to criteria. STC won in team points 14-11.

The win for the Trojans was quite the turnaround from Saturday's meeting. The Trojans earned team points at 195 that they lost on Saturday. Neave wrestling in the place of Ed Hemby and Independence's Tristan Cordes came in at 195 versus Christian Kremer. Another match turnaround was at 145. Garrett Arp flipped that match in the Trojans favor on Thursday.

It was the first time STC has gotten a win over Independence since the Trojans re-joined the WaMaC Conference.

The final dual of the evening was between South Tama and Benton. The Bobcats were open in weight classes 182, 285, 106, 160 and 170.

At 195 Kaleb Dietze defeated Neave by decision. The Trojans took another loss after Zach Crawford topped Kellogg 1-0 at 220.

Kalem Schrock and Brody Chyma both took forfeits. Then at 113 Logan Arp pinned Dawson Frank and at 120 Kyler Smith won by major decision (17-8) over Jackson Bruns in a dominant match.

At 126 Wyatte Biechke pinned STC's Andres Lugo. Boden Koehler pinned Reece Knaack at 132 and Brayden Smith pinned Koley Kelly at 138.

Benton's Austin Roos got one more win for the Bobcats over Garrett Arp at 145. At 152 the final match of the night went to Vincent Branan who pinned Nicson Frank at 152.

The dual closed with Dallas Horne and Payton Vest each receiving forfeits.

The Trojans won the dual 58-15.

"We graduated 12 seniors. We were a senior heavy team so we are going out there with a lot of inexperience at the varsity level with a lot of freshman and sophomores so it's a fun challenge," said coach Nate Van Dyke.

While it is a challenge for the coach there are positives in those challenges.

"Seeing the growth from week to week. We made a big jump tonight. We got beat by the same Independence team on Saturday and then turned around and beat them not even a week later," said Van Dyke.

The Trojans didn't give up as many bonus points and falls during Thursday's dual contest. Kyler Smith was pinned at Saturday's tournament but avoided that on Thursday. Brayden Smith won by decision on Saturday but pinned Indee's Caleb Straw at 138 on Thursday.

"We just turned some things around and it comes down to tiny things," said Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is looking for this team to be above 500 in duals this season. They are currently 6-4.

The Trojans will wrap up 2018 in Solon on Thursday evening.



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