Columbus takes second at SEISC tournament
LONE TREE — Columbus took second place at Saturday’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference wrestling tournament in Lone Tree.
Columbus totaled 158 team points, but finished a distant second behind third-ranked Mediapolis, which won the SEISC title with 302 points. But the Wildcats finished 52 points ahead of third-place New London.
Junior 195-pounder Mark Ramirez was the Wildcats’ lone conference champion. He defeated Mediapolis freshman Ethan Timmerman 8-3 in the finals.
Freshman 106-pounder Josh Keller, sophomore 132-pounder Austin Edwards and junior 145-pounder Zac Howell were each runners-up for the Wildcats. Each lost to a ranked Mediapolis wrestler in the finals.
Senior Mitchell Roush took third place at 138 pounds. Freshman 120-pounder Adrian Santos and senior 170-pounder Javier Diaz both finished fourth. Sophomore 113-pounder Mitchell Griffin, senior 126-pounder Robert Martinez, sophomore 160-pounder Zack King and senior 220-pounder Angel Lagunas each took fifth place. Junior 182-pounder Zack Gaddy and junior 285-pounder Jeremy Fox were both sixth.
Highland took fifth place at the conference tournament with 83.5 points. Junior Travis Cole, who is ranked seventh in Class 1A at 126 pounds, took second place after getting pinned in the third period by Mediapolis freshman Luke Erickson. Sophomore Zach Kleopfer pinned Santos of Columbus in 39 seconds to take third place at 120 pounds.
Sophomore 138-pounder Tyler Frank and senior 160-pounder Casey Castillo both took fourth place for the Huskies. Junior 132-pounder Kody Wood, freshman 145-pounder Ross Frank and senior 152-pounder Derrick Stewart were each fifth.
WACO had a pair of wrestlers place at the SEISC tournament. Junior Cey Saeugling pinned his first two opponents to reach the 160-pound final, but he was pinned in the first period by Mediapolis senior Blake Beckman and had to settle for a second-place finish. Senior Skyler Miller took fourth place at heavyweight.
Columbus will travel to Mediapolis on Saturday for a Class 2A sectional tournament, while Highland and WACO will travel to Iowa Valley for a 1A sectional. Those tournaments begin at noon.