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Spartans sectional champs

Wrestlers qualify for regional duals, district meet

FAIRFIELD– With six first-place finishes and two runners-up, Solon’s varsity wrestlers ran away with the title at a sectional meet Feb. 8 in Fairfield.
“Once the postseason starts you can throw out the records as everyone starts the day with an equal shot of advancing,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “I thought our team did well considering we have been battling some illnesses throughout the week.”
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds), Zeb Gnida (152), Caleb Ebert (160), Jax Flynn (170), Seamus Poynton (182) and Gage Marty (195) captured first in their respective weight classes. Erich Karsten (220) and Nash Altman (285) were second. All advanced to district competition starting at noon on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Washington (IA), with the top two finishers in each weight class qualifying for the individual state tournament.
The Spartans finished well ahead of the pack in the six-team sectional meet. Solon’s 222 points were comfortably ahead of Mount Pleasant in second with 151. The Washington Demons were just out of the hunt with 131.
The win advanced Solon to a regional dual meet Feb. 11 at West Delaware against Camanche. The winner faces either host West Delaware or Anamosa.
Williams thought the team wrestled well.
“Starting at 145, we had someone in the finals at the rest of the weights,” he observed.
Poynton defeated fourth-ranked Dylan Jeffers of Keokuk in his first-place match.
“He (Jeffers) had pinned us twice before– once last year and once this year,” Williams said. “Seamus did a nice job of fighting off his back in the first period and eventually got the fall in second period. Seamus is wrestling very well right now with a lot confidence. He has been getting better each meet and each week.”
Ebert also avenged a loss from earlier in the season, Williams added.
After a quick pin in the semifinal, Ebert took a 10-9 decision over Washington’s Ayden Frazer in the final.
“After falling behind early in the match, Caleb kept being aggressive to chip away at the lead,” Williams reported. “In the third period, Caleb got three takedowns including the go-ahead takedown with three seconds left. Conditioning played a big part in this match. Caleb is at his best when he stays on his offense. He did a nice job of that in the third period.”
Taylor and Gnida, like Poynton, pinned their way into the postseason.
Taylor won by fall over Logan Adam of Fairfield (2:51), while Gnida pinned Fairfield’s Peyton Cline (1:17).
Flynn pinned his semifinal opponent and earned a 13-4 major decision in his first-place match against Jaden Davis of Mount Pleasant.
Marty took a 7-1 decision over Caden Hill of Davis County in his title match.
Williams encouraged fans to come support the eight district qualifiers as they attempt to punch their ticket to the state tournament Saturday.
“It should be an exciting day of wrestling,” he said.

IHSAA 2A Sec 16 at Fairfield
Feb. 8, 2020
Team Scores
1. Solon 222.0
2. Mount Pleasant 151.0
3. Washington 131.0
4. Fairfield 129.0
5. Davis County 126.0
6. Keokuk 93.5

IHSAA 2A Sec 16 Results for Solon
113
Cheyenne Mulford (4-9) placed 4th and scored 9.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Cheyenne Mulford (Solon) 4-9 received a bye
Semifinal - Zach Westercamp (Fairfield) 19-9 won by fall over Cheyenne Mulford (Solon) 4-9 (Fall 0:45)
3rd Place Match - Drake Hamm (Davis County) 11-11 won by fall over Cheyenne Mulford (Solon) 4-9 (Fall 2:33)
120
Kaden Lamm (13-27) placed 5th and scored 6.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Jonah Cooper (Fairfield) 12-15 won by fall over Kaden Lamm (Solon) 13-27 (Fall 1:13)
Cons. Semi - Kaden Lamm (Solon) 13-27 received a bye
5th Place Match - Kaden Lamm (Solon) 13-27 received a bye
126
Jakobe Lahr (27-22) placed 3rd and scored 14.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Jakobe Lahr (Solon) 27-22 received a bye
Semifinal - Brandon Dickel (Washington) 19-7 won by fall over Jakobe Lahr (Solon) 27-22 (Fall 0:37)
3rd Place Match - Jakobe Lahr (Solon) 27-22 won by fall over Gerald Rupe (Davis County) 19-11 (Fall 2:57)
2nd Place Match - Brandon Dickel (Washington) 19-7 won by no contest over Jakobe Lahr (Solon) 27-22 (NC)
132
David Karam (5-16) placed 3rd and scored 12.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - David Karam (Solon) 5-16 received a bye
Semifinal - Marcus Elam (Davis County) 25-19 won by decision over David Karam (Solon) 5-16 (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match - David Karam (Solon) 5-16 received a bye
2nd Place Match - Marcus Elam (Davis County) 25-19 won by no contest over David Karam (Solon) 5-16 (NC)
138
Ethan Swan (10-26) placed 5th and scored 6.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Tyler Raub (Mount Pleasant) 10-14 won by fall over Ethan Swan (Solon) 10-26 (Fall 5:50)
Cons. Semi - Ethan Swan (Solon) 10-26 received a bye
5th Place Match - Ethan Swan (Solon) 10-26 received a bye
145
Hayden Taylor (46-0) placed 1st and scored 24.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Hayden Taylor (Solon) 46-0 received a bye
Semifinal - Hayden Taylor (Solon) 46-0 won by fall over Gannon McNamee (Mount Pleasant) 7-22 (Fall 0:56)
1st Place Match - Hayden Taylor (Solon) 46-0 won by fall over Logan Adam (Fairfield) 13-20 (Fall 2:51)
152
Zeb Gnida (43-5) placed 1st and scored 24.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Zeb Gnida (Solon) 43-5 received a bye
Semifinal - Zeb Gnida (Solon) 43-5 won by fall over Kaleb Spurgeon (Keokuk) 11-14 (Fall 0:22)
1st Place Match - Zeb Gnida (Solon) 43-5 won by fall over Peyton Cline (Fairfield) 20-15 (Fall 1:17)
160
Caleb Ebert (19-13) placed 1st and scored 22.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Caleb Ebert (Solon) 19-13 received a bye
Semifinal - Caleb Ebert (Solon) 19-13 won by fall over Caleb Heisel (Fairfield) 11-12 (Fall 2:34)
1st Place Match - Caleb Ebert (Solon) 19-13 won by decision over Ayden Frazer (Washington) 33-5 (Dec 10-9)
170
Jax Flynn (43-7) placed 1st and scored 23.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Jax Flynn (Solon) 43-7 received a bye
Semifinal - Jax Flynn (Solon) 43-7 won by fall over Jacob Hill (Washington) 8-20 (Fall 1:22)
1st Place Match - Jax Flynn (Solon) 43-7 won by major decision over Jaden Davis (Mount Pleasant) 13-6 (MD 13-4)
182
Seamus Poynton (27-9) placed 1st and scored 24.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Seamus Poynton (Solon) 27-9 received a bye
Semifinal - Seamus Poynton (Solon) 27-9 won by fall over Curtis Stender (Washington) 10-20 (Fall 1:20)
1st Place Match - Seamus Poynton (Solon) 27-9 won by fall over Dylan Jeffers (Keokuk) 29-5 (Fall 3:08)
195
Gage Marty (36-9) placed 1st and scored 22.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Gage Marty (Solon) 36-9 received a bye
Semifinal - Gage Marty (Solon) 36-9 won by fall over Cesar Castellanos (Fairfield) 21-13 (Fall 1:07)
1st Place Match - Gage Marty (Solon) 36-9 won by decision over Caden Hill (Davis County) 34-9 (Dec 7-1)
220
Erich Karsten (26-18) placed 2nd and scored 18.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Erich Karsten (Solon) 26-18 received a bye
Semifinal - Erich Karsten (Solon) 26-18 won by fall over Tristyn O`Connor (Keokuk) 23-17 (Fall 3:33)
1st Place Match - Samuel Carrasco (Mount Pleasant) 16-16 won by fall over Erich Karsten (Solon) 26-18 (Fall 1:19)
2nd Place Match - Erich Karsten (Solon) 26-18 won by no contest over Tristyn O`Connor (Keokuk) 23-17 (NC)
285
Nash Altman (18-18) placed 2nd and scored 18.0 team points.
Quarterfinal - Nash Altman (Solon) 18-18 received a bye
Semifinal - Nash Altman (Solon) 18-18 won by fall over Jordan Salyers (Keokuk) 10-24 (Fall 0:46)
1st Place Match - Brayden Hartman (Washington) 20-13 won by fall over Nash Altman (Solon) 18-18 (Fall 2:27)
2nd Place Match - Nash Altman (Solon) 18-18 won by no contest over Jordan Salyers (Keokuk) 10-24 (NC)