The David City wrestling team opened the season with great success on Nov. 30 in the Lakeview Invitational, finishing second as a team, placing a wrestler on the medal stand in all 14 weight classes and bringing home four gold medals.

The Scouts sent 19 wrestlers to the tournament.

"Our guys competed very well and probably above my expectations for where we are at in the year," said head coach Tahner Thiem in comments sent to the Banner-Press. "I saw a lot of technique that needs cleaned up but overall as a team I am happy with the start we had at Lakeview on Friday."

145-pounder Justin White of David City went 3-0 during the day on his way to a gold medal. In the quarterfinals, White won by pinfall over Brock Mahoney of Columbus Lakeview 1:22 into the match. White followed that up with a pin in the semi-finals over Raymond Central's Conner Kriekemier in 1:58.

In the championship match, White defeated Boston Barcel of Lakeview 10-2 to earn the gold medal.

"Justin White was on his usual dominant pinning path," Thiem said. "Justin ran into a tough kid from Columbus Lakeview in the finals and it seemed like Boston Barcel had a great game plan.  Justin's usual technique on top was not there."

Noah Styskal of the Scouts went 4-0 during the 152-pound tournament on his way to the top of the podium.

He defeated Scotus' Colby Gilson in the opening round 20-6, pinned Will Czarnick of Shelby-Rising City in the quarterfinals in 4:21 and beat Lakeview's Lucas Thatcher 20-6 in the semifinals.

In the championship match, Styskal defeated Easton Albrecht of Raymond Central 10-5.

"Up from 126 pounds, Noah Styskal looks just as quick but about three times as strong as what he was last year," Thiem said. "Noah (Styskal) did an excellent job of keeping an attacking, physical pace that just wore on his opponents."

Dylan Vodicka was the 160-pound representative for David City. He went 3-0 on his way to finishing in first place.

He pinned Shelby-Rising City's Michael Martinez in 2:29 in the quarterfinals and Wyatt Graham of Cross County/Osceola in 2:28 of the semifinals.

In the championship match, Vodicka got a hard-fought win over Lakeview's Zeth Gerkensmeyer by a score of 3-1.

"Dylan (Vodicka) beat a highly rated kid from Columbus Lakeview in the finals," Thiem said. "I was impressed with Dylan's ability to come out of scrambles and attack the match as if it was anyone else rather than a highly rated kid in class B. Dylan is always a guy that is going to thrive under the lights and pressure.  That is exactly what he did in the finals."

Wayne Moore took home another gold medal for David City in a round robin tournament that saw Moore pin three of the four opponents.

Moore defeated Skylar Sterns of Raymond Central, Brayden Kucera of Lakeview, and Twin River's Tucker Alexander.

"Wayne Moore was unsure about moving up from 195 this year to 220, but it seems like it is a good fit," Thiem said. "Wayne has great movement and speed for a guy at 220 pounds.  I was proud of his efforts and happy that he was able to collect his first varsity wrestling championship."

David City entered three wrestlers in the 106-pound bracket - Haden Forney, Brett Romshek, and fifth place finisher Simon Schindle.

On his way to fifth, Schindler pinned Lakeview's Angel Rodriguez twice during the tournament to receive a medal.

Zach Bongers of the Scouts was the 113-pound representative. Bongers place fourth during the invite. He got two pinfall victories over Twin River's Logan Reeg and Raymond Central's McKay Bryce to start the tournament, and pinned Lakeview's Pablo Tellez during the consolation semifinals on his way to fourth place.

David City had two wrestlers in the 120-pound weight class bracket - Ethan Underwood and bronze medalist Ethan Zegers.

Zegers defeated Travis Nelson of Raymond Central by pinfall in 51 seconds in the first round. Zegers then pinned Fullerton's Kirby Smith in 38 seconds in the second period.

Zegers lost his semifinal match but rebounded with a pin over Fullerton's Nelson, again this time in two minutes and 32 seconds before receiving a forfeit victory in his last match to claim third place.  

Clayton Harris took home the silver medal at 126.

After receiving a bye in the first round, he pinned Shelby-Rising City's Carter Fjell in one minute and 48 seconds and followed that up with another pin against Reece Jaqua of Wayne in one minute and 11 seconds. He was defeated in the championship match by decision.

Harley Eickmeier placed fifth with two pins over East Butler's Kyle Heise and Twin River's Issac Booth.

David City had two wrestlers in the 138-pound weight class - Hunner Juzenas and fourth place finished Zackary Barlean.

Barlean had four pins during the tournament, defeating North Bend Central's Lacy Borer in 20 seconds, Lakeview's Khyler Shortridge in 48 seconds, East Butler's Cody Heise in 55 seconds of the second period and Scotus' Nick Taylor in 39 seconds of the third period. Barlean had to forfeit his third-place match.

Clayton Denker and Carlos Chavez of David City both wrestled in the 170-pound bracket, with Chavez finishing in sixth.

Chavez defeated his teammate Denker and Lakeview's Jorge Garcia on his way to the sixth place finish.

Scout Spencer Allen placed third after going 3-1. Allen recorded two pinfalls in his final two matches, before receiving a forfeit victory in the third-place match. 

He pinned Wayne's Dakota Spann and Fullerton's Kaleb Dudek.

James Escamilla placed third in the 195-pound weight class for David City, picking up three pins along the way. He pinned East Butler's Steven Thomas, Kody Swartz of Raymond Central and North Bend Central's Afton Obershaw.

Heavyweight Jake Ingwersen placed second after going 2-1 with pinfalls in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Ingwersen defeated North Bend Central's Jace Owen and Lakeview's Austin Rollman.

The Vikings will travel to Twin River on Thursday for their first dual. 

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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