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Kahl, Matherly capture conference crowns

Sophomore Josh Kriegel, Grinnell, controls Knoxville's Ryan Caughey in the 215-pound class during the Little Hawkeye Conference wrestling tournament. Kriegel pinned Caughey to place fifth at the conference.
Grinnell junior Ryan Matherly is congratulated by Head Coach Chad Beck after winning his 100th high school match. Matherly went on to be crowned Little Hawkeye Conference champion at 119.

The Grinnell Tigers fell short of one of their goals by 7.5 points to win the 2009-2010 Little Hawkeye Conference tournament. The Tigers placed second with 196 points.

Grinnell crowned two conference champions<Ryan Matherly, junior, at 119 pounds, and junior Tim Kahl at 130 pounds.

Norwalk won the title with 203.5 points. Oskaloosa was third with 155.5 points, South Tama was fourth at 155 and Newton, fifth, at 151.

Knoxville was sixth at 115 with Pella in seventh with 89 points.

"It's been a good year," said Chad Beck, head coach for the Tigers.  A highlight, so far, was watching Matherly capture his 100th high school win at the conference tourney.

"It feels good," Matherly said. "After the win they gave me the balloons and I was pumped."

His 100th actually came with a forfeit against Pella earlier in the week, but the celebration was at the tourney with a win against Pella's Austin LaFollette.

Matherly won the crown with a 9-4 decision over Oskaloosa's Daniel Williams.

At 130, Tim Kahl pinned Lane Colwell, Knoxville, in 3:29 to earn his conference title.

"Ryan got to win his 100th match and Tim did a great job winning his title," Beck said.

According to Beck, Kahl had lost to Colwell at the first match of the year, but then came on to beat him the last two times they met.

At 112 pounds, Grinnell sophomore Matt Innis, placed second, falling to Norwalk's Christian Ogle with a pin in 4:31.

Junior Jack Leshen scored a 14-4 decision over Knoxville's Cody Baker for third place at 125 pounds.

Sophomore Travis Davis stopped Norwalk's Zach Miller scoring a 16-7 decision for third place at 140 pounds.

At 160 pounds, Jake Axmear, senior, defeated Newton's Jacob Oswalt with a 7-1 decision for third place.

Avery Lindley, sophomore, placed fourth at 135 while senior Zach Keenan captured fourth at 189 and sophomore Kendall McGinnis placed fourth at 285.  Sophomore Josh Kriegel captured fifth at 215 pounds, senior Matt Carnes placed fifth at 152 pounds and Josh Crawford, freshman, placed fifth at 103.




UPDATED February 3, 2010 5:25 PM

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