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Sports

Trojan swimmers 4th at Linn-Mar invite

Hajek and Griffis earn individual wins

MARION– Iowa City West High’s Izaak Hajek and Lane Griffis swam their way to individual victory Saturday, Jan. 7, at Linn-Mar High School’s boy’s invitational swimming meet. Hajek, a freshman, won the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM) in 2:03.61 while Griffis, a junior, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01/85. The West High Trojans placed fourth overall in team points with 350 behind meet champion Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines), Pleasant Valley and Monona Grove Boys Swim and Dive Team.

Trojans ninth at Bettendorf Midwest Shootout wrestling tourney

Speicher and Brands win, Stumpf comes home in second place

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BETTENDORF– West High’s wrestlers finished the two-day Midwest Shootout hosted by Bettendorf High School in ninth place. The tournament kicked off on Friday, Jan. 13, and wrapped up on Saturday, Jan. 14, with Johnston taking the team championship with 241.5 points. The host Bulldogs were seventh with 147.0 points and West High’s Trojans were ninth with 122.5.
Keaton Speicher and Nelson Brands earned crowns at 113 and 152 pounds, respectively, while Ashton Stumpf finished the weekend in second place at 170 pounds.

Trojans earn double dual sweep in Waterloo

C West takes down Wahlert and Waterloo West
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WATERLOO– Iowa City West High’s wrestling Trojans swept a double dual meet Thursday, Jan. 12, in Waterloo against Waterloo West High and Dubuque Wahlert Catholic.
The Trojan junior varsity (JV) took down Wahlert, 47-14, with Will Hoeft (182 pounds) earning a 20-4 technical fall over Wahlert’s Jace Kunkel, Mitchell Sorge (195) pinned Wahlert’s Kayden Weig in 50 seconds and Kaleb Williams (132) pinned Wahlert’s Charlie Vandermillen in 3:27.

IC West falls, 40-33, to CR Kennedy’s wrestlers

IOWA CITY– The Trojans of Iowa City West High fell, 40-33, in a varsity wrestling match with Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday, Jan. 5, at West High.
West High’s Carter Rohweder (160 pounds), Hans Von Rabenau (106), Keaton Speicher (113) and Nelson Brands (152) all won by fall. Rohweder pinned Hunter Erickson in 2:57, Von Rabenau took down Ben Hoeger in 2:51, Speicher pinned Gabe Long in 2:40 and Brands pinned Logen Benion in 3:45. Guy Snow (285) took a 13-8 decision from Kennedy’s Josh Vis.

Iowa City West runs away from Linn-Mar, 80-59

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MARION– Bergie’s (Iowa City West High Coach Steve Bergman’s) Boys put up their third consecutive win after a pre-Christmas loss Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Marion at the expense of the Linn-Mar Lions. The West High Trojans licked the Lions, 80-59, and improved their record to 8-1 while dropping the Lions to 4-5.
West pulled ahead 22-15 in the first period and held a 40-32 advantage at the half. The Trojans led 53-44 going into the final eight minutes.

Hawk men survive at home

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The Hawkeye women played one game last week, the men played two. The Iowa wrestlers were at Michigan on Friday and Michigan State on Sunday.

Hawkeye women

Just one day after the Hawkeyes lost in the Outback Bowl and struggled on offense, the Iowa women had the same problem at Penn State, losing 71-58 last week.
The Hawks only trailed 32-31 at half, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 29 percent from 3-point range.
In the third quarter, Iowa was 1-10 from the floor and 0-6 from behind the arc.

Akrum Wadley stays, Greg Davis goes

Hawk Talk

Last week, running back Akrum Wadley said he would be back for his senior season, while offensive coordinator Greg Davis decided to retire.
I tell some of my friends who asked me about Akrum staying or going, the statement head coach Kirk Ferentz made, “I don’t know any running backs in the NFL that weigh 185 pounds.”
Akrum has a chance to be one of the most exciting backs at Iowa since Tavian Banks. No disrespect to Shonn Greene but Shonn didn’t have the moves of Akrum. So if Akrum can keep his weight around 195, we’ll see if he can be a good NFL player.

Hawkeye wrestlers

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes started the weekend last Friday by knocking off 15th-ranked Michigan, 31-7.
On Sunday, they crushed Michigan State 44-0 at East Lansing.
You start with Thomas Gilman (125) and Brandon Sorensen (149) with major decisions, Sammy Brooks (184) with a technical fall and it finished with Sam Stoll (285) getting a pin.
Cory Clark (133), who hasn’t wrestled since Nov. 27 but is still ranked No. 1, shut out seventh-ranked Stevan Micic, 2-0.
Second-ranked Michael Kemerer (157) beat 10th-ranked Brian Murphy, 6-3.

Josie Durr scores 27 to help Solon defeat West Delaware, 47-42

SOLON– Solon senior Josie Durr made it happen.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team improved to 4-7 on the year with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory at home against West Delaware Jan. 6.
Solon pulled off a 47-42 win after trailing by seven points at half.
It was Durr who did most of the heavy lifting, putting in 20 of her 27 points in the second half while leading the team in steals with eight.
The Lady Spartans scored 34 points in the second half after scoring only 13 in the first.

Solon Wrestlers on a roll

Spartans first at Marshalltown tournament

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
MARSHALLTOWN– After a two-week hiatus from competition, the Solon varsity wrestlers are back to pinning.
And pinning. And pinning some more.
The Spartans have racked up 179 pins so far this season, 33 of them at the Allie Morrison Dual Tournament in Marshalltown last Saturday, Jan. 7.

West Delaware breaks Solon five-game win streak

First quarter proves to be difference

MANCHESTER– The Solon varsity boys broke a five-game winning streak with a 73-59 loss to undefeated West Delaware Jan. 6 in Manchester.
“West Delaware is a very tough venue to compete,” noted Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing.
Pershing said starting junior guard Luke Ira took an elbow to the eye 14 seconds into the game and remained out until the beginning of the second quarter.
“Losing Luke for the whole first quarter was pivotal,” he said.

Liberty Lightning Bolts win, 49-44, over CR Prairie Black

Lightning flashes at Prairie High

CEDAR RAPIDS– Isaac Bender’s 21 points led the Liberty High Lightning Bolts to a 49-44 freshman boys basketball victory Thursday, Jan. 5, at Prairie Point Middle School in Cedar Rapids. The Lightning zapped Prairie High School’s Black Team.
Bender gave Liberty a 4-0 lead but Andre Brandon made it 6-3 after the first of several Prairie 3-point bombs dropped. Prairie took the first period, 7-6, and built a 14-6 lead in the second.