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Sports

Top-ranked wrestlers fall

The number-one rated Hawkeye wrestlers got knocked off Sunday, 18-12, in the finals of the National Duals.
Iowa opened up the Duals last Saturday at Carver with a 44-3 domination over Chattanooga and a 24-8 win over fifth-ranked Cornell.
The Hawkeyes had five pins in the win over Chattanooga (Cory Clark, Michael Kelly, Mike Evans, Sammy Brooks and Bobby Telford).
Iowa also had a tech fall by Brandon Sorensen at 149 pounds.
Thomas Gilman was the only loss, 3-1 in overtime.

Spartans advance

Solon defeats Marion in district semifinal

MARION– The season is still alive for the Solon boys basketball team.
The Spartans traveled to Marion for a Class 3A District 8 semifinal Monday night and came away with a 42-32 victory, advancing to the district final against Cedar Rapids Xavier Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Solon led most of the way against the Indians, sparked by Emilio Villagrana’s three 3-pointers. Villagrana and Streeter McIlravy each scored 11 points for the Spartans, while Jacob Coons added 10.

Fritz, Linderbaum, Gnida place at state

DES MOINES– It was a tough draw for the Solon Spartans at the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines last week.
Solon qualified six wrestlers and three of them placed, but two faced a No. 1-ranked opponent and one faced the second-ranked wrestler in the state, all in the first round.
Senior Logan Linderbaum (285 pounds) and Louis Gnida (126) finished their high school careers in sixth and seventh place respectively at the tournament while unranked junior Cole Fritz placed sixth at 138 pounds.

Six Trojans see action at state wrestling

Rohweder’s third place is West’s highest

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DES MOINES– Tanner Rohweder’s third-place finish was the highest among the six West High Trojans to take to the mats of the State Wrestling Tournament held Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Rohweder defeated Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Nolan Hromidko in a 4-3 decision during the third place match at 120 pounds.
Donovan Doyle placed fourth at 182 pounds, John Milani was seventh at 170 and Aaron Stumpf was eighth at 113. Nate Kelsay (160) and Blake Moser (285) did not place after early losses.

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West girls fry Muskies

54-28 win sends West to regional final

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy easily took care of the Muscatine Muskies in a Class 5A regional semifinal basketball game Saturday, Feb. 21, at home, winning 54-28. The win improved West’s record to 20-2 overall and put them on a collision course with Pleasant Valley (18-4) in a regional final Tuesday, Feb. 24, at West.
The Women of Troy also handily took care of Pleasant Valley, winning 45-27 and ensuring a berth at the state tournament.

Islanders no problem for Trojans basketball

West 57, DeLaSalle 42

IOWA CITY– It was advertised as something of a clash of the high school basketball titans: three-time Iowa State Champions Iowa City West vs. three-time Minnesota State Champions DeLaSalle from Minneapolis. In the end it was just another day at the office for the West High Trojans as they maintained their perfect record with a 57-42 win Saturday, Feb. 21, at home.

Clipper girls go down at Mt. Pleasant

Quarterfinal loss ends season

MOUNT PLEASANT– Their season ended with a decisive loss on the road, but for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, it’s still a winning season; the first in at least a decade for the girls basketball program.
The Clippers took a 13-8 record on the road to Mount Pleasant for a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game against the 17-4, 14th-ranked Panthers and found themselves on the wrong side of a 52-39 final score.
Coach P. J. Sweeney’s Clippers took a slim 6-5 lead in the first quarter but were down by the same one-point margin, 12-11 at the half.

West boys second, girls fourth at Regional Bowling

Schintler wins individual honors, advances to State

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DAVENPORT– Iowa City West High sent one bowler to the state tournament, held Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Des Moines.
Senior Heath Schintler won the Regional Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Davenport to advance. Schintler bowled 501 and led the Trojans to a second-place finish with 2,829. Muscatine won the boys’ Regional Championship with 3,226.
The West High girls placed fourth with 2,182 behind Muscatine (2,985), Bettendorf (2,830) and rival City High (2,793).
Brooke Kreiss led the Women of Troy with 371.

Nine Trojans earn MVC All-Division honors

Brands named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley High School Athletic Conference (MVC) released its All-Division selections for the 2014-2015 wrestling season Monday, Feb. 16.
Nine Iowa City West High wrestlers earned spots on the First, Second or Honorable Mention team lists in the Valley Division.
Nelson Brands, a freshman, earned Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament as well as a First Team spot. Brands posted a 32-13 record at 126 pounds.

West boys second, girls fourth at Regional Bowling

Schintler wins individual honors, advances to State

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DAVENPORT– Iowa City West High sent one bowler to the state tournament, held Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Des Moines.
Senior Heath Schintler won the Regional Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Davenport to advance. Schintler bowled 501 and led the Trojans to a second-place finish with 2,829. Muscatine won the boys’ Regional Championship with 3,226.
The West High girls placed fourth with 2,182 behind Muscatine (2,985), Bettendorf (2,830) and rival City High (2,793).
Brooke Kreiss led the Women of Troy with 371.

Big Ten Championship

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye wrestlers won their seventh regular season Big Ten championship in the last eight years by knocking off Michigan, 22-9, last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
On Sunday, they knocked off Virginia, 30-6, in the opening round of the National Duals.
Iowa won seven of 10 matches against the Wolverines, but it still didn’t seem like a good win.
There were too many close matches, too many slow starts and when Bobby Telford, ranked second at 285, lost in overtime on a reversal, there was not a lot of joy in Mudville.

UI women have not hand

The Hawkeye women also had two games last week.
They beat Nebraska 69-61 at Lincoln on Thursday and then smoked Indiana, 81-64, at Carver.
To say the Cornhuskers had the Hawkeyes’ number since Nebraska got into the Big Ten in 2011 would be an understatement.
The Cornhuskers won three games against Iowa last season, including a 72-65 win in the Big Ten Championship game.
That was then, this is now.
Iowa knocked off Nebraska, 78-72, in overtime at Carver on Jan. 26 this season.
Last Sunday, the Hawks came out slow and trailed 37-28 at half.