FORT DODGE – The Nevada wrestling team placed five wrestlers at the Don Miller Invitational in Fort Dodge Dec. 21.
The Cubs turned in one fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-place performance apiece, totaling 55.5 points to place 12th out of 16 teams. Nevada was good enough to edge Thunder Ridge (51.5 points) and Storm Lake (50.5) for 12th and the Cubs also defeated LeMars and Emmetsburg.
Traye Pelzer was the top individual place-winner for Nevada. Pelzer took fourth at 145 pounds after going 1-2 on the day.
Pelzer received a first-round bye, then he defeated Storm Lake’s Caesar Loera by a 9-3 decision to reach the semifinals. In the semifinal round Pelzer was pinned by Ames’ Marcus Coleman, and he lost by fall to Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s Nick Ruis in the third-place match.
Evan Rix took fifth at 113 for Nevada. He went 3-1, with his only loss coming in the second round to Thunder Ridge’s David Opheim by a 2-1 decision.
Rix received a bye in the opening round before losing to Opheim. Rix came back to defeat Thunder Ridge’s Nate Perry by technical fall (15-0) and pin Webster City’s Cole Nokes to reach the fifth-place match, where he pinned Clarinda’s Dakota Foster in two minutes, 20 seconds.
Kody Harrelson went 3-2 at 160 to place sixth for Nevada.
Harrelson defeated Sioux City East’s Manny Zertuche by major decision (9-1) and then he fell to Bondurant-Farrar’s Cole Bailey by a 4-1 decision. Harrelson pinned Thunder Ridge’s Vic Lavigne and won a 10-3 decision over Ames’ Will Webert to reach the fifth-place match, where he suffered a loss by fall to Ankeny Centennial’s Josh Johnson.
Peyton Sharp was also 3-2 at 138 for Nevada as he ended up in seventh place.
Sharp pinned Fort Dodge’s Nic Tracey and then lost by 10-4 decision to Storm Lake’s Juan Rios. Sharp came back to score an 11-3 major decision over Thunder Ridge’s Taylor Crandall, then losing by fall to Clarinda’s Kollyn Buch.
That put Sharp in the seventh-place match, where he pinned Ames’ Justus Robeson in 1:53.
Mark Trullinger took eighth at 285 for Nevada as he went 2-3 on the day.
Trullinger pinned Storm Lake’s Nate Carlson and dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Webster City’s Gavin Dinsdale. In the consolation round, Trullinger pinned St. Edmond’s Caelan Burbank in 3:39 and then suffered a 10-9 loss to LeMars’ Alex Hermes.
In the seventh-place match at 285, Trullinger was pinned by Thunder Ridge’s Blake Jacobs.
Erik Tanner didn’t place at 126 for Nevada, but he did get one victory at the tournament. Tanner went 1-2 at Fort Dodge with his lone win being a pin over Webster City’s Ty Schnathorst in the opening round.
Webster City won the team championship with 213.5 points. Fort Dodge was second with a score of 158.
Final team scores: 1. Webster City 213.5 points, 2. Fort Dodge 158, 3. Council Bluffs Lewis Central 154, 4. Blue Springs South 144.5, 5. Clarinda 141, 6. Sioux City East 125, 7. St. Edmond 111.5, 8. (tie) Ames and Ankeny Centennial 109, 10. Bondurant-Farrar 74.5, 11. Newton 73, 12. Nevada 55.5, 13. Thunder Ridge 51.5, 14. Storm Lake 50.5, 15. LeMars 29, 16. Emmetsburg 28.
Individual places – Nevada
106 pounds – Wayne Beard (0-2); 113 – 5. Evan Rix (3-1); 126 – Erik Tanner (1-2); 138 – 7. Peyton Sharp (3-2); 145 – 4. Traye Pelzer (1-2); 160 – 6. Kody Harrelson (3-2); 170 – Alex Peebles (0-2); 285 – 8. Mark Trullinger (2-3).