Steffensmeier, Hayes capture titles; Hounds 3rd at FM Invite

FMHS's Sam Hayes gets a pin in overtime over Ethan Barry of Clinton to win the 195 lb. title and give the Bloodhounds enough points for 3rd place at Saturday's Fort Madison Invitational. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – With 18 teams in town and some of the finest wrestlers in the area at the Hound Dome, it was no small feat that the Bloodhounds took 3rd place and two titles.

The Bloodhounds were a just a .5 point ahead of Liberty High School out of Wentzville with 119.5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the 56th annual Fort Madison Invitational with 236 points, followed by Clinton with 155.

Fort Madison’s Harlan Steffensmeier took the title at 152 pounds when he pinned Burlington’s Preston Terry 1:46 into the second period. Steffensmeier came into the match rated 4th in the state according to The Predicament’s Dec. 14 website rankings. and Terry was also rated 8th at 160 lbs.

In Steffensmeier’s three matches leading up to the championship match, he spent a grand total of 58 seconds on the mat, recording three pins, including a :10 pin to open his bracket matches.

“That was a quality opponent – that kid’s tough and Harlan put an exclamation point on it,” Fort Madison Head Coach Ryan Smith said. “That’ll be someone he’ll see at districts at the end of the year. So that was great –  not just to win, but to beat him on his feet, beat him on top, and beat him on the bottom, and then pin him.”

Steffensmeier is 22-1 on the year and is wrestling at two weights heavier this year than in his junior year, where he placed 3rd at the state at 138 pounds. He said the win over Terry tells him he’s getting better.

“I’ve wrestled Preston before and it’s good to get this win over him. That tells me I’m improving each year,” he said.

Wrestling at the middle weights is something Steffensmeier says fits his style a bit more.

“Over the summer I got a lot bigger and the middle weight is more accustomed to my wrestling style. The lighter weights have more fakes and the matches are quicker paced. This works better for me.”

Sam Hayes, who’s now 19-3 on the year, ran up against. No. 9 rated Ethan Berry of Clinton. Hayes and Berry stayed locked up in an upright position for most of the match and it wasn’t until an overtime period that Hayes was able to score a fall and get the win.

“We we’re doing the same thing most of the time, but I felt him kind of crumble in the third period and I knew in OT I was going to able to get to him,” Hayes said.

“Hayes is doing well. He had a quality opponent there and another one in the semifinals,” Smith said. “The thing with him is getting his confidence in his leg attacks. He does in practice, but it’s one of those triggers and you know you just gotta pull it. He’s really good at snapping and pulling the head, but once he pulls the trigger on the leg attacks, he’s gonna be very dangerous.”

The Hounds got fourth-place finishes from Aaron Steffensmeier at 145 lbs. and Ryan Steffensmeier at 126 pounds. Elton Kruse, wrestling at 106, earned a fifth-place finish and Dayne Cordray took 6th place at 120 lbs.

Smith said he hopes next year the event can be made into a two-day event to help alleviate some of the forfeits that occurred due to the national high school wrestling rule that only allows participants to wrestle five matches per day.

Aaron Steffensmeier had to surrender his 3rd place match because it would have been his sixth match of the day.

“There’s those situations where you get to the 3rd and 5th place matches and you have a default. If we went to two days, then you go up to five on Friday and five on Saturday. We wouldn’t have that many but we could do pool play on Friday and then run two separate brackets on Saturday and no one would have more than five matches on either day,” Smith said.

He said the other benefit is the tournament would be able to place the top 16 at each weight class instead of just the top six, which was done at this year’s one-day tournament.

Harlan Steffensmeier said he enjoys the larger team tournaments like Saturday’s event.

“I love these tournaments that are bigger because you get more matches and you get more of a variety in your opponents,” he said.

Hayes said he hopes next year the tournament will go to two days,

“This year was great coming into your gym and being able to go against all these wrestlers,” he said. “But if they go to two days, then we have more time to rest and that always allows you to do a little better.”

The complete listings for each Bloodhound wrestler, place and points won is listed below.

Bloodhound Harlan Steffensmeier takes control of his title match against Burlington’s Preston Terry. Steffensmeier won the match with a pin in the second period. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC
Fort Madison’s Aaron Steffensmeier gets the upper hand in his semifinal match against Calvin Nguyen of Burlington. Steffensmeier won by 9-1 decision and finished fourth overall at 145 lbs. after having to default the 3rd place match due to already wrestling five times on the day. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC
Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Cam Shaver checks the time remaining in period 2 while Fort Madison’s Ryan Steffensmeier tries to get an upper hand in the match. Shaver won the match by a 6-1 decision. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC
The Hounds’ Dayne Cordray tries to roll Ty Pfifner of Cedar Rapids Kennedy during the 120 lb. semifinal match on Saturday. Cordray went on to take 6th place at the tourney. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

106 lbs – Elton Kruse (6-7) placed 5th and scored 11.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 6-7 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 6-7 won by fall over Matthew Housh (Van Buren) 3-4 (Fall 0:53)
  • Semifinal – Aaron Steinhoff (Liberty) 18-1 won by major decision over Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 6-7 (MD 9-0)
  • Cons. Semi – Mason Allen (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) 14-7 won by decision over Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 6-7 (Dec 4-2)
  • 5th Place Match – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 6-7 won by decision over Logan Blickhan (Kirksville) 9-3 (Dec 4-0)
113 lbs – Mason Schau (2-9) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 2-9 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Cameron Steinhoff (Liberty) 15-2 won by fall over Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 2-9 (Fall 2:46)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 2-9 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Marcos Moedano (Louisa-Muscatine) 5-8 won by decision over Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 2-9 (Dec 6-1)
120 lbs –  Dayne Cordray (11-8) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 11-8 won by fall over Lliam Ross (Hallsville) 3-12 (Fall 0:40)
  • Quarterfinal – Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 11-8 won by decision over Jacob Simpson (Liberty) 8-2 (Dec 5-2)
  • Semifinal – Ty Pfiffner (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 9-3 won by decision over Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 11-8 (Dec 5-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Brandon Jones (Liberty) 12-3 won by decision over Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 11-8 (Dec 6-1)
  • 5th Place Match – Jacob Simpson (Liberty) 8-2 won by decision over Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 11-8 (Dec 9-2)
126 lbs – Ryan Steffensmeier (11-6) placed 4th and scored 15.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 11-6 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 11-6 won by fall over Lucas Pemberton (Hallsville) 10-4 (Fall 0:32)
  • Semifinal – Cam Shaver (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 11-4 won by decision over Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 11-6 (Dec 6-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 11-6 won by tech fall over Lane Smalley (Clinton) 12-7 (TF-1.5 5:24 (19-2))
  • 3rd Place Match – Wyatt Haynes (Liberty) 16-3 won by fall over Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 11-6 (Fall 3:30)
132 lbs – Will Larson (4-9) place is unknown and scored 4.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ben Leach (Liberty) 16-3 won by fall over Will Larson (Fort Madison) 4-9 (Fall 4:19)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Will Larson (Fort Madison) 4-9 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Will Larson (Fort Madison) 4-9 won by fall over Collin Butler (Burlington) 6-10 (Fall 5:31)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Darrin Bethard (Clinton) 12-7 won by fall over Will Larson (Fort Madison) 4-9 (Fall 0:46)
138 lbs – Nathan Steffensmeier (5-12) place is unknown and scored 4.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cesar Salazar (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) 14-10 won by decision over Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 5-12 (Dec 7-1)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 5-12 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 5-12 won by fall over Ryan Townsend (Muscatine) 5-8 (Fall 3:13)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Matt Wyatt (Keokuk) 11-3 won by tech fall over Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 5-12 (TF-1.5 6:00 (22-7))
145 lbs – Aaron Steffensmeier (17-4) placed 4th and scored 19.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 17-4 won by fall over Mitchell Trexel (West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville) 1-2 (Fall 1:22)
  • Quarterfinal – Caleb Stoltz (Van Buren) 6-3 won by major decision over Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 17-4 (MD 12-1)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 17-4 won by fall over Seneca Calhoun (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) 10-13 (Fall 4:54)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 17-4 won by major decision over Calvin Nguyen (Burlington) 8-12 (MD 9-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 17-4 won by fall over Trentin Helton (Liberty) 13-4 (Fall 4:28)
  • 3rd Place Match – Caleb Stoltz (Van Buren) 6-3 won by rule over Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 17-4 (RULE)
152lbs – Harlan Steffensmeier (18-1) placed 1st and scored 30.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 18-1 won by fall over Riley Windell (East Peoria) 4-10 (Fall 0:10)
  • Quarterfinal – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 18-1 won by fall over Evan McCulloch (Liberty) 7-7 (Fall 0:21)
  • Semifinal – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 18-1 won by fall over Guy Martial (Muscatine) 8-6 (Fall 0:27)
  • 1st Place Match – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 18-1 won by fall over Preston Terry (Burlington) 14-3 (Fall 4:46)
160 lbs – Austin Haas (0-3) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Parker Laudwig (Kirksville) 10-7 won by fall over Austin Haas (Fort Madison) 0-3 (Fall 0:26)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Austin Haas (Fort Madison) 0-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Gabe Carter (New London HS) 12-5 won by fall over Austin Haas (Fort Madison) 0-3 (Fall 1:21)
170 lbs – Martin Vineyard (4-3) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Martin Vineyard (Fort Madison) 4-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Ben Sarasin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 17-0 won by fall over Martin Vineyard (Fort Madison) 4-3 (Fall 0:17)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Hunter Perkins (Liberty) 11-8 won by fall over Martin Vineyard (Fort Madison) 4-3 (Fall 5:40)
182 lbs – Lennon Barker (1-5) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Isaiah Perez-Hall (Burlington) 15-4 won by fall over Lennon Barker (Fort Madison) 1-5 (Fall 1:53)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Lennon Barker (Fort Madison) 1-5 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Ian Hayden (Hallsville) 12-5 won by fall over Lennon Barker (Fort Madison) 1-5 (Fall 1:28)
195 lbs – Sam Hayes (15-3) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sam Hayes (Fort Madison) 15-3 won by fall over Marlon Mitchell (Clayton) 3-2 (Fall 2:20)
  • Quarterfinal – Sam Hayes (Fort Madison) 15-3 won by fall over Jason Salazar (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) 7-8 (Fall 0:26)
  • Semifinal – Sam Hayes (Fort Madison) 15-3 won by decision over Cade Parker (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 14-4 (Dec 3-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Sam Hayes (Fort Madison) 15-3 won in SV-1 by fall over Ethan Barry (Clinton) 10-2 (SV-1 (Fall) 6:57)
220 lbs- Danen Settles (12-7) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 12-7 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Jeremiah Austin (Clayton) 18-4 won by fall over Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 12-7 (Fall 2:51)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Brody Hesser (WACO) 5-8 won by forfeit over Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 12-7 (For.)
 285 lbs – Gunther Johnson (1-4) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Josh Vis (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 16-3 won by fall over Gunther Johnson (Fort Madison) 1-4 (Fall 1:19)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Gunther Johnson (Fort Madison) 1-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Drake Fox (West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville) 10-5 won by fall over Gunther Johnson (Fort Madison) 1-4 (Fall 1:58)

 

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