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Humboldt wins NCC wrestling title!

Humboldt was crowned the North Central Conference Wrestling Tournament champion Saturday (Jan. 19) at Webster City. The Wildcats totaled 182 points to surpass runner-up Webster City with 163.5. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

WEBSTER CITY - Going into Saturday's North Central Conference Wrestling Tournament at Webster City, Humboldt's strong balanced lineup cast the Wildcats as the team to beat by opposing coaches. Humboldt met those expectations by winning the team title with 182 points, surpassing runner-up Webster City which finished at 163.

The Wildcats placed at 13 of 14 weight classes. Wildcat junior 195-pounder Reed Dreyer was Humboldt's lone champion as he pinned his way to his first conference championship and pushing his season record to 33-1. The Wildcats got runner-up finishes from Kylie Zender at 113, Jacob Miller at 126 and Austen Gargano at 120. Thaylan Bowman was third at 138 while fourth-place went to Levi Sawyer at 106, Mike Madsen at 132, Tyler Rutz at 152, Adam Mickelson at 170, Nikko Wheeler at 182 and Dylan Hendricks at 285. Cordes Olthoff was sixth at 220. Colton Schnetzer injury defaulted late and was sixth at 160. Adam Powell did not place at 145.

Humboldt returns to the mat in a dual at Eagle Grove on Jan. 24. The Wildcats will be looking to sew up their conference dual title as well as they take a 7-0 mark into the match. See the Independent for complete story and photos. Subscribe for complete access to the Independent.

TEAM SCORING - Humboldt 182, Webster City 163.5, Clear Lake 154, Algona 153, Clarion-Goldfield 149, Fort Dodge St. Edmond 146, Hampton-Dumont 105.5, Iowa Falls-Alden 71, Eagle Grove 18.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES - 106-Ryan Schmalen (CL) dec. Ryan Szalat (SE) 5-2. 113-Kaden McClintock (SE) dec. Kylie Zender (H) 6-4. 120-Ryan Fraught (CL) dec. Austen Gargano (H) 2-1 OT. 126-Joel Haberman (CG) major dec. Jacob Miller (H) 14-4. 132-Andres Gonzales (CL) pinned Luke Bahr (IF) 1:41. 138-Korey Kuecker (A) dec. Carson Farmer (CL) 4-2. 145-Teddie Harvey (SE) pinned Matt Odland (CG) 2:57. 152-Alex Oswald (WC) dec. Bailey Miller (HD) 8-5. 160-Connor Larson (WC) major dec. Jake Haberman (CG) 13-5. 170-Joe Teague (A) major dec. Brandon Patton (WC) 11-0. 182-Dylan Fielder (WC) dec. Garrett Johnson (A) 4-2. 195-Reed Dreyer (H) pinned Gus Gasca (WC) 1:14. 220-Vinnie Harvey (SE) dec. Caleb Hanson (CG) 5-0. 285-Landon Johnson (WC) dec. Mitch Gambrill (CG) 11-8.