Wildcats host, win invitational

Carter Stahlberg of Maquoketa Valley (top) takes control in his 126-pound match against Dyersville Beckman in the Maquoketa Valley Duals tournament Jan. 7 in Delhi. (Photo by Pete Temple)


     Maquoketa Valley won all five of its matches to win the championship of its own duals tournament Saturday, Jan. 7 in Delhi.

     The Wildcats defeated Midland 50-24, Starmont 57-20, Center Point-Urbana 42-33, Dyersville Beckman 46-30 and Monticello 57-18.

     Three Wildcats went 5-0 for the day, including Alec McDowell and Chance Downs with three pins apiece, and Mitch Smith. Michael Feldman went 4-0 with one pin. Getting three wins each were Eric Heims, Canyon Richardson, Adam Atwell, Chad Neuzil, Carter Stahlberg and Norman Wilson.

     “I was very satisfied with how we performed as a team and happy we were able to keep the team trophy here at MV,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “The day started off a little sluggish and bumpy, but the guys picked each other up and responded well to adversity in the early duals. The guys have been working very hard in practice and are coming together great as a team.”

     Prior to the Wildcat Invitational, MV participated in a non-conference double dual Jan. 3 at Anamosa. MV won both of its matches, beating Monticello 69-12 and Anamosa 57-18.

     Winning two matches each were Robert Hildebrand, McDowell, Heims, Stahlberg and Smith. Heims won both of his matches by fall. Three other Wildcats went 2-0 on forfeits: Zach Cornell, at Atwell and Downs.

     “Coming off a break can be hard at times, but our guys responded as well as they could have,” coach Andrews said.


Boys basketball

     A pair of heartbreaking losses opened the new year for the Maquoketa Valley boys basketball team.

     The Wildcats (3-3, 4-6) began the new year with a tough home loss to North Linn, 76-27 Jan. 3 in Delhi. The Lynx opened a 34-21 lead by halftime, then outscored MV 42-6 in the second half. Kyle Wilson led the ‘Cats in scoring with seven points, while Tyson Tucker and Garrett Hogan had six apiece. Tucker had nine rebounds and three steals. Hogan blocked three shots, and Trevor Elgin had two steals.

     Then, MV lost a wild, four-overtime game at home against Alburnett Jan. 6, by a score of 73-67. The teams were tied 48-48 at the end of regulation time, and the game wasn’t settled until the Pirates outscored the ‘Cats 9-3 in the fourth extra seassion. Tucker led MV with a double-double, 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jake Bonert had 15 points, Clint Krapfl had 12 and Hogan added nine. Bonert also had five steals.





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