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Bryan Stortz was not even aware that the Conant head football coaching job was available when a colleague from the Hoffman Estates area gave him a call after the Rocks had been eliminated in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

Stortz, who had coached about 20 minutes away at Lake Zurich before coming to Rock Island in 2012, decided to take a look.

Thursday he was officially hired as math teacher and football coach at Conant High School, according to Conant athletic director John Kane.

\u201cHe really stood out,\u201d Kane said. \u201cI talked to two or three other football coaches who knew him. They said he had high character, was great with kids and was a true leader. Everyone said great things about him.

\u201cWe are really excited to have him.\u201d

Stortz resigned as football coach and athletic director at Rock Island, Holly Sparkman, Rock Island-Milan District 41 communications director, confirmed Friday. He will finish out the school year at Rock Island as athletic director and officially begin his new job July 1.

\u00a0\u201cWe wish him and his family the best\u00a0\u2014 he will be missed and appreciate all the hard work he put into our football program and athletic programs,\u201d she said in an emailed statement, adding that his complete job would be posted soon.

Stortz will earn $81,151 salary as a math teacher at Conant and will also receive another $10,000 for coaching football, Conant athletic director John Kane said Friday. Stortz also can earn additional money from summer football camps.

Stortz applied after the Rocks were eliminated from the playoffs Nov. 12. Kane said he was among 100 applicants, 12 of whom were interviewed including four finalists.

\u201cI just think in the big picture, long run, things would be better for my family overall,\u201d said Stortz, a father of four. There were \"multitude of factors and my time is one of the things that is a consideration as well.\"

Friends in the Hoffman Estates area apparently lauded Conant, a Blue Ribbon school.\u00a0Plus Stortz was familiar with Conant from having started his career at Lake Zurich from 2000 through 2012, where he won a state title in 2007 and led the Bears to a pair of runner-up finishes.

\u201cKnowing the reputation of Conant, academically and the success of all of its athletic programs over the course of a long time, made it a situation that I really wanted to investigate and pursue,\u201d Stortz said. \"After meeting people there and digging in deeper, it\u2019s a situation that I will be very excited to take on.\u201d

Stortz said meeting with this year\u2019s Rock Island football team Thursday to tell them what was going on \u201cwas one of the most difficult things that you would have to do as a coach. It\u2019s not an easy conversation.\u201d

Stortz lauded the support he had at Rock Island from fans and parents. He also said any fall-out from the controversy of some of his players kneeling in protest during the national anthem earlier this season \u201chad no bearing whatsoever on my decision.

\u201cThere\u2019s always criticism on any decision a coach makes, whether it\u2019s going for it on fourth down or not, how you interact with players and things like that,\u201d he added. \u201cThat was an experience that our team handled and actually became better and a more cohesive team. Our kids made it a learning experience.\u201d

Though Conant\u2019s football team is coming off an 0-9 season, it was only the program's second winless season in 50 years, Kane said. Outgoing coach Bill Modelski announced he was retiring before the season, concluding a career that included the last 12 years as head coach among 30 years coaching at Conant.

An Augustana College graduate, Stortz is originally from the Peoria area, graduating from Dunlap High School. He went 34-18 in his five years coaching Rock Island, including a 3-4 mark in the playoffs in four appearances. This year\u2019s club went 9-3, bowing out at home in the quarterfinals to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, 56-13.

He called his success here \u201creally a testament to our kids and what they have been able to accomplish.\u00a0There\u2019s really good kids here. We had good coaches surrounding them. I was just a piece of the puzzle that was able to make it happen.

\u201cI wish Rock Island nothing but the best. I\u2019ve had a tremendous experience here.\u201d

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ELDRIDGE \u2014 Caleb McCabe posted a 15-11 record and wrestled junior varsity at the Mississippi Athletic Conference tournament last season.

And with North Scott stacked in the lower weights \u2014 state-ranked wrestlers at 113, 120, 126, 132 and 138 \u2014 there is no guarantee McCabe will have a spot in the varsity lineup come February.

The sophomore, though, made the most of his opportunity Thursday night.

McCabe upset eighth-ranked Isaac Larkin at 126 pounds, propelling the Class 3A fifth-ranked Lancers to a convincing 51-17 conference dual win over Clinton at The Pit.

\u201cI\u2019ve improved a lot over the last year,\u201d McCabe said. \u201cI\u2019ve put in a lot of extra work.\u201d

So much that coach Drew Kelly admits he has to kick McCabe out of the practice room about every night.

McCabe executed two first-period takedowns and a second-period reversal before riding Larkin out in the third period for the 6-5 win. Mayson Shannon is state-ranked for the Lancers at 126 but didn't compete in the dual.

\u201cCaleb is a workhorse in the room,\u201d senior 113-pounder Jacob Schipper said. \u201cI was real proud of him and impressed with the composure he kept throughout that match. He stayed in good position and didn\u2019t get too wild.\u201d

McCabe brought a fast-paced, aggressive mentality to the mat -- the same kind of intensity he brings to the practice room.

\"Offense, offense, offense,\" he said.

There were some heated exchanges in the dual between the MAC rivals. Clinton was deducted a point for unsportsmanlike after getting pinned at 160 pounds.

\u201cIt was a good atmosphere, probably not the best sportsmanship,\u201d Clinton coach JD Lueders said. \u201cI was a little disappointed with our kids in how they handled themselves, but there were a lot of emotions, and that\u2019s OK.

\u201cI rather it be an exciting match like that than the opposite.\u201d

After both teams blanked Muscatine, North Scott won 11 of the 14 bouts. It owned a 7-3 advantage in bonus-point victories and an overwhelming 18-4 cushion in takedowns.

North Scott's top-ranked Wyatt Wriedt, coming off a 2-1 tiebreaking win over second-ranked Rocky Lombardi in the finals of the Keith Young Invitational last Saturday, used a third-period takedown and two back points to thwart fifth-ranked Trevor Barry at 220, 5-1.

After Clinton\u2019s Tyler Clark recorded a pin at 285, North Scott won the next seven matches. Schipper, Mikey Wheeler (132) and Collin Lewis (138) had falls.

\u201cWe talked about being aggressive, offensive-minded and attacking,\u201d Kelly said. \u201cOur guys did that. Nothing else, we were fighting for positions all the time and looking to work.

\u201cWe wrestled hard and looked to score. Top to bottom, we showed a lot of fight tonight.\u201d

Avion Lard (160) and Zach Petersen (195) also had pins for the Lancers, who were third at the Keith Young last weekend behind top-ranked West Des Moines Valley and Waverly-Shell Rock.

\u201cWe competed tough, and I\u2019m proud of the way our guys kept their composure throughout the dual,\u201d Schipper said. \u201cThere were a lot of high-intensity moments. We kept it pretty clean and wrestled through those hard positions.\u201d

Walker Chapman (152) and Ben Chapman (170) had falls for the River Kings. Lueders said his team can correct many of the miscues in the practice room.

\u201cOur kids found out they\u2019ve got to be in better shape to finish matches,\u201d Lueders said. \u201cThat is something we can control and work on. (North Scott) was obviously fired up. They\u2019re a good team.\u201d

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Rock Island High School football coach Bryan Stortz\u2019s departure appeared imminent Thursday night.

Stortz, who led the Rocks to the quarterfinals in the Illinois Class 6A playoffs this fall, was on the Township High School District 211 School Board agenda Thursday night to be hired for the 2017-18 school year as a math teacher at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates.

According to the agenda, Stortz would be paid $81,151 for the teaching position with his eight years teaching experience and M.S. from Dominican University. The school is also seeking a football coach after Bill Modelski stepped down after 12 seasons as head coach and 30 years at the school.

Stortz, who is also Rock Island\u2019s athletic director, did not return phone calls or a text message Thursday night. But a player on this year\u2019s team and an athletic official at the school confirmed he met with the Rock Island football team late in the school day Thursday to let them know what was going on.

Modelski\u2019s final season this fall at Conant, a school with an enrollment of 2,329, saw his team go 0-9 as it returned no starters from a 6-4 playoff team in 2015. Modelski announced he was stepping down before the season started.

Rock Island went 9-3 this fall \u2014 the most wins during Stortz's four-year tenure \u2014 and reached the quarterfinals behind a high-powered offense that scored 457 points. Stortz was 31-12 at Rock Island, including a 3-4 playoff record. His overall playoff record as a coach is 22-9.

A 2000 Augustana College graduate where he played football, Stortz came to Rock Island from Lake Zurich High School where he went 62-16 during six years as head coach, winning the Class 7A state title in 2007 while also finishing second twice.

Conant athletic director John Kane also could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

RIVER VALLEY CONFERENCE

WEST BRANCH 65, WEST LIBERTY 32: The Bears outscored the Comets 32-8 in the second and third quarters as they pulled away for the victory Thursday night in West Liberty.

Tatum Koenig poured in a game-high 33 points to pace the Bears (4-1, 4-1). Macy Akers scored 11 points and Haddie Anderson added eight for the Comets (0-5, 0-4).

BOYS SWIMMING

MUSCATINE 104, DAVENPORT WEST 60: The Muskies won all but two event title Thursday night in Davenport as they cruised to victory.

Scott Schafer and Kyle Schoer each won three times to pace the Muskies.

Schafer won the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, 5.56 seconds, the 100 butterfly in 1:05.09 and teamed with Will Zillig, Eli Meeker and Schoer to win the 400 free relay in 3:59.51. Schoer, meanwhile, won the the 200 individual medley in 2:22.27 and the 100 freestyle in 54.93 seconds.

Also winning for the Muskies were Isaac Nichols (500 freestyle), Kyle Hoffman (100 backstroke) and Drew Wester (100 breaststroke). The 200 medley relay team of Meeker, Wester, Zillig and Griffen Steines also won in the 2:00.68.

DAVENPORT WEST JV 54.5, MUSCATINE JV 46.5: The Muskies won twice Thursday in Davenport.

Anthony Vitale won the 100 backstroke in 1 minute, 34.24 seconds, while the 400 freestyle relay team of Tom LoBianco, Sam Wieskamp, Luke Zobel and Jonah Koch won in 5:08.77.

WRESTLING

WILTON SWEEPS TRI: The Beavers beat Bellevue 64-18 and Northeast 63-18 on Thursday night in Gooselake.

Cory Anderson, Jerome Mays, Trey Brisker and Cameron Reddick all won twice by pinfall to lead the Beavers. Eli Faison picked up two victories, too, winning by technical fall and by decision for the Beavers.

L-M WINS TWICE AT LONE TREE: The Falcons beat the host Lions 78-5 and beat Wapello 42-31. The Indians beat Lone Tree 45-6.

Chase Kruse won twice by pinfall to lead the Falcons, including pinning Wapello's Mitchell Moore in 3 minutes, 23 seconds for the L-M victory not to come via forfeit against the Indians. Gabe Hayes also picked up a victory for L-M at 285 pounds against Lone Tree via pinfall in 1:29.

The Indians, meanwhile, had all eight wrestlers pick up at least one victory Thursday, led by Timo Caro's two wins. Caro won once by pinfall and once by decision. Rogan Pforts also moved up a class to score a 3-1 decision in sudden victory over L-M's eighth-ranked Hunter Connor at 182.

MUSCATINE SWEPT AT NORTH SCOTT: The Muskies fell to North Scott 76-0 and Clinton 75-0 on Thursday night at North Scott.

DURANT DROPS TWO AT CASCADE: The Wildcats lost twice, with Cascade won 48-0 and Tipton won 66-9.

Durant's D.J. Stewart, however, won a decision 15-14 over Tipton's Chance Koch.

COLUMBUS LOSES PAIR: Columbus dropped both dual meets as it hosted New London 40-18 and WACO 42-40.

The\u00a0WACO dual came down to the wire as the final match had a forfeit in WACO's favor for the narrow victory, after Columbus was up 40-36.

Winning both their matches for Columbus was Morrison Tucker, Jared Kadel and Piper Juanito.

WEST LIBERTY 63, IOWA CITY REGINA 18: Winning their matches for the Comets were Bryce Esmoil, Martinez Ramon, Will Esmoil, Talen Dengler, Zack Seering, Coy Ruess, Noah Bierman, Justis Dengler, Austin Beaver, Joe Kelly and A.J. Lenz.

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Girls basketball

Rock Island 66, Alleman 29:\u00a0Brea Beal and Chrislyn Carr each had 15 points as the Class 4A third-ranked Rocks (9-0, 3-0) led 38-11 at halftime and held the Pioneers \u00a0(2-6, 1-2) to just two points in the third quarter. Megan Shueneman had seven points for the Pioneers, while Maris Boelens added six.

United Township 35, Quincy 28: Brandi LaFountaine scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Panthers (6-3, 2-1) pull out a win over the Blue Devils (2-3, 0-3). The Panthers trailed by three points with less than five minutes remaining before going on a 12-2 run to close the game.

Galesburg 62, Moline 47: Kayla Townsell had 26 points, 14 in the second half, to lead the Silver Streaks (7-2, 2-1) to a win over the Maroons. Both teams were tied at halftime before Galesburg outscored Moline (4-3, 1-2) 20-9 in the third quarter to pull away. Alannah Crompton had 12 points for the Maroons.

Wrestling

PV splits triangular: The Spartans split a triangular between Davenport Central and Burlington in Burlington. PV beat Central 48-36 and fell to Burlington, 39-36.

Eli Loyd, Dermott Weldon, Scott Wendell all had pins for the Spartans in their match with Davenport Central, while Andrew Smith and Finnegan Swanson and Lucas Woods each had forfeits for the Blue Devils in the match.

Central lost its match with Burlington 51-15.

Assumption sweeps triangular: Davenport Assumption picked up two conference dual wins Thursday night, beating Davenport North and Davenport West at West High.

The Knights (2-0) beat North 63-12 and West 51-15.

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Boys basketball

Area

West Branch 57, West Liberty 35

Girls Basketball

West Branch 65, West Liberty 32

West Branch;20;13;20;12;--65

West Liberty;10;5;3;14;--;32

West Liberty (0-5, 0-4) \u2013 Haylee Lehman 1 0-0 2, Cora Wickham 3 0-0 6, Macy Akers 3 4-4 11, Haddie Anderson 3 2-2 8, Austyn Crees 2 0-0 5. Totals 12 6-6 32.

West Branch (4-1, 4-1 ) \u2013 Riley Vaughan 2 0-0 4, Paige Miller 5 1-1 11, Thein 1 0-0 2, Tatum Koenig 13 4-4 33, Haley Mullinix 4 1-1 9, Claire Bridges 2 0-0 5, Mackenzie Heise 0 1-1 1. Totals \u2013 27 7-7 65.

3-point goals: West Liberty 2 (Akers, Crees); West Branch 4 (Koenig 3, Bridges).

Boys swimming

Muscatine 104, Davenport West 60

200 medley relay -- 1. Muscatine (Eli Meeker, Drew Wester, Will Zillig, Griffen Steines) 2:00.68; 2. Muscatine 2:14.65

200 freestyle -- 1. Scott Schafer (Muscatine) 2:05.56; 2. Aaron Willie (West) 2:14.63; 3. Ryan Campbell (West) 2:31.44

200 individual medley -- 1. Kyle Schoer (Muscatine) 2:22.27; 2. Adam McKown (West) 2:32.49; 3. Meeker (Muscatine) 2:38.95

50 freestyle -- 1. Keith Picolet (West) 25.90; 2. Michael Anfinson (West) 26.82; 3. Wester (Muscatine) 27.14

100 butterfly -- 1. Schafer (Muscatine) 1:05.09; 2. Meeker (Muscatine) 1:06.48; 3. McKown (West) 1:09.64

100 freestyle -- 1. Schoer (Muscatine) 54.93; 2. Willie (West) 55.84; 3. Anfinson (West) 1:00.77

500 freestyle -- 1. Isaac Nichols (Muscatine) 7:39.13; 2. Ethan Heth (Muscatine) 7:40.36; 3. Ben Reznicek (Muscatine) 7:49.45

200 free relay -- 1. West (McKown, Willie, Picolet, Kyle Mattson) 1:42.81; 2. Muscatine 1:43.12; 3. Muscatine 1:56.37

100 backstroke -- 1. Hoffman (Muscatine) 1:11.76; 2. Gunnder Avis (West) 1:17.80; 3. Orr (Muscatine) 1:18.56

100 breaststroke -- 1. Wester (Muscatine) 1:14.05; 2. Ryan Campbell (West) 1:20.95; 3. Al Parker (West) 1:21.68

400 free relay -- 1. Muscatine (Schafer, Zillig, Meeker, Schoer) 3:49.51; 2. West 4:35.12; 3. Muscatine 4:39.43

Wrestling

Wilton 64, Bellevue 18

182: Bryce Oveson (Wilton) pinned Zach Bullock, 0:34. 195: Mason Lyons (Bellevue) pinned John Rife, 3:17. 220: Calib Lilly (Wilton) by forfeit. 285: Dylan Leinen (Wilton) by forfeit. 106: Hunter Stoll (Wilton) tech. fall Zach Roeder, 22-6. 113: Colton Berggren (Wilton) by forfeit. 120: Austin Michels (Bellevue) pinned Cameron Keith, 1:49. 126: Cory Anderson (Wilton) pinned Gentry Owen, 0:31. 132: Chantz Stevens (Wilton) by forfeit. 138: Jerome Mays (Wilton) pinned Cade Smith, 2:00. 145: Trey Brisker (Wilton) pinned Hunter Clasen, 3:21. 152: Eli Faison (Wilton) tech. fall Lucus Tennant, 25-5. 160: Harrison Haynes (Bellevue) pinned Coy Baker, 3:51. 170: Cameron Reddick (Wilton) pinned Justin Carrier, 0:21.

Wilton 63, Northeast 18

106: Hunter Stoll (Wilton) by forfeit. 113: Colton Berggren (Wilton) by forfeit. 120: Cameron Keith (Wilton) by forfeit. 126: Cory Anderson (Wilton) pinned Logan Dodd, 0:50. 132: Chantz Stevens (Wilton) by forfeit. 138: Jerome Mays (Wilton) pinned Seth Edens, 3:15. 145: Trey Brisker (Wilton) pinned Carsen Mangelson, 3:48. 152: Eli Faison (Wilton) dec. Wyatt Schmidt, 2-1. 160: Tristen Daniels (Northeast) pinned Coy Baker, 0:45. 170: Cameron Reddick (Wilton) pinned Travis Mickelson, 1:39. 182: Bryce Oveson (Wilton) by forfeit. 195: John Rife (Wilton) by forfeit. 220: Korbin Hoffmann (Northeast) pinned Calib Lilly, 0:33. 285: Grant Williams (Northeast) pinned Dylan Leinen, 0:27.

Louisa-Muscatine 78, Lone Tree 5

220; Jared Henkel (L-M) by forfeit. 285: Gabe Hayes (L-M) pinned Payton Lorack, 1:29. 106: Matthew Gillaspie (L-M) by forfeit. 113: Cody Calvelage (L-M) by forfeit. 120: Chase Kruse (L-M) pinned Zack Madoerin, 0:56. 126: Aaron Slaughter (Lone Tree) tech. fall Gage Connor, 19-4. 132: Max Mashek (L-M) by forfeit. 138: Austin Leopard (L-M) by forfeit. 145: Jonathan Stubrud (L-M) by forfeit. 152: Adam Starkweather (L-M) by forfeit. 160: Sutton James (L-M) by forfeit. 170: Jacob Schutterle (L-M) by forfeit. 182: Hunter Connor (L-M) by forfeit. 195: Samuel Kessel (L-M) by forfeit.

Louisa-Muscatine 42, Wapello 31

106: Daniel Meeker (Wapello) pinned Matthew Gillaspie, 2:29. 113: Devon Meeker (Wapello) dec. Cody Calvelage, 5-0. 120: Chase Kruse (L-M) pinned Mitchell Moore, 3:23. 126: Timo Caro (Wapello) pinned Gage Connor, 3:22. 132: Cobi Cline (Wapello) maj. Dec. Max Mashek, 12-4. 138: Austin Leopard (L-M) by forfeit. 145: Blair Noble (Wapello) dec. Max McCulley, 6-5. 152: Clayton Meeker (Wapello) pinned Adam Starkweather, 2:50. 160: Sutton James (L-M) by forfeit. 170: Jacob Schutterle (L-M) by forfeit. 182: Rogan Pforts (Wapello) dec. Hunter Connor, 3-1 (sv-1). 195: Samuel Kessel (L-M) by forfeit. 220: Jared Henkel (L-M) by forfeit. 285: Gabe Hayes (L-M) by forfeit.

Wapello 45, Lone Tree 6

106: Daniel Meeker (Wapello) by forfeit. 113: Devon Meeker (Wapello) by forfeit. 120: Mitchell Moore (Wapello) pinned Zack Madoerin, 3:48. 126: Timo Caro (Wapello) dec. Aaron Slaughter, 8-3. 132: Cobi Cline (Wapello) by forfeit. 138: Blair Noble (Wapello) by forfeit. 152: Clayton Meeker (Wapello) by forfeit. 182: Rogan Pforts (Wapello) by forfeit. 285: Payton Lorack (Lone Tree) by forfeit.

Clinton 75, Muscatine 0

170 \u2014 Ben Chapman (Clinton) pinned David Cardoza, 1:33; 182 \u2014 Ethan Barry (Clinton) dec. Garrett Brunson, 12-9; 195 \u2014 Dawson Troxel (Clinton) pinned Colten Hake, 0:49; 220 \u2014 Trevor Barry (Clinton) pinned Dalton Sell, 2:58; 285 \u2014 Tyler Clark (Clinton) major dec. Nolan Bell, 10-0; 106 \u2014 Lane Smalley (Clinton) won by forfeit; 113 \u2014 Darrin Betherd (Clinton) major dec. Kuinton Middugh, 17-4; 120 \u2014 Evan Sander (Clinton) won by forfeit; 126 \u2014 Isaac Larkin (Clinton) won by forfeit; 132 \u2014 Kyle Guilliams (Clinton) major dec. Bryan O\u2019Neill, 18-5; 138 \u2014 Nigelle Whitaker (Clinton) won by forfeit; 145 \u2014 Jess Chapman (Clinton) pinned Takpor Tiah, 0:26; 152 \u2014 Walker Chapman (Clinton) pinned Gavyn Ashley, 1:37; 160 \u2014 Clem Butler (Clinton) pinned Carter Oldfield, 1:17.

North Scott 76, Muscatine 0

182 \u2014 Triston Richardson (NS) dec. Garrett Brunson, 7-0; 195 \u2014 Zach Petersen (NS) pinned Colten Hake, 0:40; 220 \u2014 Wyatt Wriedt (NS) pinned Dalton Sell, 1:17; 285 \u2014 Cole Ernst (NS) pinned Nolan Bell, 3:34; 106 \u2014 Cael Bredar (NS) won by forfeit; 113 \u2014 Jacob Schipper (NS) won by forfeit; 120 \u2014 Riley Thomas (NS) won by forfeit; 126 \u2014 Caleb McCabe (NS) won by forfeit; 132 \u2014 Mikey Wheeler (NS) pinned Bryan O\u2019Neill, 1:44; 138 \u2014 Collin Lewis (NS) won by forfeit; 145 \u2014 Jake Matthaidess (NS) pinned Takpor Tiah, 2:42; 152 \u2014 Drake Golinghorst (NS) pinned Gavyn Ashley, 0:44; 160 \u2014 Avion Lard (NS) major dec. Carter Oldfield, 17-8; 170 \u2014 Jonathan Wolbert (NS) dec. David Cardoza, 5-2.

Cascade 48, Durant 0

138: John Gadient (Cascade) by forfeit. 145: Garron Barber (Cascade) by forfeit. 160: Cain Hoffman (Cascade) by forfeit. 182: Zach Ries (Cascade) by forfeit. 285: Paine DeLarm (Cascade) inj. Def. Mason Bird. 113: Nolan Noonan (Cascade) pinned Gage Finke, 0:36. 120: Connor Conlin (Cascade) by forfeit. 132: Derick Koppes (Cascade pinned DJ Stewart, 2:40.

Tipton 66, Durant 9

132: DJ Stewart (Durant) dec. Chance Koch, 15-14. 138: Gavin Belitz (Tipton) by forfeit. 145: Justin McAtee (Tipton) by forfeit. 152: Lucas Barnum (Tipton) by forfeit. 160: Keith Penningroth (Tipton) by forfeit. 170: Isak Skei (Tipton) by forfeit. 195: Zach Jones (Tipton) by forfeit. 220: Logan Schroeder, (Tipton) by forfeit. 285: Mason Bird (Durant) by forfeit. 106: Brendan Nantz (Tipton) by forfeit. 113: Austin Lenz (Tipton) pinned Gage Finke, 0:28. 120: Ben Emrich (Tipton) by forfeit. 126: John Crowley (Tipton) by forfeit.

New London 40, Columbus Community 18

170: Morrison Tucker (Columbus Community) pinned Gavin Holmes, 1:00. 182: Jaxon Allen (New London) by forfeit. 106: Jared Kadel (Columbus Community) by forfeit. 113: Samuel Loyd (New London) pinned Chase Wheeler, 0:23. 120: Kohlton Hank (New London) pinned Jesus Jimenez, 1:01. 126: Armando Quirox (Columbus Community) dec. Gabe Carter, 8-3. 132: Julian Wikoff (New London) pinned Jose Cerezo, 3:20. 138: Javis Krieger (New London) maj. Dec. Felix Solis, 16-4. 145: Piper Juanito (Columbus Community) dec. Tyler Stevenson, 4-2. 152: Reno Chiri (New London) pinned Robert Loveless, 0:23. 160: Cameron Raines (New London) pinned Noah Freeman 4:24.

WACO 42, Columbus Community 40

195: Isaiah Johnson (WACO) by forfeit. 220: Kade McKinney (WACO) by forfeit. 285: Cody Crawford (WACO) by forfeit. 106: Elizabeth Amigon (Columbus Community) by forfeit. 113: Jared Kadel (Columbus Community) pinned Scott Christofferson, 1:39. 120: Jaden Williams (WACO) pinned Jesus Jimenez, 4:55. 126: Armando Quiroz (Columbus Community) pinned Robert Frazer, 1:06. 132: Jose Cerezo (Columbus Community) pinned Jalen Collins, 4:33. 138: Piper Juanito (Columbus Community) maj. Dec. Chase Hesseltine, 19-8. 145: Felix Solis (Columbus Community) pinned Joey Collier, 0:48. 152: Hunter Donaldson (WACO) pinned Robert Loveless, 0:19. 160: Michael Arbogast (WACO) pinned Noah Freeman, 0:46. 170: Morrison Tucker (Columbus Community) pinned Adrian Unternahrer, 0:46. 182: Tim Ackles (WACO) by forfeit.

West Liberty 63, Regina 18

182: Mason Simpson (Regina) pinned Jackson Gingerick, 3:55. 195: Bryce Esmoil (West Liberty) maj. Dec. Rowan Udell, 12-3. 220: Martinez Ramon (West Liberty) pinned Russell Hingst, 0:38. 285: Jared Brinkman (Regina) pinned Andy Lopez, 0:28. 106: Will Esmoil (West Liberty) by forfeit. 113: Talen Dengler (West Liberty) pinned Henry May, 0:46. 120: Zack Seering (West Liberty) by forfeit. 126: Coy Ruess (West Liberty) pinned Scott Blondin, 1:28. 132: Noah Bierman (West Liberty) tech. fall Tanner Rois, 17-1. 138: Justis Dengler (West Liberty) by forfeit. 145: Austin Beaver (West Liberty) pinned Will Bobst, 0:39. 152: Joe Kelly (West Liberty) by forfeit. 160: AJ Lenz (West Liberty) by forfeit. 170: Nick Milder (Regina) pinned Joe Baker, 4:00

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WAPELLO\u00a0\u2014 Calling someone a young blood can have a negative connotation to it, but that hasn't been the case for several area wrestling teams so far this season.

In fact, the infusion of young talent has made them even better.

Among the youngsters already standing out this season is Wapello's Dan Meeker, who has started his high school career 7-0 at 106 pounds for the Indians.

He's been impressive in his undefeated start, too, winning twice by pinfall, once by tech fall, once by major decision and via a 9-1 decision to capture the title at last Saturday's Willard Howell Invitational in Wapello.

\u201cDan had a really, really good day. He\u2019s always been good. He\u2019s placed in the little kids and all that stuff and had some success,\u201d Wapello coach Rocky Hamilton said after his team finished second at its home tournament Saturday. \u201cSome mistakes he\u2019s had when he was younger, we\u2019ve fixed in just the first two weeks. He dominated, and he\u2019s not the biggest 106-pounder out there.\u201d

Meeker's far from the only underclassmen to showcase his skills during the first two weeks of the season. He's joined by fellow freshmen Chase Kruse of Louisa-Muscatine and Will Esmoil of West Liberty and Columbus Community sophomore Jared Kadel.

Esmoil, who's ranked No. 6 in Class 2A at 106, is off to a 10-1 start, including finishing fifth at last Saturday's Keith Young Invitational in Cedar Falls, a tournament featuring five of the top eight teams in 3A.

For Columbus, Kadel, who's No. 9 at 106 in 2A, has started 7-2, including finishing fourth at last weekend's 25-team Independence Invite.\u00a0

Finally, Kruse is one of several underclassmen who have stepped in to propel the Falcons to a strong dual start, starting his season 5-1 at 120. Thanks, in part, to the efforts of the underclassmen, the Falcons are off to a 3-0 dual start, joining the Comets, Wildcats and Indians as teams seeing production from the young bloods.

In Wapello's case, that's important with just eight varsity wrestlers, led by a five-man senior class.

\u201cWe got a really close team. They really stick close together, (from) freshman, sophomore all the way to seniors. I\u2019m heavy in the senior class, but they stick together,\u201d Hamilton said Saturday. \u201cIt\u2019s more like a family than anything. Kids don\u2019t have their own agendas, everybody is cohesive. That\u2019s where the success comes from.\"

STANDING OUT: The area has no shortage of standout scorers during the first week of the boys basketball season, though one continues to stand out.

At the biggest stage, Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp is the second-leading scorer in Class 4A. The Muskie junior is averaging 28.0 points per game through three games while shooting 60 percent from the field.

Wieskamp is at 989 points for his career, with the likelihood high that he'll become the school's third 1,000-point scorer on Friday night at Davenport Central. He is 77 points away from breaking Josh Miller's career scoring record of 1,066 points.

BIG THREE: The Wapello girls basketball team has started its season with a proverbial big three on the offensive end of the floor, with their top three scorers accounting for 62 percent of its scoring through three games.

Freshman Eryka Dickey leads the way on offense for Wapello (2-2, 2-2 SEISC North) by averaging 11.5 points per game. Dickey is followed closely by Tiffany Parsons\u2019 9.8 scoring average and Karlee Carey, who is averaging 9.0 points per game.

The trio also lead the team in rebounds (Carey), assists (Parsons) and steals (Parsons, tied with Kirstyn Hank).

RANKED WRESTLERS: The West Liberty wrestling team paces a group of 11 area grapplers that among the top 10 in their respective classes, as ranked by The Predicament.

Joining Will Esmoil as a ranked Comets wrestler are juniors Joe Kelly and Bryce Esmoil. Kelly is the top-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds in Class 2A, while Bryce Esmoil is No. 1 at 195.\u00a0 In addition to Columbus' Kadel being ranked in 2A, Wildcats teammate Tucker Morrison is No. 3 at 170.

In 1A, Wilton's Trey Brisker is No. 2 at 145 in 1A, with teammate Bryce Oveson No. 3 at 182. Wapello's Devon Meeker is No. 2 at 113, while Indians teammate Rogan Pforts is No. 4 at 160. Louisa-Muscatine's Austin Leopard is ranked fourth at 132, and L-M teammate Hunter Connor is No. 8 at 182.

ROLLING SMOOTH: Area bowlers have already placed themselves amongst the best in the state early this season.

Louisa-Muscatine's Brock Hahn and Muscatine's Tyler Harris are seventh and eighth, respectively, 241.5 and 240.3 pins per game averages. Harris has bowled the third-best two-games series, 524, this season.

On the girls side, Muscatine's Ragan Carey has the second-best game average, 224, in the state. Carey's 299 game is the highest recorded this season. L-M's Shadyn Bishop has the seventh-best average, 210.5.

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Muscatine (2-1, 0-0) at Davenport Central (1-1, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Davenport Central High School

Twitter: Follow the Quad-City Times' Steve Batterson, @sbatt79

Muscatine's top players: Joe Wieskamp, jr. (28.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2 apg); Jake Mussehl, sr. (13 ppg, 6.7 rpg)

Central's top players: Ray Miller, sr. (27.0 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4 spg, 6 rpg); Tyrique Vesey, sr. (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg); Tirique Randolph, sr. (11.5 pgg)

Need to know: The Muskies open Mississippi Athletic Conference play with a tough assignment: Ray Miller and Central. Miller and Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp are among the top three scorers in Class 4A, and both play a multitude of roles for their teams. The Blue Devils are a more experienced bunch, with Miller and Randolph the team's top two scorers last season. How well the Muskies defend on Friday night could be the difference. First-year coach Gary Belger, who earned his 600th career coaching victory in Tuesday's 60-33 victory over Washington, saw his team take strides defensively against the Demons. The Muskies will need to continue to do so against the Blue Devils, who edged the Muskies twice last season by a total of four points.

Muscatine coach Gary Belger:\u00a0\"We need to rebound. We need to execute with the ball. We got to play strong (with the ball). ... It helps a little bit for the fact we got a win (Tuesday) and we did a little better defensively. Part of that was effort. This is going to be different. (We're) playing away, playing a good team, playing the most aggressive team we'll see all year. ... We see some things [Miller] can do, and we see some ways we can slow down. He's going to be a challenge. Randolph is going to be a challenge. The other guys are athletic and quick to the basket. They're a hard matchup.\"

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