Rams Gear Up for Conference Tournament

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    The wrestling team has wrapped up its regular season schedule and now prepares for the postseason. The Rams finished with an overall dual record of 16-3 and 8-2 in the Hawkeye Ten. Those eight wins were good enough to put the Rams in third place in the conference standings behind Creston and Atlantic, who shared a conference dual title.

    While a dual season championship was a goal that head coach Brad Asche and his Rams had a the beginning of the year, they are putting the third place finish behind them and looking forward to the weeks ahead.

    “We let the conference dual title slip from our fingertips, but we can still get the tournament this weekend if we are focused and are wrestling well,” said Asche.

    Asche’s squad is ranked fifth among Class 3A tournament teams by IAWrestle.com, something that gives them confidence headed into the final stretch of the year.

    “It would be nice to send this group into the postseason with a conference title. We are very capable of doing it, but they have to be ready to go,” he said.

    The Rams currently have five ranked wrestlers in the lineup, which attributes to Glenwood’s solid chances of bringing home hardware over the next few weeks. Those ranked wrestlers include senior Trevor Anderson (2nd, 145 pounds), junior Brett Mower (10th, 160), senior Anthony Sherry (2nd, 182), senior Isaac Bales (4th, 220) and senior Caleb Sanders (1st, 285).

    Coming off the regular season with a 30-13 record, Mower said he used the last few meets to prepare for the rapidly-approaching postseason.

    “I feel pretty good about these last few weeks,” said Mower. “It’s kind of the last few matches that don’t really matter, so it’s good to get out there and try things and zone in on what you're trying to do during the postseason tournaments.”

Mower made it clear what his goals are for this weekend.

    “Every tournament I go to’ I expect to win, and the Hawkeye Ten tourney is no different,” Mower said. “As for the bracket, I think I have some good competition so it should be a good one to have before districts.”

    There will be a few weight classes that stand out on the lineup Saturday. The 145 pound class will feature three ranked wrestlers in Glenwood’s Trevor Anderson (3A No. 2), Lewis Central’s Gabe Kjeldgaard (3A No. 7) and Creston’s Mitchel Swank (2A No. 4).

    At 285 pounds, it seems as if Glenwood’s Caleb Sanders (3A No. 1) and Atlantic’s John McConkey (2A No. 1) are primed for a final showdown. The two nationally ranked wrestlers have already put on some classic matches this season, and will look to battle for a conference title tomorrow night in what will likely be the marquee match of the day. McConkey leads the season series 2-1.

    Asche said that Anderson and Sanders, two of his most experienced wrestlers, will be up for the challenge come Saturday.

    They are at tough weights and each one has a target on their backs from the successful season they've had,” said Asche. “The expectation is for them to go out there and perform. That's what they do the best, they need to just go out and have some fun.”

    The Hawkeye Ten conference wrestling tournament will be held at Lewis Central High School Saturday, January 27.