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home : sports : sports Friday, April 29, 2016

12/5/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central 195-pounder Jake Feldpausch crossfaces his Wilton opponent during the Sabers’ season-opening dual with the Beavers. Feldpausch went 5-0 at the Dick Mellinger Invitational on Saturday to bring home a championship as the Sabers finished third as a team for the second-straight year. Photo by Ross Eberhart
Sabers take third against strong field at Burlington

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

There was no shortage of tough competition for the Central wrestling team at the Dick Mellinger Invitational hosted by Burlington, Saturday afternoon.

Along with the hosting Greyhounds, who are ranked 10th in class 3A, the meet also featured the third-ranked team in class 2A, Mediapolis, as well as three other 3A teams - Ottumwa, Keokuk and Davenport North.

The Sabers, though, were ready for the test and performed well, crowning two champions and four runner-ups to take third at the round-robin tournament for a second-straight year with 205 points.

Mediapolis won its second-consecutive title at the meet with 304, while Burlington finished 29 points ahead of the Sabers to take second.

"This year's Mellinger was probably the toughest it has been in quite a few years," Central head coach Ed Vance said. "Mediapolis currently has seven ranked wrestlers and Burlington three, so we had a great opportunities to see where we were at against some pretty good competition.

"I was happy with the way we competed overall."

Leading the way for Central was senior Cameron Donovan, who repeated as a titlist at 220 pounds.

Donovan started his day with a bye in round one and then followed it up with an 8-1 decision over Keokuk's Trevor Roth.

The senior added two pins in rounds three (2:43 over Mediapolis' Mike Rubey) and four (just 27 seconds on Burlington's Kya Kearney) to set up a deciding match against Ottumwa's Conner Mier.

The match never made it the whole way through, however, as Mier was disqualified from the contest for giving Donovan a headbutt.

"Cam is just continuing to do what we expect out of him every match," Vance said. "Like Tom McClimon (who finished fifth at state in 2011), expect some close matches out of him, but he's a great competitor and finds ways to win."

Earning his own title just a weight below Donovan was his junior Jake Feldpausch.

The 195-pounder opened his day with a 14-4 major decision over Landon Summers of Burlington and then followed it up with a 10-3 victory over eventual runner-up Ethan Timmerman of Mediapolis.

The remainder of Feldpausch's matches never made the full six minutes as the junior earned falls in 1:34, 1:29 and 5:09 during rounds three, four and five respectively to earn his title.

"At 195, Jake is probably one of the strongest and quickest wrestlers out there and he's really using these skills to his advantage," Vance said. "He's doing a much better job of staying in good position and forcing his opponents out of it."

Putting forth his own impressive day at 160 pounds was senior Greyson Doolittle, who picked up one of Central's four runner-ups.

Taking part in one of the toughest weights of the tournament, Doolittle won his first match by fall in 3:00 before falling by an 8-2 decision to Burlington's Dalton Witte, who is ranked second in class 3A.

Doolittle's next opponent, Blake Beckman, was not much easier as he is ranked fifth in class 2A, but the Saber senior took it right to his Mediapolis foe, picking up an impressive 11-2 major decision.

"There was a turning point in the match, early in the second period, when Greyson really cranked it up and won the mental battle in this match," Vance said of Doolitte's battle with Beckman. "After that, he just kept pouring it on and it really was a dominant performance, one that we may need again later in the season at districts."

Adding runner-up finishes of their own were senior Nick Woodford, sophomore Walker Wegener and junior Drew Schroeder.

Woodford went 4-1 on his day with three falls (two of them coming in the first period) and an 8-1 decision.

"Nick picked up four nice wins on the day and is really starting to look good on his feet," Vance said.

Wegener added three falls of his own (including one just 10 seconds into the second period) to go with a bye.

"Walker also had a nice day," Vance said of Wegener, whose only loss came to third-ranked Cole Erickson of Mediapolis. "In his last match (a pin in 4:48 over Burlington's Garrett Grimshaw), he was in a back-and-forth brawl until he got a cradle locked up and got the fall."

Schroeder's lone blemish also came against a highly-ranked Mediapolis opponent (second-ranked Adam Drain), as the 170-pounder picked up a fall in 1:20, a major decision, a decision and a bye on his way to second.

"Drew had a nice day and for the second-straight year finished as runner-up," Vance said. "When he opens up his offense, he is very effective and he is starting to believe in that more and more every match."

Three Sabers - 106-pounder Bryant Woodford, 138-pounder Emmitt Enyeart and 285-pounder Riley McDowell - all earned thirds with senior Brice Bowen adding a fourth at 152 pounds and Ryeland Doolittle and Mason Cousins wrapping things up with fifth-place finishes.


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