CLARENCE — Though not large in number, the Northeast wrestling team made an impact at Saturday’s North Cedar Invitational.
Competing in five weights, the Rebels produced a champion, two runners-up and a third-place finisher to finish seventh at the meet with 76 points.
Senior Ty Schmidt led the way for Northeast, earning a championship at 170 pounds.
The top seed at the weight, Schmidt earned a bye to the semifinals and then used three early takedowns to punch his ticket to the final with a 9-4 decision over Belle Plaine’s Connor Timm.
Schmidt’s championship match with New London’s Currey Jacobs packed plenty of excitement.
Jacobs led 2-1 after a period, but an escape and a takedown put Schmidt in front 4-2.
Jacobs came back with a reversal and then followed a Schmidt escape with another takedown to retake the lead at 6-5.
A Jacobs escape made it 7-5, but Schmidt tied things up with a takedown and then followed an escape by taking down Jacobs again for the winning points in a 9-8 victory.
Junior Jace Rathje and senior Peyton McLane added second-place finishes.
Rathje pinned his way to the final at 132 pounds, dispatching both his quarterfinal and semifinal opponents in the first period (in 1:13 and 1:55, respectively) before falling to North Linn’s Blaine Baumgartner in the championship match.
Like Schmidt, McLane earned byes until the semifinal round at 285 pounds where he pinned his opponent in just 56 seconds.
Things were tight in the final. New London’s Owen Reed used an escape and a takedown in the second period to build a 3-0 lead.
McLane, though, got a point back with his own escape in the second period and then opened the third period with another escape to pull within one.
That score held the rest of the way, though, in Reed’s 3-2 victory.
Senior Cody Ploog was third at 182 pounds. Competing in a round robin format, Ploog earned a 10-5 decision over Highland’s Cael Yeggy, but fell in his matches with champion Chase Wickwire of Belle Plaine and runner-up Dylan Grage of Durant.
Maclane Murrell also competed in a round-robin bracket at 152 pounds and finished fifth, while senior Kyle Beck joined McLane in the 285-pound bracket and finished sixth overall.
The meet came two days after the Rebels took part in a quadrangular hosted by Tipton.
Northeast won four bouts against Anamosa.
Rathje made quick work with a fall in 18 seconds, while Ploog had an escape and takedown in every period of a 9-4 victory by decision.
Murrell and McLane, meanwhile, added forfeits.
McLane added a pin in 2:57 during the Rebels’ dual with West Liberty.
Schmidt also won by fall against the Comets — earning the pin in 3:21 — while Ploog used a late reversal to collect a 4-2 win.
Northeast produced two pins against the hosting Tigers.
Schmidt earned his just before the conclusion of the first period (1:55), while Rathje, already up 9-0, finished his bout with Colin Nash with a fall in 4:55.