WILTON - Using the same formula that worked so well last season, the Anamosa girls wrestling team continues to make consistent strides and continues to see positive results, and plenty more came during an outstanding effort at the Wilton tournament Saturday, Dec. 19.
Cali Koppes and Maddy Meeker claimed titles for the Raiders while Starr Kirk, Maggie Wagner, Emily Watters, Ava Scranton and Kaylee Meier all scored runner-up finishes as combined the Anamosa girls turned in one of the tournament’s top overall team performances.
Koppes was completely dominant posting a perfect 3-0 record on the day with all three wins coming via the pin over North Scott’s Avala Faber (2:37), Bettendorf’s Isabelle Johnson (53-seconds) and Highland’s Angelina Roling.
Meeker brought more of the same to the mat for the Raiders opening with a medical forfeit win over Solon’s Lauren Bevans before pinning North Scott’s Nora Glover (34-seconds) and Mid-Prairie’s Ellie Brenneman (1:53).
“Cali pinned her way to first place at Wilton,” said Raider wrestling coach Shania DeShaw. “She had a few girls we haven’t wrestled before and she did really well. Maddy won her first tournament title and showed up ready to wrestle in Wilton.”
Kirk tallied a 2-1 record on the day opening with a 15-2 major decision over Mount Pleasant’s Ella McNamee before being handed her lone loss, a 31-second pin setback against North Cedar’s Adison Musser. Kirk bounced back quickly however pinning Highland’s Mackenzie McFarland in a mere 1:43.
Wagner opened her tournament with back-to-back pins over Solon’s Bella Feaker (2:18) and North Scott’s Lily McDonald (5:19) before being handed a 1:52 pin loss at the hands of Wilton’s Hannah Rogers.
Watters also started her day with a pair of pin wins against North Scott’s Anna Nichols (16-seconds) and West Liberty’s Laney Esmoil (5:21) before being dropping a pin setback against Bettendorf’s Alexys Petersen (53-seconds).
Scranton, like her other teammates went 2-0 to start her tournament with pins over Highland’s Maddie Peiffer (2:40) and North Scott’s Greta Baker (1:13). In the final Scranton was handed a 5:44 pin loss against English Valleys’ Nevaeh Briggs.
In a two-wrestler bracket, Meier pinned Muscatine’s Bayleye Hawkins in 4:34 to start the tournament before Hawkins came back and won the final two bouts 4-2 and 8-1 to take the title.
Maddy Fischer scored a third-place finish in Wilton opening her day with a 4:54 pin win over North Scott’s Rylee Daniels before being handed a pair of pin setbacks to end her tournament while Michaela Scranton scored fourth-place points for the Anamosa team going 0-3 on the day.
The Raider girls opened their week making a trip to Mid-Prairie Monday, Dec. 14, where Ava and Michaela Scranton as well as Meier all claimed titles posting perfect records.
Ava tallied a perfect 3-0 record picking up a pin win over Brenneman (1:05) while also adding decision triumphs over her own teammate Wagner (5-2) and Clear Creek-Amana’s Stormy Bauwens (11-6).
“Ava and Maggie ended up in the same bracket at Mid-Prairie,” DeShaw said. “It’s hard for me to watch matches when we wrestle each other. It makes it easier though, knowing the two are friends and support each other through it all.”
Michaela went 2-0 pinning Mid-Prairie’s Madison Kelly (1:11) and Clear Creek-Amana’s Lily Mosier (50-seconds).
Meier fought her way to a 6-1 decision over Hawkins to open her tournament before pinning the same Muscatine wrestler in the final (3:53).
Koppes, Kirk, Wagner, Meeker and Watters all scored second-place finishes in their respective brackets as all posted 2-1 records at the tournament while Koppes was third in her class also going 2-1 on the evening.
Fischer also took the mat for the Anamosa team in Mid-Prairie.
“Monday and Saturday were great days for our ladies,” DeShaw said. “They won a lot of matches and gained a lot of confidence. While we love to win, we also had some hard losses. The girls know that they learn the most from the matches they lose, so we turn every negative into a positive. We’re only about 2-3 weeks into our season and the ladies are already showing great progression.”