Solon Junior Hoyle Survives Loaded Bracket to Win First WAMAC Title


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Conference wrestling meets have a way of turning into a war with each individual weight class its own separate battle.

In a loaded 182-pound bracket at Saturday’s WAMAC Conference meet in Maquoketa it was Solon junior Mike Hoyle that emerged as the last man standing.

Hoyle pinned a pair of ranked wrestlers on his way to the 182-pound title on Saturday lifting the Spartans to a runner-up team finish in the process.

Senior Tyler Linderbaum added an individual title at 285 pounds as Solon finished with 195 points, 19.5 back of team champion West Delaware.

Williamsburg was third with 180.5 points followed by Western Dubuque with 146.5 and Class 2A fifth-ranked South Tama with 142.

Clear Creek Amana had a trio of top-four finishers and placed 12th with 68.5 points, it’s highest point total ever at the WAMAC meet.

The seventh-ranked 182 pounder in Class 2A, Hoyle navigated a bracket with four other ranked wrestlers to earn his first WAMAC title.

Hoyle didn’t have a match go the distance on Saturday following a quarterfinal tech fall with back-to-back pins in the semifinals and finals.

Hoyle pinned sixth-ranked Dalton Rosenburg of South Tama in 5:02 in the semifinals and put fourth-ranked Western Dubuque junior Devin Ludwig on his back 34 seconds into the third period in the 182-pound title match.

Entering Saturday Hoyle was 0-3 on the season against Ludwig and Rosenburg, losing a pair of three-point decisions to Rosenburg and a 10-6 decision to Ludwig.
Hoyle reversed the trend in impressive fashion Saturday while improving to 36-7 on the season.

Linderbaum pinned his way to the 285-pound title to remain unbeaten on the season and claim his first WAMAC title.

The senior heavyweight pinned Mount Vernon senior Preston Schultz in 1:31 in the title match to improve to 29-0 on the season.

Solon got runner-up finishes from sophomore Zeb Gnida at 120 pounds, Jax Flynn at 160 and Zach Wegmann at 220.

Gnida (35-9) dropped a 7-2 decision to fifth-ranked Caleb Fuessley of Center Point-Urbana in the 120-pound title match while Flynn (29-13) was pinned by No. 4 Luke Hageman of Dyersville Beckman in the championship match.

Wegmann (31-9) dropped a 6-0 decision to No. 7 Hunter Crawford of Independence in the 220-pound championship match.

Clear Creek Amana got a third-place finish from sophomore Samual Stevens (31-13) at 113 pounds on its way to its second best WAMAC meet finish in program history.

Andrew Rohret (33-13) was fourth at 145 pounds and Tanner Cochran (33-11) was fourth at 220 for the Clippers.

WAMAC Conference Meet

Team scores – 1. West Delaware 214.5; 2. Solon 195; 3. Williamsburg 180.5; 4. Western Dubuque 146.5; 5. South Tama 142; 6. Independence 132.5; 7. Mount Vernon 119; 8. Vinton-Shellsburg 116; 9. Dyersville Beckman 115.5. 10. Central DeWitt 98; 11. Center Point-Urbana 75; 12. Clear Creek Amana 68.5; 13. Marion 58; 14. Anamosa 52; 15. Benton Community 39; 16. Maquoketa 36.

(Championship matches; Area placewinners)

106 – 1. Keaton Zeimet (CD) pinned Dawson Bierman (WD) 1:34

113 – 1. Grayson Kesterson (WB) dec. Ryan Clark (MV) 4-3; 3. Samual Stevens (CCA)

120 – 1. Caleb Fuessley (CPU) dec. Zeb Gnida (SOL) 7-2

126 – 1. Jalen Schropp (WB) dec. Morgan Rowley (ANA) 9-7; 4. Aidan Dall

132 – 1. Ryan Phillips (WD) injury default Brady Fritz (ST) 1:47; 5. Christian Haight (SOL)

138 – 1. Brock Radeke (V-S) dec. Matthew Doyle (IND) 7-2; 5. Andy Brokaw (SOL)

145 – 1. Colton Vest (ST) dec. Jake Recker (DB) 2-1 TB-1; 4. Andrew Rohret (CCA)

152 – 1. Isaac Judge (ST) pinned Mitchel Mangold (WD) 3:39; 4. Zack Bevans (SOL)

160 – 1. Luke Hageman (DB) pinned Jax Flynn (SOL) :45

170 – 1. Cole Davis (IND) dec. Evan Wulfekuhle (DB) 1-0; 7. Seamus Poynton (SOL)

182 – 1. Mike Hoyle (SOL) pinned Devin Ludwig (WDB) 4:34

195 – 1. Nick Smith (CD) dec. Harrison Goebel (WD) 5-2; 6. Adam Bock (SOL) 7. Spencer Beltz (CCA)

220 – 1. Hunter Crawford (IND) dec. Zach Wegmann (SOL) 6-0; 4. Tanner Cochran (CCA)

285 – 1. Tyler Linderbaum (SOL) pinned Preston Shultz (MV) 1:31