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By Alex Moen, City High senior
As the final seconds counted down to the end of the 8-7 match, lifting his opponent into the air, senior Amos Lavela slammed him to the mat, earning a pin and giving his team win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The City High wrestling team had several great comebacks during their matches as they pulled ahead of the Cougars and won, 42-39.
One of those comebacks arrived at 120 pounds. Senior Alex Lemus was able to get into a scramble situation and ended up on top with his opponents back to the mat.
“It was a really close match,” Lemus said, “but he just got kind of sloppy and I took advantage of it.”
After two quick pins at 220 by senior Matt Lee and heavyweight from junior Ryan Maas, the Little Hawks held a small lead.
“This season, (the wrestling team) have been a lot more focused on what we need to do,” Maas said after his two pins of the evening.
The final outcome of the night came down to the 195 pound match. Both wrestling teams surrounded the mat as Lavela tripped his opponent into a bear-hug like throw and pinned him in the third period of the match.
“It was very hard,” Lavela said gasping for air, but he did manage to smile for the camera at the end of the meet.
The Little Hawks’ first home duals are tonight, against C.R. Washington and Dubuque Hempstead, starting at 5:30 p.m.
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Keith Young Invitational
Senior Matt Lee and junior Ryan Maas competed in the prestigious Keith Young Invitational in Cedar Falls earlier this month.
With only two wrestlers competing, the Little Hawks score 46 points and place 15th,
“I am really happy with how I did,” Lee said. “I know I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m on the right track.”
Maas beat the second-ranked wrestler in the state to capture the championship title at 220 pounds. Lee beat the second-seeded wrestler in his bracket to advance to the semifinals, but ended up losing in the final round.
“Both of these wrestlers performed extremely well, and I am very proud of them” Coach Cory Connell said.