WATERLOO – Cedar Rapids Jefferson is off to a strong start.
The J-Hawks opened the season with two dual wins Thursday night, including a 37-19 victory over Iowa City West, which is eighth in Class 3A tournament rankings. Jefferson also topped Waterloo East, 72-3, in the triangular at East.
Jefferson, one of The Gazette’s area teams to watch this season, won nine matches, including pins from Brenden Baker (106), Tavian Rashed (145) and Dalton Kuehl at 220. Kyle Briggs added a major decision at 120 pounds.
The J-Hawks Josh Allen came out on top of a matchup between ranked wrestlers. Allen, ranked 10th at 182, dropped Micah Kelsay, who is ranked ninth at 220, recording a 15-9 decision at 195.
West, wrestling without fourth-ranked 113-pounder Tanner Rohweder and No. 6 Tristen Bowers at 138, won a contest of 2013 state medalists. Third-ranked 132-pounder Chris Walters, a 2012 state runner-up, posted a 15-7 major decision over No. 7 Michael Moncivais, who was sixth at state last season.
West defeated East, 68-3.
Jefferson will compete at the Keith Young Invitational in Cedar Falls on Saturday, while West travels to Gardner, Kan., for a tournament at Gardner-Edgerton High School.
C.R. Jefferson 37, Iowa City West 19
285: Aydan Wynos, ICW, pinned Michael Smith, CRJ, 4:42. 106: Brenden Baker, CRJ, pinned Alex Aguirre, ICW, 1:13. 113: Aaron Stumpf, ICW, dec. Seth Jellison, CRJ, 10-4. 120: Kyle Briggs, CRJ, maj. dec. Jasmine Bailey, ICW, 16-4. 126: Patrick Rashed, CRJ, dec. Jakeb Bakken, ICW, 13-10. 132: Chris Walters, ICW, maj. dec. Michael Moncivais, CRJ, 15-7. 138: Matt Culver, CRJ, dec. Sage Wisner, ICW, 6-2. 145: Tavian Rashed, CRJ, pinned Tyler Hebl, ICW, 1:49. 152: Kelly May, CRJ, dec. Nathan Kelsay, ICW, 5-1. 160: John Milani, ICW, dec. Nick Dreckman, CRJ, 9-3. 170: Luke Sedlacek, CRJ, dec. Jackson Voigt, ICW, 8-3. 182: Donovan Doyle, ICW, dec. Erik Hovey, CRJ, 7-4. 195: Josh Allen, CRJ, dec. Micah Kelsay, ICW, 15-9. 220: Dalton Kuehl, CRJ, pinned Mitch Yoerger, ICW, 2:16.
C.R. Jefferson 72, Waterloo East 3
113: Kyler Lowe, WAEA, dec. Seth Jellison, CRJ, 6-2. 120: Kyle Briggs, CRJ, pinned Skylar Laughlin, WAEA, 4:23. 126: Patrick Rashed, CRJ, pinned Nick Cary, WAEA, 0:49. 132: Dylan Pappas, CRJ, dec. Cody Sahr, WAEA, 5-2. 138: Matt Culver, CRJ, pinned Sam Mosley, WAEA, 1:43. 145: Tavian Rashed, CRJ, pinned Dalyne King, WAEA, 1:53. 152: Kelly May, CRJ, pinned Chase Pryor, WAEA, 0:29. 160: Luke Sedlacek, CRJ, pinned Jordan Evans, WAEA, 1:10. 170: Nick Dreckman, CRJ, dec. Quallan Phillips, WAEA, 12-5. 182: Erik Hovey, CRJ, pinned Eric Gleiter, WAEA, 3:14. 195: Josh Allen, CRJ, pinned Payne Niedert, WAEA, 0:07. 220: Dalton Kuehl, CRJ, pinned Nekema Carter, WAEA, 0:02. 285: Michael Smith, CRJ, pinned Omar Bagic, WAEA, 1:06. 106: Brenden Baker, CRJ, pinned Nathan Moritz, WAEA, 0:02.