Mathis and Decker continue to win at John Byers Invitational

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


MFL MarMac wrestlers Holden Mathis and Karter Decker each picked up their fourth tournament championships of the season Jan. 21, at the John Byers Invitational at Midland.


Mathis, a junior wrestling at 132 pounds, won his first three matches by fall, before securing a 7-0 decision over Logan Christoffel of West Branch in the first-place bout.


After receiving a bye in the first round, Decker picked up quick pins in the quarter and semifinals. The senior took the top spot at 152 pounds with a fall in 4:24 against West Branch’s Cooper Gates. 


In addition to the win, Decker also had a school record-setting day with his 92nd career pin. The previous record of 91 was held by Brian Rodas.


Three Bulldog wrestlers—Keith Anderson, Bryce Radloff and Quinn McGeough—all placed second in their respective weight classes.


Anderson reached the 113-pound first-place match with a semifinal fall. In the finals, a pin by Monticello’s Jonah Luensman kept him off the top of the podium.


At 138 pounds, Radloff won his first two matches by fall, then eked out an 11-10 decision in the semifinals. North Linn’s Cael Bridgewater, who has just two losses this season, beat Radloff by technical fall in the first-place bout.


Similar to Radloff, the 160-pound McGeough won his first two matches by fall before closing out a 1-0 decision in the semifinals. The final match was another close one, but this time the sophomore came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 decision to Beau Healey of Dubuque Senior.


Two other Bulldogs wrestled in Saturday’s tournament, both at heavyweight. Will Howes placed sixth in the bracket, while Mason Overton did not place.


Despite having just seven participating wrestlers, MFL MarMac still came in fourth at the 17-team tournament with 131 points. Southeast Polk finished first with 156, followed by West Branch at 152 and Monticello 144.


This week, the Bulldogs will host a dual meet Jan. 24, then travel to the Upper Iowa Conference meet at Tripoli on Jan. 26.


MFL MarMac is 11th in the Class 1A IWCOA Dual Team Rankings. The team will compete in regional duals at Alburnett (#3) on Jan. 31. The winner of the MFL MarMac versus Jesup (#22) dual will face Alburnett for a chance to advance to state.

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