New Hampton wrestling

New Hampton’s Keaton Geerts takes down Independence’s Tanner Erickson-Dale on his way to a technical fall in a 138-pound semifinal match at Saturday’s district meet.
In the toughest district in the state, six had to be enough for the New Hampton wrestling team on Saturday.  That’s the number of Chickasaws who advanced out of the Class 2A district tournament in Decorah as New Hampton crowned five champions and sent one runner-up to this week’s traditional state...
New Hampton’s Drew Boeding turns Algona’s Mitchell’s Priebe during the Class 2A regional dual tournament the Chickasaws won Tuesday night.
Drew Boeding looked around the gym one last time and flashed a big smile.  “To end it like this at home — both as a team and for me individually — it can’t get much better than that,” the New Hampton senior said after New Hampton crushed the field in Tuesday night’s regional duals.  “I loved the...
New Hampton may get a shot at revenge tonight at the Class 2A regional duals, thanks to the pairings put out by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.  The top-ranked Chickasaws, who are 25-2 and unbeaten against Class 2A competition this season, will host Osage in a regional semifinal meet on...
New Hampton’s Dylan Robinson puts Crestwood’s Matthew Slifka on his back during a 106-pound semifinal match at Saturday’s Class 2A sectional tournament.
Here’s a simple math equation that may sum up just how high the expectations are for the New Hampton wrestling team:   A Class 2A sectional team title + eight district qualifiers = a somewhat disappointing day.  Yet, one of those district qualifiers may have summed it up perfectly late Saturday...
The road to Des Moines begins Saturday for area wrestlers as they hit the mats for sectional meets that will not only decide which individuals will move onto districts but what teams will keep their dual seasons alive.  Class 2A top-ranked New Hampton will host a sectional while Turkey Valley will...
New Hampton’s Noah Fye puts Waverly-Shell Rock Ian Heise on his back during a 132-pound semifinal match at the Northeast Iowa Conference tournament on Saturday.
Twenty-four hours after New Hampton came up short in ending Waverly-Shell Rock’s dominance at the Northeast Iowa Conference tournament, the results still stung.  “I’m not going to lie,” Chickasaw senior Ryan Gorman said Sunday night, “we wanted this really bad. To not get it done, is going to hurt...
Max Babcock is one of the wrestlers on a highly successful New Hampton team this year.
To say it’s been a long time since New Hampton won a Northeast Iowa Conference wrestling tournament would be an understatement.  Let’s face it, 2004 was a long time ago; in fact, the seniors on this year’s team were preschoolers the last time New Hampton hoisted the hardware at the NEIC.  So the...
New Hampton’s Ryan Gorman lifts Decorah’s Andy Murphy high off the mat  during Thursday night’s triangular.
Nick Hemann admitted his emotions got the best of him Thursday night.  Yes, there’s plenty of wrestling still to be done this season, but when New Hampton hosted Decorah and Osage in a triangular that night, it was, in some ways, a goodbye to eight seniors who mean so much to the Chickasaw...
New Hampton’s Keaton Geerts battles Fort Dodge’s Triston Lara in a battle of top-ranked wrestlers.
Keaton Geerts knew he had to be more aggressive in “the rematch.”  He was, he won and the victory — along with a late New Hampton run — propelled the Chickasaws to the team title at the J-Hawk Invitational in Cedar Rapids Saturday.  In a tournament, though, that featured scores of matches, the one...
New Hampton junior Michael Millage  pins Dike-New Hartford’s Reece Roberts in his first varsity meet as a Chickasaw during the Battle of the West that was held Thursday night in UNI’s West Gym.
The event was billed as the “Best of the West,” and when it was over, there was little arguing about which team was the finest.  New Hampton rolled to three dual wins over ranked opponents — beating Dike-New Hartford 63-18, pulling away from Denver-Tripoli 49-21 and routing Wapsie Valley 59-9 — at...

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