New Hampton wrestling

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...
New Hampton’s Mason Cleveland shows plenty of emotion after pinning Crestwood’s Kaden Anderlik during Thursday night’s triangular.
On a night when New Hampton all but wrapped up its second consecutive Northeast Iowa Conference dual meet championship, the signature moment may have come in meet the Chickasaws won 70-6.  That win over Crestwood and a 34-31 victory over Waverly-Shell Rock pushed the Chickasaws to 5-0 in NEIC duals...
New Hampton hosting a dual tournament in early January is nothing new.  Neither is the Chickasaws taking part in a quadrangular with Denver/Tripoli, Wapsie Valley and Dike-New Hartford.  Yet both events have something new attached to them this year as the Chickasaws will host the first ever Doc...
New Hampton’s Keegan Tenge puts the finishing touches on a pin of Charles City’s Dylan Koresh.
Keegan Tenge and his New Hampton wrestling teammates share one common bond with Chickasaw coach Nick Hemann.  They hate losing.  “But you know what, take away five or so matches, and I’m totally happy with this weekend,” Hemann said the day after his team finished third in the 32-team Battle of...
New Hampton’s Keaton Geerts, shown here working for a takedown in New Hampton’s season-opening meet with Independence, was one of five Chickasaws to wrestle in the finals at the Independence Invitational this weekend.
Yeah, New Hampton is pretty good at wrestling.  Just ask the other 24 teams that took part in the inaugural Independence Invitational Friday and Saturday.  Yet, Chickasaw coach Nick Hemann, as happy as he was with winning a team title, knows winning Indee can only be a stepping stone for his...

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