John Byers Invitational

Three Maquoketa Cardinal wrestlers — Abe Michel, Liam Aunan, and Taven Rich — came home from the John Byers Wrestling Invitational with individual titles Saturday, Jan. 25. 

Michel made quick work of his first two opponents with pins — his first pin took only 13 seconds and his second pin, 16. A major decision went his way, earning Michel first place in the 170-pound weight class. 

Aunan started the day with a bye in the semifinals, then recorded a fall in 1:43 to reach the championship match. Aunan won the match in a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Luke Giesemann of Bellevue. 

Rich also started his day with a bye in his first round. Rich recorded three falls on his way to the 285-pound championship. In his first match, he pinned Spencer Palm of Dubuque Senior in 1:20 and took down two more opponents in 50 seconds and 1:27, respectively. 

The Cardinals’ next meet is Thursday in Maquoketa. They travel to West Delaware for the WaMaC meet Saturday, Feb. 1.


106 Quarterfinals: Cade Meyer (Clayton Ridge) over Jade Armbruster (Maquoketa) (TF 17-0 2:00); Cons. Round 1 - Kellen Willis (Dubuque Senior) over Armbruster (Fall 2:20)

170 Quarterfinals: Abraham Michel (Maq) over Kaleb Westphal (Midland) (Fall 0:13); Semis: Michel over Richard Cribbs (Dubuque Senior) (Fall 0:16); 1st Place Match: Michel over Ty Schmidt (Northeast) (MD 11-1)

182 Quarterfinals: Liam Aunan (Maq) received a bye; Semis: Aunan over Cody Ploog (Northeast) (Fall 1:43); 1st Place Match: Aunan over Luke Giesemann (Bellevue) (Dec 3-1)

120 Quarterfinals: Drew Wolfe (Southeast Polk) over Levi Livermore (Maq) (Dec 12-6); Cons. Round 1: Livermore (Maq) over Dustyn Talbot (Bellevue) (MD 8-0); Cons. Semis: Ethan Gast (Durant) over Livermore (Fall 3:12); 5th Place Match: Livermore over Tysen Folk (Dubuque Senior) (Fall 1:25)

160 Champ. Round 1: Jack Bowman (Maq) received a bye; Quarterfinals: Caleb Ealey (Wapello) Bowman (Fall 1:06); Cons. Round 2: Bowman received a bye; Cons. Round 3: Jayden Keane (Bellevue) over Bowman (Fall 4:00) 

160 Round 1: Jaycob Thompson (Maq) received a bye; Quarterfinals: Aidan Udell (Iowa City Regina) over Thompson (Fall 2:45); Cons. Round 2: Thompson received a bye; Cons. Round 3: Thompson over Will Freeman (Iowa City Regina) (Fall 0:20); Cons. Semis: Caleb Ealey (Wapello) over Thompson (Maq) (Fall 2:35); 5th Place Match Thompson over Jayden Keane (Bellevue) (Fall 0:24)

132 Quarterfinals: Sean Nugent (Iowa City Regina) over Ivan Martin (Maq) (TB-1 2-1); Cons. Round 1: Ivan Martin received a bye; Cons. Semis: Martin over Jeremiah Sauser (Bellevue) (Fall 4:00); 3rd Place Match: Brandon Hall (Southeast Polk) over Martin (MD 4-6)

152 Quarterfinals: Carson Hunter (Midland) over Jacob Pawlowski (Maq) (Fall 1:09); Cons. Round 1: Pawlowski over Patrick Ford (Dubuque Senior) (Dec 9-2); Cons. Semis: Evan Ross (Wapello) over Pawlowski (Fall 1:05); 5th Place Match: Hunter (Midland) over Pawlowski (Fall 1:14)

138 Champ. Round 1: Caleb Sodergren (Southeast Polk) over Payton Schueller (Maq) (Fall 3:28); Cons. Round 1: Schueller received a bye; Cons. Round 2: Schueller over Luke Busch (Dubuque Senior) (MD 8-0); Cons. Round 3: Schueller over Nathan Moomey (Durant) (M. For.); Cons. Semis: Sodergren (Southeast Polk) over Schueller (Fall 2:52); 5th Place Match:  Schueller over Sam Aitchison (Iowa City Regina) (Fall 1:04)

285 Champ. Round 1: Taven Rich (Maq) received a bye; Quarterfinals: Rich over Spencer Palm (Dubuque Senior) (Fall 1:20); Semifinals: Rich over Jack Wilty (Southeast Polk) (Fall 0:50); 1st Place Match: Rich over Peyton McLane (Northeast) (Fall 1:27)

220 Round 1: Dawson Ross (Southeast Polk) over Lane Stender (Maq) (Dec 12-6); Round 3: Achilles Solomon (Maq) over Stender (Dec 6-3);

220 Round 2 - Dawson Ross (Southeast Polk) over Achilles Solomon (Maq) (Fall 1:12); Round 3: Achilles Solomon over Lane Stender (Maq) (Dec 6-3)