Six in finals help Big Reds pile up points at John J. Harris Invitational

CORNING, Iowa — Missouri Valley didn’t need a reminder of what it would be up against this weekend.

Between back-to-back fourth-place finishes and John J. Harris Invitational’s reputation, the Big Reds were well aware of how hard it is to win at Southwest Valley’s tournament.

But none of that fazed them.

They entered the two-day event like it was any other tourney, and came away with a dominant victory.

After building a 24-point lead Friday, the Big Reds widened the gap to 65 Saturday, topping the 23-team field with 230.5 points and capturing the Harris title for the first time in tournament’s 63 years.

Creston/Orient-Macksburg was runner-up with 165 points, and Atlantic/CAM had 163.5.

“I knew we could do that,” said Missouri Valley senior Nathan Haynes. “There was no doubt in my mind, with the team that we have set up. All of the kids on our team are willing to go out there and definitely put it all on the line, so coming out with that many points really wasn’t a big surprise.”

Out of the 14 weight classes, the Big Reds earned 11 medals, pushed six representatives to the finals and finished with a trio of champions.

Nathan Haynes (170), Tom Rief (220) and Skeeter Bostwick (152) all finished on the top of the podium while Connor Lange (138), Duke Kyle (145) and Arron Olson (285) were second.

In addition to a third-place finish for Nick Haynes at 182, Trevor Whited (195) placed fourth and Sam Kyle (113), Zayne Carrier (120) and Quentin Vogel (126) all battled to fifth.

Bostwick (1-A No. ) pinned Red Oak’s Justin McCunn with nine seconds left in the second period of the 152-pound final. Two matches later, Haynes (1-A No. 2) delivered a 12-4 major decision over Panorama’s Gunnar Grunsted (1-A No. 6).

It was Haynes’ first six-minute match since the CB Classic.

“I was really looking forward to that match,” said Haynes, who tallied the 200th win of his career earlier in the day. “I was excited to see how I reacted and if I could keep my pace up for the whole match.”

Rief provided a slew of the tournament’s most impressive performances while racking up a three technical falls en route to the 220-pound title and improving to 41-1. The last victory for the top-ranked 220-pounder in Class 1-A was a 19-4 techincal fall over Bedford/Lenox’s Chance Strough (1A No. 8).

“He is dominating,” Missouri Valley coach Keefer Jensen. “He is a machine right now.”

Championship round — 106: Bryce Shaha, MA, dec. Joe Weaver, A-CAM, 12-7. 113: Wyatt Dale, CD, major dec. Kaden Bolton, Creston, 12-2. 120: Bryce Hatten, Winterset, major dec. Blaine Beeler, AC/GC, 10-0. 126: Kole Hansen, A-CAM, dec. Teagan Lundquist, SWV, 7-3. 132: Gabe Ruepke, Chariton, dec. Chase McLaren, A-CAM, 6-2. 138: Austin Gutknecht, Clarinda, dec. Connor Lange, MV, 6-5. 145: Mitchel Swank, C/O-M, pinned Duke Kyle, MV, 3:52. 152: Skeeter Bostwick, MV, pinned Justin McCunn, RO, 1:51. 160: Hunter Cobb, Wayne, pinned Marcus Daughton, MA, 3:13. 170: Nathan Haynes, MV, major dec. Gunnar Grunsted, Panorama, 12-4. 182: Derek Venteicher, Bedford/Lenox, dec. Nick Dickerson, Shen, 6-4. 195: Dalton Holmes, Panorama, dec. Brenden Christensen, 6-1. 220: Tom Rief, MV, tech. fall Chance Strough, B/L, 19-4. 285: John McConkey, A/CAM, pinned Arron Olson, MV, 1:34.

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