Senior Night Wrestling

by Nickolas Meinders

      The PCM Mustang wrestling team showed how dominant it could be in its senior night triangular on Jan. 10. PCM easily defeated South Hamilton and Greene County, scoring 69 to Greene County’s 12 and putting up 72 against South Hamilton’s three. Two of the Mustangs’ wrestlers achieved milestone moments during the duals. Senior Jarron Trausch gained his 150th career win and sophomore Payton Drake achieved his 100th career win. Trausch’s 150th win put him within six wins of tying the record for career wins at PCM. The team’s success could be partially accredited to seniors Trausch, Wes Cummings, Lucas Roland, as well as junior Jace Smith and sophomores Landon Fenton and Colby Tool for all finishing 2-0 with two pins during the triangular.

To start the triangular South Hamilton and Greene County faced off, the dual ended in Green County’s favor 42-39. Up next was the face-off between Greene County and PCM. PCM unleashed its might against the Rams and collected eight pins and three forfeits. The Mustang’s efforts were good enough to take a hold of the score 69-12.

PCM’s next opponent would be the South Hamilton Hawks. The Mustangs dominate fashion carried over from their first dual. South Hamilton only gained three points in the dual, the points came from the 220-pound match where junior Seth Greiner fell to South Hamilton’s Colton Willis. Also during this dual, Drake earned his 100th win after taking a forfeit in the Greene County dual before.

The PCM wrestling team’s next opportunity to dominate will be tonight, Jan. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in a dual against the Saydel Eagles at Saydel high school. 8

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Mustangs split wins with Cubs

by Reed Worth

      On Friday, December 14, the PCM boys and girls basketball teams traveled up to Nevada. The girls came into the game with a 3-4 record and the boys came in with a 3-2 record. Both teams were looking to put another win on their records.

The girls started off a bit slow, only scoring nine points in the first half. They started the second half only down ten. With a lot of shots not falling for the girls, it was tough for a second-half comeback. The girls added 20 points to their first-half total, led by junior Regan Freland with 15 points, but it wasn’t enough. The Cubs just kept their distance and held off the Mustangs. The PCM girls eventually fell to the Cubs 41-29.

The PCM boys came into the game looking to keep their momentum going from their last win over Greene County. The boys came out hot, making shot after shot. They ended the first half on top by seventeen points. Coming out of the first half, the shots continued to fall. The boys kept the train rolling and cruised to the victory. Four of the five starters were in double figures for scoring. The boys were led by seniors Reed Worth with twenty-three points and Andrew Van Ryswyk with fourteen points. The other two in double figures were juniors Jason Stafford with twelve points and Derek Brown with fourteen points. The PCM boys won 75-54 over the Cubs.

Mustangs clobber Rams

by Gabe Steenhoek

The PCM Mustangs basketball teams hosted the Rams of Greene County on Tuesday, December 11. Both the PCM girls and boys teams completely dominated their opposition. Neither the boys or girls of Greene County could stop the explosive offenses of the Mustangs.

First up for the night was the girls game. The Mustangs came into the game very confident, their opponent had yet to win a game this year, and PCM did not want to break that streak. The Mustangs did not disappoint, racking up 39 points in the first half to lead the Rams 39 – 9. The second half was all the same with the Mustang defense shutting down Greene County while their offense piled on the points. The final score of this blowout was 53 – 25.

Offensively the Mustangs put up some impressive numbers. Senior Camryn Wignall led PCM with 15 points. Wignall also managed to snag five rebounds, six assists, and six steals. Junior Regan Freland had 13 points and sophomore Lilli Baird had 12. Sophomore Celeste Wagaman also had herself a nice night with a career-high of eight points. The Mustangs improved their record to 3 – 5.

The PCM boys jogged into the gym hoping to ride the momentum of the previous game. The Mustang offensive came right out of the gate firing on all cylinders. They led the Rams 43 – 21 at the half. The second half was a similar show to the first. The Rams never could get their offense going and the Mustangs couldn’t stop scoring. The final score was 83 – 41.

It’s hard to talk about this game without bringing up senior Reed Worth. Worth put up a career-high 30 points. Senior Andrew Van Ryswyk had himself an effective night of scoring. He went 7-9 from the field while also going 4-5 from the free throw line. Van Ryswyk totaled 20 points on the evening. Junior Derek Brown scored 11 points as well. The Mustangs improved to 4 – 2 with the win.

Mustangs wrestling week in review

by Dylan Sanders

     The Mustangs traveled to Nevada in a busy week of wrestling to compete in duals against Nevada, North Polk, and Carlisle on Thursday, Dec.3. The Mustangs had some struggles, but they ultimately came out on top, walking out of the quadrangular with a 2-1 win to loss ratio. The Mustangs came home with two dual victories, defeating host Nevada 54-30 and North Polk 39-27. However, the Mustangs did suffer their first dual loss of the season against Carlisle 51-27.

The Mustangs were led by top-ranked senior Wes Cummings, who stayed undefeated on the season by winning all three of matches on the day in the 160-pound weight division. Fourth-ranked Jarron Trausch stayed hot with three more wins at 182 pounds, adding to his now 9-1 record. Juniors Payton Drake, who’s ranked sixth at 126 pounds in 2A, and Jace Smith, who wrestled at 285 pounds, continued their phenomenal seasons by going 3-0 on the day. Sophomore Colby Tool, who is ranked third at 145 pounds in 2A, also continued his strong start to the season by winning all three of his matches. His first one was at 145 pounds, but then he moved up to 152 pounds for the following two. Senior Cody Wallace and junior Seth Greiner both finished with 2-1 records on the night. In his first season of wrestling, Greiner has been a major contributor to the team at 220 pounds.

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Senior Jarron Trausch flips momentum on the Centennial wrestler. pc. / Kevin Ives

 

The Mustangs then competed at Ankeny Centennial for their second tournament of the season. The Mustangs didn’t have the success they were hoping for, but part of that can be attributed to facing much larger schools than PCM is. The Mustangs ended with a 1-4 record on the day. Host Ankeny Centennial defeated the Mustangs 50-19. The Mustangs fared no better against Carlisle for the second time this week, as they were defeated 51-23. The Mustangs also faced Ballard and Dallas Center-Grimes and were defeated by both by scores of 42-34 and 47-34. The Mustangs only win on the day came from a 48-30 win over Oskaloosa. Centennial would go on to win the tournament with Dowling Catholic placing second. The Mustangs finished the tournament in 7th place out of eight teams.

Individual highlights include a 5-0 showing from sophomore Colby Tool in the 145 weight division. 4-1 finishes from multiple Mustang wrestlers including junior Payton Drake at 126, and seniors Jarron Trausch at 170, Cody Wallace at 152, and Wes Cummings at 160. Cummings defeat was his first of the season. Junior Jace Smith held up well against tough competition with a 3-2 record on the day.

The Mustangs lost many close duals that they could have come out victorious if the team was at full strength. State champion senior Lucas Roland still has not been medically cleared to wrestle, and 9th ranked in the 113 weight class sophomore Landon Fenton has also yet to make his debut due to a lingering injury suffered during football. With those two at full strength, it makes the Mustangs a much more formidable team. Come support your Mustangs for their first home Triangular today at 6 p.m. vs Colfax, Roland Story, and Gilbert.

Great One Eight goes down in Mustang history

by Dylan Sanders

      The Mustangs entered the UNI-Dome with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on the line. All they had to do was go and play the game they loved to the best of their ability. They did, defeating Boyden-Hull/Rock-Valley 28-7 to claim the Mustangs’ first-ever 2A state title. In a matchup between two powerhouse offenses, it’s fair to say that the Mustang offense came out on top. The Mustangs’ offense really regained its form against the Nighthawks, amassing 420 yards of offense compared to the relatively 271 they gained the week before.

The player that brought the change from this week’s Mustang offense to last weeks was senior quarterback Reed Worth. When he’s locked in, there’s no one better at the quarterback position in the class of 2A. Worth was definitely locked in against the Nighthawks, as he threw for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns. His first touchdown went to senior Preston Van Wyk on a 55-yard flea-flicker on the second play of the Mustangs’ first offensive possession. The second went to senior Brayton Van Dyke, and the third went to senior Isaac Telfer in the fourth quarter. Senior Wes Cummings had his usual dominant performance as he amassed 130 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown. That touchdown came in the third quarter, and it put the Mustangs’ lead out of reach for the eager Nighthawks to help sway the momentum back to the Mustangs.img_1775

The high-powered Mustang offense definitely deserves a lot of credit, but much of the credit should go towards a dominant defense that completely shut down an explosive Nighthawk offense. After scoring 48 points in the semifinal, the Nighthawks were held to just 7 by the Mustangs commanding defense. Seniors Cole Dustin and Payton Strovers led the Mustangs in tackles, each having five. Dustin also had a team-high two sacks on the night. Seniors Nick Buswell and Brycen Rodgers added to their tackling totals as each had four in the game. The Mustangs stingy defense managed to force five turnovers on the night. Strovers caused two with his two interceptions. Seniors Nick Dredge and Olin Meinders each picked off the quarterback while junior Jace Smith recovered a fumble. The Nighthawks were barely able to muster up anything against the defense.

The Mustangs had their most successful season ever, as they went undefeated and won a state title. Both have never been accomplished by any other team at PCM. What made this team different from all those past PCM teams? Well, it’s been a mix of things. One being the absolutely spectacular coaching staff led by Head Coach Greg Bonnet, Offensive Coordinator Colin Harrison, and Offensive Line Coach Jeff Shannon. They are some of the best at their respective positions in the state, and they mix very well together. The other thing that sets these Mustangs apart has to be their stellar senior class. Many of them have been playing significant varsity time since they were sophomores. That amount of playing time allowed them to have experience that most seniors don’t normally have. They had already experienced heartbreak in each of the last two seasons, and they were determined not to let it happen again. Underclassman and fellow seniors that played on the scout team couldn’t have meshed any better with the already established starters. These were the main ingredients that brought PCM football it’s first state championship.

Mustangs make school history

          Football’s historic season will go on for one more game thanks to a record-breaking win over the West Liberty Comets on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Mustangs traveled north to Cedar Falls to play at the University of Northern Iowa’s famed UNI-Dome to take on the Comets in the state semifinals. It was just the third time in school history that PCM played in the UNI-Dome, and an abundance of fans made the trip to witness the Mustangs play to move on to the finals for the first time in school history. Those spectators were not disappointed, as PCM defeated West Liberty 27-0 and made school history by earning a chance to play in the state title game.

The Comets’ defense managed to hold off the top-ranked PCM Offense for two consecutive drives, forcing the Mustangs to turn over on downs and then intercepting a pass by senior  Reed Worth. PCM got into a rhythm though and scored the first points of the game with a 41-yard touchdown run by senior Wes Cummings. The Mustangs did not need much time to put more points on the board, and senior Brayton Van Dyke scored on a pass from Worth on the next offensive drive. After a 25-yard field goal from sophomore Andrew Mitchell, the score was 17-0 going into halftime.

After forcing the West Liberty to turn the ball over in their first second-half possession, Worth threw another touchdown pass to put the score at 24-0, this time going to senior Isaac Telfer. Neither team would score a touchdown again in the second half, and the final score came from field goal kicked by Worth.

Cummings finished with 148 rushing yards and one touchdown for the night. Worth however threw for just 62 yards, but still had two passing touchdowns.

The Mustangs had their fifth shutout of the season while giving up 204 yards to the Comets. West Liberty’s defense did,however, keep the Mustangs under 300 yards and kept them under 30 points for just the second time this season.

For the first time in school history, the Mustangs have accomplished a record of 12-0 and will advance to the state championship game. The last remaining opponent for PCM will be the Nighthawks of Boyden-Hull-Rock Valley, who defeated Waukon and moved to 11-1 in the semifinals. The Mustangs will return to the UNI-Dome tomorrow to play for the state title, starting at 2:00  p.m.

Unspoken Heroes

PCM’s football team is the best team in Class 2A this year, along with being number one in offense. They’ve scored a combined 443 points through the regular season. One of the main reasons is because of the skill players which would include guys like seniors Wes Cummings at running back and Reed Worth at quarterback. Those guys put up a lot of points, but without five special guys on the field, where would they be?

Millions upon millions of people watch football, but most people don’t think about the offensive linemen. The line might be one of the most, if not the most, important thing in any of football game.

The Mustangs’ starting offensive line includes sophomore Greyson Strum holding down the center position, senior Nick Meinders and junior Jace Smith at the guards, and protecting the edges are the tackles juniors Seth Greiner and senior Andrew Van RysWyk. The next guys in would include senior Olin Meinders, sophomores Caleb Duinink, Trevor Buckingham, Kaeden Strum, and juniors Austin Simo, Trent Johnston, and Dawson Harney.

For the most part, those guys don’t get mentioned in the paper, or get a ton of recognition for all the blocks they set up. However, it doesn’t seem to bother them very much.

As Van RysWyk jokingly put it when asked how it felt to not always get the spotlight, “We do a lot of work, but no respect.” His fellow linemen had much more humble answers.

Strum said, “I mean, it’s really not too bad. I don’t really like to be in the spotlight too much.”

“I’m not too worried about it. I know I have a job I need to get done,” Meinders says.

Shannon put it very nicely himself as well saying, “An offensive linemen doesn’t need recognition from the ‘outside’ world.”

These guys also love what they do. Most people would say that playing the offensive line is terrible since it’s a hard and boring job, but this group of guys would disagree.

Greiner says, “I feel it’s a really fun position to play. There’s a lot of plays to memorize, but it’s a lot of fun to go out and crush the guy in front of you.”

That’s the they way most of their personalities are. They’re strong individuals with humble attitudes. Another way they, and other teammates, would describe themselves would be fun. Each lineman that was interviewed said very similar things about the guys around them, which was they loved the guys around them and absolutely love to have fun. The boys this year as many said, are very close. They spend everyday with each other at practice and you can tell they love what they do and who they’re around.

“We have a lot of fun. Me, the boys, coach Shannon, great guys, great time.” Van RysWyk says.

As mentioned earlier, the five guys are very close. They almost have to be since their job is to work together to form a human wall.

“I wouldn’t trade these guys for anybody in the country,” states Meinders.

A reason these guys have so much fun, get so much work done, and are so close is because of their coaches, Jeff Shannon, and Andy Strum. Many of them said that they loved coach Shannon and strum. The boys say they are great coaches along with being men and are fun to be around. They are a key aspect as to why these guys are so close.

“Shannon’s a goofy guy, but he’s serious when he needs to be, and I think that’s great,” Smith says. Shannon gets along great with his players, and you could ask anyone that that’s a great thing. Coach Strum works a lot more with the younger guys, so he isn’t around the older guys as much. All of the younger guys would tell you in a heartbeat they love having him around.

Not only do the guys love their coaches, but their coaches love them.

They are a great group of kids, and I feel that our three Seniors have a lot to do with that. Andrew, Nicky, and Olin are just awesome people, on and off the field, and it all starts with them,” says Coach Shannon.

The Mustangs offensive linemen definitely are a special group of guys who just want to go out and play football.

As Shannon puts it, An offensive lineman doesn’t need recognition from the ‘outside’ world. It takes a special person to be an offensive lineman, it’s not for everyone. You need to be a quick, physical, dominant player that always puts the team first. That’s exactly what the guys and on our line are.” 

 

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