Clingenpeel, Lara, and Portillo Win JJ Classic Titles

There was a lot going on this weekend, which pushed this to being published Tuesday instead of earlier, but three Iowa high school wrestlers were able to win JJ Classic titles up in Minnesota this past weekend, and an additional four wrestlers finished with runner-up honors.

Justin Portillo won his secons straight JJ Classic title with a 11-3 win over Hser Eh Pwae at 113 pounds. His brother Josh took 6th at 120 pounds by default.

One of the state’s top uncommitted seniors, Colton Clingenpeel needed sudden victory to down Devin Bahr in the 152 pound finals. Clingenpeel also notched a nice win over Glenwood’s Matt Malcom who took third at the weight.

Cayd Lara led the Fort Dodge contingent capturing the 145 pound title 7-6 over Joshua Adams. Teammates Drew Bennett and Triston Lara finished second at 106 and 120 respectivley for the Dodgers.

Jacob Carlson found himself in the finals of yet another preseason tournament, but once again was thwarted; this time Devin FitzPatrick in the 160 pound finals.

Iowa’s other finalist came at 220 pounds, where Forest City’s Alex Paulson finished second at his weight.

Also placing in the top six this weekend was Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Brenden Baker (3rd -120), Dylan Schuck of Sibley-Ocheyedan (6th at 145), and Iowa State commit Kanen Storr lost a 3-2 decision to Alex Lloyd at 138 pounds.

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106:
1st: Israel Navarro (Willmar) dec. Drew Bennett (Fort Dodge), 3-1 SV
3rd: Charlie Pickell (Mankato West) dec. Reuben Cephas (Rosemount), 12-8
5th: Joseph Peterson (Albert Lea) dec. Colby Njos (Anoka), 3-1

113:
1st: Justin Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield) maj. dec. Hser Eh Pwae (Worthington), 11-3
3rd: Garrett Vos (Waconia) dec. Zac Spohn (Sauk Rapids), 5-2
5th: Tyler Shackle (Scott West) dec. Caleb Ziebell (Slinger), 6-2

120:
1st: Paul Bianchi (Two Rivers) dec. Michael Suda (Pipestone), 8-5
3rd: Brenden Baker (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) pinned James Whitaker (Eaton Rapids), 1:31
5th: Brady Gross (Apple Valley) by injury default over Joshua Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield)

132:
1st: Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central) dec. Triston Lara (Fort Dodge), 5-0
3rd: Patrick Ryan (New Trier) dec. Bailey Mennis (Madison), 14-13
5th: AJ Bethea (Hibbing) dec. Anthony Meister (Elk River), 5-2

138:
1st: Alex Lloyd (Shakopee) dec. Kanen Storr (Leslie), 3-2
3rd: Will Lucie (Warsaw) maj. dec. Lee Schmalz (Mound-Westonka), 8-0
5th: Sage Loredo-Hollon (Saint Peter) by injury default over Adam Hedin (Rosemount)

145:
1st: Cayd Lara (Fort Dodge) dec. Joshua Adams (Fond du Lac), 7-6
3rd: Gunner Charbonneau (Prior Lake) dec. Ryan Reid (Mound-Westonka), 5-4
5th: Jackson Sweeney (Watertown Mayer) dec. Dylan Schuck (Sibley-Ocheyedan), 7-3

152:
1st: Colton Clingenpeel (Thomas Jefferson) dec. Devin Bahr (LAW), 4-2 SV
3rd: Matt Malcom (Glenwood) dec. Kenny O`Neil (Prior Lake), 7-2
5th: Cruze Hurlburt (Spring Valley) dec. Hayden Krein (LAW), 9-6

160:
1st: Devin FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi) dec. Jacob Carlson (Sebolt Wrestling), 11-5
3rd: Justin Burg (Tartan) by injury default over Parker Hale (Grand Meadow)
5th: Bryson Alsteen (Luxemburg-Casco) by injury default over Emmett Wagner (Shakopee)

220:
1st: Blake Zalapi (Hononegah) pinned Alex Paulson (Forest City), 2:44
3rd: Trenton Rogich (Le Seuer Henderson) dec. Justin Mohlin (Centennial), 7-6 SV
5th: Jesse Heck (Watertown Mayer) pinned Joshua Bohnen (Mora), 3:46