DES MOINES — Six months ago, Turkey Valley senior Cale Reicks didn’t have a wrestling home.
It didn’t take long for Reicks and his fellow Trojan wrestlers to find one in New Hampton, and it could not have worked out any better.
With New Hampton/Turkey Valley clinging to a 36-30 lead over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Wednesday in the Class 2A State Duals championship match, Reicks delivered a gold medal performance.
Pinning Sam Wigans with a double chicken wing, something the Chickasaws like to call a ‘Turkey sandwich’ in 2 minutes, 55 seconds, Reicks not only gave NH/TV a 42-30 championship victory, but delivered the Chickasaws back-to-back State Duals championships.
It was New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s fifth State Duals title altogether.
“They brought me in, welcomed me,” Reicks said of the sharing agreement between the two schools. “It was perfect. I was able to go out and get the win to seal it for us.
“I gave it my all and I had to win, won in a weird way. It was an awkward position, but turned out perfect in the end.”
The Chickasaws won eight of the 14 matches, but the Cowboys kept themselves in it with four pins, including three in a row starting at 285.
NH/TV countered with falls from Areon Day at 220, Carson Babcock at 120, Mason Cleveland at 126, Michael Blockhus at 145 and Reicks at 160.
“You are going to make me cry a little bit,” Chickasaws head coach Nick Hemann said. “That kid was basically an extension of our coaching staff. We had no coaches at Turkey Valley. So Cale was basically my guy who drove kids to New Hampton, communicates with them because I’m not in the school district.”
Turkey Valley and New Hampton, separated by 16 miles, joined forces over the summer and early fall after it was determined Turkey Valley would not have enough wrestlers to field a team in 2017-18.
“When I first met Cale, I knew he was a special, special kid,” added Hemann. “It has been a great partnership. I can’t say enough about the other three Turkey Valley kids, too. They deserve it, too. They are putting a trophy in their trophy case and banner in their gym.”
NH/TV had to fight and claw just to get out of the first round.
The Chickasaws needed pins by its two No. 1-ranked guys, Michael Blockhus and Noah Fye, in the final two matches to rally for a 40-33 win over Webster City.
After Carson Hartnett’s pin at 132 for the Lynx, Blockhus’ pin at 138 in 46 seconds was the fourth and final lead change in as many matches. Fye sealed the victory with a 1:32 pin at 145.
“Anytime we can end with Mike and Noah we feel alright,” Hemann said.
The Chickasaws advanced to the finals with a 46-24 semifinal victory over West Delaware of Manchester.
Some questioned whether the Chickasaws would have enough firepower to win back-to-back after graduating a big and talented senior class last year that was led by two-time state champion Keaton Geerts, who is now at Northern Iowa.
“A lot of people wrote us off ... maybe didn’t write us off but didn’t put us up where we felt we deserved,” Hemann said. “We felt a little slighted, but we kept getting better every week and eventually earned our way up there.”
CLASS 2A SCORES
First round — New Hampton-Turkey Valley def. Webster City 40-33, West Delaware def. Davenport Assumption 34-24, Claron-Goldfield/Dows def. Solon, 42-25, Williamsburg def. Ballard, 45-27.
Semifinals — NHTV def. West Delaware, 46-24, C-G-D def. Williamsburg 33-28.
Consolation semifinals — Webster City def. Assumption, 41-32, Solon def. Ballard, 43-29.
Championship — New Hampton/Turkey Valley 42, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 30
Third place — West Delaware 43, Williamsburg 21
Fifth place — Webster City def. Solon, 47-30.
Seventh place — Assumption def. Ballard, 45-26.
NH/TV 40, Webster City 33
152 — Luke Rohmiller (WC) pinned Clayton Taylor, 5:25, 160 — Cale Reicks (NHTV) pinned Harrison Hayes, 1:08, 170 — Noah Glaser (NHTV) pinned Hunter Collicott, :59, 182 — Zane Williams (WC) dec. Max Schwickerath 8-5, 195 — Evan Rosonke (NHTV) dec. Caleb Olson 10-5, 220 — Areon Day (NHTV) dec. James Cherry 6-5, 285 — Cooper Lawson (WC) pinned Tom Clark, 2:19, 106 — Jon Dreckman (NHTV) dec. Reece Sadler, 11-0, 113 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) pinned Alex Kriener, 1:35, 120 — Drake Doolittle (WC) pinned Brayden Anderson, 4:56, 126 — Mason Cleveland (NHTV) pinned Nick Gasca, 1:25, 132 — Carson Hartnett (WC) pinned Max Babcock, 3:36, 138 — Michael Blockhus (NHTV) pinned Brady Auderer, :46, 145 — Noah Fye (NHTV) pinned Daltyn Peck, 1:32.
NH/TV 46, West Delaware 24
160 — Reicks (NHTV) dec. Jared Voss, 11-2, 170 — Glaser (NHTV) dec. Jack Neuhaus, 3-1, 182 — Rosonke (NHTV) pinned Jordan Bries, 2:35, 195 — Harrison Goebel (WD) pinned Landon Moorman, 2:23, 220 — Day (NHTV) pinned Kody Wenger, 3:00, 285 — Carson Petlon (WD) pinned Carter Reicks, 4:00, 106 — Luke Farm (WD) dec. Dreckman, 14-3, 113 — Evan Woods (WD) dec. Kriener, 18-6, 120 — C. Babcock (NHTV) tech. fall over Reily Dolan, 16-0, 126 — Cleveland (NHTV) dec. Alex Maury 15-4, 132 — Hunter Pesek (NHTV) pinned Wyatt Thompson, 1:10, 138 — M. Babcock (NHTV) pinned Cole Engel, 3:23, 145 — Blockhus (NHTV) pinned Mason Gillihan, 1:17, 152 — Cael Meyer (WD) dec. Mitchell Pickar, 11-3.
NH/TV 42, Clarion-Gold.-Dows 30
170 — Reymundo Vasquez (CGD) dec. Schwickerath, 8-6, 182 — Glaser (NHTV) tech. fall over Colby Lienemann 10-3,195 — Rosonke (NHTV) dec. Mason Carpenter 7-6, 220 — Day (NHTV) pinned Salvador Fregoso, 2:57, 285 — Spencer Trenary (CGD) pinned Clark, :33, 106 — Tyler Stein (CGD) pinned Dreckman, 2:42, 113 — Remington Hanson (CGD) pinned Kriener, 3:49, 120 — C. Babcock (NHTV) pinned Keaton Wilson, 1:57, 126 — Cleveland (NHTV) pinned Conner Johnson, :42, 132 — Reed Abbas (CGD) dec. M. Babcock, 5-3 SV, 138 — Pesek (NHTV) dec. Cael Ahrens, 12-0, 145 — Blockhus (NHTV) pinned Kamren Jergenson, 1:22, 152 — Tanner Abbas (CGD) pinned Taylor, 1:26, 160 — Cale Reicks (NHTV) pinned Sam Wigans, 2:55.
CLASS 3A SCORES
First round — Fort Dodge def. Dubuque Hempstead, 65-6, Southeast Polk def. Johnston, 39-32, West Des Moines Valley def. North Scott, 49-21, Waukee def. Iowa City High, 41-27.
Semifinals — Fort Dodge def. Southeast Polk, 33-25, Waukee def. West Des Moines Valley, 38-27.
Consolation semifinals — North Scott def. Iowa City High 39-36, Johnston def. Hempstead, 37-28
Championship — Fort Dodge def. Waukee, 40-28.
Third place — Southeast Polk def. West Des Moines Valley, 37-28.
Fifth place — Johnston def. North Scott, 43-35.
Seventh place — Hempstead def. Iowa City High, 58-14