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Garcia 'Outstanding;' IC West overwhelming

Amid all the grim-faced and tight-lipped wrestlers at the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament Saturday stood A.J. Garcia, the 215-pounder from Linn-Mar.

He was all smiles.

Garcia upset top-ranked Conner Herman of Cedar Rapids Jefferson to win the 215-pound crown and was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the 14-team field at Xavier.

"I was ready to go for that match," he said. "It's a real big accomplishment for me."

Garcia dominated Herman, 9-3, in the biggest upset of the day, handing Herman his only loss of the season to a fellow 215-pounder.

"I'm building my way up toward state," said Garcia. "This is going to motivate me."


Marion's Hunter wins Wamac title

MANCHESTER -- Marion's Alex Hunter scored a 7-6 decision over Haven Muller of Maquoketa to win the 119-pound title Saturday at the Wamac Conference wrestling tournament.

Hunter was the only Marion wrestler to reach the finals. The Indians finished 12th in the team race with 55 points.

Scout Morehouse finished fourth at 112 and Hunter Banes won three straight matches after getting pinned in his first bout at 145.

Host West Delaware was the winner with 235 points. The Hawks had three champions and two runnersup. Williamsburg also had three champs and two runnersup but finished second with 211.5 points. Independence (161.5), Western Dubuque (147) and DeWitt Central (100.5) rounded out the top five.


J-Hawks net special win in 2OTs

The heroes for the Cedar Rapids Jefferson basketball team posed for a picture Friday night after the J-Hawks topped Washington, 58-50, in double-overtime.

There was Jarrod Uthoff, who joined Jefferson's 1,000-point club with another big outing. There was Tyler Meiborg, who played a key role for the J-Hawks with his scoring and leadership. And there was 6-year-old Max Meiborg, Tyler's nephew, who is a cancer survivor and a courageous young boy.

Max was one of the honorary ballboys for this special Coaches vs. Cancer affair, and he was extremely proud of his uncle and Uthoff after Jefferson's victory.

The feelings were mutual.


Tara Trcka torches the alley

Tara Trcka rolled games of 267 and 247 for a 514 series that led the Xavier girls past Washington, 2523-2475, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference bowling match at Lancer Lanes.

Trcka's total was nearly 150 pins better than the next best score rolled by either team. Aileen Conway rolled a 173 high game and 328 series for Xavier (3-7, 3-5 MVC).

Washington (5-8, 2-6) was led by Ashley Duffy's 199 high game and 356 series. Rachel Spencer had a 191 game and Keely Pernicka a 340 series.


J-Hawks clinch Valley Division bowling title

DUBUQUE -- The Jefferson girls bowlers clinched the Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division title Friday when they beat Dubuque Hempstead, 2844-2698.

The win improved Jefferson's record to 10-2 overall and 8-0 in the MVC. The J-Hawks hold a four-match lead over second-place Hempstead (4-4) with three matches left.

Nicole Werling rolled a 246 high game and 407 series and Allie Trcka had games of 202 and 201 for a 403 series for Jefferson.

"It showed a total team effort when some of the higher average players were down a little bit," Jefferson Coach Virg Cerveny said. "I was proud of them."


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