FAIRFIELD — The Knoxville wrestling team had a very strong showing at Saturday’s South Iowa Classic as they continue to creep towards the postseason. In their final regular season tournament, the Panthers took third place as a team with 136.5 points, just 4.5 points behind PCM for second and 7.5 points behind Ottumwa for the team title.
Knoxville had four boys in title matches but all four would have to settle for second place.
Marco Alejo (113) picked up two falls and a 16-3 major decision on his way to second place.
Andon Trout (138) nabbed a 15-0 tech fall and 6-5 decision to reach the finals where he would suffer a first period fall to three-time state runner-up Nathaniel Genobana from Centerville.
Gavin Montalvo (182) had a pair of wins by fall before falling to Washington’s Ayden Frazer in the finals.
Gage Rowley also had two wins by fall to reach the finals. He would battle into the third period before falling to Albia’s Paul Ballard.
Luke Spaur (132) and Wayne Johnston (160) bounced back to take third, Daniel Gorshikh (126) fourth, Tristian DeJong (152) fifth, Trenton Kingrey (220) seventh and Kale Kincaid (145) took eighth.
Knoxville heads to Carlisle on Tuesday for one last tuneup before hosting sectionals on Saturday at 12 p.m.
1. Ottumwa (144), 2. PCM (141), 3. Knoxville (136.5), 4. Albia (126.5), 5. Keokuk (115), 6. Centerville (105), 7. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (102), 8. Fairfield (96), 9. Davis County (88), 10. Mount Pleasant (80), 11. Burlington (77), 12. Washington (63)