Sports March 25th, 2019

Written by Koehler Wendt on March 25, 2019

University of Northern Iowa wrestler Drew Foster, a former Mediapolis Bulldog, won the NCAA National Championship in the 184 pound weight class. He defeated Max Dean from Cornell in the finals 6-4. Foster is the first UNI wrestler to win a national title since 2000. He finishes the season with a 28-5 record and helped lead the Panthers to tie for 13th place, the best finish for UNI since 2003.


Kirkwood Community College of Cedar Rapids defeated Johnson County 64-58 in the championship game of the 2019 NJCAA Division II Tournament on Saturday night at the Mary Miller Center in Danville Illinois. Kirkwood had two previous championships in Danville, one in 1998 and most recently in 2016.  Brady Sartorius former Mt. Pleasant Panther is a freshman on the Kirkwood team, he played 7 minutes and had one assist in the championship game.


Iowa Wesleyan men’s golf opened spring competition over the weekend at the Blackburn Spring Invitational. Tigers finished the first day in 6th place, they were able to improve their score but couldn’t advance in the standings so they finished in 6th. The team’s first day score was 345, Knox College led the field with 311. On the second day Iowa Wesleyan shaved 17 strokes for a 328, their final team score was 673. Jaime Suarez led the Tigers shooting a 161 through 36 holes, he placed 11th individually. Blake Forsythe shot 162 to finish in 12th place, and Jeff Cox finished at 169 and was 23rd. The golf team will be back in action this weekend in the Jim Wetherbee Memorial Invitational hosted by Knox College in Galesburg Illinois.


Iowa Wesleyan baseball was back on the road over the weekend to play Principia College in a conference double header. In the first game Panthers took a 2-0 lead early but the Tigers were able to tie it up with two runs in the 3rd inning. Cullen Papenhagen had a big two-run home run with two outs to even the game. Principia regained the lead in the bottom of the 3rd with just one run. In the 7th inning the Tigers took the lead following a pair of walks and a pair of hits. Papenhagen brought another run in but by drawing a walk and then Ricardo Mollison hit an RBI single. In the bottom of the 7th the Panthers hit a walk off two-run home run to win 5-4. Cullen Papenhagen went 2-3 with three RBIs.

In the second game Tigers jumped out early with a run in the 1st off an error and then another run in the 2nd off a Dominic Gerace RBI double. In the 3rd inning Iowa Wesleyan scored again off an RBI single by Michael Rojas. Principia scored two runs in the 3rd to cut it to 3-2. Top of the 6th inning Tigers raked in three more runs off a Nick Salas three run home run. Principia tried to rally in the 7th inning with two runs but couldn’t complete the comeback and Iowa Wesleyan won 6-4. Michael Rojas went 2-5 at the plate and Nick Salas had 3 RBIs, Clayten Lathen getting the win after 6 innings of work and striking four batters. Iowa Wesleyan baseball is now 3-11-1 and 1-3 in conference and will be back in action tomorrow when they play Washington University down in St Louis in a non-conference game.



Iowa Wesleyan softball had a busy weekend starting with a conference double header at Principia College. First game Tigers scored five runs in the 2nd innings off just two hits but four errors by the Panthers. Ashley Machholz hit a two RBI single and Morgan Christner knocked an RBI double. Christner also had another RBI hit in the 4th inning which was the last for the Tigers. Principia finally got a run in the 6th inning but the Tigers won the game 6-1. Machholz went 3-4 at the plate and Christner was 2-3 with two RBIs while also pitching a complete game with one run on four hits with nine strikeouts in another win.

In the second game Tigers struck early again with four runs in the 1st inning off five hits and a Panther error. Morgan Christner roped a three RBI double and Emilee Rooney had an RBI single. In the 3rd inning Tigers exploded again for six runs off six hits and another Panther error. Ashley Machholz hit a two RBI double, Emma McDanel hit an RBI single, and Christner and McKena Woolery both hit runs in as well. Tigers went on to win 13-2. Emilee Rooney was 3-3 at the plate and Emma McDanel pitched five innings and struck out four batters to pick up the win.

Tigers had a rough Sunday double header down in Fulton Missouri against Westminster College. Iowa Wesleyan was swept in back to back shutouts and both games were final scores of 8-0. Morgan Christner and Emma McDanel both suffered losses in the circle. Iowa Wesleyan is now 9-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play and will have their home opener coming up on Wednesday against non-conference opponent Knox College.



Mt Pleasant girls track team competed at Central College up in Pella on Friday. In the 60 meter dash Avery Sutter ran 8.56, Allison Elmore was at 9.60, Ralyn Seberg at 9.65, and Abby Ross at 9.92. In the 200 meter dash Lyndi Vantiger ran 29.04, Karsyn Lamm at 29.75, Kendall Dascher at 29.36, Maddie Williamson at 31.06, Sydni Coleman at 31.87, and Jenna Gilmore at 31.94. In the 400 meter dash Abby Blint ran 1:13.63, Monroe Swain at 1:18.02, and Claire Holtkamp 1:18.97. In the 60 meter hurdles Maddie Williamson finished 9th at 10.41, Kenna Lamm was 12th at 10.54, and Karsyn Lamm was 13th at 10.55. In the 800 meter run Ralyn Seberg finished with a time of 2:53.79. In the long jump Lyndi Vantiger finished 4th at 15’5”, Kendall Dascher at 13’7”, and Jenna Gilmore at 12’. In the shot put Lexie Magnani finished in 1st place at 40’8” and Jaden Brumbaugh threw 30’4”. In the 4×200 meter relay Mt Pleasant ran 1:58.67. In the 4×400 meter relay Mt Pleasant finished at 4:40.95. In the 4×800 meter relay Mt Pleasant finished 7th at 10:52.70.


Sports Scheduled for Mt Pleasant:

-Monday: Boys track competing in varsity relays at West Burlington at 4:30pm

-Tuesday: Varsity boys soccer has a scrimmage vs Oskaloosa at 4:30pm

Varsity girls tennis has a match at Fort Madison 4:30pm

Varsity boys tennis will host Fort Madison at 4:30pm

Girls track competing in varsity relays at West Burlington at 4:30pm

-Thursday: Varsity girls tennis playing at Notre Dame 4:30pm

Varsity boys tennis hosting Davis County 4:30pm

Girls and Boys track will be hosting a varsity invitational out at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex starting at 4:30pm

-Saturday: Varsity boys soccer playing in an invitational at Fort Madison starting at 9am



On April 20th there is going to be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament taking place at Mt Pleasant Middle School. There are several age groups for male and female teams to compete in. The cost is $60 per team and all checks should be made out to Mt Pleasant Tourney Team. For more information and to register contact Ronnie Ashton at (319)931-2896.


College Basketball:

-In the NCAA tournament #6 seeded Iowa State lost in the first round to #11 seed Ohio State 62-59 in a close game. Cyclones end the season with a 23-12 overall record.

-Iowa State women’s basketball had a big 97-51 win in the opening round over New Mexico State. Cyclones play in the second round tonight at 8pm against #11 seed Missouri State.

-Iowa basketball had some magic in the tournament. On Friday they overcame a 13 point deficit to beat #7 seed Cincinnati 79-72. In the second round they played #2 seed Tennessee and were down by 25 points but made a comeback and forced overtime but lost in OT 83-77. The 25 point comeback was tied for the largest comeback in NCAA tournament history. Iowa ends the season with a record of 23-12.

-Iowa women’s basketball held on to beat #15 Mercer in the first round 66-61. Hawkeyes then defeated #7 seed Missouri 68-52 to advance to the Sweet 16. They will play #3 NC State or #8 Kentucky, those two teams play tonight at 6pm.