New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestling

New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Dylan Usher “comes around the corner” to pick up a takedown against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Dylan Stockdale during Thursday night’s Northeast Iowa Conference dual meet.
Matt Paulus and his New Hampton/Turkey Valley team knew the hurdle was huge, and although they didn’t quite overcome it, the Chickasaws acquitted themselves quite well in a 39-27 loss to Waverly-Shell Rock last Thursday. The Go-Hawks came in ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and have appeared in several...
 the New Hampton/Turkey Valley schedule — 19 days between the Battle of the Waterloo and a dual meet with Waverly-Shell Rock — he wasn’t quite sure what to expect. “It could be very bad for us or we could put all that time to good use,” he said, “and I’m happy to tell you the guys chose the latter...
Photo by Becky Walz - Decorah Newspapers. New Hampton/Turkey Valley senior Austin Hemann puts the finishing touches on a pin.
Be warned, New Hampton sports fans: If you sit next to Carson Babcock at an event and have extra food, you might not have it for very long. The New Hampton/Turkey Valley junior has made a big jump, at least in wrestling terms, in weight this season. After competing at 138 a year ago, Babcock is now...
When the first rankings come out, New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestling coach Matt Paulus doesn’t expect to find his Chickasaws in them. And he’s just fine with that. “I don’t mind laying low, building it up and have people think we’re down,” he said, “because I think in the long run, we have the...
Not even a hand to the face can stop New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Carter Reicks from pinning Daniel Graves of Dike-New Hartford at the Class 2A district tournament Saturday.
Mason Cleveland’s record in early January stood at 26-11, which may have been pretty solid for a lot of wrestlers but didn’t come close to the standards the New Hampton/Turkey Valley senior had for himself. “I knew I had to turn myself around because that wasn’t me,” Cleveland said, “and I just had...
Max Schwickerath works for an escape against Independence’s Joe Prieber during Wednesday’s regional duals.
Maybe New Hampton/Turkey Valley co-coach Andy Geerts said it best Wednesday night. “A good, old-fashioned Northeast Iowa dual,” he said quietly and then paused, almost as if he wanted to go back in time and find some way, some how to change the outcome. Independence 36, New Hampton/Turkey Valley 34...
New Hampton/Turkey Valley 152-pounder, Hunter Pesek, looks for an opening against Crestwood’s Hunter Bye at Saturday’s Class 2A sectional tournament.
It was one match during a long day of wrestling, but not only did it energize New Hampton/Turkey Valley Saturday, it told the story of a Class 2A sectional tournament that was simply stupendous for the Chickasaws. Late in the 132-pound semifinal, New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Brayden Anderson was on...
New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Max Babcock turns Waverly-Shell Rock’s Cayden Lengreck on his way to a first period pin Thursday night that gave the Chickasaw senior his 100th career victory.
Max Babcock wasn’t a bad wrestler at all last year, after all, he did make the state tournament. But the New Hampton/Turkey Valley senior is a different wrestler this year, and during a tough three-day stretch for the Chickasaws, it was Babcock who provided one of the best silver linings as he...
NH/TV’s Tayton Messler, shown here locking up an Oelwein wrestler last week, recorded a pin in a win over Maquoketa Valley on Tuesday.
Nick Hemann was on to something Wednesday morning. The night before, his New Hampton/Turkey Valley team rolled by Maquoketa Valley 76-3 and survived a less-than-inspired performance to beat North Fayette Valley 42-28, and while the veteran coach wasn’t ecstatic — heck, he wasn’t even close – with...
New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Carter Reicks puts Charles City’s Jace Cajthamel on his back as the Chickasaws kicked off their season Tuesday night.
Mason Cleveland knows rankings don’t mean a whole lot, but still, the New Hampton/Turkey Valley senior wasn’t exactly happy when the Predicament unveiled their rankings on Monday morning. Cleveland, who is ranked fifth at 132 pounds in Class 2A by iawrestle.com, was just eighth in the Predicament’s...

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