There's a new champion in the Upper Iowa Conference.
After two years of Sumner-Fredericksburg reigning over the conference, North Fayette Valley seized the team title Saturday at Starmont, scoring 256.5 points. The Cougars earned second with 214.5 points.
Turkey Valley came in third with 165 points, thanks to two team champions and three others finishing second.
South Winn also had two champions, garnering fourth overall with 161.5 points.
Turkey Valley had five grapplers advance to the finals, with two victorious.
"Tom Reicks not only won the conference title, but he also won his 100th career match in the finals. That championship match was a hard-fought, back-and-forth match between two really great wrestlers," said TV Coach Steven Andrukaitis. "Luke Kuennen won his third straight conference title as well with two pins. Both of these guys are wrestling at a really high level right now, and it is fun to watch."
At 120 pounds, Tom Reicks swept his way to the gold. He pinned Riley Doeppke of MFL in 2:55, then took 2:58 to throw Blayze Grotegut of Postville. It was another pin in the finals, this time in 5:48 over Keenan Gienau of Sumner-Fred. T. Reicks enters regionals with a 31-8 record.
Heavyweight Luke Kuennen, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, needed just two wins to bring home his third career UIC title. After a bye, he pinned Sumner-Fred's Dustin Lenz in 1:04. He threw Class 2A No. 6 Dalton Lape of North Fayette Valley in 3:38. Kuennen has just one loss to 30 wins this season.
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