Nashua-Plainfield wrestling

Derik Downing had to survive a wild match during Saturday’s Class 1A district tournament to earn a spot in this week’s state wrestling tournament that kicks off today (Thursday) in Des Moines.
Derik Downing conceded it was the longest 20 seconds of his life. The Nashua-Plainfield sophomore had just picked up three critical back points late in the third period to take a 4-3 lead over Denver’s John Ebaugh, the state’s seventh-ranked wrestler at 160, in his district semifinal match. Now,...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Evan Kalainoff puts the finishing touches on a pin of North Tama’s Tyler Morrison during Saturday’s Class 1A sectional tournament at Clarksville.
The goal for the Nashua-Plainfield wrestling team was simple Saturday: Win a Class 1A sectional team title. The Huskies accomplished their mission, although it didn’t go quite the way coach Al Frost envisioned. “We had some disappointment, I’m not going to kid you,” the veteran coach said after his...
Jakob Whitinger goes for a pin earlier in the season.
Fresh off a strong showing at the Top of Iowa Conference wrestling tournament, Nashua-Plainfield coach Al Frost wants his team to focus on a singular goal. “We want to win sectionals and we have the capability to do that,” he said of Saturday’s Class 1A postseason meet that North Butler/Clarksville...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Kollyn Lentz works for a takedown during a tournament last month.
Al Frost has seen a lot in his long career as a high school wrestling coach, but he’s never had one like last week. And so as he prepares his Nashua-Plainfield wrestling team for this Saturday’s Top of Iowa Conference meet, he’s not sure what he’s going to get. “We just haven’t had a lot of...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Trey Nelson works to turn North Butler/Clarksville’s Cade Hardy during a dual meet that was held in Britt last Thursday.
No one — not the five managers or the three coaches — had a clue what the team score was last Thursday as Nashua-Plainfield’s Trey Nelson was taking on North Butler/Clarksville’s Cade Hardy in a 120-pound match. Nelson had let Hardy go to try to get another takedown, and with 10 seconds left, he...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Evan Kalainoff works for an escape during a tournament earlier this season.
If there is a rule when it comes to high school wrestling, it is this: Time speeds up after Christmas. “Three weeks from this Saturday, we’re wrestling at sectionals,” Nashua-Plainfield coach Al Frost said earlier this week. “You get to Christmas and all of a sudden, it’s go time.” The good news...
Nashua-Plainfield wrestling coach Al Frost poses with his team’s managers — (from left) Haley Rinken, Bailey Weiss, Kylie Dietz Keagan Betsinger and Carlee Smith — during a short break at the Nashua-Plainfield Invitational last month.
Al Frost chuckled at the question, what exactly do the Nashua-Plainfield wrestling team’s managers do? “Maybe a better question is what don’t they do? Seriously, they do so much behind the scenes it’s not even funny,” the veteran coach said. “They deserve a little credit. No, they deserve a ton of...
Nashua-Plainfied heavyweight Tanner Striegel picked up another victory on the mat during a quandrangular held last Thursday in Nashua.
Even a day later, the loss was sticking in Nashua-Plainfield coach Al Frost’s proverbial craw. “That’s a meet we have to figure out how to win,” Frost said Friday, the day after watching his team build a 21-6 lead only to fall to Forest City 37-36. “It was a good meet, and we didn’t wrestle that...
Sam Fundermann celebrates a late pin at the Nashua-Plainfield Invitational that was held on Dec. 8.
Don’t get Al Frost wrong, the veteran Nashua-Plainfield coach likes the path his team is traveling. “We’re definitely improving,” he said after the Huskies went 2-1 at a triangular in Sumner last Tuesday and then finished third in the seventh-place bracket at the Battle of Waterloo over the weekend...
Nashua-Plainfield coach Al Frost intently watches one of his wrestlers on the mat during Saturday’s home tournament.
The fact of the matter is that it didn’t look like Al Frost was going to get that milestone win last Thursday night. The Huskies had beaten Eagle Grove and West Fork earlier in the night to give the veteran coach 399 career wins, but Northwood-Kensett looked like it was going to spoil the party as...

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