ABBY DAVIS | HERALD CONTRIBUTOR Greene County freshman wrestler Degan Miller clamps down on his opponent en route to a pinfall victory during the Rollin Dyer Invitational, held this past Saturday at Atlantic High School. Miller placed fifth in the 175 lbs. bracket, and moved to 15-10 record on the mat.

Rams face tough competition at Nodaway Valley, Rollin Dyer Invitational


As a new year dawned upon the Greene County High School wrestling team, the Rams were in for a pair of solid challenges to ignite their goal of sending as many grapplers to the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s State Wrestling Championships, slated for mid-February at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The red and black wrestlers started 2024 with a quadrangular, held on Jan. 2 at the Competition Gym on the campus of Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield, where they faced Lenox, the hosting Wolverines and Martensdale-St. Marys

There, the Rams went 1-2. Greene County started well enough with a 57-15 win over Lenox, but fell short against the Blue Devils in a 40-33 decision. In the nightcap, the Rams lost to the Wolverines, 48-31. 

Greene County moved to a 7-7 record in duals so far this season.

The second challenge was the Rollin Dyer Invitational, which took place last Saturday at Atlantic High School. There, the red and black went up against opponents from all across Iowa and even a couple of highly competitive programs based in Nebraska.

When the dust settled on a full day of wrestling, the Rams settled for 12th in the team standings – paced by a fourth place finish from junior Brent Dennhardt, and fifth place showings from senior Jackson Turner and freshman Degan Miller. Junior Gavyn Winters also found a spot on the medal stand, finishing sixth in the 113 lbs. weight class.

Bondurant-Farrar topped the field with 214 points, followed by Skutt Catholic of Omaha (212.5), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (169.5), Blair, Nebraska (144), and Humboldt (134.5). 

At 6 p.m. tonight, the Rams will collide with Heart of Iowa Activities Conference foes PCM and South Hamilton in duals action, which will take place at the South Hamilton High School Gym in Jewell. At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, the red and black will compete at the Perry Invitational, which will take place at the Perry High School Gym.

Next Tuesday, the Rams return home for a quadrangular – bringing Coon Rapids-Bayard, Nevada and Perry into the Greene County Gym in Jefferson.

Results from the busy stretch will be posted in an upcoming edition of the Jefferson Herald.

Against the Lenox Tigers, a plethora of Rams scored victories on the mat. This number included Winters (113 lbs. and 120 lbs.), senior Zeke Binkley (144 lbs.), Turner (150 lbs.), senior Gavin Scheuermann (157 lbs.) and junior Marcus Ball (215 lbs.). Freshman Jaron Jacobs (106 lbs.), teammate Brennan Jacobs (113 lbs.), junior Jacob Harmeyer (126 lbs.), freshman Roman Sebourn (132 lbs.) and Dennhardt (165 lbs.) won through forfeit.

Jaron Jacobs, junior Crew Conner, Binkley, Scheuermann, Dennhardt and sophomore Colton Crouse (215 lbs.) each picked up wins on the mat against the Blue Devils. 

In the final dual of the evening against Nodaway Valley, the Rams were led by Winters, Conner, Turner, Scheuermann and Dennhardt, who scored victories for the Rams. Jaron Jacobs was the lone Greene County grappler who claimed a forfeit victory.

Two days later in Atlantic, Dennhardt (24-3) advanced to the semifinals of the 165 lbs. bracket, before shifting over to the wrestlebacks. Dennhardt battled to the third place match, where he came up short against Underwood’s Maddox Nelson in a narrow 7-5 decision.

Turner (18-11) made it to the quarterfinals before moving over to the consolation side of the 150 lbs. weight class. Turner battled in the third round of consolations and won his fifth place match over Red Oak’s Jaxon Terry with a 1:26 pinfall.

Miller (15-10) followed a similar path, advancing to the quarterfinals until having to move over to the backside of the 175 lbs. bracket. Miller then advanced to the third round, but had to settle for the fifth place match. There, Miller defeated Bondurant-Farrar’s Chase Rial with a 4-0 decision.

Winters made it to the semifinals, before having to settle for sixth place in the 113 lbs. weight class. This was due to leaving the tournament due to medical forfeit.

Jaron Jacobs (18-8), Conner (15-14), Binkley (7-5) and Ball (11-14) also competed at the Rollin Dyer Invitational.

Greene County 57, Lenox 15

106 lbs. – Jaron Jacobs (GCHS) won via forfeit.

113 lbs. – Brennan Jacobs (GCHS) won via forfeit.

120 lbs. – Gavyn Winters def. Levi Fitzgerald – Pinfall, 0:32.

126 lbs. – Jacob Harmeyer (GCHS) won via forfeit.

132 lbs. – Roman Sebourn (GCHS) won via forfeit.

138 lbs. – Crew Conner lost to Dylan Stein – Dec., 11-6.

144 lbs. – Zeke Binkley def. Daysen Gregg – Pinfall, 3:05.

150 lbs. – Jackson Turner def. Caden Haufman – Pinfall, 2:47.

157 lbs. – Gavin Scheuermann def. Chase England – Pinfall, 2:45.

165 lbs. – Brent Dennhardt (GCHS) won via forfeit.

175 lbs. – Jordan Martin-England (Lenox) won via forfeit.

190 lbs. – Double Forfeit.

215 lbs. – Marcus Ball def. Eli Ortega – Dec., 10-4.

285 lbs. – Keaton Lynn (Lenox) won via forfeit.


Martensdale-St Marys 40, Greene County 33

106 lbs. – Jaron Jacobs def. Devin Webb – Dec., 11-5.

113 lbs. – Gavyn Winters lost to Jensen Dyer – Pinfall, 5:19.

120 lbs. – Elijah Wheeldon (MSM) won via forfeit.

126 lbs. – Hunter Flactiff (MSM) won via forfeit.

132 lbs. – Roman Sebourn lost to Reese Nichols – Pinfall, 2:54.

138 lbs. – Crew Conner def. Ben Brenzier – Pinfall, 3:14.

144 lbs. – Zeke Binkley def. Levi Minella – Pinfall, 1:28.

150 lbs. – Jackson Turner lost to Sampson Henson – MD, 11-0.

157 lbs. – Gavin Scheuermann def. Conor Cassady – Pinfall, 5:10.

165 lbs. – Brent Dennhardt def. Riley Nichols – Pinfall, 1:06.

175 lbs. – Zeke Milligan (MSM) won via forfeit.

190 lbs. – Double Forfeit.

215 lbs. – Colton Crouse def. Noah Sheridan – Pinfall, 0:47.

285 lbs. – Gunner Hommer (MSM) won via forfeit.

Nodaway Valley 48, Greene County 31  

106 lbs. – Jaron Jacobs (GCHS) won via forfeit.

113 lbs. – Gavyn Winters def. Ty Strode – MD, 21-8.

120 lbs. – Jett Christensen (NV) won via forfeit.

126 lbs. – Keyin Steeve (NV) won via forfeit.

132 lbs. – Bradley Gebbie (NV) won via forfeit.

138 lbs. – Crew Conner def. Kasen Hansen – Dec., 5-3.

144 lbs. – Zeke Binkley lost to Carmine Shaw – Pinfall, 1:26.

150 lbs. – Jackson Turner def. Eli Harris – Pinfall, 1:52.

157 lbs. – Gavin Scheuermann def. Derek Raasch – Pinfall, 1:07.

165 lbs. – Brent Dennhardt def. Dylan Bartles – Pinfall, 1:42.

175 lbs. – Caleb Christensen (NV) won via forfeit.

190 lbs. – Charles Rudolf (NV) won via forfeit.

215 lbs. – Marcus Ball lost to Ashton Honnold – Pinfall, 3:42.

285 lbs. – Trenton Warner (NV) won via forfeit.

Extra – Nehemiah Hoyt lost to Erik Jensen – Pinfall, 1:27.

Extra – Matthew Rank lost to Remington Woosley – Pinfall, 3:21.

Extra – Nehemiah Hoyt def. Remington Woosley – Pinfall, 2:50.

Extra – Roman Sebourn lost to Bram Dahl – Pinfall, 1:56.

Rollin Dyer Invitational

(Team Standings)

Bondurant-Farrar 214

Omaha Skutt Catholic 212.5

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 169.5

Blair, Neb. 144

Humboldt 134

Atlantic 126.5

Underwood 105.5

Carroll 105

Central DeWitt 99.5

CB Abraham Lincoln 74.5 Alta-Aurelia 72

Greene County 58

Interstate 35 57.5

Denison-Schleswig 50

Glenwood 49

Red Oak 44


Audubon 17

Rollin Dyer Invitational

(Greene County results)

Jaron Jacobs (18-8, 106 lbs.)

First Round - Def. Avery Vacek (Underwood) - Pinfall, 0:46.

Quarterfinal - Lost to Taye Jordan (Atlantic) – Pinfall, 1:37.

Cons. Second Round - Lost to Drake Howard (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) – Pinfall, 5:30.

Cons. Third Round - Lost to Cale Johnson (Central DeWitt) – Pinfall, 4:30.

Gavyn Winters (13-3, 113 lbs.) – 6th Place.

First Round - Def. Ethan West (Glenwood) – Pinfall, 0:29.

Quarterfinal - Def. Jaxson Page (Alta-Aurelia) – TF, 21-5.

Semifinal - Lost to Cole Welte (Omaha Skutt Catholic) – Medical Forfeit.

Cons. Third Round - Lost to Boston Mateer (Interstate 35) – Medical Forfeit.

Fifth Place Match - Lost to Jaxson Page (Alta-Aurelia) – Medical Forfeit.

Crew Conner (15-14, 138 lbs.)

First Round - Lost to Dalton VanWyhe (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) – Pinfall, 1:39.

Cons. First Round - Def. Carter Hadley (Atlantic) – Dec.,  5-1.

Cons. Second Round - Def.  Brice Johnson (CB Abraham Lincoln) – Pinfall, 4:16.

Cons. Third Round - Lost to Colton Carpenter (Bondurant-Farrar) – Pinfall, 5:20.

Zeke Binkley (7-5, 144 lbs.)

First Round - Lost to Evan Lang (CB Abraham Lincoln) – Dec., 6-3.

Cons. First Round - Lost to Connor Wear (Glenwood) – Pinfall, 5:22.

Jackson Turner (18-11, 150 lbs.) – 5th Place.

Champ. First Round - Def. Wyatt Snyder (Carroll) – Pinfall, 4:19.

Quarterfinal - Lost to Nolan Fellers (Bondurant-Farrar) – Pinfall, 1:08.

Cons. Second Round - Def. Tate Jarvis (Alta-Aurelia) – MD, 16-5.

Cons. Third Round - Lost to Atticus Dick (Blair, Neb.) – Pinfall, 3:12.

Fifth Place Match - Def. Jaxon Terry (Red Oak) – Pinfall, 1:26.

Brent Dennhardt (24-3, 165 lbs.) – 4th Place.

First Round - Def. Baz Clear (Red Oak) – TF, 19-4.

Quarterfinal - Def. Jordan Rial (Bondurant-Farrar) – Pinfall, 5:33.

Semifinal - Lost to Riley Johnson (Omaha Skutt Catholic) – SV-1, 9-7.

Cons. Third Round - Def. Broedy Hendricks (Humboldt) – SV-1, 3-1.

Third Place Match - Lost to Maddox Nelson (Underwood) – Dec., 7-5.

Degan Miller (15-10, 175 lbs.) – 5th Place.

First Round - Def. Grady Joens (Underwood) – Pinfall, 0:32.

Quarterfinal - Lost to Dyllon Carpenter (Omaha Skutt Catholic) – Pinfall, 1:38.

Cons. Second Round - Def. Kaleb Pendergast (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) – MD, 9-0.

Cons. Third Round -  Lost to Kieran Polking (Carroll) – Pinfall, 1:39.

5th Place Match - Def. Chase Rial (Bondurant-Farrar) – Dec., 4-0.

Marcus Ball (11-14, 215 lbs.)

First Round - Lost to Gavin Holt (Carroll) – Pinfall, 3:47.

Cons. First Round - Lost to Thomas Chikos (Blair, Neb.) – Pinfall, 0:52.

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