JOHNSTON - Half of Marshalltown's eight wrestlers finished fourth or better, captained by heavyweight Pedro Gomez's tournament title on Saturday at the Johnson Invite.
Gomez improved to 7-1 on the season with three wins at 285 pounds, recording one first-period pin and two decisions on his way to the title. He defeated Glenwood's Alex Killpack 4-2 in the championship match.
Zach Slocum tied for third at 138 after running into his five-match limit for the day. Slocum (5-2) suffered his only loss to Class 3A No. 4 Andrew Steiert, a first-period pin, after advancing through the first round with a 10-5 decision over Sioux City North's Connor Coyle.
Slocum scored a major decision and two minor decisions on the back side of the bracket, never getting the chance to face Ames' Sam Peterson in the consolation final.
Fourth-place finishes went to Agustin Ortiz at 145 and Derek Mann at 170. Ortiz (5-4) went 2-2 in matches wrestled, scoring a pair of decisions in the consolation bracket before losing 9-7 to Sioux City North's Deion Clayborne in the third-place bout.
Mann (7-4) sustained both of his losses to the same wrestler, Hampton-Dumont's Josh Bauer. In between were a win by decision and a first-period pin for the Bobcat junior.
MHS senior Colten Phillips went 2-2 on the day but was unable to score a top-six finish in the 120-pound bracket, which was one of the fullest weight classes in the 12-team event. Phillips had a major decision and a technical fall.
Alec Gill (113), Kenny Parham (152) and Cody Mast (192) each finished the day 0-2 for the Bobcats, who placed 11th with 71.5 points. Class 3A No. 4 Waverly-Shell Rock scored the team title with 268 points, followed by Sioux City North (180.5), West Des Moines Valley (164.5) and Glenwood (163.5).
The Bobcats are off until next weekend, when they go to the third annual Battle of Waterloo on Friday and Saturday at Young Arena.