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2021 IHSAA State Wrestling Championships

Wirtz, Hanson Earn Medals at Wells Fargo Arena

By Joseph Schany - | Feb 23, 2021

FIFTH PLACE -- Emmetsburg junior Matt Wirtz would earn fifth place in Class 2A, 195 pounds at the 2021 Iowa State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines Saturday. Wirtz, pictured dropping Mid-Prairie’s Cael Garvey to the mat, would fight his way through six tough matches for his spot on the podium. See page 9 in the Reporter for more state wrestling photos.

by Joseph Schany

Emmetsburg’s Matt Wirtz and West Bend-Mallard’s Donavon Hanson would each earn medals in their respective weight classes at the 2021 State Wrestling Championship in Des Moines last Thursday through Saturday. Wirtz, a junior at Emmetsburg High School, placed fifth at 195 pounds in Class 2A while Hanson, a senior at West Bend-Mallard, earned a fourth place overall finish in Class 1A, 113 pounds.

Emmetsburg would send four E-Hawk wrestlers to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, with senior Jordan Anderson, junior Wirtz, and sophomores Cade Shirk and Ryan Brennan all vying for a spot on the podium. While each grappler would fight hard throughout the state competition, it would be Wirtz earning top honors for the E-Hawks.

For West Bend-Mallard, Hanson would be the sole Wolverine representative, turning in a strong performance in Class 1A action to take home fourth place honors.

Read the full article in The Reporter.