After Saturday’s Class 1A District Meet
SIBLEY – There was excitement and disappointment to go around on Saturday at the Class 1A District Wrestling Tournament in Sibley.
The E-Hawks of Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire will send four wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament later this week, while the Knights of Graettinger/Terril will send five grapplers to the big dance at Wells Fargo Arena in Des?Moines.
Both squads crowned one individual champion, but Graettinger/Terril also claimed the team championship, edging out Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Woodbury Central, Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Akron-Westfield for the top five positions.
E-Hawk senior Skyler Rice would earn the lone District championship for Emmetsburg/RA at 140 pounds. Rice pinned Jared Schmitz of Alta-Aurelia in :46 and then pinned Matt Steffen of Kingsley-Pierson in 1:58 to earn his title and trip to the state meet.
At 130 pounds, Justin Studer recorded a first-round win by fall in overtime, with a 6:46 pin over Jake Mize of Woodbury Central. In the finals, Studer ran into Chet Utesch of Akron-Westfield and was the victim of a 1:59 pin, but earned the second place finish to qualify for the state tourney.
In action at 160 pounds, E-Hawk sophomore Austin McCartan collected a 6-1 decision victory over David Hernandez of West Sioux in the opening round to earn a match with Okoboji’s Zac Jones for the title. The two wrestlers battled through two scoreless periods before Jones earned an escape point that would end up being the only point scored in a 1-0 decision over McCartan, but the second place finish punched McCartan’s ticket for the big show.
For Nick Schany at 171 pounds, Tim Stephens of Lawton -Bronson was the first round opponent, and Schany earned a 5-3 decision for the win. Against Jacob Pearson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, Schany would battle hard but could not rally in the final period to come up short in a 9-5 decision loss for the second place finish.
The real heartbreak came at 189 pounds, where Tayler Wegner would lose an 8-7 decision to Chet Willer of Akron -Westfield in the opening round. Meeting Jordan Schemmel of West Lyon, Wegner came up with a huge reversal and scored a 1:26 win by fall in the consolation match, but his hopes for a wrestleback were denied, giving the E-Hawk the third place finish.
“We’re excited to have four qualifiers going to state,”?noted E-Hawk Head Coach Jared Pickett. “I wish we could have had all five going, but Tayler wrestled hard and has nothing to hang his head for. These guys have worked hard and it’s good that they will get this chance at the state tournament.”
Graettinger/Terril brought eight wrestlers to the district and advanced five to the state meet on Saturday.
Leading the GT effort was senior Nate Howard, who improved his undefeated mark to 42-0 on the season with the title at 215 pounds. Howard pinned Nathan Mellies of Woodbury Central in :54 to open the day and pinned Josh Treybal of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in 3:44 to earn his state berth.
At 103 pounds, Tyler Dalen took the long way to state, starting with a 3:42 win by fall over Miguel Topete of West Sioux, but losing in finals, being pinned by Jordan Bremer of Woodbury Central in 1:03. But, Dalen would wrestleback against Brent Reed of Sibley-Ocheyedan and earned a 1:48 win by fall to win the true second and qualify for state.
Austin Thompson took second at 112 after taking a 2:52 win by fall over Clint Donaldson of Kingsley-Pierson, but lost an 18-2 Technical Fall to Nathan Ryan of Woodbury Central to settle for second place.
Trent Lundgren would earn a state berth at 135 pounds as he opened the day with a 9-3 decision victory over Cole Oltmans of Akron-Westfield. In the finals, Lundgren would lose a wild, 21-13 major decision to Steven Brockshus of Sibley-Ocheyedan to settle for second place.
Rounding out the Knights’ qualifiers was Ryan Schany at 145 pounds. Schany started with a 15-0 Technical Fall over Andrew Waterman of West Sioux, but was pinned by Matt Finch of HMS in :46 of the title match to finish second.
At 125 pounds, Connor Tonderum finished third after being pinned by Daniel Dirks of Akron-Westfield in 2:55 and then defeating Jeremy DaVries of Lawton-Bronson 7-5.
Heath Marchand took third at 140 pounds after losing a 12-8 decision to Matt Steffen of Kingsley-Pierson , but pinned Jared Schmitz of Alta-Aurelia in 5:11 for third place.
Rounding out the Knights’ effort was Ty Gibson at 130, as he lost a 14-2 major decision to Chet Utesch and was pinned in 3:03 by Jake Mize of Woodbury Central to place fourth.
“I’m very proud of how the guys wrestled,”?noted G/T?Head Coach Cody Alesch. “We are peaking at the right time. Four guys are making their first trip to Des Moines and I’m very happy for them. The other three guys that fell short have a lot to be proud of, as they all wrestled hard.”