Howard Claims Gold At 215
DES?MOINES – The 2011 State Wrestling Tournament is in the history books and wrestlers from Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Graettinger/Terril are among the entries in the history of the four-day event.
For Graettinger/Terril’s Nate Howard, his entry includes the Class 1A?Championship at 215 pounds, along with a side note of a perfect senior season with a mark of 46-0.
For the E-Hawks, senior Skyler Rice ended his season with a third-place finish at 140 pounds, and capped off the season with a record of 29-5 as the lone E-Hawk to earn a placing at state out of four qualifiers.
Graettinger/Terril’s Tyler Dalen also brought home a medal for the Knights, finishing eighth in Class 1A at 103 pounds to represent the other three Knight qualifiers at state along with Howard.
Coach Jared Pickett and the E-Hawks of Emmetsburg/RA brought four wrestlers to Des Moines on Wednesday to open the tournament, but the first round was a tough one to accept.
At 130 pounds, Justin Studer, a junior, fell into the consolation bracket right away after being pinned in 2:22 by Jordan Johnson of Interstate 35. To stay alive, Studer needed to win in a wrestleback match against John Hageman of Turkey Valley, but Studer was pinned in 2:34 to end his State Tourney.
Skyler Rice started the tournament out on a positive note, taking a 9-3 decision win over Tyler Kraft of Clarksville in action at 140.
At 160 pounds, Austin McCartan faced Karl Alger of Lisbon in his opener. McCartan was leading midway through the second period when he was caught and quickly pinned in 3:20 to fall into the consolation bracket. However, McCartan rallied to earn a 12-6 decision over Nate Hamlett of Starmont to stay alive.
It was the same story at 171 pounds for Nick Schany in his first match with Austin Rasch of Manson Northwest Webster, except that Schany would lose a 7-5 decision. In his wrestleback, Schany earned a 3-2 decision over Derrick Miller of West Branch to keep his medal hopes alive.
Thursday’s rounds saw Skyler Rice come up short in a 6-4 decision loss to Nolan Oviatt of Logan-Magnolia, putting the E-Hawk senior in the consolation brackets. Rice responded with a 3-2 triple overtime decision win over Ben Huber of Hudson to keep his medal hopes alive.
At 160, Austin McCartan would face an old nemesis in Cody Hubrich of Twin River Valley, and lost a 7-0 decision that would end his tournament appearance.
Nick Schany would wrestle Jayden DeVilbiss of South Winneshiek at 171 pounds and would see his tournament end in a 16-1 Technical Fall in 5:59 of their consolation match that ended a long day.
With Skyler Rice still alive in the consolation round on Friday, his next opponent in the quarterfinal consolation match was Matt Steffen of Kingsley-Pierson. Rice claimed a 6-0 decision win to advance into the Friday evening consolation semi-final, where he wrestled Braiden Vrzak of Turkey Valley. Rice earned a win by fall in 1:25 of the match to set up his third place championship match on Saturday.
Saturday would see Rice meeting Wes Prill of Pleasantville in the Consolation final, and Rice would win the bronze medal with a 3-0 decision for the E-Hawks.
“These guys have gotten a taste of what it takes to come here and be a champion,” noted E-Hawk Head Coach Jared Pickett. “They’re all coming back next year except for Skyler and I know they’ll work even harder to come back down here and be on that awards stand.”
With five wrestlers, G/T had high hopes on Wednesday. Starting at 103, Tyler Dalen was pinned in 3.33 by Andrew Foutch of Underwood, but wrestled back to earn a 14-2 major decision over Nathan Schmitz of Don Bosco to stay alive in the consolation bracket.
Austin Thompson at 112 pounds was pinned in 1;54 by Drew Mangrich of Don Bosco in the opening round, and was eliminated from the tournament after a 4-1 decision loss to Jason Crosby of Eddysville-Blakesburg.
At 135 pounds, Trent Lundgren earned a 5:29 win by fall over Logan Loftus of Iowa Valley Marengo to stay on the front side of the bracket.
In the 145 pound match, Ryan Schany lost a 16-2 major decision to Loren Williams of Tri-Center-Neola, and would also be eliminated from the tourney in a 10-2 major decision loss to Josh Adam of Iowa City Regina.
For Nate Howard, his first match at 215 lasted 1:57 as he pinned Connor Johnston of Tri-County-Montezuma.
In Thursday’s action, Trent Lundgren met up with Brandon Welter of Don Bosco and lost a 16-1 Technical Fall in 4:10 of their match. Dropping into the consolation bracket, Lundgren was matched against Nick Becker of Wilton, who pinned Lundgren in 3:41 to end his tournament.
Nate Howard had an easier time of it, as he earned a 3:12 win by fall over Trent Baker of Westwood-Sloan.
In the consolation bracket, Tyler Dalen stayed alive with a :51 win by fall over Dylan Gibson of Martensdale St. Mary’s.
Friday saw Nate Howard use just :21 to pin Nick Schmelzer of South Winneshiek to move into the 215 pound championship match.
For Tyler Dalen, a 9-3 lead in the third period evaporated into a 5:44 pin for Blake Dietz of Nashua-Plainfield, dropping Dalen into the consolation seventh place match on Saturday.
Championship Saturday dawned for Dalen with a match against Travis Cole of Highland Riverside. Dalen would give up a penalty point for not having his shoelaces secured to start the match, and would eventually lose a 3-2 decision to finish eighth at 103 pounds.
In the evening’s finals, Nate Howard dominated his match with Zach Salisbury of Sumner-Fredricksburg at 215 pounds to win the 1A title by pinning Salisbury in 2:34 of the championship match to stand alone atop the winner’s podium as the State Champion at 215.