E-Hawk Wrestlers Claim Three Placings At State
DES MOINES Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk wrestlers captured three medals at the 2012 Iowa High School Wrestling Championships this past weekend.
E-Hawks Andrew Wellik and Austin McCartan both earned third place finishes and Brady Bailey collected a fifth place finish, while senior Justin Studer was able to earn a match victory for the E-Hawks before his tournament came to a close. But for Emmetsburg’s fifth qualifier, Nick Schany, the state tournament was experienced only as a spectator, rather than a competitor.
Schany, who had qualified for the state tourney at 160 pounds, was discovered to be suffering from a skin ailment. The medical condition, by rule, would not allow Schany to compete in the state tournament.
As the action began Thursday night, Justin Studer opened his tourney appearance with a 2:19 win by fall over Vance Kurka of Iowa Valley to advance to the 145-pound quarterfinals on Friday.
Brady Bailey scored an early takedown in his 152 pound match with Shane Swank of Mount Ayr and held on to earn a 2-0 decision victory to also advance into the Friday quarterfinal round.
Andrew Wellik squared off against Zach Holthaus of Nashua-Plainfield in the first-round match at 170 and collected a 9-4 decision to advance to quarterfinal matches on Friday.
But for Austin McCartan, the first round match with MacKenzie Houseman of Riverside was a battle for the ages at 182, but McCartan would come up one point short in a 5-4 decision loss. To stay alive in the tournament, McCartan had to wrestle back, and did so with a vengeance, pinning Ethan Jones of Interstate 35-Truro in 4:50 to move to the consolation brackets on Friday.
Friday’s quarterfinal round saw Studer meet Tyler Foubert of Tri-County-Montezuma. Studer took an early lead in the match, but Foubert rallied and ended up pinning Studer in 3:40 to send the E-Hawk into a wrestleback. Studer would meet Spencer Kelly of Rockford in the wrestleback match and lost a 7-0 decision, which would eliminate Studer from the tournament and end his high school career as an E-Hawk with a mark of 33-16 for the season.
At 152 pounds, Brady Bailey met John Pint of North Linn in a quarterfinal match and advance to the Friday evening semi-finals with a 4-2 decision victory.
Andrew Wellik would wrestle Tanner Tenley of North Cedar in the 170-pound semi-final and earned a 6-4 decision victory to advance as well into the evening’s semi-final round.
On the backside of the bracket, Austin McCartan wrestled Vinnie Harvey of Fort Dodge St. Edmonds in a consolation match Friday afternoon and earned a 7-6 decision win over the Gael wrestler, keeping his medal bid alive at 182 pounds.
With two wrestlers in the semi-finals, things looked promising for the E-Hawks, but the semi-finals were not kind to Emmetsburg.
At 152, Bailey was pinned in: 30 by Tait Simpson of Lisbon, dropping Bailey into Saturday morning’s consolation quarterfinals.
Andrew Wellik met Brett Roberts of Eddysville-Blakesburg in the semi-final, but came up short in a 5-3 decision loss to also fall into the consolation quarterfinal on Saturday at 170 pounds.
Austin McCartan would meet up with Ryan Leonard of Midland in the consolation round, and kept his medal trek on track with an 8-3 decision victory that sent him into Saturday morning’s consolation quarterfinal at 182.
On Saturday Bailey would lose a 2-0 decision to Jake Hogan of Gilbertville-Don Bosco. Moving to the fifth place match, Bailey would pin Brett Flynn of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in 2:16 to earn fifth place for the E-Hawks.2:16 win by fall
At 170 pounds, Wellik wrestled Jake Lewis of Council Bluffs St. Alberts and won a 10-5 decision victory to move into the consolation championship match against Andrew DeRegnier of English Valleys, which Wellik won with a 2:08 win by fall to place third at 170.
Austin McCartan would defeat Troy Hunt of Maquoketa Valley 10-3 in the quarterfinal and met Nathan Brincks of South Winneshiek for third place, winning the consolation title with an 8-4 decision at 182 pounds.