DES MOINES — The morning session of the state wrestling tournament saw the Union area’s Class 1A wrestlers take the mats. The area had 13 wrestlers competing in Class 1A, and four of those wrestlers are still alive for a state championship. In Class 2A, three of the area’s six wrestlers are eyeing a state title.
New London had the best day of any Union area team. The Tigers put three of their five wrestlers into the quarterfinals.
Mid-Prairie’s Cael Garvey had the most exciting match of any Union area wrestler. Garvey scored four points in the last 15 seconds to secure a comeback 11-9 decision over Emmetsburg’s Matthew Wirtz at 195 pounds. Garvey is the only one of three Golden Hawks through in the winner’s bracket.
Marcel Lopez started his journey toward a third state championship with a technical fall in the first round. He defeated Kaden Abbas 20-4 to breeze into the next round of the 120-pound bracket.
Dominic Lopez rolled in his 145-pound opener. He won by technical fall as well, beating Duncan Clark of Treynor, 18-2.
New London’s Josh Glendening won 6-4 over Brett Peterson of Lake Mills, to join the Lopez brothers in the quarters.
New London did have two wrestlers fall to the losers bracket. Currey Jacobs was pinned by Iowa City Regina’s Ronan Poynton in 3 minutes, 59 seconds, but rebounded by knocking out Sigourney-Keota’s Cade Streigle.
Highland’s Bryce Thompson dominated in the first round of the 113 bracket. Thompson beat St. Albert’s Zach Williams by tech fall, 16-1.
Highland’s Easton Schlabaugh lost a heartbreaker in the first round of the 106 bracket. Slaughbaugh fell 10-6 to Tegan Slaybaugh of ACGC but followed that up with a domination of Southeast Warren’s Rylan Jiminez in the consolation round, pinning him in 40 seconds.
Pekin’s Mason Juhl rebounded from a 7-3 loss to Tri-Center’s Brecken Freeberg in the first round by pinning West Monona’s Sendeska Kalskett in 5:40 in his first consolation match. Cael Baker fell on a 4-1 decision against East Buchanan’s TJ Lau, but bounced back with an 8-6 decision.
Sigourney-Keota was unable to get a wrestler through to the second round, although they do have one left in the wrestlebacks. Cade Molyneux was pinned in 6:32 by Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Dahson DeJong in the opening round and beat East Buchanan’s Tate Fults 9-7 in the consolation round. Streigle was pinned by Tripoli’s Blake Brocka in 2:47 before getting pinned by New London’s Jacobs in the consolation bracket.
WACO’s Landan Provino saw his state run come to an end. Provino was pinned by North Butler-Clarksville’s Chet Buss in a 38-second first round match. In the consolation round, he was pinned by East Buchanan’s ody Fox, in 1:13.
Class 2A had the night session, and the 182-pound bracket saw familiar foes Ayden Frazer of Washington and Ben Meader of Mid-Prairie go back at it once again in the consolation round.
Frazer lost his first-round match to La Porte City’s Adam Ahrendsen on a pinfall in 1:15. Meader fell to Benton Community’s Austin Roos on a 12-2 major decision to set up the matchup.
Frazer knocked off Meader 7-5 to earn revenge from the district tournament, where Meader beat Frazer in the first round. That sent Frazer through to Friday’s consolation round, and Meader’s year is over.
Mid-Prairie’s Josh Wallington went 1-1 at 220 pounds. Wallington was pinned in 1:17 by Kain Nelson of Clarion-Goldfield-Downs, but then won his consolation match via pinfall over Ballard’s Nick Wacha, pinning him in 4:42.
Both Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union wrestlers flew through to the second round with flying colors. Lane Scorpil beat Williamsburg’s Tytan Guerrero 16-5 to advance in the 113 bracket. In the 285 bracket, Chance Malone defeated Nick Bronstad on a 5-0 decision.