Erdman, Godbersen runners-up at 1A Districts
INWOOD - Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn qualified two wrestlers to the State Wrestling Meet at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines after Class 1A District action at West Lyon here on Feb. 17th.
Mitch Erdman, a senior at 125 pounds, decisioned Seth Epling of Woodbury Central 13-3, before losing a 4-1 verdict to Josh Benson of Lawton-Bronson in the finals. Erdman then wrestled back against Jim Finch of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and pinned him in 2:47 to place second and earn the state berth.
Erdman, who sports a shiny 39-3 record, will meet Brad Exline of West Branch in first-round action at state on Feb. 21.
Russ Godbersen, an MMC freshman at 135 pounds, pinned his first opponent, Scott Robbins in 1:08, before losing 7-1 to Nate Herda of Central Lyon. Godbersen takes a 35-5 record into a meeting with top-ranked Jordan Hasenkamp of Tri-River Valley in first-round action at state.
Erdman won his weight class at the 1A Sectionals at West Lyon in Rock Rapids February 10, and Godbersen was second.
Three MMC grapplers just missed District berths with third-place finishes at the Sectionals. They were Jacob Lehnhoff at 119, Tory Johnson at 140, and Blaine Dammann at 130.
Other finishes for MMC were Jared Letsche at 160 and Kyle Kohn 171 placing fourth; Taylor Witzel at 152 and Tucker Peterson at 189 placing fifth, and Luke Dreckman at 215 and heavyweight Dan Holmes finishing sixth.