BLAIR, Neb. - A team of Iowa high school senior All-Stars defeated a strong group of Nebraska seniors Friday night at Dana College in Blair, Neb., 41-25, to claim the Second Annual Border Brawl dual. Iowa now holds a 2-0 edge in the series.
There were two matches where a pair of top-15 nationally ranked wrestlers faced off. Iowa won both meetings in thrilling fashion.
At 125, No. 15 Dalton Jensen of Missouri Valley defeated No. 4 Andy Pokorny of Bennington, 2-1, with a reversal in the final seconds. The win avenged a pair of losses Jensen suffered against Pokorny earlier in their high school careers.
At 145, the match of the night pitted No. 4 Esai Dominguez of Creighton Prep against No. 10 T.J. Moen of Saydel. Moen, like Jensen, used a reversal late in the bout for the deciding points, in a thrilling 8-7 victory.
103 - Cruse Aarhus of Cedar Rapids Kennedy pinned Zach Fronce of Ralston in 3:24. Aarhus led 4-2 in the second period when he locked up the double chicken wing and turned Fronce for the fall.
112 - Mike Helle of Rockwell City-Lytton/SCAL pinned Calyden McKim of Millard South in 1:20. Helle allowed McKim, ranked sixth in the nation, to shoot in on his leg and then used a move he called The Sheep or The Williams to pin his opponent. Helle trapped the far side tricep and near leg and flipped McKim to his back for the fall.
119 - Tyler Clark of Bettendorf won 21-6 over Jarod DeTurk of Amherst. Clark, ranked sixth in the nation, put on a takedown clinic, as he scored eight in the match, on his way to the technical fall.
125 - In one of the premier matches of the night, 15th-ranked Dalton Jensen of Missouri Valley won 2-1 over No. 4 Andy Pokorny of Bennington. Jensen is a two-time Iowa State champ, while Pokorny won three titles in Nebraska. Jensen scored a reversal with 21 seconds left in the match and held Pokorny down the rest of the way for the win.
130 - Robert Eklund of Friend pinned Micah Sheffield of Sioux City North in 3:43. Sheffield led 6-4 in the second period and had a cradle locked up, but Eklund slapped on a cradle of his own, reversed Sheffield to his back and put the Nebraska team on the scoreboard.
135 - Jordan Hasenkamp of Twin River Valley won 13-11 over Daniel Rodriquez of Kearney. Hasenkamp trailed 9-6 at the end of the second period after fighting off his back. In the third, Hasenkamp closed to within 11-8 with 30 seconds left in the match. He took the 19th-ranked Rodriquez down with a cradle and after trying for several seconds, he finally got Rodriquez rolled over far enough to secure three nearfall points as time ran out for the thrilling victory.
140 - Trenton Washington of Boystown won 11-6 over Zach McCool of West Delaware. In a meeting between nationally ranked wrestlers, No. 9 Washington scored a pair of takedowns in the third period to pull away from 25th-rated McCool.
140 - Ben Knight of Sergeant Bluff-Luton won 6-4 in overtime over Travis Kuhn of High Plains Community. Knight scored a pair of takedowns in the third period to force the overtime, where he finished off his third takedown of the match with 23 seconds left, to send Iowa into the intermission with a 26-12 lead.
145 - This is the match everyone was waiting to see. 10th-ranked T.J. Moen of Saydel won 8-7 over No. 4 Esai Dominguez of Creighton Prep. Moen jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Dominguez tied the match at 3-3 by the end of the first period. Moen once again went up by three in the second period, but a pair of Dominguez escapes and a takedown by the Creighton Prep four-time State finalist and two-time champ gave him a 7-6 lead late in the match. Moen secured a reversal with 25 seconds left in the bout and held Dominguez down for the victory.
152 - DeVaughn Perkins of Omaha North won 12-5 over Andrew Sorenson of Forest City. Ninth-ranked Perkins scored four nearfall points in the second period for a 6-2 lead and sent Sorenson to his back in the final moments for the win in a bout between a pair of undefeated State Champions.
152 - Chad Brester of Howells won 15-3 over Ryan Helenthal of Keokuk. Brester used a series of tilts and cradles to score eight near fall points on his way to the major decision in the second straight match that had a pair of undefeated State Champs facing off.
160 - Robert Kellogg of Sioux City North pinned Matt Mueller of Malcolm in 4:41. Eighth-ranked Kellogg stopped Nebraska's momentum with a big fall for the Iowans. He led 8-4 in the third when he locked up a double arm bar and sent Mueller to his back for the fall.
171 - Corey Steiger of Lincoln won 7-5 over Ryan Ketelsen of Osage. Ketelsen closed to within 6-5 with a reversal with 25 seconds left in the match, but he had to give Steiger an escape and couldn't score a late a takedown that would have forced overtime.
189 - Mitch Brown of Millard South won 9-8 over Vinnie Wagner of Osage. Wagner gave up a five-point move in the first period and couldn't quite finish off his comeback bid. The Osage State champ scored three takedowns in the third period, but couldn't quite get a forth in the closing seconds and fell by one.
215 - Colton White of Tri-Center (Neola) won 4-3 over Daniel Stoelting of Southern Valley. White sealed the dual victory for the Iowans with a tight win over Stoelting. White scored the lone takedown of the match in the first period and added escapes in the second and third periods for the victory.
285 - Ben Boothby of Clinton won 3-2 over Shawn Meyer of Plainview. This match wasn't as close as the score makes it look. Boothby used his quickness to frustrate the two-time Nebraska State champ all match. Boothby scored a second-period takedown and an escape in the third for the win. He was in on several other shots, while Meyer showed little or no offense.