Saturday's District wrestling meets brought good news and bad news for area teams.
At the 2A meet held in Cherokee, the Braves' second-ranked Nick Loughlin boosted his season mark to 35-0 as he captured the 152 pound championship, and Braves teammate Tim Jones, not to be out done, won the heavyweight championship, moving his season mark to 24-3.
Loughlin, Jones, Helms, and Ihnen are all seniors.
One area underclassmen who will be moving on to the state meet is Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Russ Godberson. Wrestling in the 1A District at West Sioux, the MMC sophomore (30-4) finished runner-up to Central Lyon-Rock Rapids second-ranked senior Nate DeBoer (40-0) at 135, but will move on to the state meet.
Those four AGHSC grapplers qualifying for Districts by placing second at Sectionals and capping highly successful seasons, were Adam Parker at 130, Kyle Yearous 140, Seth Bruce 215, and Adam Dreeszen at heavyweight.
Parker and Yearous each placed third, both losing in wrestle-backs. Dreeszen also finished third, and Bruce finished fourth, also losing in a wrestle-back.
Spirit Lake Park won the Cherokee 2A District's team title with 95 points, followed by Sibley-Ocheyedan 91, Algona 76, Emmetsburg/A-R/R-A, 72, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 58, Humboldt 57, Rockwell City/Lytton/Southern Cal 44, Cherokee 38, Sheldon/South O'Brien 37, Estherville-LC 10, MOC-FV 0, Hull Western Chritian 0.
Central Lyon won the team title at the 1A District at West Sioux with 125 points, followed by Woodbury Central 64, Hinton 49, Akron-Wetfield 47.5, West Sioux 43, Lawton-Bronson 41, Sioux Center 39.5, Okoboji 32, West Lyon 28, Kingsley-Pierson 24, Alta 17, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 17, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 16, West Monona 14, Westwood 8.
Creston-Orient-Macksburg won the 2A District at Council Bluffs with 146 points, while Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove was second with 87. Aurelia-Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland finished eighth in the 11-team competition with 28 points.
The State Meet begins today and wraps up on Saturday, with the Saturday night championships televised state-wide.
First - round state wrestling schedule for area wrestlers
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
SESSION 1 (8 mats) 1:00pm - 4:30pm Class 1A 1st round and 1st round consolations
Weigh-in for Session 1: 11:00am - completion of weighing in the 285-pound wrestlers
Match #43 - 135 pounds - Mitch Johnson, Interstate 35 Truro (Sr), 30- 1
Russ Godbersen, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (So), 30- 4
SESSION 2 (8 mats) 6:30pm - 10:00pm Class 2A 1st round and 1st round consolations
Weigh-in for Session 2: 4:30pm - completion of weighing in the 285-pound wrestlers
Match # 12 - 112 pounds - Chris Helm, SOS/Sheldon (Sr), 28- 6 vs. Josh Schaefer, OA-BCIG (Fr), 34- 2
Match #68 - 152 pounds - Nick Loughlin, Cherokee Washington (Sr), 35- 0 vs.Wes Swygman, Shenandoah (Jr) 24- 7
Match # 94 - 189 pounds - Josh Ihnen, SOS/Sheldon (Sr) 43- 0
Willie Sougstad, Forest City (Jr) 27- 14
Match # 109 - 285 pounds -Tim Jones, Cherokee Washington (Sr) 24- 3
Austin Blythe, Williamsburg (Fr) 35- 5