Cherokee state qualifiers for the 2008 Iowa State Wrestling Championships - Nick Loughlin, left, and Tim Jones - were given a grand send-off in the halls of Washington High last week on their way to Des Moines. At right is Cherokee grappler Steve Veit who just missed a shot at state with a third-place District finish. Photo by Dan Whitney
Undefeated Cherokee senior falls in 152-pound final
DES MOINES - Undefeated Cherokee senior Nick Loughlin (38-0) chased history into the Class 2A championship match of the 2008 Iowa State Wrestling Championships here Saturday night, facing off against Ballard-Huxley junior Trent Weatherman, the state's #1-ranked 152 pounder with a snazzy 42-0 record heading for the title match.
The potent Weatherman, who is coached by his dad, a former Iowa prep wrestling champion, outscored Loughlin 11-5 in the third period to take an action-packed 17-8 major decision victory. Weatherman led 4-2 after the first period, and 6-3 heading into the final two-minute third frame. All of Loughlin's points came from two-point escapes.
Nick Loughlin, Cherokee's 152-pound senior, left, flips Nolan Hammel of Osage in the Class 2A semifinal match Friday at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines. Loughlin advanced to the 152-pound finals with a tense 3-2 victory. Photo by Jeff Benson, Lyon County Reporter
Loughlin, ranked second to Weatherman all season, arrived at the Big Show with a tense 3-2 victory over senior Nolan Hammel (42-3) of Osage in the Friday afternoon semifinals.
Loughlin beat senior Adam Rave of Delaware Manchester 5-2 in Thursday's quarterfinals, while Weatherman earned an 18-3 technical fall over Joey Naig of Emmetsburg-AR in the other 152-pound bracket. Loughlin has defeated Naig by wide margins three times this season.
Nick Loughlin of Cherokee controls Emmetsburg-AR's Joey Naig in recent wrestling action in Cherokee. Loughlin was ranked second and took a 35-0 record into the 2008 Iowa State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines last week. Photo by Paul Struck
Weatherman won his semifinal Friday with a 42-second pin of junior Andrew Rodas of MFL MarMac.
Also in 2A, Sheldon/South O'Brien senior Josh Ihnen eked out a 1-0 win over Willie Argo of Davenport Assumption in Friday's semifinals to make it to the championship Saturday night at 189 pounds.
Ihnen won his quarterfinal match Thursday with a 15-0 technical fall over senior Greg Steinick of Dallas Center-Grimes.
In Saturday night's championship match, Ihnen hammered Tomas Lira of West Liberty 21-4 in a technical fall to claim the title. The Sheldon-SOS senior has turned down scholarship offers from Iowa and Iowa State and is bound for Nebraska on a wrestling scholarship.
Cherokee's Nick Loughlin has a secure hold on Adam Rave of Delaware Manchester in the Class 2A quarterfinal match at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships last week in Des Moines. Loughlin (38-0) won his semifinal match Friday with a 3-2 win over Nolan Hammel of Osage, before losing an exciting 17-8 verdict in the championship match Saturday night against #1 ranked Trent Weatherman (43-0) of Ballard-Huxley. Photo by Roy Tucker
In Class 1A, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn sophomore Russ Godbersen lost in the second round of the consolation matches Thursday, 4-2 in overtime to sophomore Dimitri Boyer of Eddyville-Blakesburg.
Good times were had by all at the 2008 Iowa State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines last week. Here, the Cherokee Braves wrestling coaches, Jason Wood, right, and Ted Reis, left, pause for some memories with Nick Loughlin, who took an undefeated 38-0 record into the Class 2A, 152-pound championship match, and Braves assistant coach Nate Evans. Wood and Reis "Put on the Ritz" by renting tuxedoes in the Braves' colors for the championship match. Photo by John Loughlin