Cherokee's Calvin Conley (r) battles his opponent during the 2A Districts in Cherokee. Photo by Sarah Gengler
At the Feb.14th District Wrestling Tournaments in Cherokee and Sioux Center, seven wrestlers from the Chronicle Times coverage area qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn will send four of their veterans, three of whom have earned more than 100 career victories, on to the Class 1A Big Show in Des Moines, which runs from Wednesday through Saturday.
Senior Jacob Lenhoff (35-5) earned his trip by finishing as runner-up in the 140-pound class at Sioux Center ; junior Ross Godberson (37-1) was the 145-pound champion; Senior Jerad Letsche (38-3) was the 152-pound champion; and Blaine Damman (33-11) was the 160-pound runner-up.
Cherokee's Dustin Rosewall (r) has his grips on an opponent during the Class 2A District wrestling in Cherokee. Photo by Sarah Gengler
Lehnhoff beat James Finch of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 3-2, and lost to Curtis Hayes of Sioux Center 5-0; Godbersen pinned John Estep of George-Little Rock in 2:29, and then beat Michael Hensen of Graettinger-Terril 4-2 in overtime; Letsche pinned Gabe Doornink of Sioux Center in :39, and then beat Sean Bainbridge of Kingsley-Pierson 17-2; and Dammann was pinned by Joe Sievert of Akron-Westfield in 2:29, and then pinned Dylan Reynolds of Central Lyon in 3:46, and beat Kass Schany of G-T 10-5.
Class 1A first-round matches in Des Moines are today.
Area first-round 1A matchups at state will be : 140 - Lenhoff vs. Drake Fanslau, Underwood freshman (38-8); 145 - Godberson vs. Tim Moroney, East Buchanan junior (32-6); 152 - Letsche vs. sophomore Tyler Ogburn of Corning (34-14); and 160 - Dammann vs. Dylan Schrader, Wapello junior (27-2).
Knute Klinker of Sheldon-South O'Brien (r) grapples with Tyler Down of OA-BCIG on his way to a runner-up finish at 2A Districts in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The 1A Team Scoring at Sioux Center - Graettinger-Terril 79; Sioux Center 74.5; MMC 62.5; Woodbury Central 58.5; Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 47; Okoboji 43; Central Lyon 40; Akron-Westfield 36.5; Lawton-Bronson 34; Alta, West Lyon 27; Kingsley-Pierson 22; George-Little Rock 21.5; Hinton, West Sioux 0.
The Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland wrestling team will send one wrestler on to the state tournament this week at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Junior Taylor Witzel, 160, won his weight class at Saturday's Class 2A District Tournament at Cherokee, defeating Tanner Mathews of Sheldon/South O'Brien, 6-2, in the first round, and Jeremy Hemer of Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove by a 7-3 score in the finals. Hemer (40-13) advanced to the state tournament also. Witzel takes a 45-8 record to State.
AGHSC coach Scott Phelps said that "Taylor wrestled very well and stayed with his style. The coaches were very proud of his effort."
Taylor Witzel of Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland controls Sheldon-South O/Brien's Tanner Matthews on his way to winning the 2A District in Cherokee and earning a berth in the State Tournament. Photo by Sarah Gengler
AGHSC's two other District competitors did not fare as well. Sophomore Vance Kreutz (37-16), at 112, lost two close matches and freshman Logan Schafer (285) (21-20) also came up short. The coaches feel, however, that the experience these two young wrestlers gained will benefit them both next year.
Sheldon/South O'Brien sent two wrestlers on to State. Junior Knute Klinker (37-8) was runner-up in the 152-pound weight class, and Junior Pete Matthews (40-8) won the 189-pound championship.
Klinker beat Tyler Down (39-8) of OA/BCIG 7-6 in his opening match Saturday, and then lost 8-2 to Ted Kruger (42-8) of Sibley-Ocheyedan in the finals. Matthews pinned Sioux City Heelan's Alex Flores (22-26) in 2:56, and then pinned Micah Hoogendoorn (29-19) of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in 2:45 in the finals.
Tyler Lundsgaard of Cherokee eyes his opponent during 2A District wrestling in Cherokee on Feb. 14th. Photo by Paul Struck
AGHSC's Witzel (45-8) will wrestle Tyler Craig of Mt. Vernon (28-10) in his first-round match at State on Thursday; S/SOS's Klinker (37-8) wrestles South Tama County sophomore Kyle Lux (30-3); and S/SOS's Mathews (40-8) wrestles Central Springs sophomore Andrew Nodtvedt (35-8).
Cherokee qualified three for the Districts but didn't advance anyone to State, including Calvin Conley at 152, Tyler Lundsgaard at 171, and Dustin Rosewall at 215.
Conley (27-20) lost 7-0 to Kruger in his opening match, and then lost 12-3 to Down in the consolation. Lundsgaard lost 16-1 to eventual champion Brian Block (46-1) of Sibley-Ocheyedan, and then lost by fall in 3:21 to Bruce McWilliams (41-5) of S-SOS. Rosewall was pinned in 1:30 by eventual champ Taylor Whitt (37-3) of MOC-Floyd Valley, and lost a narrow 4-3 decision to Tanner Thompson (24-25) of OA-BCIG.
Pete Matthews of Sheldon-South O'Brien (top) controls his opponent on the way to winning the 2A District and a trip to the State Tournament. Photo by Sarah Gengler
"It was a tough day for us," sid Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "Calvin, Tyler, and Dustin truly gave it their all. Calvin was in a very close match in the first round just down two points in the second. I am very proud of all my wrestlers this year. I look forward to watching them improve next season. Thanks to all you wrestling fans for your support."
The 2A Team Scoring at Cherokee - OA-BCIG 125; S-O 94; Sergeant Bluff-Luton 91; S-SOS 58; MOC/FV44; BH/RV 36; Carroll 28; Spirit Lake Park 27; Heelan 22; AGHSC 16; Hull WC 12; Cherokee 0.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn qualified four wrestlers for State at the Feb. 14th 1A District at Sioux Center. Front row, left to right, Jerad Letsche, Russ Godbersen. Back, coach Caleb Goodburn, Jacob Lehnhoff, Blaine Dammann, coach Steve Phillips. Photo contributed