DES MOINES - A pair of Sheldon-South O'Brien wrestlers in Class 2A were still alive Thursday afternoon at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships here.
For S-SOS, Pete Matthews was the lone winner in his opening match of the 10 area wrestlers comprising the Chronicke Times coverage area.
Matthews, a senior, ran his record to 34-5 at 215 pounds after beating junior Troy Brown of Carlisle 14-6 in his opening match Wednesday. Brown is a junior with a 27-9 record entering his match with Matthews.
Also for S-SOS, sophomore Bruce McWilliams lost 14-4 to junior Blaize Cabell of Independence in his opener, and then pinned senior Jacob Hartwig of Monticello in 5:41 in first-round consolation action Wednesday afternoon. McWilliams boasts a 36-6 record, Cabell is 42-1, and Hartwig ends his season at 31-19.
Five other area wrestlers in 2A, including Cherokee's Patrick Loughlin at 171, lost their first two matches and bowed out of the State meet.
Loughlin, a senior, lost 10-6 to sophomore Kane Seeley of Perry in his opener, and then lost 7-1 to Clear Lake senior Levi Kellog in first-round consolation. Loughlin ends his season with a 27-12 record, Seeley is 34-4, and Kellog 28-16.
Two Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland grapplers dropped their first two matches to end their seasons.
Taylor Witzel, a senior, lost a tight match 5-3 in overtime to junior Kyle Walker of Algona-North Sentral Kossuth at 160 pounds in his opener, and then dropped a 12-2 decision to senior Will Hansen of Colgate in first-round consolation. Witzel ends with a 42-7 record, Walker is 36-6, and Hansen is 34-3.
AGHSC sophomore Logan Schaefer was pinned by junior Bret Johnson of Roland-Story in 1:27 in his opener at 285 pounds, and was then pinned in 1:16 by senior Cameron Hayward of Independence in first-round consolation. Schaefer ends with a 38-12 record, Johnson is 35-0, and Hayward 30-8.
Two other S-SOS wrestlers lost their first two matches to also end their seasons.
Spencer Tischer, a junior, was pinned in 1:46 at 135 pounds by junior Kyler Risher of Centerville in his opener, and then was pinned in :50 by senior Trevor Hejhal of Osage in first-round consolation. Tischer ends with a 22-7 record, Risher is 40-11, and Hejhal 38-3.
Joe Feekes of S-SOS, a senior, lost 6-2 to senior Jordan Harestad of Gilbert
in his opener, and then lost 8-0 to junior Zach Bauer of Dallas Center-Grimes in first-round consolation. Feekes ends with a 34-13 record, Harestad is 41-6, and Bauer 37-4.
The Class 2A semifinals and third-round consolation matches are today from 1-2:15 p.m., and the consolation semifinals are from 7:45-9:15 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena here.
The all-class consolation finals are Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m., and the Grand March and finals begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.