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MMC's Godbersen claims 7th place

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Russ Godbersen, right, of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn stays focused during his consolation match against Tyler Thye of Wapello at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships last week in Des Moines. Godbersen beat Thye 9-4. Photo by Cindy Godbersen
DES MOINES - Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Russ Godbersen won his second-round consolation match and lost his third-round match at 152 pounds Friday in the Class 1A State Wrestling Championships here.

Godberson faced off with Marrick Loftus of Logan-Magnolia in third-round action late Friday night and Loftus, a senior with a 40-9 record, beat Godbersen 8-6 in an exciting match. Loftus went on to finish fifth.

Godbersen then beat Jon Elmore of Prairie Valley-Gowrie 4-1 in a re-match to claim seventh place. Elmore defeated Godbersen 3-1 in their opening match Thursday.

Bruce McWilliams of Sheldon-South O'Brien rides his opponent during a Class 2A consolation match at last week's Iowa State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines. Photo by Cindy Godbersen
Godbersen, who entered the State Championships rated third at 152 in Class 1A, and boasting a 41-4 record entering State action, ran his sterling record to 43-6 with those consolation wins. In second-round consolation, Godbersen beat Tyler Thye of Wapello 9-4. Thye is a senior with a 31-10 record.

Godbersen, an Eagle senior, lost a narrow 3-1 decision to senior Jon Elmore of Prairie Valley-Gowrie in his opening match on Thursday at 152 pounds, and then came back in the first-round consolation with a hard-earned 4-2 decision over senior Josh Becker of Gilbertville Don Bosco Thursday afternoon. Elmore ends 34-8, and Becker 27-14.

Also in 1A, Godbersen's teammate, Jacob Pearson, lost his first two matches Thursday to end his season.

Pearson, am MMC sophomore, was pinned by senior Randy Armstrong of Eddyville-Blairsburg in 5:14 in his opener, and then lost 12-6 to senior Taylor Connolly of East Buchanan in first-round consolation. Pearson ends with a 33-14 record, Armstrong is 37-13, and Connolly 33-12.

Cherokee's Patrick Loughlin sizes up Clear Lake's Levi Kellog during the Class 2A Iowa State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines last week. Photo by Jay Loughlin
In Class 2A, Sheldon-South O'Brien's Pete Matthews was the lone winner in his opening match Wednesday of the 10 area wrestlers comprising the Chronicke Times coverage area. However, Matthews lost in the 2A quarterfinals Thursday afternoon and wrestled in the second-round consolation bracket late Thursday where he lost by fall in 2:46 to Collin Bevins, a Creston sophomore with a 28-8 record.

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.

Matthews then lost by fall Thursday in 4:53 to senior Ryan Frank of Independence in second-round action. Matthews ends the season with a 34-7 mark, and Frank is 42-2.

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.

Taylor Witzel of Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland, right, takes Kyle Walker of Algona/North Sentral Kossuth to the mat durng their Class 2A battle at 160 pounds at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships last week in Des Moines. Photo by Jay Loughlin
McWilliams then lost a 12-7 second-round consolation match Thursday to Jacob Morris of Emmetsburg-AR, a senior with a 39-7 record.

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.

Sheldon - South O'Brien's Pete Matthews (left)won his first match at the State, but that was it.
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.

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