DES MOINES - Jacob Pearson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn was the lone area wrestler to win his opening match at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships here Wednesday.
Pearson, a junior and one of eight area grapplers earning a State berth this year, beat sophomore Nate Aitchison of West Hancock Britt 13-11 in an exciting donnybrook at 171 pounds in Class 1A. Pearson wrestled in the second-round Championship bracket later Thursday.
Pearson's fellow Eagle Dillon Mugge (285), also a junior, was pinned in 3:07 by junior Joe Koehn of Valley Community Elgin in his opener, but then rebounded in a consolation match with a thrilling pin of senior Ryan Felts of WACO Wayland in 7:38 in double overtime to stay alive in the consolation bracket.
Also in 2A, Ridge View sophomore Michael Davidson (189) was pinned in 3:17 by junior Kane Seeley of Perry in his opening match, but then rebounded with a 4:30 pin of junior Bradley Grothus of Davenport Assumption in the consolation first round to stay alive in the consolation bracket.
Ridge View senior Tyler Kenny (145) was pinned by junior Blake Meling of East Marshall/GMG in 5:30 in his opener, and then lost by fall to senior Logan Gushiken of ADM Adel in :45 in the consolation bracket to end his season.
S-SOS junior Tanner Matthews (171) was pinned in 1:34 by Jeff Guttry of Fairfield in his opener, and then lost 6-2 to senior Elliott Wirkler of MFL Central in the consolation bracket to close out his season.
Also, S-SOS junior Bruce McWilliams (189) lost 10-0 to senior Jack Manning of Woodward-Granger in his opener, and then lost 3-0 to junior Colten Riley of South Central Calhoun in the consolation bracket to end his season.