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Jacob Pearson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, top, is in control in his 1A first round match against Nate Aitchison of West Hancock Wednesday at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships. Pearson won 13-11 in a wild match. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
8 area grapplers compete at State Wrestling Championships

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.

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Dillon Mugge of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn is ready to pin Ryan Felts of WACO Wayland in first round consolation bracket action at Wednesday's Iowa State Wrestling Championships. Mugge won in the second sudden death period with 22 seconds left. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
In 2A competition, Cherokee junior Miah Back (285) was pinned in 1:13 by junior Logan Hopp of New Hampton, and then lost a 10-1 major decision to junior Austin Conrad of Atlantic in the consolation bracket to end his run in the State tournament for this season.

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.

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Cherokee's Miah Back, top, means business in this Class 2A second round consolation bracket match against Austin Conrad of Atlantic At the Iowa State Wrestling Championships Wednesday in Des Moines. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
For Sheldon-South O'Brien, junior Austin Bainbridge (103) lost 10-4 to sophomore Zach Less of West Delaware Manchester in his opener, and then rebounded to pin freshman Brody Harrison of Saydel in :26 to stay alive in 2A consolation.

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.



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