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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pearson 6th, Mugge 7th

Marcus-Meriden-Celghorn wrestling coaches Steve Phillips, left, and Nick Dreckman exhort Eagle grappler Jacob Pearson during a match in the Championship bracket at last week's Iowa State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
DES MOINES - Two Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn juniors placed in last week's Class 1A Iowa State Wrestling Championships, with Jacob Pearson finishing sixth at 171 pounds, and Dillon Mugge placing seventh at 285 pounds.

That Eagle duo led a contingent of eight Cherokee area wrestlers qualifying for the 2010-2011 State classic.

Pearson won his first two matches at State, before losing 8-2 to senior Jake Everts of Aplington-Parkersburg in the 1A Championship semifinal Friday afternoon.

In a consolation match fighting for a possible third-place finish, Pearson was pinned in 5:03 by junior Kory Schmelzer of Corning, and then dropped a 12-3 match to senior Jake Crosby of Eddyville-Blakesburg in a battle for fifth place. Pearson fashioned a 2-3 match record at State and finishes the season with a sparkling 34-8 record.

Pearson beat sophomore Nate Aitchison of West Hancock Britt 13-11 in an exciting donnybrook at 171 pounds in his opener Wednesday, and then beat junior Tanner Tenley of North Cedar Stanwood 11-9 in second-round Championship bracket Thursday before meeting Everts in the Championship semifinals.

Mugge beat senior Matt Eads of Interstate 35 Truro 1-0 in a consolation battle for seventh place to finish his State competition with a 3-2 match record.

Mugge was pinned in 3:07 by junior Joe Koehn of Valley Community Elgin in his Wednesday 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. Mugge then pinned senior Zach Boyer of Eagle Grove in 4:21 in second-round consolation action Thursday.

However, Mugge ran into familiar Northwest Iowa foe Brendan Ter Wee, who was ranked #1 all season in Class 1A, in third-round consolation action Friday afternoon and lost 7-0 to the West Lyon senior, before beating Eads for seventh place. He ends the season with a 23-16 record.

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 (215) 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. Thursday, Davidson lost an 8-0 major decision to senior Alex Rans of West Delaware to end his season.

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.

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. Thursday, Bainbridge was pinned in 5:45 by freshman Shadow Leshen of Albia in second-round action 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.

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