The Cherokee Braves qualified three wrestlers for the 2012 Iowa State Class 2A Wrestling Championships beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The Braves qualified freshman Hunter Morrow at 120 pounds, and seniors Zac Anderson at 152, and Miah Back at 285, after they each placed second in the Districts in Cherokee Saturday.
Morrow (28-18) lost 17-1 to District champion Spirit Lake Park's Zach Skopec (37-5), and then battled back with two pin wins to take second place and earn the State berth. Morrow pinned Ben Graber (33-13) of Sergeant Bluff-Luton in 5:07, and then pinned David Grave (22-4) of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock in 3:59.
Morrow meets Van Meter senior Jimmy Scieszinski (35-4) in first-round action Thursday at State.
In his District action here, Anderson (27-3) pinned Dylon Van't Hof (31-10) of Sioux Center in 5:12, and then dropped a 12-2 decision to Brent Stickrod (41-4) of Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove to finish second.
Anderson meets freshman Steven Holloway (37-3) of Mediapolis in his first-round match at State Thursday.
Back (25-14) was second in Districts to earn a State berth after pinning Alejandro Jara (21-10) of Sioux Center, and losing by fall to Tanner Thompson (34-5) of OABCIG in 3:05.
Back will meet senior Logan Hopp (38-1) of New Hampton in his first-round match at State.
Two other Braves placed fourth and out of the money at Districts.
Senior Jack Letsche (24-20) lost by fall to eventual champion Isaac Lundgren (35-6) of SLP in 1:41, and lost 16-1 to Kyle Anderson (25-11) of MOC-Floyd Valley.
Sophomore Luke Zeiman (22-21) lost by fall to Rick Maris (21-8) of SLP in 3:18, and lost by fall to Josh King (38-7) of SB-L.
"What a great weekend of wrestling," said Cherokee coach Austin Todd. "Everyone fought hard and came ready to compete. Jack and Luke wrestled tough and gave it all they had, but just came up short. Congratulations to Hunter, Zac, and Miah for making State. Zac and Miah both knew they had to win their first match and did so with great style and pin falls. Hunter lost his first match, but came back by upsetting two seniors to pin his way to State."
Also in 2A, Sheldon-South O'Brien qualified three senior grapplers to State out of the Cherokee District.
Austin Bainbridge (30-8) placed second at Districts at 106 pounds, Tanner Matthews (39-1) was champion at 170, and Bruce McWilliams (22-2) was champion at 195.
Bainbridge meets Washington sophomore Fletcher Green (40-3) in first-round action at State Thursday, Matthews meets Perry senior Keegan Davis (38-8), and McWilliams meets Dyersville Beckman junior Kirby Kendrick (30-6).
SB-L won the District team title at Cherokee with 97.5 points, followed by SLP 94.5, OABCIG 69, CLGLR 62, S-SOS 58, BHRV 52, MOC-FV 50, Cherokee 43, East Sac County 23, Sioux Center 18, and Sioux City Heelan 0.