DES MOINES - It's been a difficult path to Wells Fargo Arena for Brad Cabrera, but now that he's here, he's making every minute count.
The Manson Northwest Webster senior missed out on state opportunities the past two years by finishing third at districts, but good things come to those who continue to work hard. Cabrera did exactly that here Thursday in Class 1A quarterfinal action.
"This is what I've been training for,'' Cabrera said. "I've been shooting for this, and missing out pushed me even more.
"I just want to leave everything on the floor and represent Manson well.''
The eighth-ranked 140-pounder fought his way into the semifinals with a fall in 3:25 over ninth-ranked Reece Schueman of ASHT.
"When we looked at his half of the bracket, we knew he had a chance to get where he is,'' said MNW head coach Stacey Rice. "But looking at the bracket is one thing - doing it takes a little more.
Waddell bows out
DES MOINES - Mason Waddell saw his dreams of a potential podium finish end for at least another year here Thursday at the Class 1A state wrestling meet.
Making his second consecutive state appearance, the 145-pound St. Edmond junior, lost by fall to ninth-ranked Nashua-Plainfield's No. 5 Jesse Brown (4:40) in a consolation second round match.
"I thought Mason still wrestled well, though. It just wasn't meant to be his time yet,'' SEHS head coach Jim Allison said.
Waddell, who finished with a 32-10 overall record on the year, was attempting to become the eighth SEHS placewinner since 2000 and first since Thomas McLoughlin came in eighth at 160 pounds in 2007.
"Mason's a great listener and is extremely talented, so it's just a matter of time before everything all clicks,'' Allison said.
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"I'm really happy for him, because he's gone through a lot.''
Cabrera (35-11) who won his first match in overtime, will now face Belle Plaine's second-ranked Colten Wagner (42-1) in the semifinal round.
Twin River Valley
The Thunder couldn't place all four of their remaining grapplers in the semifinals, but seniors Sean Schneider (125) and Nate Tool (171), along with sophomore Levi Peters (140), will be wrestling for state championship match bids as Twin River Valley (36 points) stands in third place.
Second-ranked freshman Brance Simms (103) lost a heartbreaking decision in quarterfinal, but stayed alive to assure himself a spot on the podium.
Tool (41-0) will be wrestling in the semifinals for the third consecutive season. Schneider (40-2) will be in his second straight semi match.
Schneider, ranked third, added a major decision to his first round fall, dominating No. 8 Levi Richards Nodaway Valley, 17-8.
Schneider will now square off with second-ranked Cole Welter (36-6) of Don Bosco in the semifinals.
Tool once again put on a clinic, earning a 17-3 major decision over sixth-ranked and previously-unbeaten sophmore Kyle Soderblom of Lynnville-Sully. In his semifinal, Tool will hook up with Nashua-Plainfield's fourth-ranked Marc Benning (42-1).
Peters (42-2), ranked fourth, guaranteed himself a medal with a fall in 2:32 over unranked Drake Fanslau of Underwood. Now, the sophomore will face fifth-ranked Isaac Adamson (43-4) of Clarinda Academy.
In his opening match, the second-ranked Simms (41-2) lost a tough 6-2 decision to sixth-ranked Zach Buch (38-5) of Belle Plaine. Simms took a 2-0 lead, but a stalling call, reversal and three near fall points was too much to overcome.
In his consolation quarterfinal, he beat Nick Drenth of Hartley HMS, earning a 9-0 major decision.
The Cougars will bring home three medals.
Second-ranked sophomore Skyler Rice (47-2) lost a sudden death overtime match to No. 4 Seth Epling (51-2) of Woodbury Central. Epling won the contest 3-2.
Rice bounced back with a 6-2 win over third-ranked Jason Winkler of South Winnesik. Rice will now face Kelly Kopaska of CRB.
Senior Landon Rasch (28-8) had his back against the wall against top-ranked Scott Eben (41-2) of Central Lyon. Rasch lost a 5-2 decision. Rasch was knocked out of the tournament by seventh-ranked Cass Lester of Pleasantville, 5-4.
Fifth-ranked freshman Jesse Partlow (43-6) won his consolation quarterfinal over Jordan Johnson of Interstate 35. He'll now face Jake Kadel of NL/WMU.
After two days of action, the Cougars are tied for 10th place with 25.5 points.
Eighth-ranked freshman Brayton Taylor (42-2) suffered only his second loss of the season, falling to sixth-ranked Jack O'Brien (37-4) of Belle Plaine. Taylor dropped the contest 4-2.
The Warrior rookie then bounced back with an 18-6 major decision over Mike Novotny of Underwood.
Prairie Valley's seventh-ranked senior Jon Elmore (39-5) will receive a first medal after staying alive on Thursday.
Eighth-ranked Tom Brinkman (29-6) lost a 10-0 major decision to No. 2 Jake Hoffman (43-0) of Graettinger-Terril.
Brinkman will receive a medal after beating ninth-ranked Dillon Grossman of Woodbine. Now he'll hook up with sixth-ranked Collin Sudol of Nashua-Plainfield.
Class 1A seminfinals and third round consolations will begin at 2:15 p.m. and the consolation semifinals will begin with all three classes at 7:45 p.m. in Des Moines.
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