DES MOINES - Joe Teague continued his quest for an unbeaten state championship here Thursday morning.
Algona's second-ranked 182-pound junior needed only 1:23 to pin Williamsburg's Mitchell Spenler in his Class 2A opening round match inside Wells Fargo Arena. With the dominant victory, Teague improved to 41-0 on the season.
"That's definitely the goal," said Teague of a potential state title. "You just have to take one opportunity at a time, and the record and goals will take care of themselves."
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Algona’s Joe Teague works his way to a victory on Thursday at the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU at www.messengernews.net
Teague, who placed seventh here at 170 in the 3A field last year, will now face No. 7 Gabriel Rangel (37-5 overall) of Davenport Assumption in the quarterfinals. Rangel prevailed by fall in 5:00 over Cain Johanns of Clarinda.
"There's a lot of pressure down (at state), but you can't think of it that way," said Teague, who went 31-9 as a sophomore. "I feel much more comfortable this year after I got my eyes opened a little last year.
"You need to wrestle like you have nothing to lose."
Junior Austin Long (145) and senior Tyler Frideres (170) also won their first bouts for the Bulldogs. Long (31-12) registered a 15-0 technical fall against Woodward-Granger's Race Brant.
Awaiting Long next is undefeated and No. 2 Zach Skopec (46-0) from Spirit Lake Park. Frideres (34-4) stuck Dubuque Wahlert's Weslee Haynes in 5:33. Frideres will be tested by top-ranked Adam Drain (33-3) of Mediapolis in the quarterfinals.
Kory Kuecker (152) went 0-2 for Algona. After dropping a 15-1 major decision to Perry's Seth Stetzel, the senior Kuecker (33-10) suffered a 5-4 setback to Blake Gjerde from Estherville-Lincoln Central.
Long, Frideres and Kuecker also made trips to Des Moines in 2013.
As a team, the Bulldogs enter day two of state action 10th in the 2A team race with 11.5 points. Third-ranked Davenport Assumption (25) leads the way.
No. 8 senior Alex Oswald (160) punched a quarterfinal ticket for the Lynx, while classmate Tanner Hild (152) and fourth-ranked senior Dylan Fielder (195) both remain on the consolation side.
Oswald (35-5) earned a 6-1 decision over Spirit Lake Park's David Trucksess. Next up for Oswald is J.J. Clark (42-6) of Clarinda.
Following a 7-3 loss to Greene County's No. 10 Jeremy Scheuermann, Hild (32-7) rebounded with a 6-4 upset of top-ranked Drew Buster of Mediapolis.
In his opener, Buster was pinned in 3:43 by Sergeant Bluff-Luton's No. 5 Brett Tomoson. Hild will now square off against either Grinnell's No. 2 Brody Beck (50-1) or fourth-ranked Danny Bush (40-3) from Davenport Assumption.
Fielder (41-4) was pinned in 1:17 by top-ranked Steven Holloway of Mediapolis in round one. Fielder then bounced back with a 1:12 fall over Central Dewitt's Chase Kraklio.
Up next for Fielder will be either No. 6 Cale Stork (46-3) of Harlan or Sheldon/South O'Brien's Darin Greenfield (21-6).
Going 0-2 for Webster City were junior Freddie Seeley (120) and senior Jacob Powers (145).
Seeley (33-21) fell short in a 10-4 decision to No. 7 Elliot Henderson from West Liberty, while later being pinned in 1:24 by Mediapolis' eighth-ranked Mason Buster.
Powers (41-7) was downed by Garret Jay of Grinnell and Sergeant Bluff-Luton's No. 5 Steven Garcia by scores of 6-5 and 12-5, respectively.
Fielder is the school's third-ever four-time state qualifier, who owns 139 career wins. Powers was also making his second trip in a row to Des Moines.
Making his second consecutive state appearance, No. 3 senior Reed Dreyer (195) went 1-1 for the Wildcats.
Dreyer (40-6) dropped a 9-4 decision to Albia's second-ranked Carter Isley. Dreyer then pinned Interstate 35's Lonnie Harper in just 50 seconds.
Dreyer will now meet either Independence's No. 9 Matt McMillan (40-9) or Sioux City Heelan's fifth-ranked Christian Brobst (44-2).
Quarterfinals in 2A begin today at 9 a.m., followed by second-round consolation action.