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MNW’s Hanson advances

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

Koby Hanson of Manson Northwest Webster wrestles against Cascade's Connor Conlin on Thursday in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Koby Hanson of Manson Northwest Webster wrestles against Cascade's Connor Conlin on Thursday in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

DES MOINES — Koby Hanson had a bad taste in his mouth after ending up on the doorstep of the state tournament last year.

Hanson, who lost in the district meet a year ago for Manson Northwest Webster, wasn’t about to let that happen this time around.

Hanson (29-2), a Cougar junior, picked up a fall in his 120-pound opening round match against Cascade’s Connor Colin (3:40) here on Thursday.

“Last year, I was a takedown short,” Hanson said. “So this time around, I felt like it had to be done. I didn’t want to feel the pain. I remebered it and let it drive me to become better.

“I treat every match like it’s my last, and the outcome takes care of itself. I know I went all out and put it all on the mat.”

Hanson will now face sophomore Ryne Moherfeld (41-16) of Lisbon.

“The atmosphere is great (at Wells Fargo Arena). I love it,” Hanson said. “It makes me feel more people are watching, and I need to show the world what I’m made of.

“I felt a little nervous during warm-ups, but it left within minutes. I usually don’t let my nerves get to the best of me. Once my mat came up, I was focused and I didn’t notice where I even was, it’s just another match.”

Manson Northwest Webster freshman Carson Collins (33-7) was unable to pick up a win in his first state trip at 113 pounds.

Collins lost by fall to sixth-ranked Kurtis Krager of OA-BCIG, and dropped a 7-0 decision to Gannon Cook of East Buchanan.

Eagle Grove

Freshman Mark Dawson (36-16) lost his opening round 126-pound match to No. 2 Kody Berg by fall.

Dawson bounced back with a fall in 5:14 over Austin Flynn.

Emmetsburg

Ninth-ranked Spencer Griffin (43-3) suffered an opening round setback to third-ranked Cooper Siebrechit of Lisbon, 11-0 at 132 pounds.

Griffin bounced back with a 10-0 major decision over Ben Smith of Iowa Valley.

Freshman Mason Griffin (24-20) fell in two straight matches. He lost to Ethan Elliott of Interstate-35, 10-3, in the opening round. He then suffered a fall to Skeeter Bostwick of Missouri Valley.

West Bend-Mallard

Senior Juan Falcon (26-13) lost by fall to sixth-ranked Joey Schwenn of Belle Plaine, but then bounced back with a near-record performance.

Falcon earned a 29-14 technical fall over Riley Algreen of West Central Valley. The 29 points tied for the fourth-most in a single match at the state tournament.

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