MNW’s Hanson advances
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.
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.
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.
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.