Cherry takes bronze

Messenger of photo by Britt Kudla James Cherry of Webster City celebrates a win against Spirit Lake Park's Dakoda Powell in a third-place match on Saturday in Des Moines.

DES MOINES — James Cherry wasn’t going to let one loss ruin his state tournament experience.

The sixth-ranked Webster City senior (38-5) fell to top-ranked Boone McDermont (Dubuque Wahlert) in the quarterfinals, but Cherry then reeled off four straight victories for a bronze medal at 220 pounds.

Cherry earned a 12-9 decision over fifth-ranked Dakoda Powell (41-6) of Spirit Lake Park in the third-place match, and a fall over third-ranked Tyler Anderson (40-6) of OA-BCIG in the consolation semifinals.

“I’m ecstatic right now,” Cherry said. “I’m in the top three in the state.

“I didn’t want to think about what place I was going for — I just wanted to win as many matches as I could.”

Cherry defeated No. 5 Dakoda Powell (Spirit Lake Park) in the first round. He then came up short, but started a streak of four straight wins with a victory over Issac Maser (Williamsburg), Lake Stahlberg (Monticello), Anderson and Powell.

No. 3 junior Drake Doolittle (44-5) closed his 120-pound tournament with a fall (4:14) over fifth-ranked Caleb Fuessley (42-7) of Center Point-Urbana. Doolittle fell to fourth-ranked Jack Thomsen (47-3) of La Porte City, 5-1 in the consolation semifinals.

Senior Carson Hartnett (40-8) finished sixth at 132 pounds. He lost his consolation semifinal match 6-0 to Chase Luensman (49-5) of Monticello, and the fifth- place match to ninth-ranked Jack West (42-5) of Winterset, 5-1. Two of his tournament losses were to West.

Top-ranked senior Cooper Lawson (45-3) placed eighth.

Southeast Valley

Senior Trey Lawrence (44-14) lost a major decision to sixth-ranked Chase McLaren (57-6) of Atlantic-Cam to finish eighth.

Pocahontas Area

Jacob Mielke (46-8) grabbed a seventh place finish for the Indians.

Mielke defeated Mason Hill (38-11) of Cherokee Washington 12-7 in the 106-pound match.


Second-ranked senior Tanner Abbas (46-5) ran into top-ranked Noah Fye (42-3) of NHTV in the third-place match.

It was a tight battle, but Abbas came up just short in a 6-4 decision.

In the consolation semifinal, he defeated Humboldt’s Joey Busse, 10-2. Abbas finished the tournament with a 3-2 record after reaching the semifinals. He also lost to sixth-rated Ryan Steffen of Crewstwood (37-8).


Junior Joey Busse (44-7) finished his tournament with a sixth-place showing. Busse met Abbas for the fifth time this season. Five of Busse’s seven losses were to Abbas.

Busse lost by fall to Klayton Keller (49-7) of Saydel, who had topped him in the quarterfinals.