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Trenary seals the deal

DES MOINES — Spencer Trenary was a man on a mission Saturday, and nobody was going to stand in his way. The top-ranked 285-pounder topped his career with his fourth state medal for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, climbing the podium all the way to the top. It was the South Dakota State University ...

Fisher earns his third silver medal

DES MOINES — Kyler Fisher’s bid for a state championship came up just short again on Saturday. The top-ranked 182-pounder suffered a 6-5 loss to Washington’s second-ranked Tristin Westphal. This was the third straight championship match Fisher (28-1) has competed in. He ends his ...

Tritons hold off Spartans

Kemryn Jenkins wasn’t prepared to sit on a 21-point halftime lead for his Iowa Central men Saturday. Jenkins scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half as the Tritons held off a furious rally by Southwestern, winning 97-87 inside Hodges Fieldouse. Royshawn Webb had a game-high 28 to ...

Short-handed Tritons stop Spartans

Kelly Kruger witnessed a special effort out of his short-handed Iowa Central women here Saturday. Playing with a limited bench due to injuries, the Tritons left Hodges Fieldhouse with an 85-74 victory over Southwestern. Brittany West led five Iowa Central (13-12 overall, 4-8 in ICCAC) with ...

Ross earns third medal

DES MOINES — Drevon Ross started at the bottom of the podium, but worked his way up the ladder. The fourth-ranked senior finished his Dodger career with a fourth-place medal, the third of his career. “It wasn’t what I wanted, but to be on a team with kids as tough as these guys was ...

Undefeated Ayala’s methodical run has him going for gold again at 113

DES MOINES — Pound for pound, Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala is one of the top wrestlers in the state. After clinching his second straight championship-round appearance on Friday, he wasn’t in the stands celebrating or resting. He was matside, watching his Dodger teammates complete a perfect ...

Taylor advances for his first-ever berth in the championship round

DES MOINES — When the Class 3A 120-pound brackets were announced, Fort Dodge’s Carson Taylor knew he was going to have beat the best to even get a chance at a state championship. Taylor was positioned on the same side as nationally-ranked University of Iowa recruit Cullan Schriever of ...

FINAL FOUR

DES MOINES — When Joey Busse heard the referee’s call on Friday night, it was a feeling he’d never experienced. Busse, Humboldt’s top-ranked senior, was knotted 2-2 at the end of regulation against second-ranked Colby Tool (43-2) of Monroe-PCM. The 145-pounder, then got a takedown and ...

Ross, Cowell brothers will medal for Fort Dodge

DES MOINES — For three Fort Dodge wrestlers, Friday didn’t begin how they had hoped. The Dodger trio quickly turned things around inside Wells Fargo Arena, though, as they all solidified spots on the podium. Sophomore Lane Cowell (106), junior Brooks Cowell (126) and senior Drevon Ross ...

E-Hawk Griffin in finals

DES MOINES — Spencer Griffin will try to join a list that includes some of the all-time great Iowa high school wrestlers here Saturday night. Griffin, a senior for Emmetsburg, advanced to the Class 1A 145-pound finals with a pair of victories at the state meet, including a fall in the ...

All Gaels in opener

ALGONA — Andrew Gibb scored 30 points, Jackson Kochendorfer added 17 and the St. Edmond boys cruised in their first postseason test here Friday night. After being forced to wait a day due to inclement weather, the Gaels had no trouble handling North Iowa, scoring a 64-26 victory in this ...

7 DODGERS MOVE FORWARD

DES MOINES — Six Fort Dodge wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals with dominating performances in opening-round Class 3A state meet action on Thursday. Five of the six Dodger opening-round victories came via bonus points, putting the defending state champions in third place early ...

Bruce, Mendoza, Griffins reach elite eight

DES MOINES — Garret Bruce has transitioned smoothly from an award-winning football season right to the wrestling mat. The East Sac County senior earned himself a technical fall in the first round of the Class 1A state meet here Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena, showing off that same kind of ...

Duckett’s tourney run ends

DES MOINES — Ryan Duckett had plenty of support both in the stands and in his corner Thursday at the state wrestling meet inside Wells Fargo Arena. Duckett, making his debut on the big stage in Class 1A, had his sister — St. Edmond cheerleader Ally Duckett — right with him on the ...

ALL IN THE FAMILY

DES MOINES — Competing alongside his brother isn’t anything new for South Central Calhoun freshman Blake McAlister. But the opportunity to do so on the big stage of the state wrestling meet Thursday was something younger McAlister will never forget. Blake’s state run was ended after a ...

9 from area to quarters

DES MOINES — Before Humboldt’s Joey Busse hit the mat on Thursday at the state tournament, he took the title of tour guide, as he showed his three rookie teammates their surroundings at Wells Fargo Arena. Busse, who the top-ranked senior grappler at 145 pounds, was a sixth-place medalist ...

FD girls clinch state berth

LE MARS — The Fort Dodge girls bowling team is headed back to the state tournament. The Dodgers placed second at a district meet, securing the No. 4 seed in next week’s state competition with a 2,690 for runner-up honors to host Le Mars (3,084) — the top overall seed for the 2A ...

DODGERS TAKE 4TH AT DUALS

DES MOINES — The state dual tournament brought both mixed emotions and results to the Fort Dodge wrestling squad inside Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday. After a rousing quarterfinal victory over Waukee and a setback in the semifinals versus eventual champion Southeast Polk, the fourth-seeded ...

Duckett ready to seize the moment

DES MOINES — The journey to the state tournament has been a grueling — yet exciting — one for St. Edmond sophomore Ryan Duckett. The path hasn’t always been easy, but the reward at the end — a state tournament berth — is a dream come true. “It means a lot to make it to ...

Area wrestlers dreaming of titles

DES MOINES — On the gridiron and in the wrestling room, Southeast Valley senior Kyler Fisher has set the standard. This past fall, Fisher re-wrote the school’s record books on the football field. He’s doing the same now on the mat. Before Fisher heads to Iowa City as a preferred ...