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Ruffridge 4th in 2A

DES MOINES — Shea Ruffridge has sat on the doorstep of competing in the state wrestling championships for two consecutive years. Now, the Pocahontas Area junior believes those experiences will help push him next year to make that final step. Ruffridge finished fourth here Saturday inside ...

Fisher earns silver for Jaguars

DES MOINES — Southeast Valley sophomore Kyler Fisher came up just short in his quest to secure a state title here Saturday night, falling to Osage’s Brock Jennings in the Class 1A 170-pound finals. Fisher (48-4) had picked up three wins over ranked seniors heading into the bout, but ...

Birnbaum inducted into Hall

DES MOINES — Another Dodger has his place in the Iowa High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Former Fort Dodge Senior High athlete and coach Ed Birnbaum joined that elite group prior to Saturday night’s championship round. Birnbaum is the second straight ex-Dodger wrestler to enter the ...

Doolittle finishes 2nd for WC

DES MOINES — The dream will be moved to standby for at least the next 365 days. Webster City sophomore Drake Doolittle’s bid to become the Lynx fifth individual state wrestling champion was halted by Albia’s Aden Reeves in the Class 2A 113-pound final at the 2017 state tournament last ...

Indians advance to state

MANSON — The Pocahontas Area girls will get the chance to defend their state title after a 63-34 victory over Carroll Kuemper in a Class 3A regional final here Saturday night. The Indians, who won the 3A title a year ago after finishing second the season before, were led once again by Elle ...

Dodgers lose finale to No. 7 Dowling

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge girls were unable to overcome a tough third quarter, bowing out of Class 5A postseason play at the hands of seventh-ranked West Des Moines Dowling here Saturday night, 73-49. Shariah Smith finished her career with the Dodgers by scoring 20 points, while ...

Tritons sweep indoor regional titles

STORM LAKE — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s track teams swept the overall titles here Saturday at the NJCAA Region XI Indoor Championships. Over the course of the two-day event, the Triton men racked up 376 points, while the women scored 297. The Iowa Central women received a ...

Croft’s 33 leads Iowa Central men

Tray Croft scored 33 points and the Iowa Central men snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 77-64 victory over North Iowa Area here Saturday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. It marked the first ICCAC win of the season for the Tritons, who are now 9-18 overall and 1-7 in the league. Kam ...

Trifecta of Dodgers in championship round for third straight year

DES MOINES — Fort Dodge’s wrestlers again put an assault on the school history books during Friday’s rounds of the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Even so, it doesn’t look like it will be enough to bring home the school’s first state team title since 1985. The ...

Never alone

DES MOINES — In a moment of personal celebration and historic achievement, three Fort Dodge state wrestling finalists immediately shifted the attention away from themselves and toward a brother in need. Previously-unbeaten Drew Bennett suffered another crushing state tournament loss to Kyle ...

Fisher in state finals

DES MOINES — Kyler Fisher wanted to take a different approach to his second state tournament appearance. Last year as a freshman, Fisher was eliminated without a medal. This time around, he decided to stop thinking so much and stick to a simpler gameplan. “Being here last year helped ...

Teske eyeing FDSH history

DES MOINES — Fort Dodge junior Brody Teske won’t be alone when he goes for his third state wrestling championship here on Saturday night. Teske, now 134-0 in his career, is one of six wrestlers seeking a third title in tonight’s championship round. He’ll go for the Class 3A 120-pound ...

Doolittle reaches finals

DES MOINES — Drake Doolittle has learned a lot. A year removed from dominating the backside of the 113-pound bracket and making the consolation finals, the Webster City sophomore is now wrestling for a title. Last season, Doolittle lost in his opener but bounced back with five straight ...

Sizzling Ames tops FD boys

The Ames boys are one of the top defensive teams in the state. But over the last three games, the Little Cyclones have taken their offensive skills to the next level. Clicking on all cylinders here Friday night, Ames picked up an easy 68-38 victory over Fort Dodge in the regular season ...

GOING TO WORK

DES MOINES - Bobby Thompson knew heading into the state tournament that if his Fort Dodge wrestling team was going to be in the chase for a Class 3A title, they would need all of their qualifiers to contribute. After the first day of action, the Dodgers have 10 of their 11 grapplers alive and ...

Allison forced to withdraw

DES MOINES — Thursday marked a somber end to St. Edmond senior Connor Allison’s career. Allison (19-8), who was a district runner-up, had to withdraw from competition after getting kidney stones earlier this week. “Words can't express how disappointed Connor is,’’ said ...

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, ...

Mustangs eliminate SE boys

ALGONA — Earlier this month, the Newell-Fonda boys engaged in a back-and-forth contest with St. Edmond toward the end of the regular season. On Thursday night, the Mustangs used the experiences from that tough loss and the incredible play of senior Reed Kruse and freshman Bryce Coppock to ...

On the move

DES MOINES — Drake Doolittle got a taste of the state tournament as a freshman last season and reached the podium. Now, as a second-ranked 113 pounder, Doolittle is looking to quickly climb the ladder. Doolittle (41-2) finished third in his rookie campaign and started his sophomore run ...

ON A MISSION

DES MOINES — Drew Bennett sat and watched as three of his Fort Dodge teammates captured state wrestling championships a year ago. Now, Bennett wants to take that giant step to the top of the podium as he will compete in the Class 3A meet beginning Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena. A ...