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Solomon Clayton of Fort Dodge scores against Des Moines  Roosevelt in the Dodger gym last week.

FDSH starts second season at home

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The Fort Dodge boys open Class 4A postseason play Monday night at home against Des Moines East. Tip in this Substate 2 quarterfinal is set for 7 p.m. The winner meets Des Moines North on Friday. On Friday, the Dodgers (13-8 overall) finished up regular season play with a 68-38 setback to ...

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Fort Dodge wrestlers Brody Teske (left) and Triston Lara celebrate state championships on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

SOLID GOLD

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DES MOINES — For the past three years, every team in the Class 3A state wrestling tournament has been chasing the juggernaut known as Southeast Polk. No one has been able to catch the Rams, but Fort Dodge continues to be as close as anyone in the state. Fort Dodge added to its rich ...

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The Fort Dodge wrestling team stands with its state runner-up team trophy on Saturday night in Des Moines.

A LEGACY CEMENTED

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DES MOINES — Like most sports, wrestling is all about the bottom line. It’s a no-nonsense world defined by wins and losses. There’s gold, and there’s everything else. There’s a champion, and there’s everyone else. Despite an inspiring run of tournament success over the last three ...

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Shea Ruffridge of Pocahontas Area wrestles against Perry's Zachary Thompson during a Class 2A third place consolation final on Saturday inside Wells Fargo Arena.

Ruffridge 4th in 2A

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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 ...

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Kyler Fisher of Southeast Valley wrestles against Osage's Brock Jennings during the Class 2A 170-pound championship on Saturday night in Des Moines.

Fisher earns silver for Jaguars

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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 ...

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Former Fort Dodge head coach Ed Birnbaum stands with his wife, Susie, after he was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday in Des Moines.

Birnbaum inducted into Hall

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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 ...

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Drake Doolittle of Webster City wrestles against Albia's Aden Reeves in the Class 2A championship at 113 pounds on Saturday in Des Moines.

Doolittle finishes 2nd for WC

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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 ...

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Grace Meyer of Pocahontas Area shoots in the state tournament last season.

Indians advance to state

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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 ...

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Shariah Smith of Fort Dodge shoots in the Dodger gym earlier this season.

Dodgers lose finale to No. 7 Dowling

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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

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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 ...

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Tray Croft drives and scores for Iowa Central on Saturday against NIACC.

Croft’s 33 leads Iowa Central men

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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 ...

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Triston Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles against Fort Madison's Harlan Steffensmeier on Friday in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Trifecta of Dodgers in championship round for third straight year

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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 ...

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Drew Bennett of Fort Dodge wrestles Waukee's Kyle Biscoglia during Class 3A semifinal action on Friday in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Never alone

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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 ...

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Kyler Fisher of Southeast Valley wrestles against Tucker Morrison on Friday in Des Moines.

Fisher in state finals

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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 ...

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Brody Teske of Fort Dodge wrestles against West Des Moines Noah Hughes-Reilly on Friday in Des Moines.

Teske eyeing FDSH history

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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 ...

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Drake Doolittle of Webster City wrestles against Keokuk's Ashton Meyers on Friday in Des Moines.

Doolittle reaches finals

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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 ...

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Malcolm Clayton of Fort Dodge drives to the basket this week.

Sizzling Ames tops FD boys

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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 ...

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Keaton Dornath of Fort Dodge wrestles against Dubuque Hempstead's Kent Kragenbrink on Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

GOING TO WORK

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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 ...

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Connor Allison of St. Edmond wrestles during the sectional tournament earlier this season.

Allison forced to withdraw

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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 ...

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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

MNW’s Hanson advances

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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, ...