Area wrestlers are state-bound
CLEAR LAKE — A handful of Messenger-area wrestling teams punched tickets for the upcoming state wrestling meet at a Class 2A district here Saturday.
Joey Busse, who earlier this year became Humboldt’s career wins leader, racked up two more victories to earn the 145-pound title. Busse, a senior, scored a technical fall and a major decision.
Busse will bring a 43-0 record with him to state. He finished sixth a year ago.
Cole Nelson, Joel Osborn and Justin Jones punched state tickets as runners-up. Nelson was second at 106 pounds and is 38-12, Osborn claimed silver at 197 and is 37-6, with Jones finishing as the heavyweight runner-up with a record of 39-3.
Cresten Craven and Levi Naeve were third, with both Colby Clarken and Jordan Jensen placing fourth for the Wildcats.
Unbeaten Kyler Fisher will represent Southeast Valley once more, as the two-time state runner-up claimed the 182-pound title. He is also the school’s career wins leader.
Fisher, who will be a preferred walk-on at the University of Iowa for football in the fall, picked up a technical fall and a major decision. The senior is now 25-0 on the year.
Coledon Bethel and Clayton McFarland each finished third for the Jaguars, with Carter Fluckiger placing fourth. McFarland ended his year with 43 wins, Bethel with 42 and Fluckiger 31.
Spencer Trenary was a district champion, with Tyler Stein, Remington Hanson, Keaton Wilson, Sam Wigans and Garrett Seaba all claiming runner-up finishes for the Cowboys.
Trenary, ranked No. 1 at heavyweight and committed to South Dakota State University to wrestle, earned a fall and a decision to remain unbeaten at 46-0 this year.
Stein was the 113-pound runner-up, with Seaba finishing second at 120. Hanson was second at 132, Wilson second at 145 and Wigans at 182.
Carter Dietz, Colby Lienemann and Reed Abbas missed out on qualifying, placing third.
Jacob Mielke will have the chance to secure another state medal after earning the 106-pound title for Pocahontas Area. Mielke, who was seventh at state a year ago, earned a 14-5 major decision in the finals and is now 38-2 on the season.
Thomas Melohn finished fourth at 152 for the Indians.
Algona’s Carson Devine claimed the runner-up spot at 160 pounds and will compete at state. Devine is 35-8 this year.
Clarion-Goldfield/Dows also finished atop the team standings with Humboldt placing fourth.
E-Hawks, Eagles send wrestlers on
LAKE MILLS — Eagle Grove and Emmetsburg combined to secure eight Class 1A state wrestling bids here during district action Saturday.
Eagle Grove will be represented by three qualifiers, as Joel Mendoza won a district title and both Gabe Rolon and Mark Dawson qualified as runners-up.
Mendoza picked up two falls to win the 220-pound title, including a pin in 4:17 over GT/RA’s Cade Steelman in the finals. He is now 45-4 on the year.
Rolon went 1-1 and finished second at 120 pounds, while Dawson was also 1-1 and placed second at 145. Rolon enters state 34-17, while Dawson sports a record of 41-6.
Emmetsburg’s Spencer Griffin claimed a district title, with teammates Sean Brennan, Ethan Berven, Mason Griffin and Calvin Hart finishing second each to advance.
Spencer Griffin was the 145-pound champion, earning a major decision and a decision. He is now 40-1 on the year for the E-Hawks.
Brennan placed second at 113 and is 32-7, with Berven finishing as the runner-up at 132 with a record of 33-4. Mason Griffin came back to get second at 160 and is now 37-6, as did Hart at heavyweight, where he is 11-19.
Nic Lowe, Levi Aldous, Colton Andersen and Jon Lace II were third with Kelly Griffin, Bret Hoyman, Matthew Wirtz and Nick Schany were fourth.
Manson Northwest Webster’s Daltin Roest and Carson Collins each finished fourth.
North Union’s Jake Anderson placed third.
Five bids for both ESC and SCC
SIBLEY — East Sac County and South Central Calhoun secured five total state tournament berths here Saturday at a Class 1A district meet.
Garret Bruce earned the lone title for the Raiders, with Nathan Thomsen and Kipp Corbin advancing as runners-up.
For the Titans, Blake and Chase McAlister were both second to earn their spots at the state meet.
Bruce, a senior, earned two decisions to claim the 170-pound title. He will carry a record of 38-6 with him into state, which includes a 7-6 win in the district final over Western Christian’s Tristan Mulder.
Thomsen, now 26-3, went 1-1 on the day at 132. Corbin, 32-11 for the season, also went 1-1 at heavyweight.
Blake McAlister earned silver at 145 pounds thanks to a major decision win over William Kooi of West Lyon in the semifinals. He is now 35-9 on the year.
Chase McAlister, who has signed to run track at Iowa State University in the fall, went 1-1 at 160 pounds and is now 41-4 on the season.
Also for South Central Calhoun, Kevin King and Ayden Toms finished third, with Brian King placing fourth.
Doolittle among WCHS qualifiers
ADEL — Drake Doolittle, the career wins leader at Webster City, will make his fourth state appearance after securing a Class 2A district title here Saturday.
Doolittle improved to 39-1 on the year with a major decision over Van Meter/Earlham’s Colby Wiederholt in the finals.
Joining Doolittle at champions were freshman Camron Phetxoumphone and Caleb Olson. Michael Gilbert secured a true-second finish to qualify.
Phetxoumphone claimed an 8-4 decision over Perry’s Cole Nelson at 106 pounds, while Olson pinned Ballard’s Joseph Hofbauer in 2:55 for his title at 195.
Chase Rattenborg and Sean Godfredsen each placed second for the Lynx.