Five area wrestlers earn sectional titles

Iowa Class 1A and Class 2A wrestlers opened postseason action Saturday in sectional tournaments. The top two finishers in each weight division advance to this Saturday’s district tournaments with state tournament berths on the line.

Reaching championship matches in sectional and district tournaments does not mean both those wrestlers qualify. Winning a sectional championship does advance wrestlers, but the losing wrestler is faced with a “true second” place match.

Five area wrestlers claimed sectional championships in Class 1A and Class 2A competition. Prairie City-Monroe’s Mustangs were at Albia in Class 2A action while Colfax-Mingo, Collins-Maxwell/Baxter and Lynnville-Sully were in the Class 1A sectional host by B-G-M in Brooklyn.

PCM senior Brandon Charls and freshman Xavier Miller were Class 2A Sectional 14 champions at 220 pounds and 113 pounds. Four other Mustangs finished second to move on — Chace Palm at 106, Tristan Clark at 126, Ron Marshall at 170 and Lucas Rains at 182.

Miller, Charls, Palm, Clark, Marshall and Rains wrestle at the Class 2A district tournament this Saturday at Fairfield.

In Class 1A Sectional 3, Lynnville-Sully seniors Meliek Meyer and Cade Doll pinned down championships at 145 pounds and 160 pounds, respectively. Cole Nickell at 113 pounds and Shannon Dunsbergen at 285 finished as runner-ups to qualify for the district tournament.

CMB’s Dawson Dahlke, a junior, was the 285-pound champion. Colfax-Mingo has two wrestlers — Brett Stevens at 120 and Jaeden Sokoloski at 145 — qualifying for district tournament action as second-place finishers.

The Lynnville-Sully, CMB and Colfax-Mingo wrestlers compete at the Class 1A district tournament this Saturday at Pleasantville.

A wrestler losing a championship match has to earn second-place with a win in another match. 

If the third-place match winner hasn’t wrestled the loser of the championship match, those wrestlers meet in a second-place wrestle-back match, determining a true second. If the two wrestlers have met, second goes to the loser of the championship match.

PCM had six wrestlers in Class 2A sectional finals, winning two of those matches. In Class 1A, seven area wrestlers reached championship matches, winning three. Area wrestlers qualified because of the true-second rule while eight lost by rule.

Miller of PCM pinned Tyeson Van Wyngarden of Knoxville in 40 seconds to claim his 113-pound Class 2A sectional championship. Miller goes into the 2A district at 31-4.

Charls earned his 220-pound 2A sectional title with a 10-8 decision over Brock Caviness of Knoxville. Charls is 22-15.

Palm was pinned b y Kyle Sinnott of Albia in the 106-pound title match. Palm (11-19) won by rule over Kyle Dooley of Chariton in the wrestle-back match since he had pinned Dooley in 17 seconds in the semifinals.

Clark (33-8), Marshall (32-12) and Rains (35-5) lost in their respective championship matches. They earned the runner-up spots with pins in wrestle-back matches. 

Clark, a junior, pinned Noah Coatney of Centerville in 3:15 at 126 pounds. Marshall, another junior, won the 170-pound match by pinning Jared McClung of Knoxville in 1:29.   Rains,  senior, took just 23 seconds to pin Zach Armstrong of Albia for second place at 182 pounds.

PCM’s senior Luke Cummings and junior Jaret Maggard won third-place matches at 152 pounds and 195 pounds. Unfortunately, they lost the second-place wrestle-back opportunities by rule.

Placing fourth for the Mustangs were Reece Broderson at 120, Matt Chizek at 132 and Trent Malone at 285. James Maggard at 138, Ian Reed at 145 and Jade Coleman at 160 finished sixth in their divisions. Chizek and Reed are seniors.

AT BROOKLYN in Class 1A, Lynnville-Sully’s Doll pushed his record to 41-1 for the season, winning a sectional championship at 160 pounds. Doll pinned all three of his opponents — the first two in 23 seconds and 32 seconds. In the championship match, Doll turned Renald Bouchard of West Marshall in 1:16.

Also in 160, Colfax-Mingo’s Cody Brodka pinned CMB’s Blake Coughenour in 1:02 in a quarterfinal match then lost to Bouchard in the semifinal. Brodka pinned Jayson Krakow of Iowa Valley in the third-place match then lost by rule to Bouchard in the wrestle-back.

Lynnville-Sully’s Meyer pinned Colfax-Mingo’s Sokoloski in 48 seconds to win the 145-pound championship. Sokoloski had two wins by pins to reach the title match then earned second place with a 5-2 win over Dylan Healey of Iowa Valley. Coughenour finished fifth.

Nickell of Lynnville-Sully was pinned by Cole Needham of West Marshal in the 113-pound championship match. Nickell pinned Colfax-Mingo’s Adam Teed in the semifinal. Teed won the third-place match with a fall over Hunter Jones of Belle Plaine in 1:12. So by rule, Nickell took second place over Teed.

CMBs Dahlke and Colfax-Mingo’s Brandon Byal worked their way to the 285-pound championship match. Dahlke pinned Lynnville-Sully’s Shannon Dunsbergen in 3:30 in a semifinal match then pinned Byal in 3:50 for the sectional championship.

Dunsbergen claimed a win by fall over Tyler Mangold of Iowa Valley in the third-place match, earning a wrestle-back match. Dunsbergen pinned Byal at the 5:35 mark to earn second place. Byal was third.

Colfax-Mingo’s Stevens reached the 120-pound championship match, losing by an 8-0 major decision to Jacob Krakow of Iowa Valley. Stevens posted a 6-1 decision over CMB’s Jacob Hennick to earn second place. Hennick had pinned Curtis Klein of B-G-M in the third-place match in 1:05.

Lynnville-Sully’s Caden Dunsbergen lost by rule in a second-place wrestle-back match. He lost to Zach Russell of Iowa Valley in the semifinal then defeated CMB’s Beau Iske 7-5 in the third-place match. Russell lost in the championship match.

Noah Zylstra of Lynnville-Sully took third at 170 pounds, pinning Josh Roggentien of Iowa Valley. Zylstra lost by rule to Colton Massengale of B-G-M, who beat him in the semifinals, in the wrestle-back match.

Blake Wehrle of Lynnville-Sully lost the same way at 195 pounds. He won the third-place match with a pine of Carter Young of Iowa Valley but in the wrestle-back lost by rule. 

At 132 pounds, Mark Hartgers of Colfax-Mingo pinned Ethan Cozad of CMB in 1:23 in the third-place match. Hartgers lost by technical fall, 17-0, to Chad Berry of West Marshall. Hartgers defeated Lynnville-Sully’s Bryson Barnett, 15-4 in the quarterfinals. Barnett finished fifth, pinning Kyle Klesner of H-L-V in 32 seconds.

CMB’s Even Bianchi finished fifth at 138 pounds, defeating Lynnville-Sully’s Kyle Kramer 8-2. Bianchi pinned Colfax-Mingo’s Will Dunsberger in 2:54 in the consolation semifinal.

Lynnville-Sully senior Payton Scandridge finished fifth at 152 pounds. He won his final match, pinning Zach Smith of Iowa Valley in 4:30.  At 170 pounds, CMB’s Torraine Schultheis placed fifth.

In the 182-pound division, CMB’s Logan Cory pinned Colfax-Mingo’s MacCauley Mosher in 59 seconds in the quarterfinals and later lost by a fall in the third-place match. Lynnville-Sully’s Jack Hardin pinned MacCauley in 48 seconds, winning the fifth-place match.

Colfax-Mingo’s Garrett Chapman was fifth at 195 pounds.

CMB’s Archer McFadden pinned Lynnville-Sully’s Cooper Scandridge in the quarterfinals  in 1:10 then lost in his 220-pound semifinal match. McFadden pinned Brendan Hasley of B-G-M in 1:10 to reach a second-place wrestle-back match. He was pinned by Jeremy Nebraska of Iowa Valley to finish third. Scandridge placed fifth.