NEWTON — First-year head coach Andy Swedenhjelm said he would be happy qualifying five Newton wrestlers to the Class 3A state tournament in 2014. That was before the season began.
Swedenhjelm was smiling at home Saturday night when five of the six Cardinal wrestlers in a position to advance out of the Class 3A District 7 tournament made it through. The Cardinals wrestled well as hosts of the district tournament.
Newton crowned three District 7 weight division champions — Jeffrey “J.T.” Thongvanh at 170 pounds, Ray Schroder at 195 pounds and Joey Wright at 220 pounds. Dakota Dawson finished second at 138 pounds.
Two Cardinals lost in the finals and had to wrestle for true second. Almost at the same time Saturday night, senior Koby Hull lost his 106 pound wrestleback match, placing third, and sophomore Hunter Versteegh claimed second in a wrestleback at 113 pounds.
All three classes wrestle state tournaments at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines beginning Thursday and finishing Saturday.
More on the Newton wrestlers in Class 3A District 7 action in Monday’s Daily News.
FOUR AREA wrestlers advance to Class 1A and Class 2A state competition. In the Class 1A District 5 tournament at Pleasantville Saturday, Lynnville-Sully’s Caden Doll at 160, Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s Dawson Dahlke at 285, and Colfax-Mingo’s Brett Stevens at 120 move on. At Fairfield Saturday in Class 2A District 4, Prairie City-Monroe’s Tristan Clark advanced to state at 126 pounds.
More on the area wrestling teams at district competition in Monday’s Daily News.