Four Ram wrestlers advance to districts
By SUE RIEDER
Four Greene County wrestlers placed either first or second at the sectional tournament and qualified for the districts in Webster City on Feb. 14. Tommy Bradshaw, Jordan Challen, and Abe Yoder were champions in their weight classes, and Hunter Ruth was a runner-up. All four of the qualifiers had good enough records going into the meet to receive a first round bye. The quartet recorded five falls on the day. Challen and Bradshaw won both of their matches by fall. Abe Yoder got the other fall in the final minutes of a match in which he was trailing 10-5. With 1:05 left in the match, he reversed his opponent and pinned him 10 seconds later. Ruth got a tough 3-1 win over Dakota Applegate from Humboldt. Hunter lost in the championship match, but Applegate won the consolation match, and since Hunter had already defeated the Humboldt wrestler earlier at the meet, he was the runner-up.
Six teams were assigned to the Humboldt sectional. First and second place finishers in each weight class will meet champions and runners-up from the sectional at Hampton-Dumont at the district competition, and two wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes will advance to the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines.
Team scores in Humboldt were: Pocahontas Area 223.5, Webster City 220, Humboldt 204, Greene County 153, Southeast Valley 128.5, East Sac County 28.
Since Pocahontas Area and Webster City got the highest team scores, they advanced to district dual meet competition, but neither will go on to state. Pocahontas Area was defeated by Ballard 45-28. Then Ballard was narrowly defeated by Clear Lake 30-29. Webster City won their first dual over Gilbert 48-19, but was then eliminated by a powerful team from Union (LaPorte City) 57-16.
“We got our three rate kids through, and Hunter had a good first match, so he didn’t have to wrestle back to get second,” said Coach Mark Sawhill. “Kane Borgeson and Isaiah Yoder both wrestled well, but had to settle for third. We have those third place kids keep practicing, as sometimes if one of the first or second place finishers from the sectional gets hurt or ill, they are asked to replace them.”
Results of Greene County wrestlers at sectional tournament
106- Kane Borgeson WBF in 1:03 over Coltan Klingson, Southeast Valley; LBF to Levi Sawyer, Humboldt; won 12-3 over Trey Nelson, Webster City. 3rd Place.
126- Cayden Gerdes received a bye; LBF to Austen Gargano, Humboldt; LBF to Cole Nokes, WC.
132- Abe Yoder received a bye; won 10-8 OT over Luke Rohmiller, WC; WBF in 5:05 over Zane Russell, Hum. 1st Place
138- Jordan Challen received a bye; WBF in :44 over Jaden Kampen, Hum; WBF over Connor Schoening, Pocahontas Area, 1st Place.
145- Tommy Bradshaw received a bye; WBF in :37 over Aldo Ayala, Po.Area; WBF in 4:35 over Caleb Hemmestad, SEValley, 1st Place.
160- Isaiah Yoder received a bye; LBF to Mike Madsen, Humboldt; won 15-2 over Zane Williams, WC, 3rd Place.
170- Mark Kendall LBF to Kaelan Lunberg, SE Valley.
182- Keyden Pollock received a bye; lost 3-1 to Tom Nahnsen, SE Valley; lost 6-4 OT to Ashton High WC.
195- Hunter Ruth received a bye; won 3-0 over Dakota Applegate, Hum; LBF to Tyler Case, Po. Area, 2nd Place.
220- Jamie Theulen WBF in :55 over Tristan Troutwine, SE Valley; LBF to Cooper Lawson, WC; lost 21-4 to Zach Schott, Po. Area.
285- George Zito LBF to Taylor Duncan, East Sac County; LBF to Kent Woeste, Humboldt.