Three wrestlers represent Greene County at state
Seniors Abe Yoder and Jordan Challen and sophomore Hunter Ruth will represent Greene County High School at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Feb. 19-21.
Yoder was the Class 2A-District 8 champion at 132 pounds. Abe pinned Maverick Freerksen of Forest City in 4:40 and then won an 8-4 decision over Carter Barkema from Hampton-Dumont. Challen, who will be making his third state meet appearance, was also a district champion. Jordan won the 138 pound weight class by recording a 16-4 technical fall over Spencer Orr from Clear Lake and then edged ninth ranked Pierce Gelhaus from Forest City 2-1. Ruth defeated Ace Walton from Clear Lake 4-2 in his first match and then lost to Tyler Case from Pocahontas Area in the 195 pound championship bout. Walton came back to win the consolation match, but since Hunter had already defeated him earlier in the day, he did not have to wrestle again for second place.
First round action for Class 2A will start at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.