Local wrestlers begin state tournament action

Thursday, February 16, 2023
(Photo By Roy Tucker) Ayden Hoag of Le Mars wrestles Caden Wetherell of Waverly-Shell Rock in Wednesday’s Class 3A session. Hoag won that match by a 15-4 major decision score to advance to Thursday evening’s quarterfinal round.

Editor’s note: Results through Thursday morning’s Class 1A session

DES MOINES — Plymouth County’s 19 wrestlers who advanced to the state tournament opened their brackets on Wednesday.

Le Mars

The Bulldogs had six wrestlers at the state tournament. The team’s first four wrestlers ended up losing in the first round. Brock Hessenius was the No. 20 seed in the 3A-120 bracket and lost to Jonathon Ryan of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln by fall in 5:42.

At 3A-145, Keegan Kayser was the No. 17 seed and went up against No. 16 seed Jordan Rial of Bondurant-Farrar. As what might be expected in a match between similar seeds, it was a close outcome with Rial winning by a 3-2 score. Rial got an escape point in the second period. Kayser answered with an escape in the opening seconds of the third period. Rial then got a third period takedown and while Kayser did escape late in the period, he was unable to score in the rest of the match.

Alex Allen was the No. 21 seed in the 3A-160 bracket. Facing Colin Falck of Cedar Rapids Kennedy, he dropped a 5-3 decision. Allen scored first with an escape point in the second period. Falck answered with an escape and takedown in the third, the first of two in the period. Allen escaped both times, but ran out of time before taking the loss.

Evan Jalas was the No. 19 seed in 3A-182. He faced Cole Rettenmaier of Dubuque Hempstead and lost a 5-2 decision. Jalas got the first point with an escape in the second period, but Rettenmaier scored a late takedown to take the lead. He added to his lead with an escape and takedown in the third. Jalas broke free for a final point in the closing seconds of the match, but ended up taking the loss.

Camden Feuerhelm got the team’s first win as he outscored Jack Cahill of Ankeny Centennial by an 18-3 score for a technical fall in the 3A-195 bracket. He then lost his second match as he was pinned in 20 seconds by AJ Petersen of North Scott.

Ayden Hoag earned a first round bye at 3A-220 and then the No. 5 seed won his next match by a 15-4 major decision score over Caden Wetherell of Waverly-Shell Rock.


(Photo By Roy Tucker) Hinton’s Ethan Sachau wrestles in the 1A-126 pound bracket against Ogden’s Kolton Munson on Thursday morning. Sachau lost to the No. 2 seed by a 9-3 score. Sachau opened with a bye and then won his next match by a 17-1 technical fall on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks brought six wrestlers to Des Moines. The team had one wrestler earn a first round bye as Ethan Sachau got the No. 7 seed in the 1A-126 bracket. In the next round Wednesday, Sachau paired up against No. 23 seed Jacob Larson of West Hancock who had upset No. 10 seed Sawyer Callahan of BGM by a 6-5 score. Sachau had little trouble with Larson, going on to win by a 17-1 score for a technical fall.

On Thursday morning, Sachau met up with second-seeded Kolton Munson of Ogden. He ended up losing that match by a 9-3 score to fall to the consolation bracket where he will wrestle again on Friday.

In the 1A-132 bracket, Hinton’s Mark Gant started off with a win by fall in 3:30 over DJ Islas of East Union. In his next bout on Wednesday, he faced No. 4 seed Jordan Dusenberry of Wilton. The No. 13 seed was pinned in 2:33 to drop to the consolation side of the bracket.

On Thursday, Gant won his first consolation match by fall over West Sioux’s Dustin Van Oort in 2:23. He was then eliminated in the next round, losing a 6-3 decision to Caleb Cook of Pleasantville. Gant finishes his sophomore season with a 41-11 record.

At 1A-152, Hinton’s Jackson Kounkel faced off against Kyler Crow of Mediapolis in a matchup between the No. 19 and 14 seeds. The match was full of action with both wrestlers getting opportunities for the win. Crow scored a takedown to start, but Kounkel got a reversal and two back points before Crow tied the score at 4-4 with a reversal late in the period. Crow worked an escape from bottom and then scored a takedown and three-point near fall in the second period before Kounkel worked a reversal and got two back points. Kounkel got a reversal from the bottom position in the third period to tie the score at 10-10, but Crow worked a reversal the other way and added three back points to claim the match by a 15-10 score.

In Thursday’s consolation match, Kounkel lost 11-4 to Zack Butler of Woodbury Central. Kounkel ends his freshman campaign with a 36-15 record.

At 1A-170, Gabe Anderson pinned his first opponent, the last seed in the bracket, as he finished off Wilton’s Gatlin Rogers in 3:13. In the next round, the No. 9 seed fell behind early against Giles Cowell of Tripoli and ended up getting pinned in the third period in a time of 5:32.

Anderson dropped to the consolation bracket where he opened Thursday against a familiar foe from the district meet, Will Healy of Kuemper Catholic. When the two met on Saturday, Anderson won by fall in 5:27. The rematch also went to Anderson as he won a 5-3 decision. In the next round, the Hinton wrestler lost by fall in 27 seconds to Lisbon’s Matthias Kohl to bring an end to his season. The sophomore concludes the year with a 37-14 record.

No. 19 seed Jacob Bishop lost his first match by fall in 2:34 to Cade Shirk of Emmetsburg in the 1A-182 bracket. In Thursday’s consolation match he was pinned in 4:34 by Chase Wickwire of Belle Plaine to end his sophomore season with a 32-17 record.

At 1A-195, No. 18 seed Brooks Binneboese lost his first match by fall in 3:23 to Taite Peach of Iowa Valley.

Dropping to the consolation bracket on Thursday, Binneboese was pinned in 5:55 by Parker Timp of South Winneshiek. The Hinton sophomore concludes the season with a 27-11 record.


The Panthers brought four wrestlers to state and three of those won their opening round match. At 1A-120, No. 18 seed Gavin Wiig won his opening round match by a 3-2 score over Braxton Bormann of Central Elkader. All of the scoring came in the opening period. Bormann scored the initial takedown, but Wiig got an escape with 17 seconds left and then scored a takedown in the final two seconds to clinch the win.

Wiig then faced the No. 2 seed in the bracket, Tegan Slaybaugh of AC/GC, and was pinned in 2:56. In the consolation bracket on Thursday morning, Wiig lost by fall in 3:41 to Ethan Krall of Jesup. He finishes with a 33-11 record in his freshman season.

In the 1A-132 bracket, Carson Seuntjens went 2-0 on the day. He opened with a 56 second win by fall over Jack Branan of Riverside, the last seed in the bracket. The No. 9 seed then won his match over No. 8 seed Riley Parkis of Kuemper Catholic by a 9-7 score. Seuntjens got the advantage early with a takedown and three near-fall points in the first minute. He then earned an escape from bottom to take a 6-0 lead in the second period. Parkis tried to rally in the third by catch-and-release with takedowns followed by escape points for Seuntjens, but it wasn’t enough as the K-P senior held on for the win.

(Photo By Roy Tucker) Kingsley-Pierson’s Carson Seuntjens wrestles at the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. He went 2-0 on Wednesday win a win by fall and 9-7 decision win. He then lost to top-seeded Gable Porter of Underwood on Thursday morning, dropping him to the consolation portion of the bracket.

On Thursday, Seuntjens faced the top seed in the bracket, Gable Porter of Underwood. Seuntjens lost the match by a technical fall score of 19-4. He drops to the consolation side of the bracket and will wrestle again on Friday.

Tyler Orzechowski wrestled in the 1A-138 bracket and took his opening round match by a 4-2 score against the bottom seed in the bracket, Jack Peiffer of Highland. Orzechowski struck first for a takedown 12 seconds into the match in what was the only scoring until the third period. Peiffer chose bottom in the third and was able to tie the match with a reversal. Orzechowski got a reversal with 34 seconds left to claim the match.

In the next round, the K-P wrestler was outscored 12-3 for a major decision loss to Kolt Knaack of North Tama.

The K-P senior kept his season going an extra round with a consolation win on Thursday morning. The No. 9 seed pinned Saint Ansgar’s Aslan Wills in 2:24. The next round brought the end of the season for Orzechowski as he lost a 6-3 decision to John Helton of Council Bluffs St. Albert. Orzechowski finishes 39-12 for the year.

The only Panther to not win his first round bout was No. 23 seed Evan Jagodzinske in the 1A-106 bracket. He was pinned by Lucas Oldenkamp of Lake Mills in 44 seconds. He then lost Thursday’s consolation round match by fall in 22 seconds to Erik Flores of Clayton Ridge. Jagodzinske ends his freshman season with a 24-19 record.


All three of Akron-Westfield’s wrestlers got top eight seeds which received first round byes. In the 1A-106 bracket, Cael Morrow picked up a 15-0 technical fall win over Cason Fitch of Colfax-Mingo after the bye. Morrow then won his match on Thursday morning, picking up a 6-0 decision over Gage Samo of WACO. The No. 2 seed in the bracket and defending state runner-up will wrestle in the semifinal round on Friday.

At 1A-126, Jadyn Friedrichs fell in his 8-vs-9 matchup after the bye. He was pinned by Carson Thomsen of Underwood in 3:49 in that match.

He came back with a pair of wins on Thursday to advance him on to Friday’s competition. In the first consolation match he pinned BGM’s Sawyer Callahan in 2:59. The next round he pinned Aiden Golston of Moravia in 1:23.

(Photo By Roy Tucker) Akron-Westfield’s Ian Blowe throws Emmetsburg’s Ben Saxton to the mat in Thursday’s quarterfinal round match. Blowe won the bout by fall in 4:35 to advance to Friday’s semifinal round.

Ian Blowe followed up his bye in the 1A-195 bracket with a win by fall. The No. 5 seed pinned Jake Cox of Lenox in 3:03.

Blowe claimed his quarterfinal round bout on Thursday as he pinned Ben Saxton of Emmetsburg in 4:35. Blowe advances to Friday’s semifinal round where he will face top-seeded Jackson Dewald of Westwood.

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