Iowa wrestlers spent day 3 in Wells Fargo Arena fighting for a spot in finals.
Early Friday in the class 3A quarterfinals Southeast Polk really separated themselves from the field sending 7 of their 13 wrestlers into the semifinals.
Some 3A quarterfinal highlights:
At 106 pounds Johnston’s Henry Pohlmeyer is headed to the semis after a 7-1 decision over Kyler Lowe. “It’s an extremely good feeling, especially since I didn’t make it to state last year.”
In the 120 Indianola’s John Gioffredi takes down Ankeny’s Austin Anderson 4-2.
At 145, it was another win for the Indians. Matt Victor hangs on for the ultimate tie breaker win 2-1, upsetting Linn-Mar’s top ranked Joel Northrup. “I just wanted to throw my hands up, but I kept my composure. He’s an excellent wrestler, number one in the state all year long and I beat him. It’s just an honor to give that guy his first loss,“ Victor said.
At 160 Johnston’s Logan Walkup gets a takedown in overtime to beat Western Dubuque’s Morgan Hall 7-5. “It’s pretty awesome. My goal was to get on the medal stand and I did that, but we got a lot more action to go.”
In the 170, Dylan Blackford cruises to an 8-0 major, the senior is now just 2 wins away from a title. “My dreams is just to win a state title, I’m just thinking about my overall goals.”
Then at 285, Jake Scanlan says whatever you can do, I’ll match it. Pulling a 2nd period fall over Betterndorf’s Raekwon Jefferson. “I just know I need to go, It’s my time.” Scanlan moves on to the semi-finals to face Marshalltown’s top ranked Pedro Gomez.
The team standings heading in to the semifinals show the rams running away with it. The battle for 2nd is between Cedar Rapids Prairie and Bettendorf.
In class 2a the team race is a little more wide open. Central Iowa won’t have a team champ, but they still have a chance for some individual titles.
Some 2A quarter final highlights include:
The 120 pound Shadow Leshan of Albia getting a 10-4 win. After ending as the runner-up last year Leshan says all he wants is a top spot this year. “After last year, it’s all I’ve been thinking about, during my work outs. What can I do to get better? What can I do to get a gold medal around my neck and be a state champ.”
At 138 Creston’s Jake Marlin has yet to break a sweat. Marlin says that’s exactly what he hopes for every time. “The more time you spend on the mat the more bad stuff is going to happen so I just try to get on and off as fast as I can.”
For 152 Perry’s Jackson VanKirk gets a big take down to win 6-4. It’s the seniors first trip to state and he’s made it to the semi-finals, “I’ve been working so hard all year and this is what it’s all for.”
In Class 2A West Delaware leads, followed by Assumption.
Alburnett looks like they are running away with the class 1A title.
We’ll have more on the 2A and 3A semi-finals in the Channel 13 News at 10 p.m.
Over the noon hour the arena got a little dark.
Emergency lights and back up lighting kicked in to prevent any disturbance in the action.
MidAmerican Energy told Arena officials an animal caused the problem at a nearby substation.