DAY FOUR: State Wrestling Finals
Day four of wrestling at the Wells Fargo arena saw some finalists crowned champions after a grueling tournament.
Southeast Polk had gone 50 years without winning a single boys state title in any sport. The rams now have 2 in the last 4 days.
Southeast Polk clinched the 3A crown Saturday morning before the finals even started.
Back to the Well for the individual in Class 3A for the 106, Johnston’s Henry Pohlmeyer took his first trip to state and can now call himself state champion after a 6-1 win over Bettendorf’s Jacob Schwarm.
At the 113, Valley’s Clayton Eicher got a hard fought 2-1 decision over Mason City’s Kaz Onoo, the tiger senior is a state champ and it’s beyond his wildest dreams, “I’m really happy right now, I earned this you know.. It’s just my dream and beyond.”
At the 120 it was another win for Valley, Jake Koethe beats Indianola’s John Gioffredi 4-2.
Class 1A at 138, Kyle Blocker of West Marshall finishes undefeated, 54-0 with a 4-2 win over Jason Crosby of Eddyville Blakesburg.
Class 2A, Jake Marlin was going for title #4 to finish his high school career in style. And he does it in style with a pin! That makes it win #201 of his career. Marlin is the 22nd wrestler to ever win 4 titles and he felt the pressure, “So much pressure, I didn’t really realize how much there was until I got out there and I got done. It really is just a huge relief.”
Here come the rams at 160, Tim Miklus, ranked #1, beats Logan Walkup of Johnston 11-5.
Then at 170, Dylan Blackford gets his redemption from a year ago taking down in overtime to win 3-1. The senior is a state champ and has worked hard to get there, “Dreamed about it my whole life. These last few weeks and I lay at bed at night and look at the silver medal on the wall and I wanted this too bad,” adding “I’ve lost sleep over this, I wasn’t going to lose.”
2A at the 195, Creston’s Keaton Hulett is a 2-0 winner over Centerville’s Riley Denny.
There was no drama in any of the team races, Southeast Polk cruises in 3A with West Delaware the champ in 2A and Alburnett rolling over the field in class 1A capping this year’s state wrestling championships.