Burlington Notre Dame Claims Two State Champions

Des Moines, IA- Championship Saturday is in the books and here are the final results for all of our local wrestlers competing for the state championship.

Carter West of Burlington Notre Dame faced off against the #1 seed Brayden Bohnsack of Union, LaPorte City for the Class 2A 106-pound weight class title. The first two periods went scoreless between the two wrestlers and with the chance of overtime rapidly approaching in the third period, Bohnsack went for a late takedown and got it to win on a 2-0 decision. West claimed 2nd place.

Tate O’Shea of Keokuk had a tough matchup as he was pitted against last year’s champion from Greene County, McKinley Robbins, in the Class 2A 138-pound weight class championship bout. Robbins started things off with a takedown to score the first two points of the match. O’Shea responded with an escape and the cycle would repeat the rest of the way through the match with Robbins earning one point for an escape to start the third period. Robbins won the championship on a major decision with O’Shea finishing in 2nd place.

Burlington Notre Dame already had a second and third place finisher, Isaiah Fenton made it a state champion as well as he defeated Cooper Sanders of Vinton-Shellsburg by a 10-3 decision. Fenton started off the scoring with a first period takedown and with no points scored in the second period and Sanders getting a point for an escape to start period three the score was 2-1 in favor of Fenton. Sanders would get out of position with a minute to go and Fenton took advantage capturing two points with a takedown, Sanders would reverse, but Fenton had control the rest of the way piling up points on his way to a state championship for the Class 2A 152-pound weight class.

The Class 1A 160-pound weight class would provide the crowd with a match full of excitement and drama. The #1 seed Wyatt Reisz of Logan-Magnolia was looking for his third state championship in a row, while Dom Lopez of New London, the #2 seed, was looking for his first state championship after two 3rd place finishes in a row and becoming the all-time winningest wrestler in Iowa state history two rounds before. Reisz would get things going with a takedown to take the 2-0 lead before Lopez was able to escape to cut the lead in half to 2-1. Reisz, starting in the bottom position, would escape to start period 2. Lopez would capture a late takedown and was looking to ride it out, but Reisz was able to escape and make the score 4-3. Lopez would get one-point via an escape to tie the match at 4 sending the match into overtime for the first time during the championship session. Reisz would get the sudden victory with a late takedown to secure his third state championship. Lopez would claim 2nd place.

CJ Walrath of Burlington Notre Dame came into the Class 2A 182-pound weight class state championship bout with a 159-1 record over the last three years. The third seed Brody Sampson of Ballard was looking to upset the #1 seed and started out as such as he picked up and put down Walrath for a 2-point takedown. Walrath would respond by scoring the next 8 points with three takedowns and two escapes. This all led to a third period pin where Walrath would add another state championship to his illustrious career and improve his three-year record to 160-1.

In the Class 1A 195-pound weight class, it was the #1 seed Jackson Dewald of Westwood, Sloan battling against the #2 seed Josh Glendening of Mediapolis. The scoring would show how even of a match it was with each wrestler picking up one-point via escape in the first three periods sending us to overtime. In overtime, Dewald would go for the quick strike and connect walking away with the sudden victory takedown to become the state champion. Glendening would claim 2nd place.