Day 1 of the Iowa Boys’ Wrestling State Tournament: Class 2A Featured Big Upsets

Prep Wrestling- Day one of the Iowa High School Athletic Association boys’ wrestling state tournament is in the books and here is a round-up of all the action that took place for our local wrestlers in the first two rounds of the championship bracket for Class 2A going by weight classes.

Carter West of Burlington Notre Dame came into the 106-pound weight class at the #2 seed earning himself a first round bye. In round two, West made quick work of Jesse Jens to wrestle Klayten Perrault of Mount Vernon to start day two.

Kael Cook of Burlington Notre Dame and Cael McCabe of Fairfield both made it to round two of the championship bracket of the 113-pound weight class but fell to their opponent. Cook will wrestle Myles Beck and McCabe will take on Tony Horness of Ballard to start day two.

In the 120-pound weight class, the first upset of the day happened for Burlington Notre Dame when the 5th seed CJ Davis fell to Christian Ahrens of Creston in the second round by a 9-4 decision. Davis will take on Ben Walsh in the consolation bracket. Aaron Boone of Washington almost pulled off the upset against Carson Less but fell by an 8-7 decision to move to the consolation bracket. Boone will take on Kyler Jessup of Solon to start day two.

In the 126-pound weight class, the #1 seed Kaiden Dietzenbach of Burlington Notre Dame was the second victim to the upset bug as Mason Avila won by a 4-2 decision in the second round. He will take on Elijah Kupka of Benton Community in the consolation bracket.

Caden Greiner of Washington fell in his first-round matchup to Kade Bauer for the 132-pound weight class. Greiner will take on Tucker Vitzhum in the consolation bracket.

Tate O’Shea of Keokuk earned a first round bye for the 138-pound weight class and then defeated Tucker Wheeler by major decision. He will take on the 6th seed Carson Turnis in the third round of the championship bracket.

In the 145-pound weight class, Dante Zuniga of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union will take on Chris Aragon of Creston in the first round of the consolation bracket.

Isaiah Fenton of Burlington Notre Dame will take on Aiden Flora to start day two as he earned a bye in the first round then defeated Owen Klocke of Carroll by tech fall. Klocke took out Triston Miller of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union by an 11-8 decision. Miller will take on Maxwell Mintle of Grinnell in the first round of the consolation bracket of the 152-pound weight class.

In the 160-pound weight class, Chase Greiner of Washington and Cole Storm of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union both lost their first round matchup sending them to the consolation bracket. Storm will wrestle Mack Seeba and Greiner will take on Zach Strubbe to start day two.

Moving to the 182-pound weight class, CJ Walrath of Burlington Notre Dame is looking to end the season undefeated as he defeated Brenden Casey of Atlantic by fall to move to the round of 8 and face off against Jace Mulder to start day two. Walrath is the #1 seed.

In the 195-pound weight class, Curtis Stender of Washington fell to Ethan Wood in the first round and Stender will now take on Jacques Zomermaand of Sioux City in the consolation bracket.

Two local kids faced off against one another in the 220-pound weight class with Kai Malone of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union getting the best of Dre Smithburg of Fairfield to move on to the second round. Malone would then fall to the #1 seed Nick Reinicke to move to the consolation bracket. Malone will take on Kaine Clinkenbeard of Spirit Lake Park and Smithburg will wrestle Drew Jackson to start day two.

In the 285-pound weight class, Brandon Brinkschroeder of Fairfield fell to Paul Ballard in the first round. He will take on Colton Wieland of Carroll in the consolation bracket. Russel Coil of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union entered the tournament as the 18th seed and has performed two upsets as he defeated Sean May by a 4-3 decision and then took down #2 seed Sam Gravert by a 5-2 decision to move on in the championship bracket.

Stay tuned to KILJ 105.5 FM and for more updates throughout the day over the course of the tournament.