State Qualifiers for Class 2A Boys’ Wrestling: Nikes and Walrath Looking to Repeat

Prep Wrestling- District wrestling took place last night for all classifications to decide who will be attending the state tournament. To make it to state for Class 1A and 2A, a wrestler must finish in first or second place for their weight class and for Class 3A, a third-place wrestler will also qualify. Here are the state qualifiers from Class 2A for our local schools.

In the Class 2A District 9 tournament, the state champions for last year, Burlington Notre Dame, will be sending six wrestlers to the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Carter West claimed first place over Emmitt Newton of Davis County in the 106-pound weight class. Kael Cook took 2nd place after falling to Cael McCabe of Fairfield in a 5-1 decision, but then defeated Kade Martin of Davis County to punch his ticket for the 113-pound weight class. C.J. Davis also took 2nd place as he defeated Rylee Moore of Keokuk in a major decision in the 120-pound weight class. Kaiden Dietzenbach took first place over Derrick Bass of Davenport Assumption in the 126-pound weight class. Isaiah Fenton also claimed first place in the 152-pound weight class over Jax Mosely of Centerville by tech fall. Lastly, CJ Walrath continues his dominant career by taking first place in the 182-pound weight class as he defeated Chase Diaz of Davenport Assumption by fall.

Washington finished with four wrestlers punching their ticket to the tournament with Aaron Boone winning the 120-pound weight class in a 3-2 decision over C.J. Davis. Caden Greiner claimed 2nd place in the 132-pound weight class over Deken Sorensen of Davis County. Chase Greiner took 2nd place in the 160-pound weight class in a no contest as he defeated Lyblie Chrstofferson of Burlington Notre Dame by major decision earlier in the tournament. Lastly, Curtis Stender won the 195-pound weight class over Sam Hash of Centerville.

Fairfield will have four Trojans competing at the tournament as Cael McCabe won the 113-pound weight class as mentioned earlier. Cason Miller snatched 2nd place in the 145-pound weight class defeating Bowen Davis of Mt. Pleasant in a 4-2 decision. Dre Smithburg defeated Parker Moore by fall earlier in the day to claim 2nd place by no contest for the 220-pound weight class. Brandon Brinkschroeder will by the last Trojan going to state as he defeated Aiden Plowman of Keokuk to take 2nd place in the 285-pound weight class.

Keokuk will have one wrestler going to the tournament with Tate O’Shea winning the 138-pound weight class by fall over Zach Westercamp of Fairfield.

In Class 2A District 12, Mid-Prairie will have one wrestler competing at the tournament as Terry Bordenave took 2nd place in a no contest for the 195-pound weight class.

Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union will have five wrestlers move on to the tournament. Dante Zuniga took the 145-pound weight class by fall over Jacob Youngbear of South Tama County. Triston Miller of the 152-pound weight class claimed 2nd place over Levi VanDonsalaar of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont by tech fall. Cole Storm also placed in 2nd after winning in a 6-0 decision over Cayne Hall of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont for the 160-pound weight class. Kai Malone claimed 2nd place over Gavin Vesey of Williamsburg by no contest for the 220-pound weight class. Lastly, Russel Coil defeated Trenton Davies of Williamsburg by no contest to take 2nd place for the 285-pound weight class.

The state tournament begins on February 15th and will run through the 18th at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. KILJ will have results throughout those days.