Four small school wrestlers advance to state
By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WILTON — Four wrestlers from Henry County teams punched their tickets to the state meet in Des Moines on Saturday. Each of the three small schools will be represented at Wells Fargo.
In Fairfield, both wrestlers from the Columbus-Winfield-Mt. Union team were able to advance to the next level.
Tucker Morrison (170 lbs.) pinned Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s Gaige Berryman in the first round in 3:18 to advance to the first-place match. He then defeated Mike Hoyle of Solon on a 9-0 major decision to take the bracket.
Jarod Kadel (113 lbs.) advanced to the first-place match with a 6-2 decision over Walker Ikerd of Washington. He lost the championship on a 10-0 major decision to Grayson Kesterson of Williamsburg, but finished in second by rule to clinch his spot at state.
In Wilton, New London had five wrestlers competing for a spot in Des Moines but only Reno Chiri (145 lbs.) was able to place in the top two.
Chiri won a tough semifinal over Jack Butteris of Lisbon on a 4-2 decision. He lost the championship match to Wilton’s Trey Brisker on a first-period pin, but advanced on by rule and will represent the Tigers later this week.
Sam Loyd, who finished second at last year’s state tournament, just missed out on the state tournament.
Loyd pinned Slayder Hansen of Midland in 3:19 to get to the first place match. Lisbon’s Cael Happel beat him on a technical fall in the first place match and Loyd was forced to wrestle Devon Meeker of Wapello for true second place.
Meeker won the matchup of familiar foes on a 4-2 decision, knocking Loyd out of his spot in Des Moines.
Javis Krieger (132 lbs.), Gavin Holmes (160 lbs.) and Jaxon Allen (195 lbs.) all went winless and finished in fourth place.
Cody Crawford (285 lbs.) will represent WACO in Des Moines once again after a second-place finish.
He was pinned by Jared Brinkman of Regina in 45 seconds to start off the day, but finished it with two straight pins to punch his ticket. Crawford defeated Midland’s Ty’Rique Turman in the third-place match and got revenge from sectionals with a pin against Brennan Breuer of Mediapolis, in 5:53, for true second.
Kade Mckinney (220 lbs.) fell just short. After losing his first match, 6-0, to Logan O’Connor of Lisbon, he earned a shot at a true second with a first-period pin over Caleb Lilly of Wilton. Mckinney lost the second-place match, however, 6-3, to Brett Schnoenherr of Midland.
The four area wrestlers that did make state will start their journey on Thursday, Feb. 16. The meet is a three-day meet, ending on Saturday, Feb. 18.