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Wallace, Broeker advance to state

Mt. Pleasant wrestlers will make state debut this weekend
Feb 12, 2018
Photo by: Karyn Spory Nate Wallace works on Burlington’s Calvin Nguyen in the first round.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


Two Mt. Pleasant wrestlers will be in Des Moines with the best of the best this weekend. Nate Wallace and Corbin Broeker each finished second place in their respective brackets at the Class 3A District 4 tournament in Mt. Pleasant, securing a place at the state meet on Thursday.

Wallace was one of seven wrestlers competing at 145 lbs. The Panther junior won his first match via pin fall over Burlington’s Calvin Nguyen in 1:59, and topped Iowa City High’s Jack Anson with a 9-1 major decision to make the championship match.

Wallace couldn’t pull off the win over Ft. Madison’s Aaron Steffensmeier in the 145 lbs. championship. Steffensmeier won on a 4-2 decision and Wallace had to wrestle for true second place against Leland Evans of Oskaloosa.

Wallace had no problem in the second place match. He ran over Evans 9-0 to earn a major decision and qualify for state for the first time in his high school career.

Broeker, a sophomore, was one of five 106 lbs. wrestlers to compete for the two qualifying spots. He began the day with a bye and earned his spot in the championship by pinning Ft. Madison’s Elton Kruse in 2:46.

Broeker took on Ethan Wood-Finley of Iowa City High in the 106 lbs. championship. Wood-Finley picked up the win at the end of the first period, getting the fall in 1:57.

Kruse gave Broeker a bump in the third place match. The Ft. Madison junior pinned Ottumwa’s Jake Frazier in 1:26, which eliminated any chance of Broeker having to wrestle again. Broeker picked up the silver by rule and will be making his state tournament debut along with Wallace.

There was a bit of heartbreak on the mats for MPCHS, however. Three Panthers finished third place, one spot away from advancing on.

Zach Beason battled through a lower body injury to come up just short of a state berth. Beason made the 195 lbs. championship with a first period pin over Oskaloosa’s Hunter Else and a 3-1 decision over Pella’s Kaleb Dietze.

Beason fell to Iowa City High’s Jacob Dykes on a first-period pin fall in the first place match. Dietze was unable to win the third place match, meaning Beason had to wrestle for true second against Iowa City West’s Enutifia Garnia. In the second place match, Garnia gritted out a nail-biting 8-7 decision, knocking Beason out of state contention.

James DeMeyer narrowly missed out as well, finishing third place at 170 lbs. After pinning Oskaloosa’s Emmit Boender in just over one minute in the first round, the Panther junior faced Iowa City High’s Brandon Lalla in the semifinal.

DeMeyer fell to Lalla 4-3 in a tiebreaker, which sent him to the third place match. DeMeyer outlasted Burlington’s Isaiah Perez-Hall 11-8 in the third place match, but Lalla fell in the championship and advanced in over DeMeyer by rule.

The other third place finish went to senior Garrett Boecker. Boecker topped Burlington’s Drake Bailey with a 4:40 pin, which earned him the right to take on Iowa City West’s Nelson Brands in the semifinals.

Brands, the No. 1 wrestler at 160 lbs., pinned Boecker in 11 seconds. Boecker bounced back with a second-period pin over Pella’s Ben Nelson in the third place match and earned the right to wrestle for true second. Iowa City High’s Wilfred Kadohou pinned Bocket in 1:13 to knock him out of state contention.

In other action, Braden Ackles finished fourth at 113 lbs., Jaden Davis was fourth at 152 lbs., Conner Coleman was fifth at 120 lbs., Brennen Bender was fourth at 182 lbs., and Dalton Bass was fourth at 220 lbs. No other Panther wrestler placed.

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