Four Woodward-Granger Hawks’ wrestlers ran the tables at sectionals and are each just another top two finishes away from competing at the 2016-2017 state tournament in Des Moines.
On Saturday afternoon in Humboldt, W-G’s Tanner Vermaas, and Cody Fisher stood atop of the podium knowing all between them and a state run are their district matches on Feb. 11.
They won’t be alone as fellow Hawks Austin Scharlau and Gabriel Yingst each earned second place finishes, which qualified them for district competition.
At 182 pounds, Vermaas has been a force to be reckoned with. With just two losses in 45 matches, the senior grappler wasted little time in his 71 second pinfall victory over Logan Moser of Humboldt.
In his first place match, Vermaas went the distance versus Isaiah Yoder of Greene County. The two battled tough with Vermaas earning the 10-5 decision.
Fisher (41-5) decided to follow the same route as his Hawk teammate. In his 195-pound semifinal bout he successfully pinned Humboldt’s Brandon Johnson, 25-seconds into the second period.
It was then on to a first place match versus Caleb Olson of Webster City. Just like Vermaas, Fisher went the full three periods before recording the 8-3 decision win.
Scharlau looked impressive early on in his 152-pound semifinals match versus Liam Scheuermann of Roland-Story. He needed just 1:44 to earn the pinfall win.
His first place match didn’t go as well with his opponent, Jaden Kampen of Humboldt besting him by one point in a 4-3 decision loss.
The loss didn’t deter Scharlau who regrouped and responded with a 1:54 pinfall victory for a second place victory over Harrison Hayes of Webster City.
Yingst was the Hawks final advancement of the afternoon. The 145-pounder started the competition with a fast 44 second pinfall win over Webster City’s Cade Felt.
In the finals match, Yingst lost an 11-1 major decision against Elijah Torres of Humboldt. Yingst then received an automatic advancement by rule after his prior opponent Felt, won his consolation match.
After the afternoon concluded Dave Smeltzer, Hawks’ head coach, took to Facebook to show all the love and admiration he had for all of his competitors.
“Proud of all my WG wrestlers,” he wrote. “I told them to go 110 percent all day all six minutes every match leaving it all on the MAT & they did just that. Four guys advancing to Districts next week.”
He concluded the post by mentioning how close others came to qualifying for districts. We had six guys place third, two others place fourth and two more of our boys finish fifth, he said.
Other close Hawk finishers:
Hunter Pierce (106), third place
Dilynn Lewiston (113), third place
Tate Lettow (120), third place
Cole Carman (138), third place
Cale Pritchett (160), third place
Aaron Sperling (170), third place
Tyler Lawernson (220), fourth place
Alex Kirton (285), fourth place
Devonante Calderon (126) fifth place
Jayden Dorenkamp (132), fifth place