A full day of matches at this season’s wrestling Class 2A Sectional 7 saw the Woodward-Granger Hawks’ squad not only as a team place second but they also had six individuals finish first and second and get chance to compete at Districts on Saturday.
As a team the Hawks’ matmen earned their way to another tournament after recording 195 points, just 32 shy of first place Creston/O-M, at the Feb. 3, event held at Winterset High School.
Individually the school will boast six grapplers at next week’s tournament as Hunter Pierce (106), Gabe Yingst (160) and Cody Fisher (195) all took the top spot.
Joining them at the Feb. 10 meet are teammates and second place finishers Ryan Munoz (120), Austin Scharlau (152) and Dillon Fogarty (220).
Pierce’s day started with a quarterfinal bye before recording two straight pinfall wins. The first was a 90 second win over Greene County’s Chance McCollom. He then took first place with his third period victory over Winterset’s Trey Allen.
Yingst almost followed that same tune. After a bye he needed just 40 seconds to pin Colby Kafer of Greene County and then won first place with a 7-3 decision against Kolby Tomas of Creston/O-M.
The final top spot belonged to the Fisher who earned pinfall wins against the only two opponents he faced.
First he used 90 seconds in his win over A-D-M’s Leo Tauke. In the first place match he needed almost the entire final period to defeat Bryce Hoyle Greene County.
For the trio of Munoz, Scharlau, and Fogarty the afternoon went slightly different with each wrestler having to compete in one extra match.
Munoz received a bye and then went on to pin Clarke’s Carter Wilken. After losing the first place match he earned second place with a 7-2 decision over Creston/O-M’s Garon Wurster.
Both Scharlau and Fogarty had similar scripts play out. Scharlau won his first match with a 9-6 decision over Creston/O-M’s Rylan Luther before suffering a loss. In the second place match he recorded a 12-5 decision against Winterset’s Tyler Brown.
Fogarty’s day was filled with a number of falls. First he won his first match by pinfall versus Creston/O-M’s Trevor Kinyon but then took a 15-0 Technical Fall loss. He advanced to districts after he pinned Clarke’s Samuel Zaragoza-Rosales in the second place match.
The team had a slew of other wrestlers perform well with three others barely missing the cut.
Payton Tague (126), Cole Carman (145) and Jacob Kepford (285) came close to advancing further but each finished third.
In fourth place was Cale Pritchett (170), Dilynn Lewiston (113) placed fifth while Colt Palmer (132), Jay Dorenkamp (138) and Kade Polich (182) each placed sixth.