After a grueling day of matches, what started with half a dozen potentials, ended with two Woodward-Granger matmen heading to state.
W-G’s senior Ryan Munoz and phenom Cody Fisher survived the Feb. 10 Class 2A District tournament and will represent the Hawks in Des Moines on Feb. 15-17.
At Harlan the two wrestlers who both fell in their first place matches, dusted themselves off and recorded second place finishes.
The 120-pound Munoz began his day with a semifinals 8-4 decision win over the host’s Ethan Lemon.
After dropping his first place match against Bryce Hatten, the senior posted a pinfall win over Steele McLaren of Atlantic-CAM with four seconds left in the first period.
For Fisher (195) the road to state was paved differently. He first defeated Cole Nebel of Shenandoah with a 9-2 decision but due to an injury he received a loss to Harlan’s Nick Foss in the finals. By “Rule” Fisher earned a second place victory since earlier he defeated Nebel.
Four other Hawks were vying for a chance at state with two matmen, Austin Scharlau (152) and Gabe Yingst (160) each missing the cut when they finished third. Both Hunter Pierce (106) and Dillon Fogarty (220) finished the tournament in fourth place.
The two Hawks will have two days of practice before heading to the Wells Fargo Arena where they begin their journey to a state title.