A tale of two grapplers.
Their road to the upcoming tournament at Des Moines was written slightly different, but the final chapter of their tale at districts saw them both qualify for state.
At this season’s Class 2A district competition both junior Cody Fisher and Tyler Lawrenson were able to add another chapter to their wrestling career after finishing first and second at Adel.
“I’m excited for Cody Fisher’s third trip to Wells Fargo Arena,” head coach Dave Smeltzer said. “As a freshman and sophomore he finished runner-up. I know he was disappointed with the outcome and has set his goal to become a State Champion at 220 pounds.”
Fisher’s Feb. 9 afternoon began with a dominating 20-second pinfall in the semifinals win over Gage Rossing of Webster City.
It wasn’t as easy for Fisher in the finals when he and the host’s very own Kaden Sutton went the distance with Fisher earning the 13-6 decision.
As Smeltzer mentioned, this will be Fisher’s third straight trip to the state tournament. His previous experience will serve as an advantage but for the junior, it’s just another match.
“Just gonna go in there and do my thing and take it one match at a time,” he said. “It’s just another day at the office.”
Lawrenson’s journey to the finals took a different road as the 285-pound junior earned a hard-fought win SV-1 5-3 in the semis against Gilbert’s Jacob Torresi.
“During my first match, I got taken down early on. At that point, I realized it was going to be a fight to be able to make it,” Lawrenson said. “I began to lose hope but knew I had to be persistent throughout the match. We went into overtime and I got my shot set up, I took the shot got spun around behind him and won the match 5 to 3.”
Lawrenson’s skills were put to the test in his first-place match. He eventually dropped the contest on an 8-0 major decision against Derrin Sesker of Van Meter/Earlham.
Even though he had lost his match, it didn’t faze the junior one bit, who was made aware that he placed second overall after his duel.
“During the match every single time we would stop to set back on the mat I would look over at the scoreboard opposite to see how the other matches were doing,” Lawrenson said. “I went and found my coaches and my father. They told me that I was moving on to state and I had never been so happy in my entire life.”
This will be Lawrenson’s first trip to the Well, as coach Smeltzer referred to it.
“The two [Fisher and Lawrenson] have a goal to place high on the podium,” Smeltzer said. “I know Cody, he will keep his cool and pick them off one by one starting Thursday evening.”
Two other Hawks, freshmen Joel Harney and Aidan Honkomp finished fourth overall in their first trip to districts.
“I’m also very proud of (106) Joel Harney and (113) Aidan Honkomp on their first district appearance as freshman,” Smeltzer said. “So excited for the future of these two boys (as) they both work extremely hard and (are) already planning their offseason to get better.”
It’s off to Des Moines on Feb. 14 for both Fisher and Lawrenson, who will focus on putting the finishing touches on their techniques before facing some stiff competition.