2018 TRADITIONAL WRESTLING STATE MEET NOTES FOR 2018

Written by John Kuhens on February 14, 2018

APPROACHING 100: This is Iowa’s 98th high school state wrestling meet – the 92nd under the auspices of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, who stabilized eligibility, length of the season, conformed to NFHS rules and weight divisions, and adjusted the tournament format in 1926.  Prior to 1926 the Iowa Athletic Council, with the consent of the IHSAA, operated tournaments from 1921-25.  Two tournaments were held in 1922, 1923 and 1924 with the University of Iowa and Iowa State University hosting.

ATTENDANCE: An average of over 74,000 fans each of the last 10 years makes wrestling tournament week Iowa’s largest “mat party.” Saturday’s championship round of 42 matches is expected to be sold out for the 31st straight year, making it the toughest ticket to obtain in Iowa high school sports.

Qualifying Breakdown: The 672 qualifiers blanket Iowa. This year there were 284 competing programs from 332 high schools. Advancing to the State Meet are qualifiers from 226 teams. Eighty-nine teams in Class 1A have at least one qualifier, while Class 2A has wrestlers from 79 programs and Class 3A numbers its 224 qualifiers from 58 teams. Twenty-two athletes who have won gold medals are in the field.

Leading the Qualifying: The top three teams in each class from the 2017 tournament and the teams with the most qualifiers in this year’s meet follow.

3A – 2017 Top 3: 1) Southeast Polk 158.5; 2) Fort Dodge 123.5; 3) Valley, WDM, 112

   Leading 2018 Qualifiers: 13 – Fort Dodge; 10 – Johnston; 9 – Dubuque Hempstead; Iowa City, West; Southeast Polk; 8 – Ankeny Centennial; Bettendorf; Iowa City, City High; Valley, West Des Moines; Waukee; 7 – Glenwood; North Scott; Prairie, Cedar Rapids; 6 – Cedar Falls; Waverly-Shell Rock

2A – 2017 Top 3: 1) Solon 96.5; 2) New Hampton 96; 3) Assumption, Davenport 83

   Leading 2018 Qualifiers: 9 – New Hampton/Turkey Valley; 8 – West Liberty; 7 – Webster City; 6 – Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; Osage; PCM, Monroe; Sergeant Bluff-Luton; South Tama County; West Delaware; 5 – Assumption, Davenport; Bishop Heelan, Sioux City; Creston/Orient-Macksburg; Panorama; Red Oak; Solon; Union, LaPorte City; Williamsburg

1A – 2017 Top 3: 1) Lisbon 97.5; 2) Don Bosco, Gilbertville 76; 3) Sibley-Ocheyedan 75

   Leading 2018 Qualifiers: 9 – Denver; Don Bosco, Gilbertville; Lisbon; 6 – AHSTW, Avoca; Bedford/Lenox; Woodbury Central, Moville; 5 – Lake Mills; Missouri Valley; Pekin; West Sioux, Hawarden; Wilton; 4 – Emmetsburg; Logan-Magnolia; Manson Northwest Webster; Martensdale-St. Marys; Mount Ayr; Pleasantville; Underwood; Wapsie Valley.

Twice the Fun:  Winning the State Dual Team and Traditional championships in the same year is a great accomplishment. It has been done 47 times by 23 teams. The teams who have doubled up and their class follow.

   Class 1A: Lisbon 1988, 2017; Riceville 1994; Belle Plaine 2001; Don Bosco, Gilbertville (5) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Logan-Magnolia 2011; and Alburnett 2013, 2016

   Class 2A: Eagle Grove 1987; New Hampton (2) 1990, 1993; West Delaware 1991; Assumption, Davenport (5) 1995, 1998, 1999, 2011, 2014; Emmetsburg-Armstrong-Ringsted (2) 2000, 2003; Creston/Orient-Macksburg 2007; Ballard (2) 2008, 2009; Denver-Tripoli 2010.

   Class 3A: Dowling Catholic, WDM (3)1988, 1990, 1991; Cedar Falls 1993; Urbandale 1996; Iowa City, City High (2) 1999, 2002; Lewis Central (2) 2000, 2001; Waverly-Shell Rock (4) 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010; Iowa City, West (2) 2006, 2007; Bettendorf (2) 2012, 2014; and Southeast Polk 2013, 2015, 2017.

TWO SEEK TO BE FOUR TIME CHAMPS; 3 GO AFTER A THIRD TITLE: Two talented seniors, Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske (3A-126, 35-1) and Underwood’s Alex Thomsen (1A-126, 47-1), can become members of wrestling’s elite fraternity – a four-time champion. Currently only 25 athletes have achieved that pinnacle. Their lone career setback was to each other earlier this year. Three other seniors can win their third state gold medal. They are in Class 3A Waukee’s Kyle Biscoglia (120, 47-0) and Nelson Brands, Iowa City, West (160, 51-1) and Michael Blockhus of New Hampton/Turkey Valley (138, 53-0) in Class 2A.

17 TAKE AIM AT A SECOND GOLD: A total of 17 athletes will try to secure their second state tournament gold medal this weekend. They are: (3A-3) Cullan Schriever, Mason City (106, 36-1, soph); Grant Stotts, Valley, West Des Moines (152, 26-1, sr.) Joel Shapiro, Valley, West Des Moines (182, 36-0, sr.); (2A-7); Grayson Kesterson, Williamsburg (113, 45-2, sr.); Aden Reeves, Albia (120, 46-0, jr.); Matt Robertson, Assumption, Davenport (132, 42-4, sr.); Isaac Judge, South Tama County (152, 44-2, sr.); Julien Broderson, Assumption, Davenport (182, 32-0, jr.); Bryce Esmoil, West Liberty (195. 49-0, sr.); Jordan Baumler, North Fayette Valley (220, 35-2, sr.); (1A-7) Adam Allard, West Sioux (113, 42-0, soph); Cael Happel, Lisbon (120, 48-2, soph); Chance Throndson, Riceville (145, 42-2, sr.); Donny Schmit, Wapsie Valley (132, 43-2, sr.); Kalb Krall, Wapsie Valley (138, 31-5, jr.); John Henrich, Akron-Westfield (160, 40-0, jr.); Tanner Sloan, Alburnett (195, 44-1, sr.)

21 Pursuing Perfection: Going into this year’s tournaments 23 wrestlers are undefeated for the season in their weight class and 37 others have lost only once. Those entering the tournaments with unblemished records are:  Class 1A (9) – Gabe Pauley, AHSTW (170, 52-0, jr.); Kaleb Reeves, Sigourney-Keota (220, 48-0, sr.); Logan Schumacher, Martensdale-St. Marys (182, 48-0, sr.); Nicholas Gaes, Alta-Aurelia (220, 47-0, jr.); Hunter DeJong (195, 44-0, sr.); Adam Allard, West Sioux (113- 42-0, soph); Hunter Connor, Louisa-Muscatine (182, 40-0, sr.); John Henrich, Akron-Westfield (160-, 40-0, jr.); Brian Sadler, Jesup (285, 40-0, sr.); (2A-9) – Michael Blockhus, New Hampton/Turkey Valley (138, 53-0, sr.); Bryce Esmoil, West Liberty (195, 49-0, sr.); Eric Fraught, Clear Lake (126, 48-0, jr.); Aden Reeves, Albia (120, 46-0, jr.); Cooper Lawson, Webster City (285, 43-0, sr.); Tyler Linderbaum, Solon (285, 34-0, sr.); Julien Broderson (182, 32-0, jr.); Philip Ihde, Decorah (126, 27-0, sr.); Tanner Probasco, South Tama Country (138, 26-0, sr.);  (3A-3) – Kyle Biscoglia, Waukee (120, 47-0, sr.); Ben Sarasin, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy (170, 36-0, sr.); and Joel Shapiro, Valley, West Des Moines (182, 36-0, sr.).  An additional 38 wrestlers have lost only once this season.

CAREER WINS & PINS LEADERS: Following is a list of leaders in career wins, consecutive wins, and pins that coaches have reported to the IHSAA.  Nathan Haynes of Missouri Valley at the District set new Iowa all-time bests for wins at 212 and pins at 158 to edge out former leader Union’s Max Thomsen. Missouri Valley is in the team duals and Haynes is an individual qualifier at 1A-170, where he was fourth in 2017, and he was also a runner-up at 160 in 2016. His teammate Tom Rief who was third the last two state meets is 206-27. Those listed in italics are in the 2018 State Duals and/or Traditional Tournament. Numerous wrestlers this year reached the 160 career wins and 100 career pins. Several will be in action this week and will be identified in the 2019 Wrestling Stat Book.

200 or more Career Wins

212 – Nathan Haynes, Missouri Valley (2015-), [212-32]

210 – Max Thomsen, Union Community, LaPorte City (2012-15) [210-1]

210 – Bryce West, Solon (2017); Highland, Riverside (2014-16) [210-3]

209 – Carter Happel, Lisbon (2013-16) [209-1]

208 – Brandon Sorenson, Denver-Tripoli (2010-13) [208-3]

208 – Drew West, Solon (2017); Highland, Riverside (2014-16) [208-4]

208 – Andrew Foutch, Underwood (2010-13) [208-13]

208 – Shadow Leshen, Albia (2011-14) [208-14]

207 – T.J. Sebolt, Centerville (2003-06) [207-1]

206 – Tom Rief, Missouri Valley (2015-) [206-27]

205 – Tatem Bluml, Riverside, Oakland (2014-17) [205-35]

204 – Jake Marlin, Creston (2010-13) [204-6]

203 – Ryan Parmely, Maquoketa Valley (2012-15) [203-6]

202 – Colton Clingenpeel, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson (2013-16) [202-16]

201 – Conner Shulista, Lisbon (2013-16) [201-14]

200 – Logan Schumacher, Martensdale-St. Marys (2015-) [200-7]

200 – Dylan Schuck, Sibley-Ocheyedan (2014-17) [200-19]

200 – Evan Hansen, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (2012-15) [200-8]

200 – Loren Williams, Tri-Center, Neola (2010-13) [200-14]

200 – Jack Hathaway, Iowa City West (2009-12) [200-16]

Longest Individual Winning Streaks, 144 or more

199 – Max Thomsen, Union Community, LaPorte City (2012-15) [210-1]

192 – T.J. Sebolt, Centerville, Albia (2003-06) [207-1]

172 – Carter Happel, Lisbon (2013-16) [209-1]

172 – Jeff McGinness, Iowa City, City High (1990-93) [172-0]

171 – Cory Clark, Southeast Polk (2009-12) [185-1]

168 – John Meeks, Des Moines, Roosevelt (2009-2012) [168-0]

161 – Mack Reiter, Don Bosco, Gilbertville (2000-03) {182-3]

155 – Dylan Peters, Denver-Tripoli (2009-12) [199-1]

151 – Nick Moore, Iowa City West (2007-10) [183-1]

149 – C.J. Ettelson, Hudson (2000-03) [161-3]

146 – Jimmy Waters, Lewis Central (2004-07) [195-6]

144 – Eric Juergens, Maquoketa (1993-96) [144-0]

Top 10 Career Pins

158 – Nathan Haynes, Missouri Valley (2015-)

157 – Max Thomsen, Union Community, LaPorte City (2012-15)

154 – Dylan Schuck, Sibley-Ocheyedan (2014-17)

147 – Jake Marlin, Creston/O-M (2010-13)

146 – Austin Blythe, Williamsburg (2008-11)

138 – Fredy Stroker, Bettendorf (2012-15)

137 – Jack Hathaway, Iowa City, West (2009-12)

136 – T.J. Sebolt, Centerville (2003-06)

135 – Mack Reiter, Don Bosco, Gilbertville (2000-03)

134 – Bryce West, Solon and Highland, Riverside (2014-17)

131 – Trent Kruger, Sibley-Ocheyedan (2014-17)

131 – Carter Happel, Lisbon (2013-16)

130 – Drew West, Solon (2017), Highland, Riverside (2014-16)

128 – Cody Koenig, Underwood (1998-2001)

126 – Andrew Foutch, Underwood (2010-13)

126 – Kyle Soderblom, Lynnville-Sully (2008-11)

126 – Dalton Jensen, Missouri Valley (2004-07)

125 – Cody Krumwiede, Waverly-Shell Rock (2008-11)

49th GRAND MARCH: In the previous 48 years the prestigious honor of escorting the medal winners into the arena on Saturday night in the Grand March has been a focal event. Prominent Iowa wrestlers, coaches; state dignitaries; meet workers have each led the Grand March. This year, three distinguished groups who provide the safety and security for the tournament have representatives leading the medal winners in the Grand March. They are the Des Moines Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC Event Security). They take their jobs seriously, personally, and with pride. They greet fans from all corners of the state with a smile and invite them to do the same. From the early morning hours till the arena is empty, they serve in all weather conditions. They direct pedestrian and automobile traffic, tend to emergencies when necessary and individually welcome and assist their guests. They perform their respective jobs in a professional manner that trumpets, “We Care.” Individually they seldom miss a tournament day of work.They are the guardians of the city’s visitors and tournament goers. In this the 48th year of the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, their biggest favorites are the fans, who leave the tournament each year without knowing their names, but thankful for how their tournament experience has been enhanced. The men and women of these three groups proudly serve as the face of Des Moines. Representing the groups as Grand March Escorts are the following individuals. Des Moines Police Department: Senior Police Officer Mark Stuempfig is a Des Moines native who has attended the State Wrestling Tournament since the early 1980s. From 1991-95 he was on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been with the Des Moines Police Department since 1997, while serving in the Iowa Air National Guard from 2000 to 2015, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He specializes with working patrol, traffic, and Metro STAR. Polk County Sheriff Office: Chief Kevin Schneider, who for the past 36 years has served the citizens of Polk County with extensive knowledge and experience of each division in the Sheriff’s Office. He assigns seven Deputies to the tournament. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Northwestern University and a graduate of the Iowa Certified Public Managers Program at Drake University. He has worked high school events in the city the past 12 years. Contemporary Services Corporation: Bob Swanson is a graduate of Simpson College and while there he worked in the security department of Veterans Memorial Auditorium eventually becoming the Director of Security. In 2004 he started with CSC in Florida and when the corporation was awarded the contract for the Iowa Events Center he returned to Des Moines as Branch Manager and doubling as the Security Manager for the Iowa Events Center. He became Regional Manager in 2014 overseeing Midwest CSC offices in Des Moines, Kansas City, MO, Minneapolis, MN, and Madison, WI.

 

With Honors:  The special Awards Ceremonies begins at 5:40 p.m., Saturday with the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s coach of the year year in each class, followed by their junior high coach of the year, their official of the year, and their President’s Award. Gary Koenen of Cedar Falls, the Iowa High School Athletic Director-of the Year, will be introduced and the IHSAA Hall-of-Fame Awards will complete the ceremonies.

SIX New Hall of Fame Inductees

Six new members of the IHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday night during the Awards Ceremony. Complete write-ups can be found in the 2018 state traditional tournament program: Rick Caldwell, Waverly-Shell Rock; David Schaefer, Spencer; Don Buzzard Jr., Waterloo, East; Mark Kist, Eagle Grove; Chad Zaputil, Centerville; T.J. Sebolt, Centerville. Also entering the IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame will be Troy Seeley of Fairfield.