The Albia wrestling team will send five wrestlers to the Class 2A state wrestling tournament that begins Thursday in Des Moines. Albia crowned one champion in second-ranked Carter Anderson and four runners-up in 113-pound Brodie Conner, 132-pound Justin Keller, 152-pound Stephen Conley and 220-pound Paul Ballard.
Albia finished third as a team behind Davenport Assumption and West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville.
“As we got in the middle of the first round, I was a little concerned that our guys weren't ready to go,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “We won two nail-biters at 106 and 132 and dropped the opening matches at 120, 126, and 152, putting ourselves in position to need help to get back into the tournament. Things certainly weren’t playing out the way we had hoped.
“After the first round, we made sure the kids understood that they weren't out of it and they would have to get refocused and ready to roll in their next matches,” said Coach Wenger. “They did just that. Carter Anderson went out and took down his opponent in the finals and was leading 2-1 before receiving the win by injury default. Dawson Bonnett and Logan Carter beat kids that they had lost to previously this season to keep themselves alive.
“From there we dropped finals matches at 113, 132, and 152 which forced us into wrestleback matches for a trip to the state tournament,” said the coach. “In all, we had four wrestlebacks, which are the most stressful matches of the year as far as I'm concerned. It's win, or go home. We were successful in three out of the four matches which says a lot about these kids.
“I've been wrong about them several times this year and at the beginning of the day I may have doubted them yet again, but they have proven themselves time and time again over the course of the entire season, but especially Saturday,” he added. “They know how to get the job done.”
Atl 106: Carter Anderson beat Carter West, West Burlington 6-4, then scored an injury default over Derrick Bass, Assumption.
At 113 Brodie Conne earned a forfeit over Peyton Pilgrim, Assumption, lost a 4-0 decision to Lane Scorpil, Columbus Community and pinned Mose Yoder, Mid-Prairie in 3:31.
Justin Keller finished second at 132 beating Alejandro Morales, Keokuk, 12-7, lost a major decision over Taylor Huggins, Davis County, 8-0 and scored a 10-5 decision over Colton Pilgrim, Assumption in the wrestleback.
At 152, Stephen Conley finished second losing to Grifen Molle, West Burlington, 10-3, beating Logan Adam, Fairfield, 3-2 and scoring a pin over Parker Terronez, Assumption, in 5:16.
Freshman Paul Ballard finished second at 220 pinning Sam Carrasco, Mount Pleasant in 3:46, losing by technical fall to Josh Wallington, Mid-Prairie 16-0 in 4:17. There was no wrestleback.
At 120, Dawson Bonnett ended his season with a third place finish. He was pinned by Blaine Frazer, West Burlington in 1:26, scored a 2-0 win over Nolan Riddle, Keokuk, but lost a 5-0 decision to Dawson Townsend, Davis County in the wrestleback.
At 126 Logan Carter finished third losing to Tate O’Shea, Keokuk, 10-6, then pinned Deken Sorensen, Davis County, in 2:39. A forfeit cost Carter a wrestleback.
1. Assumption, Davenport 138
2. ND/W.B./Danville 101
3. Albia 90
4. Mid-Prairie 84.5
5. Centerville 56
6. Columbus Community 35
7. Davis County 32
8. Washington 13
9. Keokuk 12
10. EBF 11
11. Mount Pleasant 9
12. Fairfield 0
First Round State Match-Ups
106: Carter Anderson (11) 42-1 vs.Gabino Vargas (9) 29-13 BHRV (Rock Valley)
113: Brodie Conner (10) 32-7 vs. Carson Less (10) 31-5 West Delaware
132: Justin Keller (10) 37-6 vs. Taylor Huggins (11) 25-4 Davis County
152: Stephen Conley (12) 40-6 vs. Tyler Brown (12) 29-4 Winterset
220: Paul Ballard (9) 31-6 vs. Dylan Winkel (12) 29-0 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
2A State Wrestling Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 18
SESSION 3 (8 mats) 6-9 p.m. Class 2A 1st round and 1st round consolations
Friday, Feb. 19
SESSION 5 (8 mats) 2:30–5:45 p.m. Class 2A quarter-finals, Class 1A semi-finals and 3rd round consolations, and Class 2A 2nd round consolations
(Class 2A quarterfinals will wrestle to completion before the Class 1A semi-finals and 3rd round consolation matches begin. Class 1A semi-finals and 3rd round consolation matches will wrestle on the first open mat. All Class 1A matches will wrestle to completion before the Class 2A 2nd round consolation matches begin.)
SESSION 6 (8 mats) 7:30-8:40 p.m. Class 3A semi-finals and 3rd round consolations 8:45-10 p.m. Class 2A semi-finals and 3rd round consolations (3A wrestles to completion on the first open mat before 2A begins wrestling.)
Saturday, Feb. 20
SESSION 7 (8 mats) 10 a.m- 2:15 p.m. Class 1A, 3A, 2A consolation semi-finals and finals (Consolation semi-final matches will be wrestled to completion on the first open mat with no break between classes. Consolation finals will then take place on the first open mat with no break between classes.)
SESSION 8 (3 mats) 5:45 p.m. IWCOA, IHSADA and IHSAA Awards 6 p.m. Grand march and finals for all classes