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Area wrestlers take home individual honors


Area wrestlers put together some pretty special performances on high school wrestling's biggest stage.

Nashua-Plainfield came into the night looking to win its first traditional 1A team title.  They sent Blake Dietz against Alburnett's Hunter Washburn, the top rated freshman.  Washburn however would win by a major decision 11-2.

Linn Mar's Matt Wempen would get a take down in overtime to notch a class 3A title.

At 113 pounds, Union's Max Thompson would control his match winning a 2A title with a 7-0 decision.

Phillip Laux of Iowa city west good enough to take the 113 pound 3A championship.

Two Denver-Tripoli wrestlers each going for their 3rd state titles would highlight the night.  At 120 pounds Dylan Peters had only lost 1 match in his impressive career and he'd finish that way pinning Tony DeVriese in just 37 seconds.

"It wasn't so much about me, more about the team. It's a tight race," mentioned Peters following the match, "I wanted my teammates to do the same things, get one for themselves and then get one for the team."

At 132 Brandon Sorensen kept his streak of multiple winners going...joining Peters with a 3-1 decision for his third title, while also clinching a team title for the Titans.

Charlie Jones of Waterloo Columbus went wild in the second period of his championship match, putting himself as best in class 1A at 120 pounds.

"It's so surreal," an emotional Jones said afterward, "It's always been my dream to make state, let alone win it, and I don't know, it feels good."

At 126, Cory Clark of Southeast Polk knocked off Eric DeVos of Waverly-Shell Rock and in doing so became the 20th Iowa wrestler to win 4 state titles.

Meanwhile, Tyler Shulista once again put himself on top of 1A taking home his 3rd title.

In a pivotal class 1A match at 160 between Mark Weber of Don Bosco and Taylor Wedeking of Nashua-Plainfield mixed things up.  Weber survived 3-2 as the Dons clinched the 1A team title.

At 160 pounds in class 2A, Eric Lux of South Tama beat Chase Shedenhelm of Denver-Tripoli.  With the feat, Lux matches his brother Kyle, who won an individual state title in 2011.

Nick Fuller of Independence was a runner-up last year.  This year Fuller's the 170 pound champ after notching a major decision over J.J. Hanus of Solon.

Nashua Plainfield's Andy Glaser picked one up for the Huskies.  Glaser just edged past Okoboji Milford's Tanner Taylor for the class 1A title at 172 pounds.

At 195 pounds Adam Reth of West Delaware gave the Hawks an individual state title by beating Keaton Hulett of Creston.  While South Winn's Nick Schmelzer also picked up a title with a win over Derrick Miller of West Branch in Class 1A at 220 pounds.

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