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State Wrestling Tournament 3A and 2A First Round

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The Cedar Falls Tigers opened the 3A tournament going 3 and oh on day 1 -

That started with Blake Halstead's 5-2 decision over Indianola's Joe Howard at 126 -

while 138 pounder Dan Kelly picked up the big points with a 1st period pin against Western Dubuque's Dain Gansen.

Dan Kelly/Cedar Falls Senior, 138 Pounds
"You don't want to give anyone a chance. When you get out there you want to get it done as fast as you can. That doesn't mean to be stupid, but when you get a chance to put a guy away, that's what you've got to do. Then move on and focus on the next match."

Cedar Rapids Prairie kept 5 in the championship bracket - which included a pair of pins by Marcus England at 106 and Josh Wenger at 138 for big points in the team race -

at 220 pounds - Hempstead's Gannon Gremmel remained perfect with a first period pin at 220 -

but the Trojans got their own as first timer Quallan Phillips dispatched Kelsey Kintz of Bettendorf early at 170 pounds.

Quallan Phillips/Waterloo East Senior, 170 Pounds
"When you've got a guy like that, you know you're going to beat him, you've just got to work technique. It's not about how good you can do the move. It's about how good you execute the more. That's what it's all about."

Western Dubuque's Max Lyon is one of 2 Bobcats still alive in the upper bracket after a decision at 170 -

while Waverly-Shell Rock kept 3 up top - Austin Yant got the decision over Ankeny Centennial's Trey Rouse at 113 -

while defending champ Bryce Steiert going at 160 - ended things early against Marshalltown's Ben Rebik -

Bryce Steiert/Waverly-Shell Rock Senior, 160 Pounds

"My sophomore year I wasn't really prepared to be a state champion. I think I was last year, and I truly believe I can win every match now."

In Class 2A, all eyes were on 145 pounds and Union's Max Thomsen - the only athlete in this year's field going after the ultimate goal, a 4th straight state title -and Thomsen didn't disappoint - controlling Gilbert's Wyatt Rhoads right up to his second period pin - and it's clear the Knight senior is focused on 4.

Max Thomsen/Union Senior, 3-Time State Champ

"I mean, there's a lot of people watching, and people respect you, but right here I'm just focusing on the next one, and that's all that matters."

Thomsen's teammate - Jacob Holschlag picked up a first period pin in his quest for a second straight title at 170 - 4 Knights remain in title contention -

2 other returning champs - Wahlert's Tristan Burt at 113 - and CPU's Brock Rathbun at 120 both picked up wins on Thursday -

2-time third place finisher - Chase Straw of Indee's still looking toward the top of the podium after a dominant win over Mike Neal of Vinton-Shellsburg --

Denver-Tripoli had a couple of dominant matches - heavyweight Brady Heusinkvelt advanced with a first period pin - but not as fast as Isaac Shedenhelm's - the 195 pounder needed just 21 seconds to dispatch Mid Prairie's Levi Duwa -

Another short match at 182 - West Delaware's Brett Lammers picked up the pin to remain perfect on the season -

Brett Lammers/West Delaware Senior, 182 Pounds

"I knew if I stayed on my game, whatever went my way was going to work, and he knew how to counter it. Good for him, but I felt pretty comfortable doing what I do."

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