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Lisbon's Happel wins fourth state championship

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Lisbon's Carter Happel achieved the ultimate goal for a high school wrestler on the eve of his 19th birthday.

Happel became Iowa's 25th four-time state champion when he beat Dike-New Hartford's Trent Johnson 7-1 Saturday night to capture the Class 1A title at 145 pounds.

Happel, who will wrestle for the Hawkeyes next year, outmaneuvered the once-unbeaten Johnson after coasting through the first three rounds with two technical falls and a pin. Johnson never had any clean shots, and there was never a doubt Happel would prevail.

The title capped a 52-0 season for Happel, who won his final 169 matches and went 209-1 in his career.

Only one Iowa wrestler, Max Thomsen of LaPorte City Union with 210, finished with more victories.

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