INDEPENDENCE — Oelwein senior 170-pounder Bryan Graves will have a chance to cap off his high school wrestling career in style beginning Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Graves earned his way to the Class 2A state tournament by finishing second in Saturday’s district competition at independence High School.
Graves (39-6 for the season) began his day Saturday with a pin of Joe Priebe of Independence in 2:31 in the semifinal round.
Graves then lost a 4-0 verdict in the final to third-ranked Colter Bye of Crestwood.
State tourney schedule
Competition in the Class 2A state tourney gets started Thursday at 6 p.m. with first round and first round consolation bouts.
Other Class 2A sessions will be as follows:
•Friday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. — Quarterfinals and second round consolation; 8:45 p.m. — Semifinals and third round consolation
•Saturday, Feb. 16 — 10 a.m. — Consolation semifinals and finals; 6 p.m. — Championship finals
Jeanes finishes fourth
Carsen Jeanes of Oelwein wound up finishing fourth at 113 pounds in the district tournament.
Jeanes was pinned in the semifinal round by ninth-ranked Kolten Crawford of Union in 3:51. Jeanes then lost by fall in the third place bout to Jonathan Dreckman of New Hampton/Turkey Valley in 3:02.
New Hampton/Turkey Valley won the district team title with 117 points and advanced four wrestlers to state. Union was second with 112 points and seven qualifiers, followed by Crestwood with 110 and six qualifiers, Independence 100 and four qualifiers, Decorah 48 and three qualifiers, North Fayette Valley 28 and two qualifiers, South Hardin-BCLUW 27, Dike-New Hartford 18, Oelwein 14 and one qualifier, Waukon 12 and one qualifier, Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center 0 and Waterloo Columbus 0.
Independence crowned three district champions and also advanced one district runner-up to state.
Isaiah Weber (43-4), rated eighth in the state won the 113-pound crown for the Mustangs. He defeated Dreckman of New Hampton/Turkey Valley via a 13-2 major decision, before then downing Crawford of Union in sudden victory 1, 6-4.
Indee’s Cole Davis (41-5 and rated third in the state) won the title at 160 with a pin of Weston Fantz of North Fayette Valley in 0:52 and a pin of Cameron Rasing of New Hampton in 5:57.
Sixth-ranked Drew Evans of the Mustangs (39-7) was the champion at 285. He recorded pins of Tom Clark of New Hampton/Turkey Valley in 0:55 and Stone Peckham of Crestwood in 5:47.
Advancing to state as a district runner-up was seventh-rated Matthew Doyle of Independence (29-6) at 152. Doyle blanked Hunter Pesek of New Hampton/Turkey Valley, 9-0, in the semifinals, before losing a narrow 6-5 verdict in the final to top-ranked Adam Ahrendsen of Union.
Brady Webb of Indee (29-19) finished third at 145 pounds. He lost to Miles Hansmeier of Waukon, 8-5, before then pinning Brier Uhlenhopp of Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center in 1:08.
Also garnering thirds for Independence were Joe Priebe (28-21) at 170 and Christian Kremer (31-16) at 195.
After losing to Oelwein’s Graves to begin the day, Priebe pinned Aidan Walters of Dike-New Hartford in 2:43.
Kremer was pinned by Andy Murphy of Decorah in 5:09. He then pinned Zach Starbuck of Dike-New Hartford in 3:19.
North Fayette Valley results
Advancing to state as district runners-up were North Fayette Valley’s 10th-ranked Gunner Rodgers (37-6) at 138 and Weston Fantz (32-7) at 160.
Rodgers jumped to the early lead against Union’s top-ranked Jack Thomsen, before then losing an 11-6 decision. Rodgers then pinned Jace Peterson of Dike-New Hartford in 0:22 and Carson Babcock of New Hampton/Turkey Valley in 1:52.
After losing to Davis of Independence, Fantz decisioned Kaleb Roach of Union, 6-0, before pinning Rasing of New Hampton/Turkey Valley in 1:45.
Taking fourths for the TigerHawks were Levi Lauer (15-9) at 120 and Jesse Daughton (18-11) at 152.
Lauer lost to Taylor Kolthoff of South Hardin/BCLUW, 11-2, before being pinned by Hunter Worthen of Union in 4:28.
Daughton was pinned by Union’s Ahrendsen in 1:01 in the semifinal round and fell to Pesek of New Hampton/Turkey Valley, 14-7 in the battle for third place.