DES MOINES – With one goal gone, Brice Everson refocused before the consolations and made sure his wrestling season would last at least one more day.
Everson, a sophomore for Camanche, defeated Nathan Macki of Huxley Ballard, ranked seventh in the state, 15-3 in the first round of wrestlebacks at 126 pounds Thursday morning at the Iowa Class 2A wrestling state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
“It feels good to get one win, but that’s not what I came here to do,” said Everson, who lost 15-3 in his first match against Atlantic’s third-ranked Darrian Schwenke. “I came here to win the title. I was a little upset that I can’t get that, but I’ve got to fight back.”
Consolation wins by Everson and Central DeWitt’s Bryant Woodford salvaged the day for area 2A wrestlers after they went 0-5 in the first round.
“I was a little intimidated in the first match,” Everson admitted. “I know this is a bigger tournament, but I try to picture it like any other tournament.”
Everson was in control after scoring the opening takedown 50 seconds into the match against Macki. He added a near fall before the period ended and got another in the second to build his lead to 8-1. He finished things off with an escape and three takedowns in the third period.
“I came out a little flat in the first match. I picked up my intensity in that match,” Everson said. “That (first near fall) was big; I’m never comfortable with a two-point lead. It was definitely a confidence booster to be able to open up like I did out here.”
Woodford, who was pinned in 3:34 by Derek Holschlag of La Porte City Union in his first match at 106 pounds, came back with a 4-2 win in the wrestlebacks against Bailey Tuma of Van Meter. Woodford scored all his points in the first period, with a takedown and nearfall. Tuma scored his points on two stalling penalties against Woodford.
Central DeWitt’s other three entrants went 0-2 each.
Carter Cahill was pinned in 4:17 by top-rated 145-pounder Chase Straw of Independence and in 2:55 by seventh-ranked Trevor McLaughlin of La Porte City Union.
Mason Cousins scored four points on a late move but still lost 12-7 to Michael Neal of Vinton-Shellsburg in the first round at 152. He then lost 17-3 in the wrestlebacks to Douglas Perrin of Osage.
Chase Kraklio got thrown for pins in both his matches at 195 -- in 1:24 by Grinnell’s Jared Keenan in the first round and in 1:12 by Webster City’s Dylan Fielder in the consolation round.
Davenport Assumption held the 2A team lead after the opening day with 25 points. Mediapolis was second with 20.5, followed in the top five by La Porte City Union (18), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (17) and Albia (15).