DES MOINES — Clinton sophomore was able to solidify a place at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament this weekend, taking home 7th in Class 3A at 195 pounds.
“It was something,” Barry said. “It felt really good and I know it made my family happy.”
Still, Barry said the atmosphere at Wells Fargo Arena had a bigger impact on him than he anticipated.
“I was trying to prepare myself and expect to be nervous with my first time out, but it was nerve-wracking,” Barry said. “It definitely go to me.”
Barry moved to the consolation bracket on Friday after a loss, and picked up a pin to ensure that he would place.
On Saturday, his first matchup he was pinned by Gabe Christenson in 4:16.
“I put too much pressure on myself trying to place and I don’t feel like I was wrestling my best,” Barry said. “I let the nerves get too me too much.”
Still, he still had his chance in the consolation bracket. He came out against Fort Dodge’s Tristan Licht (18-9) and picked up a pin in 1:46.
“I was just coming off of a loss. I was feeling down and trying to not let it get to me too much. I was feeling pressure thinking about what if I didn’t place,” Barry said about his final opponent. “I went out and the first period I got a takedown within 20 seconds. I started wrestling sloppy. Third period he chose bottom, and that’s where I pinned him.”
The sophomore is happy that he picked up a medal at his first state appearance, and is ready to use the experience he got this year in his next two years as a River King wrestler.
“I learned to just go out and wrestle. Being out there, anything can happen in wrestling. You just need to wrestle a hard six minutes,” Barry said.
He also credits a lot of his success to Head Coach Eric Lueders and the rest of his coaching staff.
“When coaches pushed me this season, they did it for a reason,” Barry said. “Now I know why they pushed me so hard, because this is the best I have ever performed in wrestling and it’s them to thank for that.”
Sabers bring home two medals
Both Nick Smith a Keaton Zeimet managed to place in the consolation bracket at the Iowa State Wrestling tournament in Class 2A for Central DeWitt.
Zeimet (45-3) started day three off with a loss to Ben Schmitz by 9-5 decision, but came back and pinned Bondurant-Farrar’s Colby Lillegard in 1:26 to take home fifth place at 106 pounds.
Nick Smith started the day off strong with a pin of Kade Hambly to move on to the 3rd place match. Smith went down by injury at 4:52 against Harlan’s Nick Foss (42-2) to take home 4th place at 195 pounds.
Steamers go three-for-three for medals
The Fulton Steamers saw everyone that qualified for state come home with a medal after the Illinois State Wrestling Tournament this weekend.
Eli Pannell came home with 6th place at 195 pounds in Class 1A. In the final match, Panell (38-8) lost by a 7-5 decision to Stillman Valley’s Drake Jennings (37-3).
Taylor Fleetwood lost in the 3rd place match for 285 pounds to Anthony Enlow (43-5) in a tight 1-0 decision. Fleetwood brought home the 4th place medal.
Two-time state champion Tyler Fleetwood didn’t make a three-peat. After going up two weight classes this year to 138 pounds, Fleetwood (39-6) lost in a 5-3 decision to Rock Island Alleman’s Jack Patting. Patting also defeated Fleetwood at the sectional meet.
Fleetwood comes home with the 3rd place medal at 138 pounds.