DES MOINES, Iowa — It was a good day for area state qualifiers in Des Moines and Champaign as they advanced to day two of the state wrestling tournaments.
For the River Kings, Isaac Larkin made quick work in the first round of the 138 weight class.
Larkin (32-4) pinned Burlington’s Colin Masters (17-24) in 33 seconds to move on to Friday’s quarterfinal round. Larkin jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage with a takedown in the first 30 seconds, and was able to secure the pin shortly after.
Larkin will face Trenten Wennermark of Cedar Rapids Prairie in Friday’s quarterfinals. Wennermark, ranked sixth, pinned Kyle Kuckta in 3:41 in the first round.
Clinton sophomore Ethan Barry couldn’t generate enough offense to win a battle of ranked wrestlers in first round action at the Iowa High School state wrestling tournament.
Barry, ranked fifth, fell 1-0 to No. 4. Brayden Wolf of Waverly-Shell Rock. Wolf garned the lone point of the match by escaping with a little more than a minute remaining in the third period.
In the consolation match, Barry struck early to edge Noah Stober from Ankeny Centennial 5-3. Barry picked up the first two points with a takedown with 55 seconds left in the first period, and picked up another point to start off the second. Barry picked up two more points to go into the third period ahead 5-1.
Stober picked up two more points late in the third to cut it to 5-3.
Barry will wrestle Kenny Lampman (22-10) tomorrow.
Indians stay alive
Camanche’s Baylor Crigger didn’t waste any time in his march through the 152 pound weight division of the Iowa state wrestling tournament.
Crigger, ranked sixth in Class 2A at 152 pounds, recorded a pin in 2:06 over Caleb LaLonde, of West Burlington. Crigger and LaLonde were on the feet for the first part of the first period, before Crigger recorded the match’s first takedown with a little more than 30 seconds left in the first period. LaLonde escaped to end the first period, giving Crigger a 2-1 advantage heading into the second period.
Crigger then worked his way to the pin early in the second period. Crigger will now face Mitchel Mangold, a junior, from West Delaware.
Mangold is ranked fifth at 152 pounds and is 36-5 on the season. Crigger improved to 46-3 with the win.
An aggressive second period kept Camanche’s Eric Campie alive in the 145-pound consolation bracket at the Iowa High School state wrestling tournament. Campie lost in round one to No. 6 Ryan Steffen of Cresco-Crestwood.
Campie built a 6-2 lead in the second period, and outlasted Spencer’s Isaiah Spencer 6-5 in the consolation bracket later Thursday morning.
Spencer made it interesting in the third period, with a takedown in the first 30 seconds, cutting the deficit to 6-4. However, he was only able to muster one more point, giving Campie a decision.
Campie (42-11) on Friday will face the loser of the Kalton Keller and No. 9 Joey Busse quarterfinal matchup. Campie’s victory was the final matchup featuring area wrestlers in Class 2A for Thursday.
Steamers have big day
All three state qualifiers for Fulton advanced to the quarterfinals of the Illinois State Wrestling Tournament after victories in the first round.
Fulton senior Taylor Fleetwood won a 5-0 decision to cap a strong day.
Fleetwood defeated Keivion Whaley to move on to the quarterfinals at 285. Fleetwood and Whaley battled to a 0-0 tie in the first period, and Fleetwood took advantage in the second period, with an escape and a takedown.
Fleetwood added another takedown in the third period for the win.
Fleetwood, ranked fifth, will now face Anthony Enlow, of Vandalia, who is ranked third in Class 1A.
Fulton’s 195-pounder No. 10 Eli Pannell pulled off a minor upset during the first round against No. 9 Victor Vargas, of Elmhurst, 10-6.
Pannell notched several takedowns in the match, opening up a 6-1 lead midway through the second period. Vargas was able to cut the deficit to 7-5 in the third period, but Pannell was able to escape, and notch another takedown to give him the decision.
Pannell now moves on to the quarterfinal round on Friday against Will Heikes, of Petersburg. Heikes, ranked eighth, defeated Jeremy Opp 4-0 in the first round.
Fulton senior No. 3 Tyler Fleetwood’s campaign for a third straight Illinois state wrestling title began with a 9-0 win against Heyworth junior Andrew Sims, ranked sixth in Class 1A at 132 pounds.
The action started off slow, with a 0-0 tie in the first period. Fleetwood immediately escaped in the second period, to start off the scoring at 1-0.
Neither wrestler could record a takedown in the second period, giving way to Fleetwood starting on top in the third period. From the top position, Fleetwood was able tally more points late in the third period, giving him the major decision.
Fleetwood now squares off against Fithian (Oakwood) Ren Dazey, who pinned Kevin Rodriguez in the first round. Dazey is ranked fourth in Class 1A.
Sabers head to day two
It didn’t take long for Central DeWitt’s Keaton Zeimet to battle back from a first-round defeat. No. 2 Matthew Lewis, of Centerville, was too much for No. 3 Zeimet in first-round action.
Zeimet pinned Tyler Stein in 31 seconds to advance to Friday in the consolation bracket at 106 pounds in Class 2A. Zeimet will face the loser of the quarterfinal match featuring Sam Nelson and Colby Lillegard.
Lillegard is ranked fifth, while Nelson is ranked ninth. Zeimet, ranked third, improved to 42-2 with the win.
No. 5 Nick Smith, of Central DeWitt, rode out Webster City’s Caleb Olson in the third period to escape with a 5-4 first-round victory at 195 pounds.
Smith was in control for the majority of the first two periods, until Olson escaped midway through the second period, and then recorded a late takedown, to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Smith improved to 24-1 with the win and now moves on to the quarterfinals to face No. 2 Nick Foss, of Harlan. Foss opened the tournament with a pin over Blake Anderson in 4:56.