By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — DES MOINES — Brice Everson was eliminated from competition Friday at the Iowa Class 2A wrestling state tournament, but Camanche coach Brent Carstensen said having his sophomore make it to the second day was a positive step for Everson and the program in general.
“It's good for them exposing them to this,” said Carstensen, who had a state qualifier for the first time since 2009.
“It would have been devastating to not have Brice out here,” Carstensen said Friday morning after Everson lost 7-4 to Caleb Coleman of Bondurant-Farrar in the consolation second round at Wells Fargo Arena.
Everson took a 3-2 lead with a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the first period, and the score remained 3-2 heading into the third period. But, Coleman escaped a half-minute into the final period to tie the score, then went ahead on a go-behind off an Everson shot with 45 seconds remaining.
Everson escaped to pull within 5-4, but needing a takedown to win, he was unsuccessful on a late attempt to score and Coleman got a clinching takedown.
“It would have been nice to get a medal for Brice,” Carstensen said. “He has a good future next year and the year after. With health and everything in his favor, I know he'll be on the podium next year.”
Regardless of the result, Carstensen said it was a good experience for Everson and for the group of wrestlers he brought to watch their teammate.
“Them being able to see Brice and see how kids they beat are wrestling on the second day, too, is good for them, exposing them to that,” Carstensen said, noting that the squad loses just two seniors and should have about 10 freshmen on the team next year. “We're ready to explode.”
Central DeWitt's Bryant Woodford also was eliminated in the consolation second round. Tied with Woodford 2-2 after one period, Carter Cox of Atlantic used a second-period reversal and three-point near fall to win 9-3 at 106 pounds.