DAVENPORT – A number of local wrestlers, including four from Camanche, are heading on to districts next weekend for their chance to qualify for the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines.
Camanche had four sectional champions while Central DeWitt had two.
In one of the most thrilling championship rounds of the day, Ben Vogel trailed Assumption’s Ethan Forker nearly the entire round. A timeout was called for blood, with the clock stopped at just 3.1 seconds.
When the round started, Vogel somehow got around Forker for the 2-point reversal, coming out with the 120-pound title in the process.
Eric Kinkaid and Cade Everson handily pinned their ways to titles in their own weight brackets. Everson pinned Assumption’s Eli McCracken Tipton’s Skylar Schmidt, keeping his season at just three losses. Kinkaid, who is ranked No. 1 at 132-pounds, took down Drake Collins of West Liberty in the first period and Assumption’s Noah Gonzalez in just 1:09.
Camanche junior Logan Waltz had a little more of a challenge at 182. Waltz wrestled the full six minutes in each of his two rounds, winning by a 5-2 decision each time.
Central DeWitt’s Keaton Zeimet started the path to his third consecutive state trip out on the right foot, picking up two wins by fall on Saturday at 113-pounds.
Cole Miller took the 285 crown, besting Tipton’s Jessie Leiser with a 6-2 decision.
A number of district hopefuls fell short early in the day, many of the Camanche wrestlers dealing with illness that’s spreading throughout the high school.
For the Indians, Jaxon Bussa fell in the semifinal round, falling behind quickly to Assumption’s Derrick Bass. Bass came out on top with the 17-6 major decision, sending Bussa to the consolation bracket. Bussa ended up with the third place win.
Brennan Kramer quickly pinned his first opponent, but struggled against West Liberty’s Talen Dengler. Dengler jumped out to an early lead and won by a 5-2 decision, leaving Kramer in third place overall at 138. Nolyn Johnson also placed third, falling in the second period in a wrestleback.
For the Sabers, Cael Grell finished third overall, falling in a wrestleback by 2-0 decision to Tipton’s Austin Lenz. Robert Howard, a 2019 district qualifier, also placed third at 132.
In the Class 1A sectional at Lisbon, Northeast’s Ty Schmidt pushed through to next week’s district tournament. After a bye, Schmidt notched a quick pin in the semifinals to move on, but fell in the championship round. That sent him to a wrestleback, where he won by fall over Alburnett’s James Anderson to solidify his district berth.
Payton McLane finished third overall at 285, while Jace Rathje placed fourth at 126.
The district meets take place this Saturday. Northeast’s Schmidt will head to West Branch. The Indiand and the Sabers travel to Sheldon for the 2A District 7 tournament. The Clinton River Kings compete in Bettendorf for their chance at the state meet.