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Rams send three to state

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Glenwood places third at districts behind West Des Moines Valley and Lewis Central

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

HARLAN - Tyler Maxwell, Joey Bryan and Colin White advanced to the state tournament and the Glenwood wrestling team placed third at the Class 3A District wrestling meet at Harlan on Saturday.

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West Des Moines Valley was the district champion, topping runner-up Council Bluffs Lewis Central 247 to 199.5 points. Valley had eight state qualifiers, including six champions. The Titans won three weight classes, and advanced eight to state.

The Rams finished with 147.5 team points and had state tickets punched for Maxwell at 130 pounds, Bryan at 171 and White at 285.

The Iowa State Wrestling Tournament kicks off today with Class 1A and 3A matches and continues through Saturday night at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena.

Maxwell, who missed state last year after placing sixth as a freshman, pinned Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln’s Nate Kelso in the semifinals before facing Lewis Central’s Bret Baumbach in the finals.

Baumbach (44-1) jumped on Maxwell early in the title match and never let up in a 11-0 major decision victory. It was the third time this season Baumbach defeated Maxwell.

“He’s one of the top ranked kids and he’s tough,” said Dyer of the top seeded Baumbach. “But Tyler battled and had a good day. He struggled a little bit earlier this season to get his weight under control but once he did, he’s had a strong season.”

Bryan will make his second straight trip to state this week despite falling to West Des Moines Valley’s Michael Foster in the final. The 171-pound senior needed less than a minute to pin Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson’s Nate Winger in the opening round and followed that up with a 7-2 victory over Lewis Central’s Pat Gillespie to reach the finals.

“Foster is a real lanky kid,” said Dyer of Bryan’s final match. “So he didn’t really fit Joey’s body type. Joey got the first takedown but once he (Foster) got on top, he took over. It was a tough match.”

White, ranked No. 7 in the state, dominated the heavyweight division, capturing the Rams’ lone district championship with a pin of Harlan’s Marcus Streit. White had beaten Streit three straight times this season.

“He was a little timid I think to start the year,” said Dyer of White. “But since January he’s been wrestling strong and beating some good kids. He’s got a lot of momentum heading into state.”

Glenwood coach Matt Dyer said the Harlan district featured 22 state ranked wrestlers and a highly competitive matches across the board.

“We wrestled well but we’re still a young team,” said Dyer. “I know we have some kids who are disappointed but I thought we wrestled well.”

Among those disappointed for the Rams were 119-pounder Steve Gutschenritter and 112-pounder Nate Harms. Gutschenritter qualified for state a year ago and Harms spent most of the year ranked among the state?s top 112-pounders.

“I feel bad for them,” said Dyer. “We thought they both had a good shot but they were just in a couple of real tough weight classes. They’ve both had outstanding years.”

Maxwell (38-9) will face top ranked 130-pounder Tommy Mirocha (38-0) of Davenport Central in Wednesday’s opening round.

Bryan (34-11) faces unranked Zach Van Wettering (29-18) of Spencer in the first round.

White (38-4) will take on Taylor Aukes (23-8) of Ankeny in their state opener.

Team Results

1. West Des Moines Valley, 247. 2. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 199.5. 3. Glenwood, 147.5. 4. Harlan, 129. 5. West Des Moines Dowling, 115. 6. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 113.5. 7. Waukee, 100. 8. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 53.

Glenwood State Qualifiers

130: Tyler Maxwell, second place. 171: Joey Bryan, second place. 285: Colin White, first place.