COUNCIL BLUFFS - Glenwood’s Sam Jameson, Nate Harms, Tyler Maxwell and Colin White punched their tickets to the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament at the Class 3A, District Wrestling at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson on Saturday.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central edged Sioux City East 243.5 to 228 for the district crown while Glenwood placed fourth in the district with 168 points, just three points behind third place Sioux City North.
The Titans advanced eight wrestlers to district finals and all eight advanced to state to lead the district with state qualifiers. Two finishers in each weight earn trips to state. The state wrestling tournament opens Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and runs through Saturday night.
Glenwood tied with Sioux City North for the second most state qualifiers with four each.
“As a team I thought we did O.K.,” said Glenwood coach Matt Dyer. “I thought we could have had a shot at a few more guys going to State, but things didn’t pan out like we thought. We have some guys show up to wrestle and we had a few that needed a wake-up call to get going. We stress to the team that you only have four opportunities to wrestle at state and you can’t let those opportunities pass you by.”
One of those guys to show up for the Rams was White. White, a senior, spent most of the season ranked as the state’s No. 1 285-pounder before a pair of late season losses to Harlan’s Matt Hoch. At districts, the now No. 3 ranked White came out driven and prepared to return to state. He had little trouble winning his second straight district with first round pins in his only two matches of the day.
Jameson, a freshman 103-pounder, won his first two matches before falling in the finals to Sioux City North’s Adrian Lozano, ranked No. 8 in the state.
“Jameson wrestled very well and put himself in a position to get to state,” said Dyer. “I thought he wrestled very well and probably should have won that finals match.”
Dyer said Harms wrestled very well in his finals match against Peter Stewart of Sioux City North but a penalty point probably ended up costing the 125-pounder the match.
“He gave up a penalty point in the match and it cost him, but that was one of the best matches he has wrestled all year,” said Dyer.
Maxwell is making his third trip to the state tournament at his third different weight class – 119 pounds as a freshman, 130 as a junior and at 145 this year. Dyer thought Maxwell did a good job controlling the match in the semi-finals, but his final match against Rulin Pedersen of Sioux City East just got away from him.
Dyer thought his team wrestled well in spots but came up short against some tough competition.
“I feel bad for the seniors that didn’t get into state,” said Dyer. “They have been a great group to work with and they all did their part in helping us rebuild our wrestling program. I am very proud of all of them. Beau Johnson, Trent Jameson, Walker Langel, and Drew Howell all did a great job this year and I wish they all could have made it to state and accomplished their goals.”
The Class 3A portion of the state tournament gets underway tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Class 3A Districts
1. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 243.5. 2. Sioux City West, 79.5 3. Sioux City East, 228. 4. Sioux City North, 171. 5. Glenwood, 168. 6. LeMars, 74. 7. Thomas Jefferson, 70. 8. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 53.
103: Sam Jameson, 2-1, second place. 112: Jesse Bendt, 1-1, fifth place. 119: AJ Clark, 1-2, fourth place. 125: Nate Harms, 2-1, second place. 130: Beau Johnson, 1-1, third place. 135: Steve Gutschenritter, 2-1, third place. 140: Walker Langel, 1-1, fifth place. 145: Tyler Maxwell, 1-1, second place. 152: Trent Jameson, 1-2, fourth place. 160: Alex Reinert, 1-2, fourth place. 171: Jon Williams, 1-2, fourth place. 189: Drew Howell, 0-2, DNP. 215: Hunter Hoffmann, 1-1, fifth place. 285: Colin White, 2-0, first place.