DES MOINES - Glenwood’s Colin White placed sixth at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Waverly-Shell Rock was the Class 3A team champion with 146.5 points. Iowa City West was second with 138.5 points.
Glenwood’s 11 team points placed them 35th in a four-way tie with Harlan, Mason City and Sioux City East.
White, a junior ranked No. 5 in the state in the 285 pound division, followed up his first round pin of Ankeny’s Taylor Aukes with a 13-3 major decision victory over Tyler Thompson of Norwalk to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals White lost a physical 4-2 double-overtime decision to Cedar Rapids Washington’s Brandon Burwell. White, among the smallest Class 3A heavyweights at about 230 pounds, gave up nearly three inches of height and 20 pounds to Burwell.
“Colin was wrestling tough and it really came down to the coin flip,” said Glenwood coach Matt Dyer.
After the double-overtime coin flip, Burwell chose the down position and managed an escape for the 3-2 win.
“He was bigger and taller than Colin and his strategy was to counter him. There just wasn’t a lot of action in the match and he (Burwell) used his size well,” said Dyer.
Burwell went on to win the heavyweight state title.
White lost his first semifinal consolation match to top ranked heavyweight TrAyvonious Pendleton of Waterloo East 9-3.
“He had a similar strategy to Burwell. He wanted to get Colin under him and Colin didn’t have the size to get in any shots,” said Dyer. “Mentally, I think it was tough for Colin to lose that semifinal like he did and then have to come back and wrestle the top ranked kid.”
Brodie Berrie of Bettendorf knocked off White in the fifth- place match, again by just a single point, in a 4-3 loss. White placed sixth.
“Those last three matches were all kind of the same,” said Dyer. “He was frustrated but he really, really wrestled well and did a lot of good things. To medal at your first time out at state is impressive.”
In other first round matches both Ram 130-pounder Tyler Maxwell and 171 pounder Joey Bryan lost their matches. Maxwell got pounced on early by top ranked Tommy Mirocha of Davenport Central and spent the rest of his match playing defense. Maxwell lost the match 6-0.
“He’s ranked No.1 in the state and I don’t think Tyler wrestled bad at all against him,” said Dyer of Maxwell‘s first round loss. “We were trying to push the action. He (Tyler) took a bad shot and he (Mirocha) countered. The second period he wasn’t ready to go and reserved it. And in the third he tried for broke and the kid just got a take down. I don’t think he wrestled bad, he just wrestled better than Tyler.”
Maxwell did bounce back in his consolation match to defeat Des Moines East’s Tyler Slinger 9-4 before being eliminated in his second consolation match today after being pinned by Waverly-Shell Rock’s Luke Pint..
Bryan dropped his first match to 5-4 to Spencer’s Zach Van Wettering. Bryan never looked comfortable in the match and Dyer said a mismatching of styles was to blame.
“The problem Joey had was that he (Wettering) was left handed, meaning he was using his left foot a lot more and Joey’s used to wrestling right handed kids so that really messed up his offense and he never really got comfortable in position to get going,” said Dyer. “You have to get on offense to win here. You play defense here for too long its
Bryan was eliminated at state in a consolation round loss to Linn-Marr’s Jacob Pederson by fall in 3:58.White and Maxwell will continue his search for a state title on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.
While he knows White, Bryan and Maxwell are disappointed they all didn’t medal, Dyer couldn’t be happier with his wrestler’s effort at state.
“All three guys really wrestled well,” he said. “All of them were competitive and sometimes you just get a bad match up. It happens. I just think we were a little undersized in spots and we need to get in the weight room. But I’m not disappointed at all. It was a great season.”
The Rams lose just two varsity starters from this year’s team and return three wrestlers with state experience in White, Maxwel and 119-pounder Steve Gutschenritter, who just missed qualifying this year after making state as a freshman last season.