DES MOINES - Glenwood's Colin White placed third and Tyler Maxwell eighth as the Rams earned a 17th place team showing at the Iowa State Wrestling Meet in Des Moines.
Waverly-Shell Rock ran away with the Class 3A team title with four individual state champions to easily out distance second place Bettendorf 163 to 138. Urbandale, coached by former Glenwood state champion Mike Moreno, was third with 101 points.
The Rams’ 17th place (29 teams points) finish is their best since 2006 when they placed sixth as a team and had three placewinners, including state champion Ty Copsey at 189-pounds. This year marks the 36th consecutive year the Rams have had a placewinner at the state tournament.
“Overall I felt we had a good tournament,” said Glenwood coach Matt Dyer. “It’s been awhile since we came up and placed two guys and it’s been awhile since everyone stayed alive after the first day. I really thought all of them could have placed, but it just wasn’t in the cards this year. They all did a pretty good job.”
White, in his straight medal showing at state at 285 pounds, opened his 2010 tournament with a 6-2 first round loss to Nolan Proehl of Davenport West. The state ranked No. 2 Proehl, who went on to place second at state, got on White early, led 4-0 and resigned himself to playing defense the rest of the match.
“Colin had a tough first round loss and was motivated throughout the backside to make a statement,” said Dyer. “He did a great job chalking up that loss and putting it behind him to move on and to place as high as he could. Colin also ended his career as a two-time place winner.”
After falling to Proehl, White won his final five matches, four by pin, to earn his third place medal. In the third-fourth place match, White had little trouble against Johnston’s Joe Scalen with a pin in less than a minute.
White pushed his offense and got a great takedown,” said Dyer. “He went right after his arm bar and ended up turning him in little time. He was patient for his fall and got it. I think he turned him within the first 20 seconds of the match.”
Maxwell also became a two-time state placewinner after placing seventh as a freshman at 103-pounds and eighth this year at 145 pounds.
Maxwell lost his first match to defending state champion Cody Caldwell of Waverly-Shell Rock but bounced back with wins over Ankeny’s Carson Powell with an 11-8 decision and a pin over Trey Lewis of West Des Moines Valley.
Tyler had the returning state champ first round which was tough,” said Dyer. “He did a great job battling back in the next two matches to keep himself alive in the tournament. Tyler ended his career placing twice in the state tournament, something not a lot of people can do.”
Maxwell started off his seventh-eighth place match behind and never seemed to get going, said Dyer, in a 12-6 loss Daily Johnson of Marion Linn-Arr.
“He got taken down and was turned right away,” the coach said. “Maxwell ended up getting a reversal in that match and got the lead closer at the end of the first period making the score 5-2. After that we didn’t get on the offense very much. We gave up another turn and we had to play catch up the rest of the match.”
Glenwood’s Sam Jameson (103 pounds) and Nate Harms (125 pounds) did not place but both earned their first victories at state in their first ever trips to Des Moines.
Jameson wrestled well against Waterloo West’s Alzono Henderson but fell in a 6-4 decision in his first round match. The freshman responded with dominating 7-1 win over David Habahab of Ames in a consolation match before being knocked out at state by Norwalk’s Evan Reynolds by fall.
“I thought Sam wrestled a pretty good tournament for being a freshman,” said Dyer. “Sometimes the lights and sounds can get the best of you and he did a good job of keeping himself together. He got a win at the tournament which will help him later on. He knows what this experience is like and he will build off of it for next year.”
Harms won his opening round match over Fort Dodge’s Duke Egli 5-3 before losing a 6-1 decision to state No. 2 ranked Kyle Larsen of West Des Moines Valley. Austin Wesisinger of Marion then eliminated Harms in the consolation bracket with a 5-4 win.
“Nate did a great job coming out and getting a first round win,” said Dyer. “That’s always big at the state tournament. He ran into a the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the second round and battled with him. “I don’t know if he recovered quick enough from that loss and that might have cost him his last match. Nate did a good job keeping himself in all of his matches and just like Sam, this experience will help him for next year.”