Trio of Rams a win away from wrestling for state titles

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

 DES MOINES - After two days at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament, the Glenwood wrestling team has three wrestlers in Friday semifinals.

The Rams’ Trevor Anderson (145 pounds), Anthony Sherry (182) and Zach Haggstrom (220) all won their two opening round matches and are one win from wrestling for a state title.

The grand march and championship matches commence Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Glenwood also appears to have an outside shot at a top three finish in the team standings. With 35.5 points after two days, a top two finish might not be likely – Southeast Polk with 73 points and Fort Dodge with 62.5 are the leaders – but only 16.5 points separate the Rams and third place West Des Moines Valley in the Class 3A standings.

But, how far Glenwood will rise as a team will be determined by how the Rams’ wrestle as individuals.

After needing just :55 seconds to pin Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Alex Francois in the opening round, Haggstrom was equally strong in the quarterfinals, pinning Boone’s Jacob Melton to advance to the 220-pound semifinals. Haggstrom will face Wyatt Wriedt (44-1) of North Scott for a shot in Saturday night’s finals.

Anderson won an 8-3 decision over Chase St. John of  Cedar Rapids Prairie in the opening round then earned a hard fought 7-5 win over Johnston’s Nick Graham to earn a spot in the 145-pound semifinals. Anderson will wrestle Wes Des Moines Valley’s Grant Stotts (39-3) in the semifinals.

At 182 pounds, Sherry followed up his 8-4 win over Ben Schiltz of Ankeny in his state opener with a dominating 12-3 major decision win over North Scott’s Triston Richardson to reach the semifinals. Sherry takes on Tyrell Gordon (44-4) of Waterloo East in the semifinals.

The Rams’ Caleb Sanders (285 pounds) and Isaac Bales (195) remain in contention for medals in the consolation bracket following opening round losses.

Sanders dropped a 5-3 decision to Callan Tomlin of Oskaloosa in the opening round and then got by Nolan Bell of Muscatine in a 6-3 decision in the consolation round. On Friday morning, Sanders defeated Jack Roussel of Hempstead by a 3-2 tie-breaker.

At 195, the Rams’ Isaac Bales lost a tough 3-1 to decision to Waterloo East’s Eric Gleiter before bouncing back to knock off Johnston’s Bobby Piagentini via 16-0 technical fall in the consolation round Thursday. On Friday, Bales pinned North Scott’s Zach Petersen in the consolation round to remain in contention.

Both Sanders and Bales remain in contention for third place medals.

Three other Rams wrestles saw their season come to an end on the first day at state.

Rams’ 113-pounder Dalton Book, in his first state tournament appearance, dropped his state opener to Drew Bennett of Fort Dodge by fall. Keano Roberts of Bettendorf then eliminated book in the consolation bracket by an 8-3 decision.

Jordan Renshaw fell 5-0 to Anthony Zach of Waukee in the opening round then saw his season end in the consolation round with an 8-2 loss to Alex Ward of Dubuque Hempstead.

Brett Mower dropped his opener to Bettendorf’s Alex Lopez 13-9 in the 170-pound weight class. Mower saw his season come to an end later Thursday morning with an 11-2 major decision loss to Devin Ludwig of Western Dubuque.