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State Duals Notebook

February 20, 2014 - Troy Banning
The Webster City wrestling team has set a lot – and I mean A LOT – of records this season and it’s hard to keep track of them all. A little clean-up on a few of them ...

All-time wins record – Connor Larson currently owns it with 142. That’s four ahead of Tyler Patten and Dylan Fielder. Fielder can potentially catch him with a solid showing over the next couple of days at the traditional state tournament.

Single-season wins record – Larson currently has that as well with 43 this year. Jacob Powers enters today’s state tourney with 42 and Fielder sits at 40. So Larson is hanging onto that one by the skin of his teeth right now.

Pins records – Larson’s 14-second pin over Clear Lake’s Rowdy Yates yesterday gave him the single-season school record of 32. He set the career mark earlier this season. I don’t know exactly how many he finished with, but it’s somewhere north of 90. I’ll try to get an accurate number sometime later today.

As I’m thinking about yesterday’s state duals, a couple of things come to mind ...

ONE -- The Connor Larson that wrestled yesterday is the guy that would have been a legitimate 170-pound state championship contender had he qualified for state. He wasn’t burdened by expectations; he was able to wrestle loose and aggressive and, quite frankly, he was a man amongst boys. It’s too bad many of the state’s wrestling fans will probably never know how good he is.

TWO – Webster City’s state qualifiers had last night to flush the duals tournament. It wasn’t a good day … there’s no other way to put it. Hopefully they can regroup today.

THREE – Clarion-Goldfield’s Class 1A championship at the state duals shows just how difficult the North Central Conference was this season. The Cowboys were fourth in the dual standings behind tri-champs Webster City, Humboldt and Clear Lake. Yes, they lost to Humboldt and Clear Lake prior to the arrival of the Portillo twins, but the Lynx beat them after they entered the lineup.

By the way, I was told last night by someone on Twitter that Webster City’s win over Clarion-Goldfield was “questionable.” Really? I guess we all see what we want to see.

I’ll try to check back later today as the state tournament progresses. I hope to blog again following the morning Class 2A session to give my thoughts on how Webster City performed.

I’m out.


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