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State Wrestling Tourament Day 2

February 15, 2013 - Troy Banning
7:30 a.m. – Good morning from Wells Fargo Arena ... I’m yawning and I’m a little grumpy, but I’m here for Day 2 of the state wrestling tournament.

Why get here so early? It’s simple, really. I’d rather sit in the arena for a few extra minutes with nothing to do instead of being handcuffed in miserable traffic around 8 a.m. Plus the later you arrive, the more difficult it is to find someplace to park.

A couple housekeeping things for this morning; for starters, the schedule is quarterfinals in Class 1A and 3A to begin at 9 a.m., following by second-round consolations in the two classes.

That means Webster City’s Dylan Fielder (182 pounds) will actually be the first local wrestler to hit the mats this morning, followed by the Lynx Landon Johnson (285) in the 3A quarters.

South Hamilton’s JD Rader (120) will follow in the 1A consolations, then Webster City’s Connor Larson (160) on the 3A backside. Fielder and Johnson will wrestle twice this morning if they would happen to lose in the quarters.

All four guys still alive need to win a match this morning to guarantee themselves a spot on the medal podium Saturday night.

Did you know? Class 3A No. 4-ranked 182-pounder Luke Sargent – the quarterfinal-round opponent of Fielder – didn’t even crack the Southeast Polk lineup until a month in the season. He began the campaign on the Rams’ junior varsity squad. That should tell you everything you need to know about the talent on that roster.

I’ll be back with more later.

8:56 a.m. – Another quick “Did you know?” about former Webster City super stud Tyler Patten.

As you probably all know, Patten – a 2011 Webster City graduate – finished third, third, second and second in his four state tournament appearances.

When – not if – but when Creston/Orient-Macksburg’s Jake Marlin becomes a four-time champion on Saturday at 138 pounds in Class 2A, that will mean that the four men that beat Patten at state will have won a combined 9 – 9! – state titles.

Just for historical purposes, Patten lost to the state champion in all four of his state appearances.

That's all for now. Class 1A quarters just started.

11:50 a.m. – Not a good Class 3A quarterfinal round for Webster City, as the Lynx chances of reaching the finals vanished.

Third-ranked 182-pounder Dylan Fielder fell to No. 4 Luke Sargent of Southeast Polk, 4-2, in sudden victory. Sargent scored off Fielder’s shot with 21 seconds left in the extra 1-minute period.

Both wrestlers scored an escape and earned a stall point in regulation.

Question was asked if the stall points were warranted ... I’m not a wrestling expert, but I say yes. Sargent was dinged for stalling twice for jumping away from Fielder’s constant leg attacks. Fielder got hit twice for backing out when Sargent looked to tie up and hit a throw-by.

Basically, the referee decided he wasn’t going to decide the match based on stall points, and I agree. Landon Johnson just couldn’t get anything going against top-ranked Pedro Gomez of Marshalltown in a 7-2 decision. Gomez hit takedowns in the final 10 seconds of both the first and second periods and that was pretty much it. Johnson never got in on a viable shot.

Fielder will face Hunter Hoffman of Glenwood in the consolation … Fielder should (I say should) dominate that match and assure himself of a second straight medal.

Johnson will tackle Newton’s Derrick Hurt. Hurt owns a 2-0 record all-time against Johnson.

Fielder and Johnson must win to medal. Lose and they’re eliminated.

One bright side so far was South Hamilton’s JD Rader in the 1A 120-pound consolation round. He looked as solid as I’ve ever seen him and he dominated No. 4 Gable Verschoor of Woodbury Central, 8-4.

Rader, who picked up three takedowns in the win, is now officially a two-time state medal winner in two appearances.

Not too shabby at all.

I’ll post again after the 3A consolation round. Also in that will be the Lynx No. 3-ranked Connor Larson, who will be tested by No. 2 Dalton Witte of Burlington.

Check back.

1:10 p.m. – Well, today could have gone better for area wrestlers.

As it stands, only South Hamilton’s JD Rader and Webster City’s Dylan Fielder will be on the awards podium Saturday night.

Fielder (182) came back from his quarterfinal loss and stuck Hunter Hoffman of Glenwood in 1:57. Textbook Dylan … fired in on the legs, caught the head and took Hoffman to his back. That was all she wrote.

Connor Larson (160) dropped his consolation match to second-ranked Dalton Witte of Burlington and was eliminated. Larson held a 2-0 lead into the third period, but Witte hit a double under-hook throw and earned the fall.

Witte looked for that move the entire match, and he hit it at just the right time.

Landon Johnson (285) just ran out of time in a 6-4 loss to Derrick Hurt of Newton. Johnson twice tried throws in the waning seconds, but couldn’t pull it off. He, too, has been eliminated.

Tonight, Rader and Fielder will both compete again for the chance to move up the podium.

They could wrestle once or twice tonight. If they lose their first match, they’re automatically in the 7th-place match Saturday morning. Win the first one and they move into the consolation semifinals where another win would advance to the third-place match. A 1-1 record tonight and they’ll wrestle for fifth on Saturday.

A little confusing, but I hope you get the picture.

That’s it for me today. With nothing other than maneuvering going on tonight, I’m taking off to actually see my wife and kids for a few minutes this week. I’ll be back here tomorrow morning for the consolation finals with updates and all.

Thanks for reading.


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