ALIVE AND WELL
Hetland dominant in opener at 126, an angry Peters advances in consolation match at 160
DES MOINES — Whether he wins a big match or loses a heartbreaker, Luke Peters’ expression rarely changes.
But with his wrestling career on the line yesterday afternoon inside Wells Fargo Arena, Peters showed his ornery side.
With a snarl on his face, South Hamilton’s senior 160-pounder dismantled fifth-ranked Rogan Pforts of Wapello by technical fall, 15-0 in 4:48, in a Class 1A consolation first-round bout on the opening day of the 2017 state tournament. It extended his career by at least one day and moved him to within one win of the medal podium.
South Hamilton junior 126-pounder Keaton Hetland, ranked seventh, advanced on the front side of the bracket with a no-frills 10-4 decision over Anavin Mounivong of Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto.
What pushed Peters to wrestle with a bit of anger? His first-round 17-2 tech fall loss in 4:10 to top-ranked Jacob Krakow of Iowa Valley.
“It was more towards anger (after the first match),” Peters, who pushed his carer win total to 139, the second most in school history, said. “Just in general, the whole match was bad.”
Passive in his first match, Peters (31-5) went on the attack against Pforts. He hit a takedown and a three-point near-fall just moments into the battle and poured it on from there.
“(The first takedown) was very important because it showed I could control the match,” he said.
Peters turned Pforts three times, once in each period, and also notched two takedowns and a reversal.
“I didn’t expect to tech him at all,” Peters said.
Peters was put on his back four times by Krakow, a 2016 state runner-up, and that didn’t sit well Hawks’ head coach Dan Brodie.
“In that first match, we were too passive, we were too tight at the start and we just let (Krakow) roll all over us,” Brodie said. “I told (Peters) that if you want to stay you’ve got to go after it (against Pforts) and he did. Pforts is a great wrestler, but Luke did whatever he wanted and showed he means business.”
Peters will need to pull off another upset today in order to guarantee himself a spot in the top eight. He’ll wrestle either second-ranked Karsen Seehase of Sumner-Fredericksburg or third-ranked John Henrich of Akron-Westfield in the consolation second round. Seehase and Henrich are a combined 83-1 this season.
Hetland didn’t have any trouble en route to four takedowns against Mounivong. Hetland hit a pair of double-leg takedowns in the first period and added two more in the third.
“I think I could have gotten a few more takedowns, but I’m happy with four,” Hetland said. “The first match this year meant a lot more than it did last year and it kind of sets the tone for the tournament.”
Brodie says Hetland (32-6) will have to open up more when he faces Zach Osborne (37-12) of Mediapolis in today’s quarterfinals. The winner will likely get a crack at top-ranked and two-time state champion Alex Thomsen of Underwood is the semifinals. Thomsen, a junior, owns a career record of 136-0.
“(Hetland) was still a little tight I thought,” Brodie said. “He could have wrestled a little tougher on top, but chose not to put himself in any danger. He’s going to have to loosen up and get after this next kid.”
2017 State Tournament
Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena
126 — Keaton Hetland, South Hamilton, dec. Anavin Mounivong, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto, 10-4.
160 — Jacob Krakow, Iowa Valley, tech fall Luke Peters, South Hamilton, 17-2, 4:10.
Consolation First Round
160 — Luke Peters, South Hamilton, tech fall Rogan Pforts, Wapello, 15-0, 4:48.
126 — Keaton Hetland (32-6), South Hamilton vs. Zach Osborne (37-12), Mediapolis.
Consolation Second Round
160 — Luke Peters (31-5), South Hamilton vs. loser of John Henrich (40-0), Akron-Westfield and Karsen Seehase (43-1), Sumner-Fredericksburg.