No. 8-seed Lynx finish fifth, give state champ NHTV toughest scrap

Doolittle, Hartnett, Rohmiller, Williams and Lawson all 3-0

The Webster City wrestling team proudly displays its fifth-place trophy to its section of fans after a 2-1 performance at the Class 2A state duals inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines yesterday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

DES MOINES — Carson Hartnett sported two black eyes, but he wore them with pride as he joked around with his teammates on Mat 4 inside Wells Fargo Arena yesterday evening.

The Webster City senior seventh-ranked 132-pounder had been through some battles and so had his team. But the Lynx won more than they lost.

Tagged as the No. 8 seed, 10th-ranked WCHS put a scare into top-ranked and state champion New Hampton/Turkey Valley, and then took out fifth-ranked Davenport Assumption and ninth-ranked Solon to place fifth in Class 2A at the state duals.

The Lynx (22-9) finished the campaign with 15 wins in their final 16 duals and, more importantly, proved a point to the rest of the state.

WCHS (22-9) is no joke.

WCHS senior Luke Rohmiller gets the pin over NHTV’s Clayton Taylor at the state duals yesterday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“We wrestled excellent as a team,” Hartnett said after WCHS fell to NHTV, 40-33, and beat Assumption, 41-32, and Solon, 47-30. “I think we finished the season just how we wanted. We came in here and said something.”

The dual win total is the second-most in school history, trailing only the 2013-14 team that won 23. The fifth-place finish tied the second-best result in school history with the 2011-12 team. WCHS was the state duals runner-up in 1991.

Hartnett, second-ranked Drake Doolittle (120), 10th-ranked Luke Rohmiller (152), eighth-ranked Zane Williams (170) and top-ranked Cooper Lawson (285) all went 3-0. WCHS went 23-19 overall on the mat with 15 pins and 19 victories that had bonus points attached.

Lawson, who tied the program’s single-season wins record with 46, turned in one of the Lynx signature romps of the day, as he decked third-ranked Tyler Linderbaum of Solon in 5:05 in the fifth-place dual. Lawson dominated the University of Iowa football recruit and led 17-5 when the referee slapped the mat.

Lawson rattled off two takedowns in the first period and put Linderbaum, who entered the day unbeaten on the season, on his back in the second.

WCHS freshman Nick Gasca (top) gets the fall against Davenport Assumption’s Parker Foley during yesterday’s state duals. Gasca’s pin swung the Class 2A consolation semifinal in the Lynx favor and they won, 41-32. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

It was part of a six-match run of wins that put WCHS in control of the dual. Doolittle made his own statement went he put seventh-ranked Zeb Gnida in a headlock and got the fall in 1:57.

“I think we left it all out there and controlled what we could control,” Lawson said. “This is the best group of guys I’ve ever been around. Not to take away anything from our other teams, but this group meshed really well.”

WCHS gave NHTV everything it wanted and then some in the quarterfinals. The Lynx led 33-28 with two matches remaining, but the Chickasaws had top-ranked and two-time state champion Michael Blockhus (138) and top-ranked Noah Fye (145) to finish the dual off with back-to-back pins for the seven-point win.

WCHS won six of the 14 matches against the Chickasaws, five of them by fall.

NHTV beat West Delaware by 22 points in the semifinals and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows by 12 in the championship.

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“We got a little bit of a bad draw, but you can’t do anything about that,” Rohmiller, who started off the NHTV dual with a pin and finished the day with 99 career victories, said. “This is a great group of guys that I’ve been with since I was four years old. They’re my brothers and my family.”

WCHS took the lead for good against Assumption on a fall by Cherry in the fourth match. But it was freshman Nick Gasca’s pin at 126 that put the Lynx on cruise control down the stretch. Gasca trailed after the first period, but locked in a cradle and got the pin in 2:48. It gave the Lynx a 34-21 lead with four matches remaining.

Williams kicked off the confrontation with Solon by rattling off five takedowns in a 17-3 major decision over Seamus Poynton. He says the day will only help him as he enters the traditional state tournament today.

“I came in here last year and didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “But now I’m ready.”

Caleb Olson (195) overcame an early deficit to deck Adam Bock in 1:34 to give WCHS the lead for good after just three matches. Cherry followed and wasted no time in throwing ninth-ranked Zach Wegmann to his back for the fall in 27 seconds.

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Chase Rattenborg (113), Olson and Cherry all finished the day 2-1. Reece Sadler (106) and Gasca both had one win.

Class 2A State Duals

Wednesday at Des Moines


NHTV 40, Webster 33

152 — Luke Rohmiller (WC) pinned Clayton Taylor, 5:25 (6-0). 160 — Cale Reicks (NHTV) pinned Harrison Hayes, 1:08 (6-6). 170 — Noah Glaser (NHTV) pinned Hunter Collicott, 0:59 (12-6). 182 — Zane Williams (WC) dec. Max Schwickerath, 6-5 (12-9). 195 — Evan Rosonke (NHTV) dec. Caleb Olson, 10-5 (15-9). 220 — Areon Day (NHTV) dec. James Cherry, 6-5 (18-9). 285 — Cooper Lawson (WC) pinned Tom Clark, 2:19 (18-15). 106 — Jon Dreckman (NHTV) major dec. Reece Sadler, 11-0 (22-15). 113 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) pinned Alex Kriener, 1:35 (22-21). 120 — Drake Doolittle (WC) pinned Brayden Anderson, 4:56 (27-22). 126 — Mason Cleveland (NHTV) pinned Nick Gasca, 1:25 (28-27). 132 — Carson Hartnett (WC) pinned Max Babcock, 3:36 (33-28). 138 — Michael Blockhus (NHTV) pinned Brady Auderer, 0:46 (34-33). 145 — Noah Fye (NHTV) pinned Daltyn Peck, 1:32 (40-33).

Consolation Semifinal

Webster City 41, Assumption 32

160 — Kole Kreinbring (DA) pinned Hayes, 0:49 (6-0). 170 — Williams (WC) pinned Ethan Sandoval, 3:31 (6-6). 182 — Julien Broderson (DA) pinned Collicott, 0:17 (12-6). 195 — Olson (WC) pinned Seth Adrian, 1:37 (12-12). 220 — Cherry (WC) pinned Henry Martens, 0:48 (18-12). 285 — Lawson (WC) injury default Nate Hempel (24-12). 106 — Trenton McDonough (DA) tech fall Sadler, 16-0 (24-17). 113 — TJ Fitzpatrick (DA) major dec. Rattenborg, 14-5 (24-21). 120 — Doolittle (WC) major dec. Noah Gonzalez, 13-2 (28-21). 126 — Gasca (WC) pinned Parker Foley, 2:48 (34-21). 132 — Matt Robertson (DA) tech fall Parker Rossing, 20-1 (34-26). 138 — Hartnett (WC) major dec. Adam Laubenthal, 11-1 (38-26). 145 — Eli McCracken (DA) pinned Peck, 0:28 (38-32). 152 — Rohmiller (WC) dec. Joe Deckert, 10-3 (41-32).

5th Place Dual

Webster City 47, Solon 30

170 — Williams (WC) major dec. Seamus Poynton, 17-3 (4-0). 182 — Mike Hoyle (S) pinned Collicott, 0:40 (6-4). 195 — Olson (WC) pinned Adam Bock, 1:35 (10-6). 220 — Cherry (WC) pinned Zach Wegmann, 0:28 (16-6). 285 — Lawson (WC) pinned Tyler Linderbaum, 5:05 (22-6). 106 — Sadler (WC) major dec. Gabe Yetley, 14-2 (26-6). 113 — Rattenborg (WC) pinned Lucas TePoel, 2:47 (32-6). 120 — Doolittle (WC) pinned Zeb Gnida, 1:59 (38-6). 126 — Aidan Dall (S) pinned Gasca, 3:45 (38-12). 132 — Hartnett (WC) pinned Christian Haight, 4:41 (44-12). 138 — Andy Brokaw (S) pinned Auderer, 2:29 (44-18). 145 — Caleb Ebert (S) pinned Peck, 2:33 (44-24). 152 — Zack Bevans (S) pinned Hayes, 2:56 (44-30). 160 — Rohmiller (WC) dec. Jax Flynn, 10-3 (47-30).