Lynx crown 4 champs, send 7 to districts
Phetxoumphone, Doolittle, Godfredsen and Olson win gold; WCHS?advances to Tuesday’s regional duals
WEBSTER CITY — In the span of one year, Sean Godfredsen went from a spectator to a sectional champion. And you better believe the Webster City senior is happy with his decision to give wrestling a second chance.
After taking a break from the mat as a junior, the 160-pounder returned to the team this season and put together his finest day in a singlet at Saturday’s Class 2A sectional tournament inside the WCHS gymnasium.
The third-seeded Godfredsen dominated the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds to pick up his first tournament title, and he was one of four gold medalists for WCHS on a day the crew advanced seven grapplers through to districts.
“I missed it last year and I kind of wished I wouldn’t have taken a break from it, but I’m happy that I came back and I think it was a good decision,” Godfredsen said. “I’ve just been working hard every day and trying to get better.”
Seventh-ranked Camron Phetxoumphone (106), top-ranked Drake Doolittle (120) and fifth-ranked Caleb Olson (195) joined Godfredsen on top of the podium. Chase Rattenborg (126), Michael Gilbert (182) and Gage Rossing (220) all advanced as runners-up.
WCHS compiled 208 points to finish second in the team standings behind Gilbert (224). Both qualified for Tuesday’s regional duals; the Lynx will travel to LaPorte City to take on sixth-ranked Union in a semifinal at 6 p.m. No. 10 Crestwood and Centerville will fill out the four-team field.
“Seven through is a great day for our team and we’re moving on to regionals where anything can happen,” WCHS head coach Chad Hisler said.
Godfredsen (20-20) owned West Marshall’s Luke Kalinay, 9-0, in the semifinals and then built a 12-2 lead on Perry’s Erick Funez before he earned the fall in 5:57 in the finals. Godfredsen put Funez, the top-seed, on his back three times in the first and second periods.
“I’m pretty happy with how the day turned out,” Godfredsen said. “I didn’t want to get in any dangerous positions that could get me into trouble.”
Doolittle (36-1) took a methodical approach in a pair of pins. His semifinal lasted just 39 seconds, and in the finals he cranked out nine near-fall points and built a 13-0 lead before he showed West Marshall’s Jacob Vawter the lights for good in 3:40.
In search of a fourth state medal this postseason, Doolittle says now isn’t the time to take any chances.
“When you’re getting down to the end of the year you’ve got to be stingy with what you’re doing,” he said. “You can’t put yourself at risk. If you get caught on your back, that could be your season right there.”
Phetxoumphone (34-4) and Olson (32-4) needed to wrestle only once to punch their district tickets.
Phetxoumphone opened up a 9-0 lead after two periods and gave up only a penalty point and escape in a 9-2 win over Perry’s Cole Nelson.
Olson, a two-time state qualifier and 2017 state medalist, gave up a first-period takedown to Gilbert’s Jacob Steenhoek, but fought back for a 4-2 win. Olson tied the match early in the third and notched the winning takedown moments later.
“It was good for Caleb to get a six-minute match that was competitive,” Hisler said.
Rattenborg (30-15) dropped a wild finals match to Gilbert’s Cael Ihle by fall, but rebounded to deck West Marshall’s Cael Pfantz in just 43 seconds in the wrestleback.
Rattenborg led Ihle 11-9 going into the third period, but gave up an escape and takedown before he was put on his back.
Gilbert (21-19) and Rossing (7-7) clinched their district spots with semifinal wins. Gilbert fended off Gilbert’s Joe Larimore, 6-5, and Rossing fought off his back and eventually hit a throw for a fall in 1:20 over Nevada’s Holden Fry.
Reece Sadler (113) dropped a wrestleback and placed third. Brady Auderer (132) was also third for the Lynx.
WCHS will travel to Adel for districts on Saturday.
Class 2A Sectional Tournament
Saturday at Webster City
1. Gilbert 224; 2. Webster City 208; 3. Perry 1801⁄2; 4. Roland-Story 131; 5. West Marshall 117; 6. Nevada 85.
106 — Camron Phetxoumphone (WC) dec. Cole Nelson (PER), 9-2. 113 — Joe Hovick (R-S) major dec. Reece Sadler (WC), 16-5. 120 — Drake Doolittle (WC) pinned Jacob Vawter (WM), 3:41. 126 — Cael Ihle (GIL) pinned Chase Rattenborg (WC), 5:20. 132 — Jacob Nelson (PER) dec. Jake Shedarowich (GIL) 7-5. 138 — Kaleb Ojejniczak (PER) tech fall Grant Nason (WM), 17-2, 3:41. 145 — Koby Hassebrock (R-S) pinned Kruz Pierce (GIL), 4:52. 152 — Justin Stammer (PER) dec. Carson Johnson (GIL), 7-5. 160 — Sean Godfredsen (WC) pinned Erick Funez (PER), 5:57. 170 — Aiden Carr (GIL) pinned Cael Kline (WM), 1:30. 182 — Cole Snyder (PER) dec. Michael Gilbert (WC), 10-7. 195 — Caleb Olson (WC) dec. Jacob Steenhoek (GIL), 4-2. 220 — Cayden Meskan (GIL) pinned Gage Rossing (WC), 1:50. 285 — Jacob Torresi (GIL) dec. Michael Schiermeister (R-S), 2-1.
113 — Riece Graham (PER) dec. Reece Sadler (WC), 11-8. 126 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) pinned Cael Pfantz (WM), 0:43. 138 — Reynaldo Torres (R-S) dec. Grant Nason (WM), 12-10. 145 — Jeb Stewart (PER) dec. Kruz Pierce (GIL), 8-6, SV-1. 152 — Carson Johnson (GIL) pinned Eli Thorson (R-S), 1:36. 170 — Cael Kline (WM) pinned Jay Calentine (NEV), 0:55.