Dinsdale wins 100th, brings home medal
DES MOINES – Gavin Dinsdale set a school record, joined an exclusive club and toted home a medal following a whirlwind three days of wrestling.
But none of that was on the Webster City junior heavyweight’s mind as he stood in the bowels of Wells Fargo Arena in the minutes following his final match of the 2015 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament Saturday afternoon.
All Dinsdale could think about was how his performance would play out on television later that night when he was awarded his fifth-place medal.
“My main goal was to make it down here and place, but it’s just going to be a bad view from the podium,” Dinsdale said. “I can already see it, looking up at people I know I can beat. I had some good matches, but I just didn’t perform the way I wanted to down here.”
A Class 2A state title was the goal, but that went to Ballard’s Alex Silberstein, who tossed Dinsdale to the back side of the bracket with a 6-3 win in Friday morning’s quarterfinals. Hampton-Dumont’s Mario Pena, who Dinsdale beat twice this season including at the district meet, was the runner-up for the second straight year.
Dinsdale (46-4) went 4-2 during his stay in Des Moines and capped the tournament with a dominant 9-4 decision over Solon’s Logan Linderbaum, who finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the state. Dinsdale used the throw-by – his favorite move – to notch four takedowns.
“He did everything he wanted to do and he looked really dominant in that match,” WCHS coach Chad Hisler said of Dinsdale’s swan song. “He looked like he really wanted it.”
Davenport Assumption senior and eventual third-place finisher Gabriel Rangel shoved Dinsdale into the fifth-place bout with a win by fall during the consolation semifinals Saturday morning.
Tied at 2 after two periods, Dinsdale, the owner of the match’s only takedown, chose down to start the third and t it turned out to be a mistake. Rangel maneuvered backward and eventually put Dinsdale’s shoulders to the mat in 4:31.
“I felt pretty dominant in that match, but he beat me and that’s all that matters,” Dinsdale said. “I thought I was going to get a defensive pin … I don’t really know what happened.
“That loss to Rangel really motivated me to go out and do what I can do (against Linderbaum).”
The loss to Silberstein on Friday certainly stung, but Dinsdale spent the rest of the day reaching milestones.
A quick takedown in the first period led to a 3-1 win over MOC-Floyd Valley’s Brody Koerselman in the consolation round. It not only assured Dinsdale of a top-eight medal, but it was also his single-season school record 44th win of the season. He entered the showdown tied with Connor Larson and Dylan Fielder, who both reached 43 wins in 2014.
One round later, Dinsdale – rocking an old-school Lynx singlet dating back to the early 1990s – became just the 11th WCHS wrestler to reach 100 career victories when he thumped Knoxville’s Brock Caviness, 6-1.
“Getting 100 wins down at the state tournament is awesome,” Dinsdale said following the win over Caviness. “It was a special moment and I just wanted to wear something different.”
Now a two-time state qualifier while never wrestling below 220 pounds, Dinsdale will enter next season with a career record of 101-25. He’ll likely be tagged as a favorite to climb to the top of the podium, too.
Hisler isn’t worried about expectations.
“He’s going to work his butt off for football and wrestling,” Hisler said. “So we expect big things out of him next year and so will he.”
Freddie Seeley (37-11), the Lynx senior 120-pounder and the 10th member of the 100 wins club, dropped a pair of matches on Friday and fell one victory short of the podium.
Mediapolis freshman Brennan Swafford won all of the scrambles and tacked on three near-fall points late en route to a 9-0 major decision over Seeley in the quarterfinals, and New Hampton sophomore Keaton Geerts hit a takedown that put Seeley on his back for the fall in 1:35 in an elimination consolation match.
Geerts went on to place fifth, Swafford sixth.
“Both of those guys were solid with technique and both were strong,” Hisler said. “But Freddie’s had a great career. He’s a two-time state qualifier and there are a lot of kids from Webster City that never did that.”