HAWKS SEND 4 TO STATE, MATCHING PROGRAM RECORD
Greenfield ignites the celebration, will be joined by Remsburg, Swenson and Thompson
CLARKSVILLE — The celebration ended with South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie visiting the trainer to tend to his bloody nose. It didn’t erase the smile from his face though.
Brent Greenfield’s dramatic and stunning — hey, it was — headlock throw and pin of fifth-ranked Drew Fox of Riceville in the 182-pound wrestleback cemented a historic day for the South Hamilton wrestling program at the Class 1A District 4 tournament on Saturday.
The Hawks pushed four grapplers — Keyton Remsburg (113), second-ranked Lane Swenson (170), Greenfield and fourth-ranked Trevor Thompson (195) — through to the state tournament to match the most in school history.
And when Greenfield pulled off the improbable, the eruption ensued. Somehow Brodie caught a fist to the face from Colton Willis, who finished third at 220, but he wasn’t fazed. He was a wrestler himself, after all.
“Brent has worked so dang hard all year long and to see his goal fulfilled, it’s definitely one of my top wrestling memories and something I’ll always remember,” Brodie said. “It’s the first time Brent has really shown any emotion after a match, and to turn around and see the emotion from everybody else was really special. Colton had just seen his career finished, but he was the first one after me to get to Brent, and somehow he clocked me straight in the face. It was a throng of emotion.”
Greenfield (37-7) thwarted adversity all day. He lost in the semifinals to second-ranked Elijah Wagner of Lake Mills and trailed Kolben Miller of North Butler-Clarksville in the consolation round 5-1 before he sunk in a cradle and got the fall in 2:19. Fox took an early lead over the South Hamilton junior too, but when the headlock presented itself, Greenfield didn’t hesitate.
“Brent’s tournament was amazing,” Brodie said. “When you looked at it on paper, it was daunting. But I had this weird feeling on Friday that he was going to make something happen.”
Remsburg, Swenson and Thompson all qualified as district runners-up as well.
Remsburg essentially punched his ticket with a semifinal pin in 3:20 over Christian Michels of St. Ansgar. A loss to second-ranked Garret Rinken of Nashua-Plainfield in the finals wasn’t a surprise, but Michels won in the consolation round to give Remsburg the bid without a wrestleback.
“Keyton’s put in such effort to becoming a great wrestler this year,” Brodie said. “(Michels) was solid, but Keyton was opportunistic and he was stunned when the referee hit the mat. It took him a second to realize he had done it.”
Swenson (38-2) and Thompson (29-4) dropped finals matches to grapplers they’d previously beaten.
Swenson decked Logan Hageman of South Winneshiek in the semifinals, but couldn’t repeat his previous 7-3 win over Kaden Jacobsen of Central Springs. Jacobsen evened the score, 5-2.
Thompson fell to ninth-ranked Blake Brocka of Tripoli, 8-2, in the finals. Seven days earlier, Thompson captured a 5-3 win over Brocka at sectionals.
“We were just a little too defensive, especially on our feet,” Brodie said. “We didn’t have the urgency to go out and get the wins, and Jacobsen and Brocka are good wrestlers. But it doesn’t change anything for (state). Everything is still on the table for both of those guys and hopefully this is a wake-up call. We have to look to score all the time and push the pace. They understand that.”
Willis (29-10) finished his career by pinning Max Beminio of Belmond-Klemme in 1:44 in the third-place bout.
Class 1A District 4
Saturday at Clarksville
South Hamilton Results
Keyton Remsburg (113)
Semifinals — Won by fall over Christian Michels (St. Ansgar), 3:20. Finals — Lost by fall to Garret Rinken (Nashua-Plainfield), 1:13.
Lane Swenson (170)
Semifinals — Won by fall over Logan Hageman (South Winneshiek), 3:54. Finals — Lost by dec to Kaden Jacobsen (Central Springs), 5-2.
Brent Greenfield (182)
Semifinals — Lost by fall to Elijah Wagner (Lake Mills), 1:42. Consolation — Won by fall over Kolben Miller (North Butler-Clarksville), 2:19. Wrestleback — Won by fall over Drew Fox (Riceville), 1:23.
Trevor Thompson (195)
Semifinals — Won by dec over Tony Greve (South Winneshiek), 4-1. Finals — Lost by dec to Blake Brocka (Tripoli), 8-2.
Colton Willis (220)
Semifinals — Lost by fall to Sage Hulshizer (St. Ansgar), 1:21. Consolation — Won by fall over Max Beminio (Belmond-Klemme), 1:44.
South Hamilton State Pairings
(Ranked wrestlers noted)
113 — Keyton Remsburg (23-13) vs. No. 4 Dawson Schmitt (28-3), Wapsie Valley.
170 — No. 2 Lane Swenson (38-2) vs. No. 10 Carson Hartz (36-7), Waterloo Columbus.
182 — Brent Greenfield (37-7) vs. Brody Sampson (33-8), Collins-Maxwell.
195 — No. 4 Trevor Thompson (29-4) vs. No. 2 Matthew Francis (37-1), West Hancock.