Webster City's dynamic duo reaches semifinals

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Carson Doolittle of Webster City wrestles against Sergeant Bluff-Luton Ethan Skoglund during 2A quarterfinals on Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena

DES MOINES — For the second consecutive day, Webster City standouts Linden Phetxoumphone and Carson Doolittle dominated the competition.

The talented Lynx duo punched their tickets into the Class 2A state wrestling semifinals with matching major decision wins here Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena.

Phetxoumphone, a sophomore and returning third-place finisher, will now face on Gonzales of East Marshall at 113 pounds Friday for a spot in the finals Saturday night.

Doolittle, a three-time bronze medalist, will get Amare Chavez from South Tama County at 126.

“Linden and Carson both wrestled great,” WCHS head coach Drake Doolittle said. “They both controlled the pace of their matches and wrestled to positions they know they are good in. A focus for them is getting their offense rolling right away and they did exactly that. On to the next one.”

Heavyweight Landon Griffin kept his dream of earning a medal alive with a pair of wins on the consolation side, while Luke Estlund and Carson Bertran saw their runs come to an end.

Phetxoumphone moved to 35-1 on the year with a 10-0 major decision over Caiden Latch from Roland-Story in the quarterfinals. The win marked his second with bonus points of the tournament after downing Lane Travis from Creston in the second round via technical fall.

His opponent, Gonzalez, is a freshman who stunned third-seed and North Central Conference rival Jayden Stevens in the quarterfinals, 5-4. The No. 14 seed also knocked off Lincoln Schropp, 5-0.

The top-half of the bracket pits defending state champion Brayden Bohnsack of Union LaPorte City against multi-time medalist Carter West from Burlington Notre Dame.

Doolittle (41-0) secured his fourth medal of his career and another spot in the semis with an 11-2 major decision vs. Ethan Skoglund from Sergeant Bluff-Luton. He pinned Jacob Moeckly of North Polk after receiving a first round bye.

Chavez, a senior who is the sixth-seed, stunned No. 3 Aiden Smith of Atlantic to reach the semifinals, 5-2. He is 33-4 on the year.

Awaiting the winner of Doolittle-Chavez will be either two-time state champion Jace Hedeman of Union LaPorte City or Landen Davis from Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

Following a tough loss in the second round, Griffin began his trek back to a spot on the podium by pinning Brooks McFarland of Western Christian in 3:58. He proceeded to best Sioux Center’s Jacques Zomermaand in the consolation third round, 6-0.

“Landon wrestled fantastic, coming away with two wins and battling back on the backside of the bracket,” Doolittle said. “It’s always great to see a senior do well on the big stage, especially with the amount of time he has dedicated to getting better this summer and during the season.”

Griffin now matches up with Trent Patton from Glenwood, a senior.

Estlund, competing at 175 pounds, ended the year with a record of 30-14 after suffering a loss to Michael Ohotto Jr. of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in the consolation second round.

Bertran, who earned a win on Wednesday, fell to Algona’s Brody Shipler in the consolations at 190. He ended the year 21-22 overall.

“Luke and Carson both wrestled tough for their first time down at the Well,” Doolittle said. “There are many good athletes, and we saw that we are right there with the best of the best.

“I know they may not have reached their goals of making the podium, but fortunately, they are both juniors and will be hungry to return next year.


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