By Becky Walz,
The season continues for five Decorah wrestlers.
Competing at the sectional meet Saturday in Cresco, the Vikings had five matmen finish either first or second at their weight, earning a ticket to the district meet Saturday, Feb. 12, in New Hampton.
The top two place winners at each weight at the district meet advance to state.
As a team, Decorah finished fourth overall with 154 points, while host Crestwood topped the sectional with 272.5 points followed by Charles City’s 194.
Continuing the season
Kollin Henry, Brady Stille, Brody Hanson, Austin Wilkins and Corbyn Palmer will all be back on the mat in the quest to punch a ticket to the individual state wrestling meet.
Eleventh-ranked Stille was the lone sectional champion, winning two matches by fall at 145 pounds. Following a first-round bye, Stille threw Talan Weber of Charles City in 2:39 in the semifinal to advance to face Bryce Shea of Crestwood in the finals. It was a first-period fall for Stille as he put Shea on his back in 1:47. Jesse Grimes (26-12) of North Fayette Valley will be on Stille’s radar first at districts. Stille enters the next phase of state qualifying with a 29-10 record.
At 113 pounds, Henry was the first district qualifier for the Vikings. A quarterfinal bye pushed Henry into the semifinal against Dike-New Hartford’s Lucas Ragsdale where he picked up a fall in 1:33. In the finals, Henry was turned in 2:30 by No. 7 Cole Schmauss of Crestwood to finish runner-up. Henry takes a 27-13 record into district competition where he will first face Brayden Bohnsack (37-5) of Union.
Brody Hanson was also a runner-up at 152 pounds, defeating Colton Crooks of Charles City by a 13-10 decision in the semifinal. No. 8 Cole Butikofer of Crestwood and Hanson faced off in the final with Butikofer coming out on top with a 16-0 tech fall. Holding on to 20-19 record, Hanson will be on the mat first versus Union’s Hunter Worthen (42-1), who is ranked fourth in Class 2A.
Austin Wilkins advanced to districts at 160 pounds via a wrestle back victory. Wilkins secured a 5-0 decision over Crestwood’s Trent Pisney in the semifinal and fell by a 4-1 decision to Kayden Blunt in the finals. Having not faced Cole Graves of Dike-New Hartford earlier, Wilkins was forced into a wrestle back for the true second place winner, taking the match by a 6-2 decision. Wilkins is currently 26-14 and will meet No. 5 Stone Schmitz (34-6) of Union in the first round of district competition.
Junior 195-pound Corbyn Palmer also needed to win a wrestle back to advance falling to No. 4 Landen Schemmel of Crestwood in the semifinal in 39 seconds. In the match for third, Palmer threw No. 12 Dike-New Hartford’s Zach Adelmund in 2:25 to force a wrestle back. It was there that Palmer won by fall over Ethan Peterson of Charles City in 3:14. Palmer is currently 18-11 and will face Dacoda Marvets (25-15) of Union at districts.
The district meet is Saturday, Feb. 12, at New Hampton at 11 a.m. Champions and runners-up from the Crestwood and Independence sectional sites do battle at districts. The top two matmen at each weight class advance to the state meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 17-19, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The champion from each sectional site battles the runner-up from each opposing sectional location in the first round of district action. There will be two rounds, followed by a possible wrestle back.
Class 2A Sectional 9 team scores
1. Crestwood 272.5; 2. Charles City 194; 3. Waukon 156; 4. Decorah 154; 5. Dike-New Hartford 141; 6. AP-GC 130
106 – Justin Fortman, 3rd place
Quarters – WBF 3:24 over Kellen Reints (AP-GC); semifinal – LBF 0:33 Mitchell Schmauss (Crestwood); 3rd place – won 5-2 tie-breaker over Carter Haberkorn (CC); 2nd place – LBF 2:40 to Skyler Dugan (Waukon)
113 – Kollin Henry, 2nd place
Quarters – bye; semifinal – WBF 1:33 over Lucas Ragsdale (D-NH); final – LBF 2:30 to Cole Schmauss (Crest); 2nd place – won by no contest over Lucas Ragsdale (D-NH)
120 – D’mitry Lesser, 5th place
Quarters – LBF 0:47 to Owen Malone (Waukon); cons. semi – bye; 5th place – bye
126 – Daniel See, 5th place
Quarters – LBF 1:59 to Carter Liston (AP-GC); cons. semi – bye; 5th place – bye
132 – Lane Rolfs, 3rd place
Quarters – bye; semifinal – WBF 3:15 over Cadyen Shepard (AP-GC); final – lost 6-3 dec. to Nathan Lopez (CC); 2nd place – LBF 2:47 to Ethan Govern (Crest)
138 – Braden Darling, 6th place
Quarters – LBF 1:48 to Lucas Byrnes (Waukon); cons. semi – bye; 5th place – LBF 1:19 to Gage Kilby (CC)
145 – Brady Stille, 1st place
Quarters – bye; semifinal – WBF 2:39 over Talan Weber (CC); final – WBF 1:47 over Bryce Shea (Crest)
152 – Brody Hanson, 2nd place
Quarters – bye; semifinal – won 13-10 dec. over Colton Crooks (CC); final – lost 16-0 tech fall to Cole Butikofer (Crest); 2nd place – won by no contest over Colton Crooks (CC)
160 – Austin Wilkins, 2nd place
Quarters – bye; semifinal – won 5-0 dec. over Trent Pisney (Crest); final – lost 4-1 dec. to Kayden Blunt (CC); 2nd place – won 6-2 dec. over Cole Graves (D-NH)
170 – Gavin Stortz, 5th place
Quarters – lost 6-3 dec. to Ashton Howe (Crest); cons. semi – bye; 5th place – WBF 1:19 over Carter Goetzinger (Waukon)
182 – Kaiden Youngblood, 6th place
Quarters – LBF 2:00 to Jesse Brouwer (AP-GC); cons. semi – bye; 5th place – LBF 1:00 to Carter Burkhardt (CC)
195 – Corbyn Palmer, 2nd place
Quarters – bye; LBF 0:39 to Landen Schemmel (Crest); 3rd place – WBF 2:25 over Zach Adelmund (D-NH); 2nd place – WBF 3:14 over Ethan Peterson (CC)
220 – Oskar Paulson, 6th place
Quarters – LBF 1:02 to Drew Jackson (Crest); cons. semi – bye; 5th place – LBF 1:30 to Carson Troyna (AP-GC)