Three area 1A wrestlers in title round
DES MOINES – Austin McCartan and Nick Schany can now end their high schools wrestling careers just like they always envisioned.
The Emmetsburg senior duo reserved their spots for the Class 1A title round by each winning a pair of matches Friday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Following a 16-5 major decision over West Hancock’s Nathan Aitchison in the quarterfinals, the top-ranked McCartan (195 pounds) downed No. 7 Trey Sander of EHK-Exira, 13-5.
McCartan (40-0) will look to cap off an unbeaten season when he battles West Branch’s Cade Jones (43-1) in the championship round.
“I just have to do what I always do, which is take it one match at a time,” said the three-time state qualifier McCartan, who placed third here last winter. “This is my 11th year of wrestling with the same bunch of guys in Schany, (Andrew) Wellik, and (Tayler) Wegner, so it means a lot that we were all able to get (to the semifinals).”
Fifth-ranked Schany (170) collected victories over West Marshall’s No. 7 Devin Chesler and third-ranked Luke Huber from Hudson by scores of 4-3 and 19-10, respectively.
Awaiting Schany (32-6) in the finals is North Linn’s top-ranked Brendan Schott (41-0). Schany is also making his third straight appearance in Des Moines.
Falling short in the semifinals for Emmetsburg were No. 1 Wellik (182) and ninth-ranked Wegner (220). Wellik (39-1) suffered his first setback of the year to No. 2 Dalton Ciavarelli of Clarksville, while Wegner (39-7) was upended by a 7-5 count against Wapello’s Riley Howell.
Fifth-ranked Brady Bailey (152) split his two consolation matches, while Tyler Leuer (132) went 0-1.
For the Cowboys, No. 4 senior Jake Haberman (160) has a chance to bring home gold after posting an 11-9 triumph over eighth-ranked Cole Cook of Tipton. In the quarterfinals, Haberman (35-7) knocked off Don Bosco’s No. 3 Jake Hogan.
Up next for Haberman is second-ranked Dylan Windfield (46-1) from Alburnett.
“(Cook) beat me out of the tournament last year (in a 6-4 overtime decision), so it felt good to get some revenge,” said Haberman. “(A state title) has always been my goal ever since I first started wrestling. I’ve always just wanted to be able to walk out (for the championship grand march) and represent my name and school.”
No. 9 Taylor Lehman (132) and eighth-ranked Mitch Gambrill (285) were each edged in the semifinals for Clarion-Goldfield.
On the heels of a 5-4 overtime ultimate tie-breaker win against Midland’s Kyle Pegorick, Lehman (35-8) lost a 6-4 overtime decision to Logan Loftus of Iowa Valley.
Gambrill (24-9) was upended by Guthrie Center’s No. 4 Dillon Suhr in an 8-6 overtime decision, which featured a pivotal controversial stalling call on Gambrill to force the extra frame. The three-time state qualifier finished seventh here a year ago.
Fifth-ranked sophomore Joel Haberman (126) was bested in a 10-5 decision by No. 9 Travis Cole from Highland in consolation action.
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Second-ranked and defending state runner-up Payton Rice (138) was denied a return trip to the title bout, dropping a 5-3 decision to No. 5 Jason Crosby of Eddyville-Blakesburg.
Rice (46-2) earlier notched a 10-5 quarterfinal victory over Midland’s TJ Bowen.
Looking to rebound, Rice will next face fourth-ranked Colton Martin (48-2) from Alburnett.
Connor Alne (145) was ousted in the consolation bracket by Underwood’s Cody Kingery. Alne closed out his senior campaign with a 38-8 mark.
In the consolation round, senior Taylor Clough (152) was pinned in a time of 1:34 by No. 4 Logan Moore of West Monona. Clough ended the year at 35-8.
Class 1A consolation semifinals begin this morning at 10 a.m. Finals for all classes are set for around 6:30 p.m. tonight.