Lynx advance to state duals

HUMBOLDT – No. 11 (Class 2A) Webster City is headed back to state wrestling duals tournament, besting seventh-ranked Humboldt Tuesday night, 35-28.

The Lynx (23-3 overall) set a new school-record for dual wins, but none will be as remembered as this one over the Wildcats (21-3).

Webster City closed out the dual with wins by Jacob Powers, Tanner Hild and Alex Oswald, overcoming a 28-22 deficit. Powers scored a pin at 145, while Hild picked up a major decision at 152 and Oswald completed the night with a decision at 160.

Connor Larson, Dylan Fielder, Gavin Dinsdale, Cole Nokes and Freddie Seeley all picked up wins over Humboldt to help the cause.

For the Wildcats, Nikko Wheeler, Reed Dreyer, Levi Sawyer, Austen Gargano, Jake Miller and Michael Madsen scored victories.

Humboldt advanced to the final round with a 51-24 victory over Estherville-LC, while the Lynx downed Perry, 60-16.

State duals are set for next Wednesday in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena – a day ahead of the traditional individual state tournament.

This marks the third time in four years Webster City has qualified for state duals, also going to the final eight in 1991, 2011 and ’12. They placed second in ’91 and fifth in their last appearance.

The Wildcats last qualified for state duals in 2001 and have gone four times total.