Woodward-Granger freshman Cody Fisher worked his way through the 195 pound bracket up to the final round. Fisher lost the final round to place second overall.
The Hawk wrestled Bryce Esmoil from West Liberty for the State Title. The match only went into the second period as Esmoil won by a 15-0 technical fall.
"His mindset was there, the kid was just more experienced, older and in this sport that's a lot," said Coach Dave Smeltzer. "His experienced may have lacked a little, but that's about it. His skill level, he can go with the best of the state and he showed it, he got to the finals for a reason."
The first period immediately started out rough for Fisher as he was taken down twice and gave up four points.
Esmoil continued to control the match through the first period. Esmoil continued the lead through the second period as well, until it was called with just 15 seconds left. Fisher just couldn't score a point this match, and the loss put him in second place.
"Fisher came to the tournament unranked, nobody knew anything about him, but it's kind of neat to see a freshman come down here at 195 pounds and wrestle the way he did," said Smeltzer. "He had a good win in the first round, knocked off number four then number two. For the first time being down here, he wrestled great. He will be a state champion."
The other two Hawks that went to the State Tournament were Austin Scharlau and Tanner Vermaas. Scharlau lost his first two matches of the tournament and Vermaas finished sixth at 182 pounds.