The Waukee Warriors had a whopping six wrestlers qualify for the State Wrestling Tournament. This is the most the Warriors have ever brought to the tournament and four of the six finished the tournament standing on the podium.
Kyle Biscoglia won his second straight State Title. This year he wrestled at 113 pounds.
Biscoglia was placed into the championship match after he won his semifinal round over Drew Bennett from Fort Dodge in a 6-3 decision.
Biscoglia only had two losses this season, both to Bennett.
"It's been an interesting year for Kyle," said Coach Chad Vollmecke. "He's been battling with that Bennett kid from Fort Dodge. He lost the first two and he committed to trying to get that state title so he kept trying to get better and figure out what was happening against Bennett and obviously he capitalized and won it in the semifinals."
For first place Biscoglia had to wrestled Jacob Schipper from North Scott. Biscoglia won the championship match by fall over Schipper in 3:44
Cody Anderson wrestled at 106 pounds and placed third in his weight class. Anderson made it all the way through to the semifinals of the championship bracket before he had his first loss. This loss was against Ben Monroe from Ankeny Centennial. Monroe beat Anderson by a 5-3 decision. Anderson was now in the consolation bracket.
Anderson then won his consolation semifinal round against Nick Olham from Valley by a 4-1 decision. For third place, Anderson wrestled Conrad Braswell (Prairie, Cedar Rapids). He won the match over Braswell with a 5-3 decision to finish in third place.
"It was kind of tough," said Volmecke. "Our 106 pounder suffered a season ending injury and Cody Anderson, who had wrestled off with him back and forth, stepped into that spot and showed that he belonged here too. It was really exciting."
Anthony Zach finished sixth at 152 pounds for the Warriors. Zach won his first match of the tournament and was immediately moved on to the quarterfinals on day two.
Zach lost the quarterfinal to Austin Yant from Waverly-Shell Rock by a 1-0 decision. Now in the consolation bracket, Zach won by fall (5:32) over Wilfred Kadohou from Iowa City, City High.
Now in the third consolation round, Zach won by injury default over Shawn Brown (Lincoln). The consolation semifinals is where Zach had his second loss. Colin Conway from Marion won by a 5-0 decision over Zach.
Zach's last match was for fifth place. He lost this match to Zane Mulder from Dallas Center-Grimes in a 6-2 decision.
At heavyweight was Nathan McDonald, he finished in seventh for the Warriors. McDonald lost his first match of the tournament by decision (8-2) to Tyler Clark from Clinton. Now in the consolation bracket, McDonald wrestled Levi Brand from Southeast Polk.
McDonald beat Brand by fall in 4:30 to move on to the second consolation round. He now took on Cole Ernst from North Scott, whom he pinned as well in 3:55.
Caleb Sanders from Glenwood beat McDonald in the third consolation round in a 5-1 decision. After this loss McDonald was now placed in the seventh place match. McDonald did with the match in after the second tie-breaker (3-1) over Collin Newell from Ames.
At 145 pounds for the Warriors was Brock Parker. Parker's place for the tournament is unknown.
Parker lost the first championship round, which immediately placed him in the consolation bracket. He then wrestled Joventay Burris of Waterloo, West and won by a 1-0 decision allowing him to move on to the second day.
On the second day of the tournament, Parker wrestled Nick Graham (Johnston). Graham beat Parker by a 7-5 decision and knocked him out of the tournament.
In the 182 pound weight class was Brandon Tessau, whose place is also unknown.
Tessau was also immediately moved into the consolation bracket after losing his first match of the day. For the first consolation round Tessau wrestled Cameron Moore from Lewis Central and won by fall in 1:39.
Just like Parker, Tessau was moved on to the second day. Also like Parker, he did lost his second consolation round. In this round, Tessau wrestled Garrett Kubovec (Cedar Rapids, Kennedy), whom beat him in a 3-2 decision.
The loss bumped him out of the tournament and made him the second Warrior to not place.
The Warriors brought the largest number of wrestlers they have ever brought to the State Wrestling Tournament and had four of the six place.
"I was super proud of our guys, all six of them made it to the second day and won at least one match, four guys on the medal stand, I mean you cant ask for much more than that."