At last season’s state wrestling tournament in Des Moines, Van Meter’s Chase Wyant was the No. 2 seed in the 132-pound bracket but lost his first-round match. This season he returns to the state tournament at 138 pounds and will have Bailey Tuma (106) and Spencer Benton (220) joining him.
The three wrestlers qualified for the state tournament at the district tournament in Adel on Feb. 15.
Tuma placed second in the 106-pound bracket. He won his first-round match against Saydell’s Devon Van Houton by decision 6-3. In the finals he lost to Winterset’s Britton Gibson by major decision 9-0. He was able to qualify for state by winning the second-place match by fall over Bondurant-Farrar’s Walter Long at 5:38.
Wyant also placed second in the 138-pound bracket. He beat Grinnell’s Griffin Reding by fall at 3:55 in the first round but lost to Saydell’s Grant Sherman by decision 8-6 in the finals. His first-round win over Reding got Wyant second place by rule.
Spencer Benton also got second place in the 220-pound bracket. He lost his first-round matchup to Grinnell’s Anthony Clayton by fall at 3:44 but was able to beat Carlisle’s Andrew Hill by fall at 1:47 in the consolation match. He beat Saydell’s Tyler Stocker in the second-place match by fall at 2:16 to qualify for the state tournament.
Luke Costlow (120) and Cole Ridgley (285) also competed at the district tournament in Adel but were unable to qualify for the state tournament.
Costlow was unable to pick up a win in the 120-pound bracket losing his first match to Bondurant-Farrar’s Justice Hitchcock by decision 12-10 and then losing in the consolation match to Winterset’s Derek Koster when he went down with an injury.
Ridgley was also unable to win a match. He lost in the first round to North Polk’s TJ Krehbeil by fall at 2:11 and lost to Interstate-35’s Bobby Heilman in the consolation match by fall at 3:51.
Tuma, Wyant and Benton will compete at the state tournament, which begins Thursday with 2A first rounds and first round consolations beginning at 9 a.m. and runs through Saturday with the finals beginning at 6 p.m.