Compiling just a 5-17 record in duals this season the A-D-M wrestling team sent three wrestlers to the state tournament. None of the Tigers who competed in the tournament were crowned state champion but all three wrestled on the final day of the tournament with Trevor Harsh (132) finishing seventh, Nathan Heath (285) finishing eighth and Zach Johnston (152) taking second place on Feb. 22.
A-D-M coach Justin Schmaus said that the tournament didn’t go as he expected.
"I never would’ve though we’d have three medalists and one in the finals," Schmaus said. "That was just a great experience for a team and to know that all three of them guys are going to be back next year is huge."
Johnston finished the regular season with a 31-6 record going into the state tournament.
In the first round of the tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Johnston was matched up against Douglas Perrin from Osage. Johnston won that match 5-2 to advance to the quarterfinals later that night where he would wrestle against Michael Neal from Vinton-Shellsburg. Johnston advanced to the semifinals with a 7-3 win over Neal.
In the semifinals Johnston defeated Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Bret Tomoson 4-3 to advance to the 152-pound finals on Saturday night where he would face Danny Bush from Davenport Assumption.
Bush only lost three matches all season long going into the state tournament. Johnston fell in the 152-pound finals to Bush by major decision 8-0 and finished runner up in that weight class.
"It’s dissappointing that Zach couldn’t pull that one out tonight," Schmaus said. "He wrestled his butt off and wrestled hard and he was the offensive guy the whole time and the kid just had good counters and stuff we had never really seen before. He has two years left and I know he’s not going to quit until he has a championship."
Harsh finished the regular season off with a 30-12 record going into the state tournament. In his first-round match in the 132-pound bracket he won a nailbiter against Connor Wickman of West Delaware, Manchester by a score of 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
It was another close match for Harsh in the quarterfinals but this time he came up on the losing end. Harsh lost to Bryce Leshen of Albia by a score of 2-1.
For the next match he was on the consolation side of the bracket and wrestled against Nick Hyland from Vinton-Shellsburg where he won, once again in close fashion, by a score of 1-0.
His next match in the consolation quarterfinals was against Brock Jennings of Osage. Jennings got the decision over Harsh by a score of 2-1, sending Harsh to the seventh-place match against Clear Lake’s Ryan Faught.
Harsh clinched seventh place with a 4-3 win over Faught on Saturday.
Heath went into the tournament with a 28-10 record and a first-place finish in the district tournament just a week before the state tournament.
In the first round Heath matched up against Forrest City’s Tyler Putney but came up on the losing end being pinned by Putney in 3 minutes, 32 seconds.
In his first-round consolation matchup against Clarinda’s Dakota Calfee he had a better showing with a 5-minute, 17-second pin to advance.
In the consolation second round he wrestled against Columbus Community, Columbus Junction’s Kyle Davis where he recorded another pin, this time at 1:12.
Heath couldn’t keep his momentum going, however, and lost in the consolation semifinals. West Liberty’s Dylan VanDusen got the major decison over Heath by a score of 12-0 sending Heath to the seventh-place match.
Heath finished his state tournament run on a losing note, losing to Quinton Taylor of Benton and taking eighth place overall at 285 pounds.
A-D-M’s wrestlers had to compile impressive records throughout the season to get to the big stage at the state tournament in Des Moines.
"It just shows what sticking with it and hard work, where it will get you," Schmauss said. "Just having the right attitude and knowing that things go wrong and you’re going to have to work on it and you get better and learn from it. That’s what they’ve all done and it’s got them here."