It’s hard to follow the type of season the Waukee High School wrestling team had during the 2017-18 campaign yet that is exactly what the new age edition of Warrior wrestling is up to.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, in front of their hometown crowd at the Waukee Field House, the fourth ranked Warriors punched their repeat ticket to team state duals after besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy by a 50-21 final. The Warriors posted ten total victories for the contest which comprised of six wins by pin-fall.
Griffin Gammell’s 30th win of the season came by pin-fall at the 3:50 mark while Class 3A’s fourth ranked 113 pound wrestler Thurman Christensen, the sophomore captured his 15th pin-fall win in under a minutes time, a mark he has captured multiple times this season. Carter Smith’s pin-fall win came at the 2:52 mark, giving him his 17th overall victory of the season. Cody Anderson, Class 3A’s third ranked 138 pound wrestler, picked up his 33rd win of the 2018-19 campaign by besting Dylan Falck by pin-fall (5:27).
Continuing on his great work this season, Mason Seifried, Class 3A’s fourth ranked 152 pound wrestler, picked up his 32nd win of the year on a pin-fall win at the 3:13 mark. Class 3A’s top ranked 170 pound wrestler dropped his team leading 27th pin-fall win of the season, all while bringing his record to one of the conferences best marks of 38-3.
There were two victories by decision for the Warriors thanks to Connor Kelley at 106 pounds and Jermaine Sammler at 145 pounds. Kelley, the fifth ranked wrestler in Class 3A’s 106 pound weight class, picked up his eighth overall decision win which in turn gives him 21 total victories on the season. Sammler picked up his 22nd overall win by besting Noah Cunningham, the seventh ranked 145 pound wrestler in Class 3A, by a high scoring 15-14 decision.
Nick Miller at 120 pounds and Tanner Spyksma at 160 pounds rounded out the victories with wins by major decision. Spyksma’s second major decision win of the season came at the hands of Alex Koch by 18-9 major decision. Miller, the eighth ranked 120 pound wrestler in 3A, picked up one of his largest margins of victory with a 10-1 decision over Jacob McLeod.
The Warriors have granted themselves a repeat ticket back to the state dual tournament on Feb. 16. Their next bout of action will be the district 5 meet taking place on Saturday, Feb. 9.