Five wrestlers came in and all five wrestlers made it out alive in day one of the state wrestling tournament for the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs. Following the day one festivities, Jacob Fistler (106-pounds), Trevon Wells (132-pounds), Zach Needham (170-pounds), and Luke Fistler (160-pounds) all captured victory in their tournament-opening matches while Brayden Broderick kept his medal hopes alive with a win in the consolation round.
Jacob Fistler (106-pounds)
It was a rather fast start to the tournament for DC-G freshman Jacob Fistler. The seventh-ranked 106-pound 3A wrestler picked up his 28th win of the season after he once again took down Norwalk’s Trent Harper (1:31). His tournament run will continue Friday with a top-ten battle with third-ranked Nate Jesuroga of Southeast Polk.
Trevon Wells (132-pounds)
Ranked seventh in the latest Class 3A 132-pound polls, Trevon Wells had an exciting bout in his first battle of the tournament, narrowly escaping with a sudden victory win to advance. Wells jumped out to an early 5-3 lead but quickly saw things even up at 6-6. That sent things into extra time but Wells utilized his experience and skills to pick up two points by takedown and thus capture his 24th season victory in the first ten seconds. He will now be taking on Iowa City West’s Hunter Garvin in quarterfinal action Friday.
Brayden Broderick (152-pounds)
The sophomore came into his second state tournament and faced up against a familiar foe in Brennan Meacham of Indianola. It was a hard-fought opening match but one that fell against Broderick in a 6-2 defeat. Broderick battled back however and did so with a vengeance as he captured four takedowns within the first period along to lead the match 8-3. In the end, however, Broderick captured the victory by pinfall (2:19) to advance.
Luke Fistler (160-pounds)
The elder Fistler brother also found success early against Southeast Polk’s Andrew Reed. Fistler jumped out to a short 2-0 lead then bounced back from an escape to capture a takedown to wrap up period one with a 4-3 lead. That held strong until the third period where another takedown with an escape thrown in added three more points to the cause, giving him a 7-3 decision to move on to the next round. With his ticket punched to the quarterfinal round, Fistler will now battle Linn-Mar’s Tate Naaktgeboren for the right to move on further Friday.
Zach Needham (170-pounds)
Zach Needham made rather easy work of his first-round opponent, Alex Koch of Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Needham gave up just one point all match long while jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two periods, and adding four more points via takedowns to round out his 9-1 decision victory, his 31st overall victory of the season. It will be quite the battle for Needham in his next outing which will be a top-ten match up against Class 3A’s third-ranked McCrae Hagarty of Waverly-Shell Rock. That battle will take place in the quarterfinal round Friday.