A-D-M, Van Meter, Woodward-Granger send wrestlers to Districts

Clint ColeSports Editor
A-D-M, Van Meter, Woodward-Granger send wrestlers to Districts

For 13 wrestlers from A-D-M, Van Meter and Woodward-Granger, only one more tournament stands between them and the State Wrestling Tournament. A-D-M took the Section 6 championship at Saydel High School on Saturday, Feb. 7 as the Tigers had seven wrestlers finish in the top two while the Bulldogs and the Hawks had three each.

The Tigers had 216 team points, 40 more than Perry, who took second at the meet.

Wrestlers at the sectional tournament needed to finish first or second in their weight class to advance to Districts this Saturday at Ballard High School in Huxley.

For the Tigers, those wrestlers are Kyle Wilkerson (120 pounds), Trevor Harsh (138 pounds), Zach Johnston (160 pounds), Cole Bennett (182 pounds), Hunter Gibson (195 pounds), Zach Ostendorf (220 pounds) and Nathan Heath (285 pounds). For the Bulldogs, Bailey Tuma (113 pounds), Luke Costlow (126 pounds) and Isaac Benton (182 pounds) are advancing and for the Hawks it will be Austin Scharlau (145 pounds), Race Brant (152 pounds) and Tanner Vermaas (160 pounds).

At 113 pounds, it was Van Meter’s Bailey Tuma who took first place. After a first-round bye, he pinned A-D-M’s John Thorne in the second period of the semifinals before pinning Jordan Watts of Carlisle in the first period of the finals.

At 120 pounds, it was Kade VanKirk of Perry who took first place, but A-D-M’s Kyle Wilkerson won his wrestleback against Nate Vento by fall in the third period to take second place and secure a spot at the district tournament this Saturday. He defeated Woodward-Granger’s Cole Carmen in the first round by way of a 13-0 major decision before losing to Van Kirk by fall at 1:20.

Luke Costlow, the 126-pound wrestler from Van Meter took second place as well. He defeated Jarrett Hopewell of A-D-M in an 11-1 major decision before losing to Gisaveri Niyibizi of Perry in the finals. Costlow won the wrestleback over Saydel’s Devon Van Houten 9-3 to take second place.

There were only four wrestlers in the 138-pound bracket, meaning that A-D-M’s Trevor Harsh only needed two wins to take first place. He won a 15-2 major decision over Perry’s Troy Jahnke in the semifinals and clinched first place with a 5-2 win over Austin Moen of Saydel in the finals.

Austin Scharlau of Woodward-Granger got to the finals at 145 pounds by defeating Caleb Davis of Carlisle by way of a 2-1 decision, but lost to Jacob Thompson of Perry in the finals 6-2. He took second place by beating Van Meter’s Jeremy Frame in the wrestleback, pinning him at the 2:54 mark.

Race Brant wrestled his way to a second-place finish for Woodward-Granger as well. He defeated Orrey Reed of Carlisle in the semifinals, but fell to Saydel’s Grant Sherman in the finals. There was no wrestleback at 152 pounds.

At 160 pounds, Zach Johnston of A-D-M dominated his competition, pinning Kaleb McPhee of Carlisle in the first period of the semifinals before winning a 13-3 major decision over Dylan Coffin of Saydel in the finals for a first-place finish.

Tanner Vermaas of Woodward-Granger got to the 170-pound finals after beating Trevor Sprague of Saydel by fall, but couldn’t get past Carlisle’s Damon Piatt, losing a 5-1 decision. He won in the wrestleback over A-D-M’s Jesse Huen, pinning him at the 1:00 mark for second place.

At 182 pounds, Cole Bennett took first place and Van Meter’s Isaac Benton took second place. Bennett defeated Thomas Govig of Woodward-Granger by fall at 1:51 and then defeated Benton in the finals by fall. Benton defeated Travis Johnston of Carlisle in the semifinals.

Hunter Gibson of A-D-M took first place at 195 pounds after defeating Hunter Jesse in the semifinals by fall at 1:55 and then winning 4-0 over Andrew Hill of Carlisle in the finals.

Zach Ostendorf of A-D-M took first place at 220 pounds in dramatic fashion, scoring an escape in the last five seconds to upset Jake Henkelman of Carlisle 11-10 in the finals. Before the finals, he beat Perry’s Jorge Soto in the semifinals by way of a 5-2 decision.

Nathan Heath didn’t have a match last more than 23 seconds as he took first place. He pinned Perry’s Tyler Soll in 16 seconds in the semifinals before pinning Carlisle’s Anthony Hanson in 23 seconds in the finals.

The top two wrestlers at each weight class will move on to the district tournament this Saturday. A-D-M, Van Meter and Woodward-Granger will be at Ballard High School in Huxley with the meet beginning at noon.