The three day state wrestling tournament led to many heartbreaks, but so much excitement for fans and participants. Here is the entire recap of the events.
Day one of the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament sent three wrestlers from our reading area to the quarterfinal round, three into the consolidation rounds, and ended the season for one.
For our Emmetsburg wrestlers, Bret Hoyman, wrestling at the 152-pound class, was defeated in the first match by Riley Burke of Iowa Falls-Alden by a score of 14-7. Hoyman, to keep his hopes alive for a 3rd place finish, was required to wrestle again on the back side of the brackets. He went up against Bryce Cole of Van Meter/Earlham, a 31-14 senior. With a lot on the line, Hoyman was able to stay true to his grinding style and defeated Cole by a score of 6-3.
Next up for the E-Hawks was Mason Griffin at the 170-pound mark. Griffin, being a veteran in the tournament, made quick work of his opponent from Bondurant-Farrar, Porter Smith, by pinning Smith at the 3:05 minute mark. Smith is a sophomore with an overall record of 25-17.
The final wrestler for the E-Hawks was sophomore Matthew Wirtz who came out for his first appearance at the state tournament in the 182-pound slot. Wirtz has impressed this season, but his time at the big dance came to a close after a 6-0 defeat against Benton Community’s Austin Roos, a junior with a 38-8 record, and then again in the first round of consolidations against Bishop Heelan’s Colby Wilmesherr, a 38-15 senior. Wirtz has a great opportunity at success in following years.
Graettinger-Terrill’s two wrestlers had an outstanding day on the mats for class 1A. Spencer Roth, a senior with a 45-4 record, made a statement in his first match of the tournament by defeating 34-11 junior Zach Taylor of South Winneshiek by way of a tech fall final of 17-2 to move on to the following day at the 160-pound match up.
The second and last Titan to wrestle was Treyton Cacek. The 48-1 senior won by way of pin fall against Kaiden Hendricks of Riverside Oakland; Hendricks is a 30-19 junior.
The final wrestler for our reading area is Estherville Lincoln Central’s freshman, Zavion McMurran. Being the only representative for the team at the 2A Class’s 195-pound class, McMurran has shown an incredible amount of resolve headed into the tournament with an overall record of 38-9. Despite his impressive year, McMurran was pinned in the first match up of the day and was sent to the consolidation round by Mid-Prairie’s senior Isaac Boucher.
In McMurran’s second match of the day, he was able to pin his opponent and went on to live another day in the state tournament.
McMurran was defeated by Red Oak’s 38-4 senior Carter Mayne’s by way of fall at the 1:21 minute mark.
Roth loses to 47-3 junior of Lake Mills, Elijah Wagner by a close and heartbreaking 4-3 decision. Roth wrestled against Aidan Udell, a 38-4 sophomore from Regina (Iowa City), in the consolidation round 2. Roth was able to mount a landslide victory over Udell winning by way of major decision 14-5 sending him to the 3rd round of consolidations.
Cacek defeated 37-6 freshman Jackson Dewald of Westwood Sloan by way of a 6-1 decision. Cacek faced 44-4 sophomore Carson Lynott of West Sioux, Hawarden in the second to last match of the tournament. Cacek was able to stay focused and earned his way to the championship match up by defeating Lynott by decision 5-1.
Bret Hoyman moves on closer to the 3rd place match at the 152-pound mark after defeating Hunter Pesek by a sudden victory score of 3-1. Hoyman faced off against 42-15 senior, Kristian Gunderson next of Forest City. In what became a memorable match, Hoyman was able to beat Gunderson in a sudden victory score of 5-3.
Mason Griffin was defeated in a sudden victory by a score of 6-2 to the hands of Jax Flynn, a 47-7 senior from Solon. Griffin matched up against Caleb Swalla, a 38-1 senior, in the consolidation round 3 match. Swalla claimed victory over Griffin though and sent him to the 7th place match up against Cole Davis of Independence.
Hoyman, in the final day of the tournament, met Wyatt Appleseth of Panorama in the consolidation semifinals. Unable to get anything going, Hoyman fell to Appleseth by way of decision score of 6-0 sending Hoyman to the 5th place match against Winterset’s Tyler Brown. Although Hoyman put everything he had into the match, Brown was able to walk away the 5th place winner at the Class 2A 152lb podium by defeating the 6th place finisher Hoyman by a major decision score of 17-5.
After falling to Swalla, Griffin was not going to be set off to the side without a fight. Cole Davis of Independence was hungry for a win too though and in the 7th place match, the two 170-pounders went back and forth in a high scoring, high flying bout. At the end of the day, however, Davis was able to outlast Griffin’s persistence and drive winning by way of decision score of 12-10. Griffin was able to secure the 8th place finish for the weight class.
Head Coach Tyler Bjustrom said this in a tweet following the tournament, “Extremely proud of our wrestlers. Wrestling isn’t always about the result. These boys committed themselves and worked hard because they had a goal. They didn’t quite reach their goal but that doesn’t take away from the respect we have for them”.
This was Hoyman and Griffin’s final matches as Emmetsburg E-Hawks.
Finishing the Class 1A individuals, Roth and Cacek still remained in the contest. In the consolidation matchups, Roth was to meet Gabe Carter of New London in the the 3rd round. Carter was able to defeat Roth by way of a heartbreaking decision score of 4-3. Sending Roth to the 7th place match where Roth was able to defeat Teegan Tschample of Hinton by way of a 3:07 pin fall placing Roth upon the podium.
Arguably the match of the night for the reading area came to the championship round of the 182-pound weight class. Treyton Cacek had one loss this year on January 25th by way of a 5-2 decision by the hands of Don Bosco’s Thomas Even. All through the tournament many were hoping for a chance to see Cacek and Even again on the biggest stage of their high school careers. The fans got their wish.
During a back and forth bout where Even was able to get the first takedown and Cacek was able to answer, the score leading into the third and final period was tight. Fighting with everything they both had and as the seconds continued to tick down, Even was able to capitalize on Cacek and put him in position to claim victory and the 1st place spot on the podium by pinning Cacek with less than 1:30 to go in the match. Cacek would go on to earn the 2nd place spot.
With the end to the tournament many were reminded of the stark reality that the amount of preparation and suffering put into this sport can sometimes not get you to the goal you had imagined. Along with that reality comes the reality that only some can know; the reality being all that hard work and preparation set the wrestler up for success in their lives after high school. Only some will go on to collegiate careers, but most will walk off the mat a final time with the medal and memories to last a lifetime.
Thus ends the 2019-2020 Iowa High School Wrestling season for fans, but for the wrestlers, preparation began the following day.