On a frigid, snowy day, the 3 remaining Wayne Falcons made their way to Pleasantville on Feb. 13 for the district matchups. The same rules would apply in district competition as in sectional competition where the top 2 wrestlers in each weight class would advance to the IAHSAA State Wrestling Tournament scheduled to be held this week at Wells Fargo Arena, aka “The Well”.
Seniors Trent Terrell and Jakson Cobb and junior Chad Kent were all on the mat competing in a 4-man bracket.
Cobb wrestling in the 145-pound weight division, faced the opposing sectional winner, Maxwell Mintle (29-5), from LYSU in the 1st round of action. Cobb was able to defeat Mintle in quick fall at the :32 mark. Next round going for the championship, Cobb’s opposing opponent was #2 state-ranked Dominic Lopez from NELO, who is 55-2. Lopez won by technical fall 25-10. Cobb was sitting in 2nd place at this point.
In wrestling there is a rule that if certain wins happen in a bracket, a person may have the right to challenge for a “true” 2nd place. This rule is to be certain that the 2 top wrestlers will advance. This rule put Cobb into a match to defend his true 2nd place finish. Cobb then wrested Devin Schall (25-11) of MSM. Cobb defeated Schall by pinning him in 1:34. Cobb, 40-11, finished 2nd and earned his trip to move onto state. This advancement will be his 3rd trip to state.
Cobb will travel to Des Moines and take the mat in the 1st session for Class 1A at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. A win will allow Cobb to rest until his next match on Friday, Feb. 19. Should Cobb be defeated in the 1st match, he will be wrestling again on Feb. 18 where the outcome will determine the next move.
Terrell wrestling in the 138-pound weight class, faced a top-seeded Randy Jimenez from SWLC, who was 42-1 this season. Jimenez defeated Terrell by fall in 2:14. In the next round going for 3rd place, Terrell was also defeated by fall to Michael Jones of Pekin. Terrell has had a strong and successful career at Wayne. He finished his final season, 21-11.
Kent wrestled the top-seeded and past state-qualifier, Matthew Kauffman (30-5) of Pleasantville. Kauffman defeated Kent by fall in 1:10. In his next round for aiming for 3rd place, Kent wrestled Kenny Schlosser (21-7) of COMI. Schlosser defeated Kent by fall in 1:58. Kent has been a very strong competitor for Wayne and ended his season very successful sittingwith a record of 33-14. We look forward to Kent’s senior year and continued success.
“More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill-none have wrestled without pride.” Dan Gable