Five Wayne Community School students traveled to Des Moines over the Feb. 26 and 27 weekend after qualifying for Iowa AAU Kid’s State. Being held at Wells Fargo in downtown Des Moines, the Iowa AAU Kid’s State meet gives youth grapplers the opportunity to experience wrestling on the big stage much like the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament that is held their annually.
Wayne Elementary 4th grade student Landon McCarty, son of Alyson Kent and Seth Miller put up 3 team points for the Falcons in his matches in the 105-pound weight class. McCarty fell by a 6-3 decision in his 1st match against Wes Devine (LMWC) before picking up a fall in :48 over Ethan Lillenthal (Atlantic/CAM). McCarty fell in the last match of the day after Dagin Mondia (Stars and Stripes) defeated him in 2:11 by way of fall.
Max Pollock, Wayne 8th grade student and son of Bruce Pollock and Kristina Pollock worked his way to a podium placement finish while putting up 17 team points for the Falcons over the weekend. Pollock picked up his 1st victory following a 6-0 decision win over Owen Gute (Missouri Valley Wrestling Club) in the 100-pound division. In his 2nd match of the day, Pollock again picked up a win in a 6-0 decision over James Decker (West Marshall).
Once moving to the quarterfinal round, Pollock was defeated by Gage Spurgeon (Hammer Time Wrestling Academy) in a tight 5-6 decision. From there, he won his next 3 rounds in consolation matches after defeating Carter Schmauss (Outlaw Wrestling Club) in a 7-3 decision, Jaxon Tommasin (Immortal Athletics WC) in a major decision 8-0 and Liam Adlfinger (PACK732) by 7-2 decision.
The consolation round victories helped Pollock make his way into his final match of the tournament where he would be vying for a 3rd or 4th place finish on the podium. Facing off against Spurgeon once more, Pollock fell in another close match by way of a 3-4 decision, closing his tournament with a 4th place finish on the podium.
In the 115-pound division, Tully Wood, Wayne 8th grade student and son of Gary and Amy Wood finished his weekend adding 1 team point for the Falcons after his state showing. Wood fell in his 1st match of the day to Kael Cook (DC Elite) in a 2:18 fall. Wood came back in his 2nd match picking up the victory after a 2-0 decision win over Carson Kidwell (McDominate Training Center). In his final match of the weekend, Wood was defeated by Nicholas Wise (Marshallton Wrestling Club) in a 2-10 major decision.
Austin Henderson, Wayne 8th grade student and son of Charley and Caessie Henderson, also contributed 1 team point to the Falcon tally. Henderson was defeated by Gehrig Tibbitts (Waverly Area Wrestling Club) in a 2:33 fall before defeating Lane Mitchell (Lawton-Bronson) in a 9-2 decision. In Henderson’s final match pairing against Nicholas Wise (Marshalltown Wrestling Club), he was defeated by way of fall in 2:11.
Wayne 8th grader Fischer Buckingham, son of Jer and Velvet Buckingham, picked up 7 team points over the weekend competing in the 152-pound weight division. Buckingham fell in his 1st match of the day when Camden Smith (Dubuque Junior Mustangs) defeated him in a 2-5 decision. Buckingham returned to the mat for his next 3 matches picking up victories over Nathan Schoenfelder (Akron Westfield) by way of fall in 5:07, Blaine Rees (Washington Matbackers) in a 3:30 fall and Wyatt Christiansen (Midland Eagles) in an 8-4 decision. In Buckingham’s final match of the day, he was defeated by Bryce Willaims (Moen Wrestling Academy) in a 1-13 major decision.
“I would like to thank Coach O’Brien, Coach Baker, Gary Wood, Josh Kristensen, my parents and teammates that all helped me get here,” said Pollock following his podium placing at state. “This has been a long time coming but hard work and determination helped me succeed in reaching my goal of placing at AAU State. Next up is placing at the High School State Tournament. Wayne wrestling is back and it’s gonna be better than it’s ever been! FalconPride!”