With the district meet stage set, three Wayne Falcons traveled to Pleasantville along with Head Coach Joe Nekvinda, Assistant Coach Joel Petty, the wrestling cheerleaders and Cheer Coach Desiree Grismore, hoping to find success to move on to the next level.
Brady Langloss finished top of the podium at the sectional meet held on Feb. 8 and was making a back-to-back appearance at districts. Being his senior year, this would be his last go at a state appearance.
Langloss went up against Xander Soder from Ogden in his first match of the day in the 182-pound class. In a long battle, Langloss found victory by way of fall in 5:10.
Moving into the final match, Langloss met up with Sean Miklus of Martensdale St. Marys. He proved just how badly he wanted that trip to state with a victory in 1:54 after pinning his opponent.
“Brady pinned his way through sectionals and districts to earn his first trip to state,” said Nekvinda. “Brady first joined wrestling his freshman year and at that time his mother, Sara told me she didn’t know if she could handle being a wrestling mom. After seeing her face today after Brady won, I think she has gotten the hang of it.”
Junior Jakson Cobb, who has made a previous trip to the state tournament during his freshman season, was looking to make a repeat trip. Cobb easily pinned Trevor Nickel of Pleasantville in 1:29 to move on to the finals for the day in the 126-pound class.
Cobb met up with Cael Cassady of Martensdale where with 16 seconds left in the match, the score was tied at 4-4. Cobb fell short losing the match by decision 4-6.
With his wrestle back, Cobb had a chance for redemption to earn a true 2nd place finish and would meet up with Will Martin of Moravia. Cobb pinned Martin to become Sectionals champion just one week before and was able to take care of business again at districts pinning Martin in 2:45 to take 2nd and earn a trip to the well.
“Jakson lost a heartbreaker match but came back strong to pin Martin who was a state qualifier last year,” Nekvinda added.
Following his older brother Hunter Cobb making his 2nd trip to the state wrestling tournament last year, this trip for Jakson will mark the 4th year in a row a Cobb has qualified for state.
Chad Kent made his first appearance at the district meet after a 2nd place win at sectionals in the 285-pound class. Kent took a tough loss in the opening round, falling to Matthew Kauffman of Pleasantville in :34.
Looking for vengeance, Kent came out on top over Alan Allsup of Martensdale in a hard fought battle to take 3rd place for the day and earn a spot on the podium.
“Chad fought hard to finish third with an overtime win over the Martensdale kid,” said Nekvinda. “He has improved tremendously this year and finished his sophomore year with 21 wins.”
Looking ahead to the state tournament, as the brackets were released early Sunday morning, Cobb is set to face fellow junior Kael Brisker of Wilton who sits with a record of 34-4.
“Brady got a tough draw going up against senior Coy Baker (37-1) also of Wilton,” stated Nekvinda. “The IHSAA says they use criteria to seed the tournament, but Brady is the only district champion in his bracket who has to face another champion in the first round.”
With the state tournament following a double elimination bracket, both Cobb and Langloss will take the mats Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. when Class 1A first round action begins. If either lose in the first round, they will face a 2nd opponent Thursday evening.
If they finish with a win Thursday, they will wrestle again Friday afternoon. The top 8 place winners earn a spot on the podium and medals are awarded on Saturday evening.
To kick off the trip to state, Wayne Community School will be holding a special state sendoff for Cobb and Langloss on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the High School Gymnasium.
(The Times-Republican will be live covering all the action at the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament and will provide live results on Facebook on the Corydon Times-Republican Facebook page. We will also be printed special pages in our next issue on Tuesday, Feb. 25 complete with color photos from the state tournament along with congratulatory ads from parents, grandparents, other family members and businesses showing support.)