This past Saturday was a day that wrestlers, coaches and fans around the area were all looking forward too. District tournaments were going on around Iowa and tickets to the state tournament were punched by a plethora of area wrestlers. At the 3A district tournament here in Fort Dodge, the home standing Dodgers had a tremendous showing as 11 Dodgers punched their ticket to state. Of those 11, 7 of them won titles and 4 were second place finishers. The Dodgers who won district titles were Max Bishop at 106, Drake Ayala at 120, Brooks Cowell at 132, Drezyon Phillips at 138, Brandon Mills 145, Kody Cook 152, and Levi Egli at 195. The Dodgers who finished 2nd and qualified for state were Lane Cowell at 113, Carson Taylor at 126, Tucker Pederson at 170 and Austin Lee ay 182. Drake Ayala will defend his state title this week after beating his opponents at districts by a combined score of 47-17. Brooks Cowell won the 132 pound crown with a take down as time expired. Drezyon Phillips cruised in the 138 pound division with a 1st period win in the semifinals and a pin in 19 seconds in the finals. The Dodger will compete in the state dual tournament Wednesday then the 11 mentioned above will compete in the traditional state tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
At the 1A district tournament in Mapleton, South Central Calhoun had all four of their district qualifiers advance to state. Kevin King finished 2nd at 113 to qualify. The Titans who took district gold were Jordan Kommonyvong at 138, Blake Mcalister at 160 and Brian King at 220. Nate Thomson from East Sac County won the district title at 132.
The 1A district tourney at Sioux Central saw several area wrestlers advance on to state. West Bend-Mallard’s Donavon Hanson was 2nd at 106 and his teammate Connor Fehr was 2nd at 170. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows had 3 advance to state as Tyler Stein took 2nd at 113, Reed Abbas was 2nd at 145, and Garret Seaba took the title at 152. John Schuttler from Manson NW Webster finished 2nd at 195. The Eagle Grove duo of Mark Dawson at 145 and Joel Mendoza at 220 both took titles in their weight classes. Dane Johnson of Pocahontas Area took 1st.