The clocks are all turned off and the mats rolled up and tucked away. The 2017 wrestling season and the State Wrestling Tournament has come to a close.
At the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament there were plenty of highs and lows for the hundreds of wrestlers, coaches, families and spectators. The tournament was held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines from February 16-18.
The South Tama Trojans sent six wrestlers to this year's tournament including Brady Fritz (126), Tanner Probasco (132), Colton Vest (138), Isaac Judge (152), Dalton Rosenburg (182) and Kyle Kucera (220).
South Tama’s Colton Vest jumps up to cheer after a pin over Nate Thoms of Camanche in the quarterfinals to send him into the semi finals at the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament. Vest went on to take 5th overall at weight class 138 in Class 2A.
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Out of the six that made it to the tournament, three came away with podium finishes. One in particular, Isaac Judge, had a storybook ending by becoming the Class 2A 152 pound Champion. (For the full story of Judge's win see the Toledo Chronicle from Feb. 22).
At 126 junior, fifth ranked Brady Fritz began his tournament with a 8-3 decision win over Zach Anderson (Roland-Story). Fritz then faced No. 2 ranked Drew West of Solon. South Tama and Solon both come out of the WaMaC Conference and the two have met twice this season. The first meeting at the STC Invite West dominated with a 15-4 win. They met again at the WaMaC Conference Tournament. West narrowly escaped with a 1-0 win. The third and final meeting of the season was in the state quarterfinals. West came out aggressive and despite Fritz's best efforts, stuck the junior to advance. Subsequently, West would go on to take second place to No. 1 ranked Michael Millage of New Hampton. Fritz rallied with a 9-1 major decision win in a consolation match with Stephen Shuka (Gilbert). His next match was another rematch with Kyle Anderson of Washington. Earlier in the year Fritz got an 11-5 win over Anderson. The rematch at State went to Anderson with a late takedown at the buzzer for a 7-6 win. It was a bit of a controversial call but nonetheless the show must go on. Fritz moved on to wrestle for 7th place. He faced Sean Casey of Assumption. The match went into overtime and with Fritz getting a takedown for a 7-5 win.
At 138 junior, No. 5 ranked Colton Vest faced No. 6 Caleb Wilson of Denver-Tripoli. Vest moved on to the quarterfinals after a 12-5 decision win. In the quarterfinals, Vest faced tenth ranked Nate Thoms of Camanche. Vest earned his only pin of the tournament over Thoms to move into the semifinals. In the semifinals, Vest faced No. 2 Skyler Noftsger of Ballard. Noftsger out muscled Vest for a 9-3 decision win. Vest then faced No. 3 Tanner Abbas (Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) for a consolation match to wrestle for third. Abbas won by decision (9-5) and Vest went on to wrestle for 5th place. It was a rematch for Vest and Thoms with Vest again coming out the victor for 5th place.
At 182 junior Dalton Rosenburg had an incredible start to his first State appearance. His first match was against third ranked Tanner Vermaas of Woodward Granger. Rosenburg came into the tournament unranked with a 34-12 record. But as most folks know, anything can happen at State. What happened was Rosenburg upset the No. 3 ranked Vermaas (4-1) to move him into the quarterfinals. Rosenburg faced No. 1 ranked Chase Shiltz of Creston. For those who follow wrestling you will remember the Shiltz name from last season. Shilz beat out STC 2016 grad Bailey Chyma in the quarterfinals in 2016. At the 2017 tournament Shiltz stuck Rosenburg in the quarterfinals. Shiltz went on to become the 182-pound champion. Rosenburg faced seventh ranked Luke Jenness of Sheldon. Rosenburg fell in the consolation match and that ended his first State run. Coach Van Dyke commented that he hoped this would give Rosenburg the motivation knowing he could hang with some top ranked wrestlers.
The Trojans had two wrestlers whose State journey ended on Thursday. It's always a tough break when that happens but making it to The Well is not an accomplishment to overlook.
At 132 junior Tanner Probasco was paired right out of the gate with No. 1 ranked Brayden Curry of Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Curry stuck Probasco. Probasco went on to face Alek Hanna (EDBF). Hanna got the win by decision, 2-1.
Lastly for the Trojans 220-pound senior Kyle Kucera had his first and only State appearance. Kucera faced eventual State Champion Jordan Baumler (NFW) and fell 8-1. He went on Thursday night to wrestle Hunter Ruth (GRCO). Ruth pinned Kucera (1:20).