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Schrock out for State Wrestling

February 15, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Sometimes things don't work out quite the way you hope. That is the case for South Tama sophomore, Kalem Schrock. Schrock, along with two teammates, travelled to Knoxville for the Class 2A District 6 Tournament on Saturday, February 9.

It was the first season of wrestling for the heavyweight. Schrock was listed at 5-10 and 230 pounds on QuikStats during the football season. He began the wrestling season in the 220 weight class but quickly bumped up to 285 on the varsity roster where he remained for the rest of the season.

At Districts Schrock faced Jace Smith of PCM in his first match of the day. Schrock was injured following an illegal maneuver by his first-round opponent, Jace Smith of PCM. Smith was then disqualified from the match, giving the first round victory to Schrock. In the second-round championship match, Schrock was forced into a medical forfeit but was still awarded a runner-up finish and a State tournament qualification.

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Kalem Schrock has his arm raised after winning his match at the Cliff Keen Invite in Independence.
File Photo/Allison Graham

South Tama County Varsity Wrestling Coach, Nate Van Dyke took to Facebook earlier in the week for an announcement regarding Schrock's qualification. With the State wrestling tournament less than one week away, Schrock will not be medically cleared to wrestle and will have to forfeit his spot at the State Tournament.

Van Dyke wrote, "I'm sad to announce that Kalem Schrock, STC State Qualifier at heavyweight, will not have the opportunity to represent South Tama at the State Tournament this week due to an injury sustained at the District Tournament. Although this is not the way we envisioned his season coming to an end, the coaching staff and wrestling community is proud of Schrock and what he was able to accomplish as a first-year wrestler. He represented our school with a big heart, a ton of class, and toughness throughout the season."

Schrock was the lone qualifier for the Trojans. The 2019 Traditional State Wrestling Tournament is this weekend, Thursday, Feb. 14 - Saturday, Feb. 16.



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