#1 Mediapolis lives up their ranking after the first round of competition for 2A in Des Moines. All eight of Mediapolis state qualifiers remain alive, with six of them in the quarterfinals. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the entire tournament was when undefeated Mediapolis senior #2 Cole Erikson (160) lost his match in the third period by fall, after taking a 16-3 lead over #4 Andrew Turner. #3 Shea Swafford (126) won over #7 Parker Witthuhn and #7 Luke Erickson (170) defeated #9 Vic Malloy in the other two ranked head-to-head battles for Mediapolis. Cole Erickson got back on track with a first period fall in the consolation bracket. Mediapolis will carry it’s two point lead into tomorrow’s action.

1. #1 Mediapolis (8 wrestlers remaining) 21
2. Creston/Orient-Macksburg (7) 19
3. #7 Crestwood (6) 16.5
4. #3 Assumption, Davenport (5) 16
5. #2 Union (5) 15

Creston/Orient-Macksburg is a surprise second place, as they placed six wrestlers in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Leading the charge for Creston was #1 Chase Shiltz (160) who won by major, and Kadon Hulett (220) and Jake Gutschenritter (285) who both won their first round bouts by fall.Creston also has an additional wrestler Wyatt Thompson (132) alive on the backside.

Crestwood is also having a strong start to their tournament currently sitting in third with 16.5 points. Crestwood went 6-1 on the day, with Trae Pecinovsky (138) being the only loss, but he earned a fall on the backside to keep his chance at a medal alive. Tomorrow’s match at 106 between #2 Michael Millage and #1 Gable Sieperda (Central Lyon) will have big implications for both Millage’s chances at a individual title, as well as Crestwood’s chances remaining in the hunt for a top team finish.

#3 Davenport Assumption had a bit of a rocky first round losing state qualifiers Sean Casey (106) and Joe Argo (160), but they did place four in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Assumption was led by three falls in the opening round from #5 Jacob Fenske (120), #6 Noah Broderson (220), and #4 Gabriel Rangel (285), which accounted for 12 of the team’s 16 points. #10 Travis Pulse (113) remains alive in the consolation bracket for Assumption as well.

Rounding out the top five is #2 Union with 15 points, who put four into the quarterfinals and still have five wrestlers alive. Union brings a ton of bonus point potential to the table in #1 Max Thomsen (145) and #1 Jacob Holschlag (170) with each recorded second period falls for the Knights in first round action. Thomsen is a three time state champion, and is looking to become the all time wins leader for the state of Iowa with a win on Saturday night.

IA Wrestle #1 ranked wrestler quarterfinals:
106- #1 Gable Sieperda (Central Lyon GLR) vs. #2 Michael Millage (Crestwood)
113- #1 Tristan Birt (Dubuque Wahlert) vs. #6 Devin Phaley (Sergeant Bluff-Lutton)
120- #1 Brock Rathbun (CPU) vs. #6 Brennon Ryan (Oelwein)
126- #1 Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake) vs. Nick Rounds (Missouri Valley)
132- #1 Dusten Reed (Bedford/Lenox) vs. #6 Stuart Schafer (Davenport Assumption)
138- #1 Brady Jennings (Osage) vs. #6 Preston Dunn (Sergeant Bluff-Lutton)
145- #1 Max Thomsen (Union) vs. #8 Blake Lawless (Albia)
152- #1 Chase Straw (Independence) vs. #9 Hunter Morrow (Cherokee)
160- #1 Chase Shiltz (Creston) vs. #6 Trevor McLaughlin (Union)
170- #1 Jacob Holschlag (Union) vs. Damon Piatt (Carlisle)
182- #1 Joe Teague (Algona) vs. #6 Trenton Wells (Central Decatur)
195- #1 Steven Holloway (Mediapolis) vs. Tyler Case (Pocahontas Area)
220- #1 Carter Isley (Albia) vs. #6 Noah Broderson (Davenport Assumption)
285- #1 Logan Linderbaum (Solon) vs. Jake Gutschenritter (Creston)

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle