2018 3A State Preview and Predictions

Class 3A Analysis and Predictions

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Top Half:
#7 Grant Harbour (Norwalk) has had a great freshman season but gets the unenviable task of facing defending state champ and #1 Cullan Schriever (Mason City) in the first round. Right below them are #3 Aiden Evans (Bettendorf) and #9 Bailey Roybal (Cedar Falls) making this a loaded quarter and unfortunately one of these guys will be going home 0-2. #6 Ethan Wood-Finley (Iowa City High) is the lone ranked wrestler in the next quarter and looks to have a good path to the semifinals.
Bottom Half:
The upper section of the bottom of the bracket is loaded here too with #4 Lucas Uliano (Waukee) facing #10 Austin Kegley (Cedar Rapids Prairie) and #8 Ivan Thomas (Cedar Rapids Xavier) taking on talented freshman Bryce Parke (Linn-Mar) who was ranked much of the season. #2 Drake Ayala (Ft Dodge) sits on the bottom of the bracket and should see #5 Devin Harmison (Southeast Polk) in the quarterfinals.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Drake Ayala (Ft Dodge)
Lars: Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Drake Ayala (Ft Dodge)
Eric: Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Drake Ayala (Ft Dodge)

113
Top Half:
#4 Carson Taylor (Ft Dodge) and #2 Nick Oldham (Valley, WDM) should meet in a fun quarterfinal match up. #5 Nate Kahoe (Des Moines Lincoln) and #9 Nick Miller (Waukee) are the clear favorites out of the other quarter on the top side.
Bottom Half:
The bottom half of this bracket seems to be pretty well split up as well. #3 Dillon Gottschalk (Dubuque Hempstead) could meet #6 Caleb Helgeson (Johnston) in the quarters. The only ranked matchup of the first round will pit #7 Jakey Penrith (Cedar Falls) against #10 Noah Blubaugh (Ankeny Centennial) with the winner likely facing #1 Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) in the quarterfinals.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Nick Oldham (Valley, WDM)
Lars: Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Nick Oldham (Valley, WDM)
Eric: Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Nick Oldham (Valley, WDM)

120
Top Half:
This bracket is not as well divided and there will be some great first round matchups. #7 Keegan Schulschik (Cedar Rapids Xavier) is the only ranked wrestler in the top quarter. The next section will be wild with #2 Kobey Pritchard (Southeast Polk) facing #3 Conrad Braswell (Cedar Rapids Prairie) in round one. The winner of that battle will then likely face #1 Kyle Biscoglia (Waukee) just to reach the semifinals.
Bottom Half:
There are zero ranked wrestlers in the upper quarter on the bottom side here and it looks to be wide open for someone to reach the semis. The bottom quarter will see #5 Dylan Albrecht (Waverly-Shell Rock) face off against #6 Ben Monroe (Ankeny Centennial) in round one. We also get another intriguing first round bout between #4 Zachary Thompson (Perry) and Jeremy Ayala (Ft Dodge) who isn’t ranked after not wrestling much of the year but is no doubt a very talented wrestler capable of making a run.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Kyle Biscoglia (Waukee) over Zachary Thompson (Perry)
Lars: Kyle Biscoglia (Waukee) over Zachary Thompson (Perry)
Eric: Kyle Biscoglia (Waukee) over Ben Monroe (Ankeny Centennial)

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Top Half:
The top half of the bracket at 126 is loaded with highly ranked wrestlers. #2 Brock Espalin (Des Moines East) will have a tough first round matchup against #8 Cody Anderson (Waukee) with the winner likely facing #3 Joe Pins (Dubuque Hempstead) in the quarterfinals. Also meeting in the quarters could be #7 Colby Schriever (Mason City) against 3 time state champion and #1 ranked Brody Teske (Ft Dodge).
Bottom Half:
#5 Kaleb Olejniczak (Perry) will get a great first round test from #10 Cam Baarda (Southeast Polk) with the winner the favorite to reach the semifinals. The bottom quarter here will likely pit #4 Caleb McCabe (North Scott) against #6 Evan Yant (Waverly-Shell Rock) in a great battle.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Brody Teske (Ft Dodge) over Kaleb Olejniczak (Perry)
Lars: Brody Teske (Ft Dodge) over Caleb McCabe (North Scott)
Eric: Brody Teske (Ft Dodge) over Caleb McCabe (North Scott)

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Top Half:
#4 Caleb Corbin (West Des Moines Valley) will face #5 Graham Gambrall (Iowa City West) in a fun first round matchup that could have a big impact on the team race with both teams trying to fight for a trophy. The winner is the favorite to reach the semifinals. #3 Eli Loyd (Pleasant Valley) will see #9 Dylan Falck (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) in the opening round with the winner likely facing #6 Matthew Jordan (Des Moines East) in the quarterfinals.
Bottom Half:
#8 Lance Bormann (Iowa City High) has the task of taking on #1 Zach Price (Johnston) in an opening round bout with the winner being a likely semifinalist. The bottom quarterfinal will likely see #2 Drew Bennett (Ft Dodge) taking on #7 Will Foreman (Cedar Rapids Washington). We could have a chance of seeing #1 Price and #2 Bennett in a much anticipated semifinal bout here after they have traded wins already this season.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Drew Bennett (Ft Dodge) over Matthew Jordan (DM East)
Lars: Drew Bennett (Ft Dodge) over Eli Loyd (Pleasant Valley)
Eric: Zach Price (Johnston) over Eli Loyd (Pleasant Valley)

138
Top Half:
Trenten Wennermark (Cedar Rapids Prairie) grabbed the #1 ranking late in the season and appears to be the clear favorite to reach the semis. The only other ranked wrestler on the top half of the bracket is #4 Deville Dentis (Des Moines East) but he could get a good test from a tough Zach Oldham (West Des Moines Valley) in the quarterfinals.
Bottom Half:
We will get a good opening round matchup with #5 Will Jefferson (Bettendorf) taking on #9 Nathan Marchand (Southeast Polk) with the winner likely facing #2 Zach Stewart (Perry) in the quarterfinals. In the other quarter we could see #10 Drevon Ross (Ft Dodge) against a tough Joey Harney (Iowa City High).

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Deville Dentis (Des Moines East) over Zach Stewart (Perry)
Lars: Deville Dentis (Des Moines East) over Zach Stewart (Perry)
Eric: Trenten Wennermark (Cedar Rapids Prairie) over Zach Stewart (Perry)

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Top Half:
#2 Trevor Anderson (Glenwood) could get a good test from #7 Gabe Kjeldgaard (Lewis Central) in the quarterfinal round. In the next portion we will have #1 Cade Devos (Southeast Polk) against #6 Elliott Pohlmeyer (Johnston) in round one with the winner likely facing #9 Dalton Woodyard (Waverly-Shell Rock).
Bottom Half:
We will get another fun first round match with #5 Brock Parker (Waukee) squaring off against #8 Collin Lewis (North Scott). The winner of that match should square off against #3 Damond Lockner (Ft Dodge) in the quarter finals. The last quarterfinal will likely see #4 Mason Hulse (Boone) taking on #10 Mason Morris (Bettendorf).

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Damond Lockner (Ft Dodge) over Cade DeVos (Southeast Polk)
Lars: Cade Devos (Southeast Polk) over Damond Lockner (Ft Dodge)
Eric:  Cade Devos (Southeast Polk) over Damond Lockner (Ft Dodge)

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Top Half:
#6 Jacob Herrmann (Waverly-Shell Rock) is the lone ranked wrester in the top quarter of the bracket here. The always dangerous and #3 Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) will square off against #8 Luke Fistler (Dallas Center-Grimes) first round with the winner likely facing state champion and #1 ranked Grant Stotts (Valley, WDM) in the quarterfinals.
Bottom Half:
#7 Ryker Kurimski (Epworth, Western Dubuque) could face off against #9 Lanny Herzog (Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln) in the first quarterfinal on the bottom half. The bottom quarter is loaded with talent with #4 Lance Runyon (Southeast Polk) squaring off against #5 Kyle Hefley (Iowa City High) round one for a chance to wrestle #2 Cayd Lara (Ft Dodge) in the quarterfinals.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Grant Stotts (Valley, WDM) over Cayd Lara (Ft Dodge)
Lars: Cayd Lara (Ft Dodge) over Grant Stotts (Valley, WDM)
Eric: Grant Stotts (Valley, WDM) over Cayd Lara (Ft Dodge)

160
Top Half:
#7 Levi Egli (Ft Dodge) is the lone ranked wrestler in the top quarter of the bracket and him reaching the semifinals would be big points for the Dodgers. The next quarter is among the best in the state tournament. We will see #2 Zane Mulder (Dallas Center-Grimes) against #3 Jake Matthaidess (North Scott) in round one with the winner getting the task of facing two time state champ and #1 ranked Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) in the quarterfinals.
Bottom Half:
#5 Alex Ward (Dubuque Hempstead) could square off against #8 Bryson Hervol (Waverly-Shell Rock) in the quarterfinals here. The bottom portion will have #4 Wilfred Kadohou (Iowa City High) facing #9 Parker Klocke (Carroll) and #6 Logan Neils (Ankeny Centennial) against a tough Tanner Doyle (Cedar Falls), who took out Matthaidess at districts, in the opening round.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) over Alex Ward (Dubuque Hempstead)
Lars: Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) over Alex Ward (Dubuque Hempstead)
Eric: Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) over Alex Ward (Dubuque Hempstead)

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Top Half:
#5 Collin Hushagen (Johnston) could face #7 Levon Bellemy (Davenport Central) in the first quarter of the bracket. We will get a nice first round bout with #4 Thaddeus Breitsprecker (Southeast Polk) taking on #8 Mike Jasa (Cedar Rapids Prairie) with the winner likely facing #3 Anthony Zach (Waukee) in the quarterfinals.
Bottom Half:
#2 Jacob Wempen is the lone ranked wrestler in the first quarter of the bottom half of the bracket and is the clear favorite to reach the semifinals. The bottom of the bracket is loaded with 4 ranked wrestlers and unfortunately one of them will be going home 0-2. #1 Ben Sarasin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) faces #10 Nic Leo (Ankeny Centennial) in round one and #6 Clement Oyadare (Sioux City North) will take on #9 Jack Livingston (Norwalk).

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Ben Sarasin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) over Anthony Zach (Waukee)
Lars: Ben Sarasin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) over Anthony Zach (Waukee)
Eric: Ben Sarasin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) over Anthony Zach (Waukee)

182
Top Half:
#3 Brandon Tessau (Waukee) will face #8 Collin Hondred (Ankeny Centennial) in the first round with the winner the prohibitive favorite to reach the semifinals. #6 Will Hoeft (Iowa City West) is the lone ranked wrestler in the next quarter but will get a good test in round one from senior Derek Horak (Cedar Rapids Prairie).
Bottom Half:
We could get the match that most people want to see at this weight in the quarterfinals here with #1 Joel Shapiro (Valley, WDM) against #2 Anthony Sherry (Glenwood). There are 3 ranked wrestlers battling in the bottom quarter with #4 Joey Mitchell (Ottumwa) facing #10 Braxton Bolden (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) in round one and the winner likely facing #7 Devin Ludwig (Epworth Western Dubuque) in the quarterfinals.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Joel Shapiro (Valley, WDM) over Brandon Tessau (Waukee)
Lars: Joel Shapiro (Valley, WDM) over Brandon Tessau (Waukee)
Eric: Joel Shapiro (Valley, WDM) over Brandon Tessau (Waukee)

195
Top Half:
#2 Jacob Dykes (Iowa City High) will face #10 Jaise Gulling (Newton) in the opening round with the winner being the favorite to reach the semifinals. We get another brutal quarter next with 4 ranked wrestlers squaring off. #3 Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) will face #7 Brock Bortolotti (Lewis Central) and #1 Tyrell Gordon (Waterloo East) will face #6 Ashton Stoner-DeGroot (Cedar Rapids Prairie) in the first round.
Bottom Half:
All of those ranked guys on the top side leave the bottom half up for the taking. #9 Reece Bowlin (Indianola) is the only ranked wrestler in the top portion here. In the bottom quarter we will have #5 Ethan Barry (Clinton) squaring off against #4 Brayden Wolf (Waverly-Shell Rock) in a great first round bout. The winner will likely see #8 Triston Licht (Ft Dodge) in the quarterfinals.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Tyrell Gordon (Waterloo East) over Ethan Barry (Clinton)
Lars: Tyrell Gordon (Waterloo East) over Brayden Wolf (Waverly-Shell Rock)
Eric: Tyrell Gordon (Waterloo East) over Ethan Barry (Clinton)

220
Top Half:
#6 Zach Petersen (North Scott) could meet up with #9 Cam Jones (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) in the first quarterfinal at 220. #4 Isaac Bales (Glenwood) and #7 Beau Lombardi (West Des Moines Valley) will square off in a great first round matchup with the winner likely having #2 Greg Hagan (Dowling Catholic) waiting in the other quarter.
Bottom Half:
#1 Francis Duggan (Iowa City West) could see #8 Jaden Heiden (Denison-Schleswig) in the quarterfinal round. #3 Drake Leek (Norwalk) will get a good test in his opening bout from #10 Gage Linahon (Newton) with the winner being the favorite to reach the semifinals.

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Francis Duggan (Iowa City West) over Greg Hagan (Dowling Catholic)
Lars: Francis Duggan (Iowa City West) over Greg Hagan (Dowling Catholic)
Eric: Francis Duggan (Iowa City West) over Greg Hagan (Dowling Catholic)

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Top Half:
#1 Caleb Sanders (Glenwood) will most likely face #9 Jacob Murry (Iowa City High) in the first quarterfinal of this bracket. We will get a good first round match in the next portion with the big freshman #6 Griffin Liddle (Bettendorf) taking on #10 Josh Vis (Cedar Rapids Kennedy). The winner of that bout should see #7 Carter Lawrence (West Des Moines Valley) in the quarterfinals.
Bottom Half:
This is a very deep weight and don’t sleep on the first round match between Jorge Sandoval (Storm Lake) and Guy Snow (Iowa City West) who could both do some damage at this weight. The winner of that bout will see the winner of the match between #3 Nathan McDonald (Waukee) and #8 Cole Ernst (North Scott). The bottom quarterfinal will likely pit #4 Dylan Olson (Dubuque Hempstead) against #2 Jake Ryan (Johnston).

Finals Predictions:
Kirk: Caleb Sanders (Glenwood) over Jake Ryan (Johnston)
Lars: Caleb Sanders (Glenwood) over Jake Ryan (Johnston)
Eric: Caleb Sanders (Glenwood) over Jake Ryan (Johnston)

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