WAAAY Too Early Look at Class 2A

Julien Broderson

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Welcome to the WAY too early 2018-19 class 2A Iowa High School preview. While we haven’t contacted coaches yet to see what weights they expect these guys to be at we thought that it would be fun to look back at who returns from last season and give a few thoughts as we get closer to the start of this season. THESE WEIGHTS AREN’T ACCURATE OF WHERE WRESTLERS WILL BE THIS SEASON.

There was also plenty of action again with teams moving classes in the preliminary classifications.

Moving out of 2A were Beckman Catholic, Clear Creek-Amana, Collins-Maxwell, Iowa City Liberty, Northeast Goose Lake, GR-NT, Reinbeck (North Tama), and South Central Calhoun.

Moving IN to 2A were Carlisle, Clarinda, Dike-New Hartford, Louisa-Muscatine, Okoboji Milford, Perry, and Ridge View.


Returning Placewinners:

1st – Matthew Lewis – Centerville

2nd – Jarod Kadel – Columbus Community

3rd – Benjamin Schmitz – Kuemper Catholic

4th – Kolten Crawford – Union, LaPorte City

5th – Keaton Zeimet – Central Dewitt

6th – Colby Lillegard – Bondurant-Farrar

7th – Jacob Mielke – Pocahontas Area

8th – Mason Hill – Cherokee, Washington

Returning State Qualifiers:

Averee Abben – Osage

Mike Betterton – Vinton Shellsburg

Johnathon Erp – Red Oak

Landon Fenton – PCM Monroe

Johnny Hua – MOC Floyd Valley

Sam Nelson – Clear Lake

Tyler Stein – Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

Cole Whitehead – Center Point-Urbana

Season Preview:

All 16 state qualifiers return so depending on who can make the weight again there will be plenty of fire power. Lewis was a good size 106 last year and I would expect him to go up and I know that Kadel has grown quite a bit in the offseason and believe that he will go up multiple weights. As is always the question heading into the season it will be a matter of what kids can make the weight again and having experience at this predominantly underclassmen dominated weight would be huge.

While we don’t put incoming freshman into our first set of rankings and make them earn their way in it will be impossible to ignore Carter Fousek of Cresco, Crestwood. He comes in with all the accolades and high expectations after he made the Fargo national finals this past summer. He should get tested right out of the gate as Cresco heads to the loaded Independence Invitational.


Returning Placewinners:

1st – Andrew Flora – ADM

2nd – Nathaniel Genobana – Centerville

4th – Kain Luensman – Monticello

5th – Ryan Clark – Mt Vernon

6th – Brock Beck – Grinnell

7th – Taylor Kolthoff – SH-BCLUW

8th – Jason Peta – Estherville Lincoln Central

Returning State Qualifiers:

Coledon Bethel – Southeast Valley

Kaden Bolton – Creston, Orient Macksburg

Nathan Curry – Sergeant Bluff-Lutton

Kyzer Engen – Decorah

Remington Hanson – Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

Grifen Molle – West Burlington Notre Dame

Joe Sullivan – Osage

Evan Woods – West Delaware

Season Preview:

I expect 113 to be one of the most fun weights to watch in class 2A this season as only 2017 state champion Grayson Kesterson graduated and we are sure to have a few of the studs from 106 last season move up. If defending state champion Andrew Flora can hold the weight for his senior season he will be the early favorite but will be challenged for sure. If either Lewis or Genobana is at this weight for Centerville they will be in that mix for a state finals run. Luensman had a fantastic freshman campaign posting 50 wins and finishing 4th and will look to improve on that finish.

While they aren’t on the state qualifier list there are some really good wrestlers to keep an eye on that were ranked much of last year but fell in loaded sectionals and districts. Remember names like Payton Drake of PCM, Colby Wiederholt of Van Meter, Jake Nieman of OA-BCIG, and Trestin Sales of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.


Returning Placewinners:

1st – Aden Reeves – Albia

2nd – Jack Gaukel – Sergeant Bluff-Lutton

3rd – Jack Thomsen – Union, LaPorte City

4th – Zeb Gnida – Solon

5th – Drake Doolittle – Webster City

5th (3A) – Carter Logue – Carlisle

6th – Caleb Fuessley – Center Point-Urbana

7th – Kaden Anderlik – Cresco, Crestwood

Returning State Qualifiers:

Carson Babcock – New Hampton

Talen Dengler – West Liberty

Bryce Hatten – Winterset

Walker Ikerd – Washington

Joe Jacobs – Osage

Tyler Landgrebe – Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont

Keaton Wilson – Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

Season Preview:

Class 2A 120 pounds is Aden Reeves world and I do not expect that to change as he closes out his brilliant high school career. Gaukel took some losses during his freshman campaign (all too really good wrestlers) but made a big run to the state finals in February to prove why he came into high school highly touted. Jack Thomsen made a jump last season and had a great Sophomore campaign and will look to make his first trip to the finals this season as well. I’m really interested to see Logue in 2A with Carlisle coming down a class this season.

I think that we could possibly see last year’s 106 finalist Kadel somewhere around this weight as well and he will have a big say at state if he is here. Also keep an eye on dynamite freshman Hayden Taylor of Solon as they will look to fit him in at probably 120 or 126 along with Zeb Gnida.


Returning Placewinners:

2nd – Eric Faught – Clear Lake

2nd (3A) – Kaleb Olejniczak – Perry

3rd – Kayden Kauzlarich – Centerville

5th – Jalen Schropp – Williamsburg

7th – John Crowley – Tipton

Returning State Qualifiers:

Isaac Bryan – Sergeant Bluff-Lutton

Mason Cleveland – New Hampton

Davan Goering – Davis County

Kolby Hulett – Creston, Orient Macksburg

Mitchell Joines – Bishop Heelan Catholic

Hunter Abrahamson – Okoboji Milford

Season Preview:

Eric Faught has been really close all through high school but is still trying to win that elusive state title. He will likely come into his senior season as the favorite to do just that. However, with Perry looking to move down to class 2A per the early allocations that road could get much tougher. Kaleb Olejniczak made the 3A state finals last year and if he is at this weight it will make things really interesting. Kauzlarich is another one of Centerville’s young guns and will give these guys a fight as well. Schropp has always been really tough and will look to make a big jump up the podium this season.

Don’t sleep on Mason Cleveland of New Hampton as a threat to climb the podium either. From possibly the toughest district in all of class 2A as a Sophomore to a tough draw in Des Moines last year he is due to break through as a senior.


Returning Placewinners:

4th – Chase Luensman – Monticello

5th – Jack West – Winterset

7th – Chase McLaren – Atlantic

Returning State Qualifiers:

Max Babcock – New Hampton

Will Esmoil – West Liberty

Grant Hoeger – Dyersville Beckman

Luke Radeke – Vinton Shellsburg

Gunner Rodgers Jr – North Fayette Valley

Brody Roll – Osage

Blake Abrahamson – Okoboji Milford

Season Preview:

While a lot of place winners graduated from this weight there are still some studs returning. If you have followed wrestling in Iowa over the years you are familiar with names like Chase Luensman, Jack West, Chase McLaren, and Will Esmoil. I expect Esmoil, who placed 3rd in 2017 and spent much of last season ranked #1, to move up a weight or two this season. However, I think that there is a chance that we see those other guys back in the mix at 132. If Olejniczak were to move up this could be an even more fun weight to watch.


Returning Placewinners:

4th – Colby Tool – PCM Monroe

5th – Easton Graff – Sergeant Bluff-Lutton

6th – Matthew Doyle – Independence

7th – Brennan Todd – Bishop Heelan Catholic

8th – Cam Rice – Columbus Community

Returning State Qualifiers:

Reed Abbas – Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

Adam Ahrendsen – Union, LaPorte City

Andy Brokaw – Solon

Adam Hansen – Center Point-Urbana

Koby Hassebrock – Roland-Story

Kruise Kiburz – Winterset

Coy Ruess – West Liberty

Season Preview:

Colby Tool and Reed Abbas came into their freshman campaign last season with a lot of hype. Both took some losses during the year but had strong state tournaments led by Tool placing 4th in a really good bracket and I expect both to improve this season. Nobody came into Des Moines last year on more of a tear than Easton Graff. While he didn’t get what he wanted at state he is more than capable of knocking off anyone that he will see.

There is some really good depth back at this weight and guys like Doyle, Todd, Rice, Ruess, Hansen, and Kiburz all were in the rankings mix last season and could finish very high on the stand. I would expect at least a couple of those guys to move up in weight this season though.


Returning Placewinners:

6th – Joey Busse – Humboldt


Returning State Qualifiers:

Scott Betterton – Vinton Shellsburg

Eric Campie – Camanche

Spencer Mooberry – Osage

Oscar Olmos – Harlan

Isaiah Spencer – Spencer

Season Preview:

145 was very senior heavy last season and looks like it will clear out this season. Joey Busse of Humboldt is the lone returning place winner after finishing 6th last season. There are 6 other returning state qualifiers but a lot of unknowns at this weight heading into this season. I would expect to see some of the guys from 132/138 to jump up here this year and add some more depth.


Returning Placewinners:

2nd – Kyler Rieck – Spirit Lake Park

4th – Skyler Noftsger – Ballard

5th – Mitchel Mangold – West Delaware

6th – Zack Bevans – Solon

7th – Dylan Koresh – Charles City

8th – Justin McCunn – Red Oak

Returning State Qualifiers:

Roberto Cardenas – Sioux Center

Baylor Crigger – Camanche

Nolan Harsh – ADM

Caleb LaLonde – West Burlington Notre Dame

Jared Shaw – Garner-Hayfield-Ventura

Caleb Swalla – Van Meter/Earlham

Season Preview:

There is no shortage of returning studs from last year’s 152 pound bracket. Rieck and Noftsger will return this year as early favorites but there are a lot of guys who could make some noise. Mangold is a veteran now who has had some really nice wins and could help put a young West Delaware team squarely in the team race with a nice performance. Bevans, Koresh, and McCunn all made big jumps last year and I expect them to continue to trend upwards.

Crigger has been a guy who has been really solid his whole career but has yet to put it all together come February. Keep an eye on Caleb Swalla who is a tough matchup for anyone and was really close to knocking off Rieck early at the state tournament last season.


Returning Placewinners:

4th – Wes Cummings – PCM Monroe

4th (1A) Cameron Rasing – NHTV, New Hampton

5th – Zach Williams – Osage

7th – Colter Bye – Cresco, Crestwood

Returning State Qualifiers:

Austin Beaver – West Liberty

Kole Kreinbring – Davenport Assumption

Luke Martin – Bishop Heelan Catholic

Connor Pellett – Atlantic

Season Preview:

Wes Cummings will be the early favorite and the first half of PCM Monroe’s 1-2 punch with Roland that could make them the team favorites in 2A. The rest of the returning place winners should see each other during the year as they are all in a small area in northeast Iowa. Zach Williams had another great season for Osage and Colter Bye burst onto the state scene and reached the podium last year. Cameron Rasing, who is from New Hampton and started his career there, is back with the Chickasaws after placing 4th in class 1A for Rockford last season.


Returning Placewinners:

1st – Lucas Roland – PCM Monroe

4th – Paul Ryan – Mt Vernon

5th – Lincoln Coakley – Estherville Lincoln Central

7th – Jack Neuhaus – West Delaware

8th – Jack Sindlinger – Charles City

Returning State Qualifiers:

Carson Devine – Algona

Carter Maynes – Red Oak

Coby Meyer – Knoxville

Tucker Moore – West Burlington Notre Dame

Tristin Westphal-Edwards – Washington

Season Preview:

Unfortunately Lincoln Coakley will not be able to wrestle this season after a terrible off season crash. Some things are bigger than wrestling though and we are just happy that he is now awake and working on his mobility and wish him all the best!

Lucas Roland stole a lot of the headlines at the state tournament last season with the story of his relationship with his mother and her battle with cancer. Now the Campbell University commit is back to show that he is the real deal and try to capture another state title. Paul Ryan jumped up a weight for the postseason last year after wrestling 160 most of the season and it worked out as he claimed 4th place. I would expect that Ryan has grown a little and could be at this weight again this year. Neuhaus and Sindlinger both took quite a few losses last year while wrestling tough schedules but saved their best for the postseason and made the podium. Now they get to wrestle with a target on them and I expect both to continue to improve.

Westphal-Edwards is a former place winner who ran into a crazy draw at state last year but will look to get back on the podium come February. While he’s not on the above list, remember the name Connor Dehn who has moved with his family from Minnesota into Dubuque Wahlert and has plenty of ability to make the stand this year.


Returning Placewinners:

1st – Julien Broderson – Davenport Assumption

2nd – Kyler Fisher – Southeast Valley

3rd – Thomas Bentley – Red Oak

8th – Evan Rosonke – New Hampton

Returning State Qualifiers:

Lane Albertsen – Union, LaPorte City

Mike Hoyle – Solon

Luke Jenness – Sheldon

Jarron Trausch – PCM Monroe

Season Preview:

There is a LOT of firepower returning from last year’s 182 weight class! Broderson is already a 2 time state champion with plenty of accolades and recently committed to wrestle at Iowa State. Kyler Fisher and Thomas Bentley seem to fly a little more under the radar but both are definite finalist contenders and will provide a challenge for Broderson. Rosonke burst onto the scene last year in his first real year of varsity action and made huge improvements and found his way onto the stand and will continue to trend up.

The other 4 qualifiers are also really good wrestlers who will be solidly in the mix for placing this year. Jenness placed in 2017 and had a really solid season again in 2018. Trausch will be a big piece for PCM and their team title hopes.


Returning Placewinners:

2nd – Cody Fisher – Woodward Granger

5th – Kade Hambly – Clear Lake

6th – Dalton Chipp – Hampton Dumont

Returning State Qualifiers:

Seth Adrian – Davenport Assumption

Caleb Olson – Webster City

Season Preview:

Cody Fisher is already a 2 time state finalist and Fargo All American heading into his junior season. The Iowa State Cyclone commit has lost both finals to Bryce Esmoil who is now gone and he looks like a big time favorite at this weight right now! Hambly and Chipp both took double digit losses last year but really stepped up when it mattered in the postseason. Now they will be the guys that everyone is gunning for heading into their senior seasons. I would expect that some of the guys that were at 182 last season will make the move up to 195 this year.


Returning Placewinners:

4th – Dakota Powell – Spirit Lake Park

8th – Lake Stahlberg – Monticello

Returning State Qualifiers:

Colton Kinnison – Red Oak

Kobe Simon – West Liberty

Kaden Sutton – ADM

Season Preview:

Dakota Powell has been well known his whole career and has continued to make improvements each year with his highest placing coming in February when he finished 4th. He now looks to be the man at this weight and will try to bring home that elusive state title. Things get a little muddy after that as Simon beat Stahlberg, Sutton beat Simon, but Stahlberg placed 8th last year. I will be an interesting weight to keep an eye on and expect to see plenty of new faces here.


Returning Placewinners:

2nd – Spencer Trenary – Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

6th – Kobe Clayborne – Bishop Heelan Catholic

Returning State Qualifiers:

McKade Eisentrager – Iowa Falls

Carson Petlon – West Delaware

Derrin Sesker – Van Meter/Earlham

Gabe Hayes – Louisa-Muscatine

Season Preview:

Trenary is a 3 time state place winner who has improved every year going 7th, 3rd, 2nd but is still looking for that state title. He has been in some REALLY good 2A heavyweight brackets but looks to be the clear #1 wrestler heading into his senior season. It would be a really big surprise to not see him on top of this weight in Des Moines. Clayborne had a really good sophomore season and climbed into the rankings and proved he belonged by placing 6th at the state tournament.

Along with the other 3 qualifiers listed guys like Drake Fox of West Burlington, Justin Jones of Humboldt, and Bradley Tolley of Winterset all made appearances in the rankings last season.


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