Comet wrestlers out to bust state brackets
By John Burbridge email@example.com
For Charles City’s three resident state qualifiers — 170-pound senior Dylan Koresh, 152-pound junior Carter Proffitt and 126-pound sophomore Alec Staudt — to still be grappling on Saturday night to cap the 2019 State Wrestling Tournament, they will have to bust up their respective brackets.
First rounds and the first-round consolations for Class 2A — the division the Comets are wrestling in — will be the third evening session for the traditional tournament’s opening day from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Class 2A quarterfinals and second-round consolations will run from 2:30 to 5:45 p.m. Friday; Class 2A semifinals and third-round consolations will run from 8:45 to 10 p.m. on Friday; consolation semifinals and finals for all classes will run from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday; the Grand March and finals for all classes will start 6 p.m. Saturday.
Koresh, a podium placer at last year’s state meet, will be making his third state appearance and will face a state meet “rookie” in the first round — West Delaware freshman Wyatt Voelker.
Based on the two wrestlers’ records — both 32-9 — and rankings — Koresh is ranked No. 7 by The Predicament and No. 9 by IAwrestle while Voelker is ranked No. 8 by The Predicament and No. 6 by IAwrestle — the match should be closely contested.
The top seed in the Class 2A 170-pound bracket is Mount Vernon senior Paul Ryan, who is undefeated in 39 matches after placing fourth in the same bracket at last year’s state meet.
Proffitt (30-10) will face four-time state qualifier and two-time state medalist Kyler Rieck of Spirit Lake in the first round. Rieck is the No. 3-ranked Class 2A 152-pounder according to both IAwrestle and The Predicament — Proffitt is ranked No. 8 by IAwrestle and No. 10 by The Predicament.
The top seed in the Class 2A 152-pound bracket is Union senior Adam Ahrendsen.
Staudt (22-16) will face Carlisle senior Carter Logue (37-8) in the first round. Logue placed fifth in the Class 2A 120-pound class at last year’s state meet, and is ranked No. 6 by The Predicament and No. 8 by IAwrestle.
ADM High School senior Andrew Flora, undefeated in 35 bouts and the Class 2A 113-pound state champion from last year, is the Class 2A 126-pound No. 1 seed.