Four area wrestlers open state meet Thursday

 DES MOINES -- Three Harlan Community qualifiers and one from AHSTW have all been seeded between 10th and 14th and will face tough first-round draws at the 2021 State Wrestling Tournament this week at Wells Fargo Arena.
 First round and first round consolation matches will kick off the state meet on Thursday. AHSTW’s Garrison Gettler will compete between 9:00 a.m. and noon in Class 1A while HCHS state qualifiers Luke Freund, Luke Musich and Jesse Schwery will take the mats between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. in 2A. The event will continue Friday and Saturday, ending with the championship finals on Saturday night.
 All 16 state qualifiers in each bracket have been seeded this year using a formula computed by TrackWrestling.
 Gettler, a junior 160-pounder, is seeded 12th with a 34-6 record. He will face Western Iowa Conference rival Gavin Maguire of Logan-Magnolia (46-2, fifth seed) in the first round.
 Schwery (33-8), a returning state qualifier, is the highest area seed at 10th (Class 2A, 195). In an unusual twist, he will open the state meet against the same wrestler (Josh Riibe of Central Lyon) that defeated him in Saturday’s championship round of district competition. Riibe, seeded seventh, is 24-5.
 Freund (34-7, 12th seed at 113) and Musich (29-9, 14th seed at 126) will both face wrestlers from Bondurant-Farrar in the first round. Fifth-seeded Dalton Rowe (26-2) will take on Freund while third-seeded Chase Fiser (37-2) competes against Musich.
 Below is a state meet schedule for the 2A and 1A levels and a list of each area qualifier, their first-round opponent and potential second-round opponents. The tournament seed for each wrestler is listed after their individual record.

2021 State Wrestling Tourney Schedule • Feb. 18-20 • Wells Fargo Arena • Des Moines
Class 2A Schedule for HCHS qualifiers
Thursday, Feb. 18: 6:00-9:00 p.m. - 1st Round and 1st Round Consolations
Friday, Feb. 19: 2:30-5:45 p.m. - Quarterfinals and 2nd Round Consolations
Friday, Feb. 19: 8:45-10:00 p.m. - Semifinals and 3rd Round Consolations
Class 1A Schedule for AHSTW qualifier
Thursday, Feb. 18: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - 1st Round and 1st Round Consolations
Friday, Feb. 19: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Quarterfinals and 2nd Round Consolations
Friday, Feb. 19: 2:30-5:45 p.m. - Semifinals and 3rd Round Consolations
All Classes
Saturday, Feb. 20: 10:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. - Consolation Semifinals & Finals (3rd-8th)
Saturday, Feb. 20: 6:00 p.m. - Grand March and Championship Finals
The State Dual Tournament for all three classes will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17.
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HCHS First Round Matches (Class 2A)
113: Luke Freund, HCHS, jr. (34-7, #12) vs. Dalton Rowe, Bond.-Farrar, so. (26-2, #5)
Next match vs. Carson Less, W. Delaware, so. (31-5, #4) or Brodie Conner, Albia, so. (32-7, #13)
126: Luke Musich, HCHS, jr. (29-9, #14) vs. Chase Fiser, Bond.-Farrar, jr. (37-2, #3)
Next match vs. Jase Goodell, Humboldt, so. (31-2, #6) or Carter Straw, Independence, so. (31-10, #11)
195: Jesse Schwery, HCHS, sr. (33-8, #10) vs. Josh Riibe, CL/G-LR, sr. (24-5, #7)
Next match vs. Jackson Kinsella, Creston, sr. (47-1, #2) or Marcus Beatty, Independence, jr. (33-9, #15)
AHSTW First Round Match (Class 1A)
160: Garrison Gettler, AHSTW, jr. (34-6, #12) vs. Gavin Maguire, Lo-Ma, jr. (46-2, #5)
Next match vs. Cael Frost, Don Bosco, sr. (30-5, #4) or Kaden Shirk, Wilton, so. (39-15, #13)

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