Local wrestlers chase state berths on Saturday
REGIONAL -- A combined 17 wrestlers from Harlan Community, AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton will be vying for state tournament berths Saturday when they compete in separate district tournaments held at Atlantic and Underwood. The district participants qualified by placing first or second in sectional meets last weekend.
HCHS will send five wrestlers to the mats at the Class 2-A District Tournament in Atlantic, while AHSTW (8 qualifiers) and Exira-EHK (4 qualifiers) will compete in the Class 1-A District Tournament at Underwood. Both meets will start at 12:00 p.m., with the top two place-winners in each four-man bracket advancing to next week’s State Wrestling Tournament (February 18-20) in Des Moines.
Three of the area’s district qualifiers are ranked in Class 1-A by The Predicament. Exira-EHK senior Austin Malloy is ranked eighth at 145 pounds while AHSTW seniors Dustin Engel (160) and Tim Barr (170) are ranked seventh and sixth, respectively.
Returning state qualifiers include Viking junior Joel Becerra (two times) and Spartan senior Lane Ring.
A complete list of the area district qualifiers is as follows.
Class 2-A District Wrestling Tournament at Atlantic
Harlan Community qualifiers -- 106: Ronan Noeth, fr. (26-22); 120: Brandon Trevino, jr. (32-16); 126: Austin Knudson, sr. (28-15); 132: Elias Shaeffer, sr. (31-20); 160: Jacob Wingert, jr. (31-10).
Class 1-A District Wrestling Tournament at Underwood
AHSTW qualifiers -- 120: Drake Partridge, fr. (20-8); 126: Joel Becerra, jr. (40-10); 132: Cain Francois, sr. (35-19); 138: Jay Heiny, sr. (12-3); 160: Dustin Engel, sr. (33-3); 170: Tim Barr, sr. (49-1); 195: Erik Jorgensen, jr. (44-9); 220: Caden Larson, fr. (10-9).
Exira-EHK qualifiers -- 138: Mason Rasmussen, so. (25-15); 145: Austin Malloy, sr. (28-5); 152: Cole Bruns, jr. (28-23); 195: Lane Ring, sr. (45-10).