Four local wrestlers including Fairfield senior Brendon Lunsford are still competing at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines after the opening days? matches eliminated two Pekin Panthers.
Lunsford, who is ranked No.6 in Class 2A at 285 pounds, lost his first round match against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows junior Spencer Trenary who was ranked No.5 with a 47-4 record coming into the tournament. Trenary pinned Lunsford :28 into the second period to advance to the championship bracket quarterfinals. Lunsford then rebounded with a 6-4 decision over Van Meter/Earlham sophomore Derrin Sesker who is unranked and finished his season 31-10 after being eliminated from the tournament.
Lunsford will now face the loser of the championship quarterfinal matchup between unranked SH-BCLUW senior Ryne Fuller who is 34-14 after his opening match victory and Dubuque Wahlert senior 24-3 Blake Bradley who is ranked No. 7.
Panther senior Keaton Baayen entered his bracket as an underdog despite his 43-4 record coming into the tournament as he was paired with No. 10 ranked senior Bo Geise from Logan-Magnolia who was 45-10 entering their match. Baayen won a 7-6 decision over Geise to advance to the championship quarterfinals in the Class 1A 152 pound bracket.
His next opponent will be No. 4 ranked Kaleb Krall, a junior from Wapsie Valley who improved to 32-5 with a 7-5 decision over No. 6 ranked Austin Eilers from Lawton-Bronson who then defeated Geise in the losers bracket to remain alive.
The Class 1A 138 pound bracket features Pekin senior Drake Harbison who lost 4-3 to Emmetsburg junior Spencer Griffen before defeating East Union senior Matthew Wittstock 4-3.
Harbison is now 9-4 and will wrestle the loser of the championship quarterfinal match between Interstate-35 senior, No. 4 ranked with a 46-4 record, Zac Willey and No. 8 ranked Wilton junior Cory Anderson who is 42-7 after his opening victory.
Panther senior Kaden Baker fell :38 into his opening match against Mediapolis senior and No. 3 ranked Brennan Swafford who improved to 50-2 with the win. Baker kept his season alive with a victory in his second match versus West Hancock sophomore Tate Hagen with a 5-3 decision. Baker will now face the quarterfinal loser between Hudson sophomore Ethan Fulcher who improved to 36-6 with an upset of No. 8 ranked Cameron Rasing and undefeated and No. 1 ranked John Henrich from Akron-Westfield who improved to 41-0 with a pin just 1:07 into his opening match.
Pekin had juniors Zach Hammes and Mason Juhl eliminated from competition at 132 and 195 pounds, respectively, after going 0-2 in their matches.
Hammes was pinned by his first opponent, 36-11 sophomore Blake Abrahamson from Okoboji, :35 into the second period and then lost a major decision to Lisbon?s 42-15 junior Ryne Mohrfeld in his final match.
Juhl lost a 13-9 decision to West Monona-Whiting sophomore Darius Gashe who is unranked with a 27-5 record and then got pinned by No. 10 ranked Wilton senior Cameron Reddick who improved to 41-11 1:13 into their contest.