Denver competes at sectionals, advances 10 to districts
By Sean Kiefer
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On February 8 at Nashua-Plainfield High School, one of the many state qualifying tests occurred, the sectional wrestling tournament. Denver sent wrestlers in all classes and saw almost everyone place in the top 2 in their weight class. The day started around noon with the first rounds and ended around 3:30 PM with the championships wrapping up.

In the 116 weight class, Rhett Bonnette fell early to Cael Judsich of Sumner Fredericksburg in the first round but bounced back and won his consolation match over Zach McPherson with an 8-3 decision to put him in 5th place.

For the 113 weight class, Joe Ebaugh received a bye first round and recorded a fall in his second match against Bo Gerbracht. In the championship, Joe would lose a hard-fought match to top-seeded wrestler Jakob Whitinger by a major decision of 13-3.

For the 120 weight class, Chase Lyons received a bye first round then recorded a fall over Kendrick Huck to advance to the championship where Trey Lashbrook defeated Lyons by a major decision of 14-0.

In the 126 weight class, Jacob Moore received a bye first round and quickly pinned his opponent, Kaden Petersen, to advance to the championship. In the championship, it was a tough one for both wrestlers, but Trey Nelson of Nashua-Plainfield recorded a fall late into the second period to put Moore in second place.

At 132, Isaac Schimmels was the first Cyclone to win his weight class with Schimmels recording a bye in the first round, a hasty fall over Zach Johnson in the second round, and a major decision of 9-0 over Kyler Hackman in the championship.

Gabe Lewis also did a very similar thing in the 138 weight class with a bye in the first round, a very hasty fall in the second round over Kaden Meyer, and a technical fall in the championship over McKade Munn.

In the 160 weight class, John Ebaugh recorded his 150th win in the second round with a fall over Treyce Ensign of Sumner-Fredericksburg. John would go on to win the championship by a major decision of 19-2 over Cael Brunner.

In the 170 weight class, Brennen Graber had an exciting second-round match against Marshall Oberbroeckling of Tripoli that went into extra periods, but had Graber coming out on top 8-7. Brennen would go on to win his weight class with a fall over Kolben Miller of North Butler-Clarksville.

In the 182 weight class Nathan Eggena wrestled for Denver and recorded a fall in his 2nd round over Jacob Haley, but was pinned in the championship against Evan Kalainoff. Eggena claimed second place with a fall over JC Ulrich.

Trevor Dorn wrestled at 195 for the Cyclones and recorded an early fall in the second round over David Crow of North Butler-Clarksville. Dorn fell in the championship to Treyten Steffen and claimed second by default.

For the last two weight classes, Luke Koepke wrestled 220 and Henry Wiebbecke wrestled 285 and both didn’t win a match, but put forth a good effort, attitude, and mindset.
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