Taylor, Garvin to Compete at War at West Gym


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A pair of area freshman state finalists are scheduled to compete at tge War at West Gym event hosted by IAwrestle on March 16 at West Gym in Cedar Falls.

Solon state champion Hayden Taylor and West High runner-up Hunter Garvin are part of the War at West Gym field that includes 26 of the top wrestlers in the state.

Taylor posted a 51-2 record as a freshman and capped an impressive debut season by winning the Class 2A 126-pound title.

The Solon freshman will face West Sioux junior and three-time state champion Adam Allard in one of the top matches on the 13-match schedule.

Allard completed his second consecutive unbeaten season by winning the 1A 120-pound title last month and boasts a career record of 149-1.

Garvin went 39-4 in his first season of varsity action, finishing runner-up at 120-pounds in Class 3A and will face Fort Dodge sophomore state champion Drake Ayala on Saturday.

A two-time finalist with a career 82-2 mark Ayala won his first state title in February claiming the 3A 113-pound title.

The event begins at 6 p.m.

War at West Gym Matches

Trever Anderson (Ankeny) vs. Marcel Lopez (New London)

Ali Gerbracht (AGWSR) vs. Tateum Park (Davenport North)

Damon Huston (Midland) vs. Jace Rhodes (Mason City)

Chloe Clemons (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) vs. Sydney Park (Davenport Central)

Hunter Garvin (West High) vs. Drake Ayala (Fort Dodge)

Adam Allard (West Sioux) vs. Hayden Taylor (Solon)

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) vs. Robert Avila Jr. (Lisbon)

Eli Loyd (Pleasant Valley) vs. Jack Thomsen (Union)

Riley Wright (Denver) vs. Eric Faught (Clear Lake)

Joey Busse (Humboldt) vs. Chase Luensman (Monticello)

Jacob Herrmann (Waverly-Shell Rock) vs. Carson Tenold (Don Bosco)

Brayden Wolf (Waverly-Shell Rock) vs. Zach Ryg (Central Springs)

Garet Sims (Iowa Valley) vs. Cody Fisher (Woodward-Granger)