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106 – No. 4 Grant O’Dell (25-6) Soph., West High vs. Blake Gioimo (21-16) Fr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
113 – No. 6 Ethan Wood-Finley (24-2) Sr., City High vs. Cooper Hanson (22-15) Soph., Southeast Polk
120 – No. 6 Garrett Bormann (29-10) Sr., City High vs. No. 2 Austin Kegley (33-4) Sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
120 – Parker McBride (13-6) Soph., West High vs. No. 7 Peyton Westin (34-13) Soph., North Scott
126 – Sam Stevens (20-6) Sr., Clear Creek Amana vs. Jackson Barth (20-6) Sr., Cedar Falls
126 – Reese Hayden (20-11) Sr., City High vs. No. 5 Grant Harbour (28-4) Jr., Norwalk
132 – No. 1 Hunter Garvin (29-3) Soph., West High vs. Samuel Gisaya (13-9) Sr., Linn-Mar
132 – Kael Scranton (38-9) Soph., Clear Creek Amana vs. No. 2 Brock Espalin (28-1) Sr., Des Moines East
145 – No. 5 Graham Gambrall (32-5) Jr., West High vs. Peter Erickson (24-12) Jr., Johnston
152 – No. 10 Reece Caven (23-1) Sr., City High vs. No. 2 Cody Anderson (40-3) Sr., Waukee
160 – No. 2 Ben Kueter (20-0) Fr., City High vs. Cade Schmidt (18-6) Jr., Norwalk
170 – No. 4 Ashton Barker (26-5) Jr., West High vs. Deveyon Montgomery (14-5) Sr., Southeast Polk
182 – No. 2 Will Hoeft (19-1) Sr., West High vs. Caleb Watson (34-15) Sr., Indianola
195 – Anu Dokun (15-17) Sr., West High vs. No. 4 Miles Berg (46-4) Sr., Indianola
220 – Jason Lemus (29-7) Sr., City High vs. Ramiro Gomez-Buentell (21-11) Sr. Des Moines Lincoln
113 – Trever Anderson, Ankeny, Soph., (106)
120 – Drake Ayala, Fort Dodge, Jr., (113)
126 – Carson Taylor, Fort Dodge, Sr., (120)
138 – Caleb Rathjen, Ankeny, Jr., (126)
152 – Eli Loyd, Pleasant Valley, Sr., (138)
195 – Gabe Christenson, Southeast Polk, Sr., (195)
Cullan Schriever, Mason City Sr., (17-18)*
106 – Ryder Block (38-0) Fr., Waverly-Shell Rock
106 – Nathaneal Jesuroga (32-0) Fr., Southeast Polk
120 – Drake Ayala (41-0) Jr., Fort Dodge
126 – Cullan Schriever (12-0) Sr., Mason City
145 – Cayden Langreck (5-0) Soph., Waverly-Shell Rock
160 – Ben Kueter (20-0) Fr., City High
160 – Caleb Helgeson (31-0) Jr., Johnston
170 – Logan Neils (39-0) Sr., Ankeny Centennial
285 – Griffin Liddle (15-0) Jr., Bettendorf
A year ago Sam Stevens went 1-2 in his state meet debut.
In his return to Wells Fargo arena a first-round win would be a big step in the Clear Creek Amana senior ending his career on the medal podium.
Stevens (20-6) faces Cedar Falls senior Jackson Barth (20-6) in the 126-pound opening round on Thursday morning.
Barth is making his state meet debut after defeating No. 10 Connor Kelley of Waukee in the district final.
Stevens missed more than a month with an injury but returned in time to post an impressive performance at the district meet claiming a district title with two first-period pins.
A year after coming up a win shy of a state title West High sophomore Hunter Garvin is headed back to Wells Fargo Arena focused on finishing the job.
Garvin finished runner-up at 120 pounds in his prep debut season falling to Carson Taylor of Fort Dodge in the title match.
As impressive as he was as a freshman Garvin has been even more dominant during his sophomore season.
Top-ranked Garvin (29-3) enters the state meet riding a 10-match winning streak with all 10 wins coming via fall and 25 of his 29 victories this season have been by pin.
Garvin earned the second seed in the 132-pound bracket and could face No. 7 Trevon Wells (23-4) of Dallas Center-Grimes in the quarterfinals with fourth-ranked Joel Jesuroga (31-5) of Southeast Polk a likely semifinal foe.
Top-seeded Waverly-Shell Rock sophomore Aiden Riggins (29-2) was third at 103 last season and is the favorite to emerge from the top side of the bracket.
One of only two weight classes in Class 3A with a pair of undefeated wrestlers the 160-pound bracket should be among the most exciting to monitor over the entire three-day tournament.
Second-ranked City High freshman Ben Kueter (20-0) joins top-ranked Johnston junior Caleb Helgeson (31-0) as unbeaten wrestlers in the 160-pound bracket and the two could put their unbeaten records on the line against one another in what would be one of the most anticipated semifinals in all of Class 3A.
Kueter missed the first month of the season due to a broken leg sustained during football season but wasted little time establishing himself as a legitimate state title contender.
The freshman holds a win over third-ranked Linn-Mar freshman Tate Naaktgeboren (33-2) and has had only four of his 20 matches go the distance this season.
Kueter will face a challenging road in his state meet debut with a possible quarterfinal matchup with sixth-ranked Jake Matthaidess (24-4) or North Scott standing in the way of a semifinal matchup with Helgeson.
Helgeson was fifth at 132 pounds a year ago and has excelled after making the jump to 160.
The top-seed at 160 pounds, Helgeson owns seven wins over ranked opponents in the earned the 160-pound field including an 8-3 decision over third-ranked Nick Bonanno of Indianola.
Bonanno and Naaktgeboren are the favorites to emerge from the bottom half of the bracket.
Southeast Polk (13); Fort Dodge (11); Waverly-Shell Rock (10); Bettendorf (10); Norwalk (9); Linn-Mar (8); West High (7); West Des Moines Valley (6)
2019 Top 5 Team Finishers – 1. Waverly Shell-Rock 157; 2. Southeast Polk 123; 3. Fort Dodge 105; 4. Ankeny Centennial 86; 5. Waukee 75
2019 – Waverly Shell-Rock
2018 – Fort Dodge
2017 – Southeast Polk
2016 – Southeast Polk
2015 – Southeast Polk
2014 – Bettendorf
West High hasn’t finished in the in top four at the state meet since placing third in 2012 but the Trojans are capable of snapping that streak this season.
The Trojans enter the state meet on a roll following team titles at the Mississippi Valley Conference and District meets and will look to add to their late season surge in Des Moines.
West High placed in the top four at the 3A meet every year from 2001 to 2012 winning two titles and adding five runner-up finishes during that stretch.
This year’s West High squad likely won’t reach those levels but has more than enough firepower to contend for a return to the top four.
Five of its seven qualifiers are ranked in the top five of their respective weights led by top-ranked 132-pound sophomore Hunter Garvin and second-ranked senior 182-pounder Will Hoeft (19-1).
West High should have no problem improving on its 15th place finish and 46.5 team points from a year ago.
Expect familiar faces to battle for the top spot with defending state champion and top-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock the favorite and second-ranked Southeast Polk and its 13 qualifiers the top challenger.
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