2021 Iowa Greco-Roman State Championships Take Away
It was a full weekend of wrestling for many of Iowa’s top contenders.
Following Saturday’s action-packed freestyle state tournament, Sunday’s slightly smaller Greco-Roman State Championships at Southeast Polk High School, featuring many of the state’s top wrestlers.
There were many more outstanding performances in the Junior and 16U divisions, although Greek wrestling is very different from the freestyle and traditional folk style. Many of those who performed well this weekend will continue to compete in the months to come.
Here are seven takeaways from Sunday’s action:
MFL’s McGeough dominates 2 champions en route to greco title
The best individual performance of the junior greco competition came from MFL MarMac junior Gabe McGeough.
McGeough, a two-time Class 1A state medalist, knocked out two state champions en route to a greco junior state title at 160 pounds. In the semifinals, he beat Graham Gambrall of Iowa City West, 10-0, then outscored three-time state champion Robert Avila Jr., 10-4, in the final.
On Saturday, McGeough was fourth in the junior freestyle tournament and lost to Avila Jr. (11-0 in the semifinals) and Gambrall (8-3 for the third).
Not a bad way to bounce back.
4 Triple Crown winners
USA Wrestling has a National Triple Crown Award which is awarded annually to wrestlers who win national titles in all three styles: folkstyle, freestyle and greco.
In a similar vein, there were four wrestlers from Iowa who made it this year at the state level.
Three were in the junior division: Jack Gaukel from Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Tate Naaktgeboren from Linn-Mar and Wyatt Voelker from West Delaware.
Gaukel won a Class 2A state title in February at 152 pounds, then won the Freestyle and Greco Junior titles at the same weight. The future Cyclone had an 8-0 combined this weekend with four pins, two technical falls and outscored opponents 59-13.
Naaktgeboren won a 3A title at 160 in February, then won the freestyle and greco junior titles at 170 this weekend. The sophomore collectively went 7-0 with six technical drops, passing his opponents 75-9.
Voelker won a 2A title at 195 in February, then won the junior freestyle and greco titles at the same weight. He went 6-0 this weekend with five technical falls, edging his opponents 67-9.
The fourth to win the Iowa State Triple Crown was McCrae Hagarty of Waverly-Shell Rock. He won a 3A state title at 182 in February, then swept the 16U libre and greco titles to 195 this weekend. He wrestled just four games between Saturday and Sunday, recording two bowling, two technical crashes and struggling just 4 minutes and 17 seconds overall.
Second in freestyle, first in greco
Seven wrestlers rebounded to win Greek titles on Sunday after finishing second in freestyle on Saturday.
Carter Anderson of Albia was the junior freestyle finalist at 113 pounds, but the greco champion at the same weight. He won a round robin tie-break on Sunday to finish ahead of Wilton’s freestyle champion Brody Brisker.
Underwood’s Gable Porter, after losing a tight final to Don Bosco’s Garrett Funk on Saturday, won a greco junior title at 126 on Sunday. Porter went 3-0 with two pins and a 12-0 technical drop to Bondurant-Farrar’s Chase Fiser in the final.
Porter’s teammate Stevie Barnes won junior greco gold at 138 pounds, beating Southeast Polk’s Joel Jesuroga, 7-3, in Sunday’s final. Jesuroga beat Barnes, 7-1, in Saturday’s freestyle final.
Hunter Garvin of Iowa City West lost a thriller to Ankeny’s Caleb Rathjen in the junior freestyle final at 145, then won a Greco title, going 3-0 and 32-2.
Southeast Polk’s Kalob ‘Tank’ Runyon finished second behind Ben Kueter of Iowa City High in the junior freestyle at 220 pounds, then won a Greek title on Sunday, going 3-0 with a pin and a technical crash.
The other two were from Division 16U. West Sioux’s Mikey Baker was second with 145 points behind Ankeny’s Jace Anderson on Saturday, then went 3-0 with a technical crash and two pins on Sunday to win the greco. His three games lasted 68 seconds combined.
Theron Castle, a freshman at West Des Moines Valley, finished second in 16U at 170 pounds freestyle, but the greco champion, beating Ankeny Centennial’s Logan Song twice to win gold.
5 other double titles
In addition to the four triple crown winners, five other wrestlers from Iowa all won freestyle and Greek titles this weekend – and four of them were in the 16U division.
Lucas Bruhl of Ankeny Centennial was a double 16U champion at 132 pounds. The freshman got a 7-0 combined and didn’t allow a point all weekend, outscoring his opponents by a combined 65-0.
Nick Fox of Osage was a two-time 16U-152 champion. He actually beat Wyatt Reisz of Logan-Magnolia in the final in both styles – 2-0 in freestyle on Saturday, then 3-1 in greco on Sunday.
Jarrett Roos, a freshman at Sheldon-South O’Brien, was a two-time 16U-182 champion. He was 6-0 with four technical falls and two bowling. He also beat Joe Lewis of Hempstead to win gold on both days, by freestyle fall and a 15-5 technical drop in greco.
Jake Walker of Waverly-Shell Rock was the last two-time 16U champion. The 195-year-old 3A State runner-up swept both titles to 220 this weekend, with a combined 5-0 record with three pins and two technical falls.
Chad Bellis was the other two-time champion, winning the junior freestyle and greco titles at 120. Bellis also reached the 3A State final in February. This weekend he went 5-0 with four technical falls and a pin.
Grimm and Ross win women’s titles
The junior women’s freestyle tournament was also contested alongside the greco competition on Sunday. It wasn’t a big tournament, but a handful of Iowa’s top female high school girls took to the mat in freestyle.
Among the notable results, Emma Grimm of Osage and Alexis Ross of Fort Dodge both won titles after missing gold medals at the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Women’s State Tournament last season.
Grimm, who finished third at State in January, won a junior freestyle crown at 127 pounds on Sunday. She went 4-0 and landed three pins, including one against Sophie Barnes of Lewis Central, a state runner-up in January.
Ross, a state runner-up in January, won a junior title at 138 on Sunday. She also went 4-0 with three technical falls and a big 9-6 win over state champion Charles City Lilly Luft, where Ross scored seven unanswered goals in the second period to recover from a 5-2 deficit.
Goodale d’Osage takes revenge and wins gold
In January, Osage’s Jalynn Goodale lost 12-7 to Southwest Valley’s Adyson Lundquist in the IWCOA semifinal at 106 pounds.
On Sunday, Goodale got her revenge in the form of a first period pin en route to a junior girls freestyle title at 112 pounds. She led 6-0 before pinning Lundquist. Goodale finished 3-0 with three pins.
Colfax-Mingo wins 2 women’s titles
Colfax-Mingo tied Osage with two wrestlers who won the junior women’s freestyle titles on Sunday.
Mariah Webster and Kirsten Frier both dominated their way to the top spot. Webster went 2-0 with a pin and a technical fall to win at 132 pounds. Frier recorded three pins to win at 144.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.
USAW Iowa Greco-Roman State Championships Results
Junior finals results
- 113: Carter Anderson (Albia) v Gavin Jensen (Williamsburg), 12-1
- 120: Chad Bellis (Hempstead) v Khyler Carstarphen (Dowling Catholic), 10-0
- 126: Gable Porter (Underwood) vs. Chase Fiser (Bondurant-Farrar), 12-0
- 132: Averee Abben (Osage) pinned Grant O’Dell (Iowa City West), 5:25
- 138: Stevie Barnes (Underwood) vs. Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk), 7-3
- 145: Hunter Garvin (Iowa City West) v Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk), 10-0
- 152: Jack Gaukel (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) pinned Dylan Whitt (Cedar Falls), 0:45
- 160: Gabe McGeough (MFL, MarMac) v Robert Avila Jr. (Lisbon), 10-4
- 170: Tate Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar) v Tate Entriken (Hudson), 11-0
- 182: Adam Ahrendsen (Union) pinned Greyson Gardner (Western Dubuque), 2:20
- 195: Wyatt Voelker (West Delaware) v Cade Bennethum (Ankeny), 10-0
- 220: Kalob Runyon (Southeast Polk) v Crew Howard (Clarinda), 10-0
- 285: Mitchell Marr (Riceville) against Easton Fleshman (West of Lyon), 15-6
16U Finals Results
- 88: Dallas Canoyer (Moen WC) v Taye Jordan (Atlantic-CAM), 12-4
- 94: Mitchell Pins (Dubuque WC) vs. Jaymeson Vander Velde (SWIFT), 10-0
- 100: Ryker Graff (Iron Rams WC) vs. Truman Folkers (Moen WC), 10-0
- 106: Jake Knight (Sebolt) pinned Connor Fiser (Bondurant-Farrar), 0:47
- 113: Angelo Di Pol (MWC) v Kasen Cochran (Winterset), 10-0
- 120: Carson Thomsen (Underwood) v Kale Petersen (West Fork), 6-5
- 126: Caleb Olson (Union) v Kane Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar), 11-8
- 132: Lucas Bruhl (Ankeny Centennial) vs. Tanner Arjes (North Butler-Clarksville), 10-0
- 138: Justin Avila (Big Game WC) vs. Tycho Carmichael (Agoge WC), 14-4
- 145: Mikey Baker (West Sioux) pinned Caden Vellinga (West Marshall), 0:23
- 152: Nick Fox (Osage) v Wyatt Reisz (Logan-Magnolia), 3-1
- 160: Gabriel Carver (Urbandale) vs. Max Cast (Osage), 10-2
- 170: Theron Castle (WDM Valley) pinned down Logan Song (Ankeny Centennial), 3:48
- 182: Jarrett Roos (Sheldon-South O’Brien) vs. Joe Lewis (Hempstead), 15-5
- 195: McCrae Hagarty (Waverly-Shell Rock) pinned Thaden Abbas (Southeast Polk), 0:38
- 220: Jake Walker (Waverly-Shell Rock) pinned Barrett Muller (Osage), 1:59
- 285: Wyatt Smith (Lisbon) v Mac Muller (Osage), 12-2
Junior Women’s Freestyle Finals Results
- 106: Jasmine Luedtke (Ottumwa) v Jillian Worthen (Immortal Athletics), 11-0
- 112: Jalynn Goodale (Osage) pinned Ady Lundquist (Southwest Valley), 2:51
- 122: Leah Chandler (Chariton) vs. Maddie Black (Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont), 10-0
- 127: Emma Grimm (Osage) Pinned Alexis Winkey (Ames), 1:41
- 132: Mariah Webster (Colfax-Mingo) pinned Lilly Stough (Waverly Area WC), 1:58
- 138: Alexis Ross (Fort Dodge) vs. Lilly Luft (Charles City), 9-6
- 144: Kirsten Frier (Colfax-Mingo) pinned Mahri Manz (SWIFT), 1:15
- 152: Emma Barker (Iowa City West) pinned Miranda McGill (Colfax-Mingo), 2:21
- 164: Bella Porcelli (Southeast Polk) pinned Jannell Avila (Lisbon), 3:54
- 200: Rachel Eddy (Independence)