Area schools finish state wrestling with three champions, five other placers

Eight others compete at state, but are stopped shy of podium

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Woodward-Granger senior Cody Fisher stands atop the state wrestling tournament podium for the second consecutive year. Fisher never placed more than one step lower as a prep, finishing second at 195 as a freshman and a sophomore. The four-time finalist finishes 198-10 overall. Photo courtesy Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times.

DES MOINES — The state wrestling tournament ended Saturday as it always has — before a full house.

When all the ceremonies were complete, local teams were able to proudly boast of a trio of champions, and one medalist at second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth place, respectively. Eight others were successful enough to reach the biggest stage in prep wrestling but were stopped shy of a spot on the podium.

Woodward-Granger senior Cody Fisher (52-0) successfully defended his championship at 220 pounds in Class 2A. Fisher was second as both a freshman and a sophomore at 195 before winning the 220 pound title as a junior. The Iowa State wrestling recruit finishes a stellar career 198-10.

ADM senior Kaden Sutton (40-1), who will play football at Iowa State, won the heavyweight title in 2A. Sutton was second at 220 last year, falling victim to Fisher.

Also reigning as champion was Ogden senior Blake Haub (40-3), who won the 220 pound crown in Class 1A. All three of Haub’s losses this season — two by pin, one by major decision — came against Fisher.

Placing second at 106 pounds in 2A was Greene County freshman McKinley Robbins (37-2), with Panorama junior Wyatt Appleseth (42-1) third in 2A at 152 and Panorama senior Emry Colby (42-8) fourth in 2A at 145. Finishing fifth in 3A at 132 was DC-G senior Trevon Wells (27-6), with Perry sophomore Cole Nelson (38-9) standing sixth at 113 in 2A.

Reaching state for Perry was 138-pound senior Erick Funez (32-17) and W-G senior heavyweight Tyler Lawrenson (27-5). Brenner Gallagher (34-15), a sophomore from Greene County, competed at 113 in 2A while Ogden freshman Kale Munson (31-9) was in action at 113 in 1A.

Making the 3A tourney for DC-G were 106-pound freshman Jacob Fistler (28-4), 152-pound sophomore Brayden Broderick (10-8) and seniors Luke Fistler (16-6 at 160) and Zach Needham (31-6 at 170).

Panorama junior Wyatt Appleseth stands third at the state wrestling tournament. Photo courtesy Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times.
Panorama senior Emry Colby placed fourth at the state wrestling tournament. Photo courtesy Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times.
Perry sophomore Cole Nelson finished sixth at the state wrestling tournament. Photo courtesy Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times.

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