ADEL — The two biggest Hawks in the lineup will represent Woodward-Granger at the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament after Cody Fisher (220 pounds) and Tyler Lawrenson (285) both advanced from Saturday’s district tourney.
Freshmen Joel Harney (106) and Aidan Honkomp (113), occupying the opposite end of the weight spectrum, were also in action, but were unable to advance.
Fisher (40-1), to no one’s surprise, will be making his third consecutive appearance. The Iowa State commitment was the 195-pound runner-up each of his first two prep seasons and is totally focused on standing on the highest podium perch this season.
“I am not going to settle for less,” Fisher said. “People have asked if I am nervous or excited. It would be hard to say I am not excited, but I understand there is still work to do, and I ignore all the outside stuff — I have my own standards I want to live up to.”
Top-ranked Fisher needed all of 20 seconds to pin outmatched Webster City sophomore Gage Rossing (7-10) in his opening match. That set up a meeting with eight-rated junior Kaden Sutton (32-6) of ADM, who Fisher edged, 3-0, in the sectionals Feb. 2.
The rematch was all Fisher, as the Hawk standout controlled the action in posting a 13-6 victory.
“To be honest, I was ticked off with how I wrestled him (Sutton) last week and wanted to make a statement,” Fisher said. “My goal is have the same attitude no matter who I face, to go out there and do my business and get off the mat. I was not happy with my wrestling last week and that was all the motivation I needed for this week.”
Lawrenson (36-7) opened with a critical 5-3 win in sudden victory I over Jacob Torresi (32-14) of Gilbert. An 8-0 loss to fourth-ranked Derrin Sesker (37-2) of Van Meter/Earlham followed in the finals, but Torresi won his consolation match, and, as Lawrenson already owned a win over the Tiger junior, he advanced to state by ‘rule/prior.’
Honkomp (28-17) came up on the short side of a 1-0 decision against Roland-Story’s Joe Hovick (33-11) in their opening match, then bowed out after losing by fall to Perry sophomore Riece Graham (17-28).
Harney (10-9) was elevated to district after placing third at sectionals when Saydel’s Clayton Myers was unable to compete. The Hawk freshman lost by fall to seventh-ranked Webster Citry freshman Camron Phetxoumphone, with a loss by fall to VM/E sophomore Riley Harger sending Harney’s season.
The Class 2A State Tournament begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.