Panorama junior Appleseth to semifinals, senior Colby earns podium spot

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Panorama's Wyatt Appleseth controls Anamosa's Alex Casey in the first round of the 152 pound bracket at the state tourney. Appleseth won by pin and won in the quarterfinals this morning to reach the Friday evening semifinals.

DES MOINES — Fourth-ranked 152-pounder Wyatt Appleseth is one win from wrestling for a state championship, with senior Emry Colby assured of a top-eight finish at 145 pounds after Friday morning action at the state wrestling tournament.

Appleseth (40-0) slipped past fifth-seed Colby Tool (19-3, Jr.) of PCM with a 4-3 decision in their quarterfinal battle.

The Panther junior will face top-ranked senior Will Esmoil (40-0) of West Liberty in the semifinal round Friday evening. Esmoil was the 2019 runner-up at 145.

A win would send Appleseth to the championship bout, where he would face the winner of Winterset junior Tyler Brown (41-6) and Sergeant Bluff-Luton junior Jack Gaukel (52-1). A loss would drop Appleseth to the consolation semifinals, with placing from third to sixth on the line. He would face the winner of Emmetsburg senior Bret Hoyman (39-7) and Forest City senior Kristian Gunderson (42-15).

Colby (40-7) had to win to stay alive and did just that, dominating Iowa Falls-Alden senior Cayden Howland (35-6) with a 9-0 major decision. The victory sets up a Friday evening third round consolation match against third-ranked Winterset senior Jack West (40-3).

A loss would drop Colby into Saturday’s seventh place match. A win would set up a consolation semifinal against either No. 8 Trestin Sales (44-2, Jr.) of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, and put him in Saturday’s consolation semifinals, from where he could finish anywhere from third to sixth.

Both Panthers will be in action tonight in Session VI, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The consolation semifinals and finals will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the championships to start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

Panorama senior Emry Colby upends Decorah junior Jackson Rolfs at the state tourney Thursday. Colby has secured a podium spot and will wrestle Friday evening in the third round of the consolation bracket.

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