Lake Mills duo qualifies for statePublished 9:37am Monday, February 11, 2013
Two Bulldog wrestlers qualified for the state wrestling meet on Saturday, according to a press release.
At Iowa’s Class 1A, District 4 wrestling meet in Jewell, freshman Noah Greenfield won the 126-pound weight class and senior Andy Dahle earned second in the 138-pound weight class to punch their tickets to Des Moines. The meet will be held Feb. 13-16.
Greenfield picked up a first period pin, before scoring a late takedown to win his finals match.
“Noah wrestled really well today and once again defeated the fifth-ranked kid in the state,” head coach Alex Brandenburg said. “He has really improved from the beginning of the season and has achieved a great feat qualifying as a freshman at this high of a weight class.”
Dahle opened the day with a first round pin as well, but then fell to the state’s top-ranked wrestler in the finals. He bounced back to defeat the sixth-ranked kid in the wrestleback.
“Andy had a phenomenal day today sticking with the state’s best wrestler and bouncing back to beat another ranked wrestler to get to state,” Brandenburg said, “This kid has worked his tail off to steadily improve throughout his career and reach this goal.”
Three other Bulldog wrestlers competed at the district meet.
Junior Lincoln Boehmer took third.
“Lincoln battled hard in a loaded bracket that included two returning state placewinners,” Brandenburg said. “He made a huge step making it to districts this year, and I am confident he will take the next step next year and get to state.”
Sophomore Andrew Olsen also had a tough draw and finished the day in fourth. Olsen lost the first match of the day to the seventh-ranked kid in the state, and lost the third-place match on a late takedown.
“Andrew wrestled hard today in a tough bracket,” said Brandenburg, “You don’t see many sophomores make it to districts in the upper weights, so it is hard not to be excited about the his next two years.”
The final Bulldog to compete was senior Ben Irons, who came in fourth.
“Ben got in some scrambles today and just came out on the wrong end,” Brandenburg said. “Ben gave everything he had every time he hit the mats these past four years, and I know his work ethic and lessons he learned in wrestling are going to help him to a very successful future.”