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State Wrestling Begins Today
February 21, 2020

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By Joseph Schany

It's state wrestling time, with the best in Iowa high school wrestling gathering at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines to compete in the three-day event that starts today. Seven area wrestlers from Emmetsburg, Greattinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire (GTRA), and West Bend-Mallard will be among other top competitors at this year's state event.

Wrestling for the E-Hawks are Bret Hoyman (152 pounds), Mason Griffin (170 pounds), and Matt Wirtz (182 pounds), while GTRA sent Spencer Roth (160 pounds) and Treyton Cacek (182 pounds) and WBM sent Donavon Hanson (106 pounds) and Connor Fehr (170 pounds).

"Coach Clint Young told us to 'punch some tickets to Des Moines', said Emmetsburg Wrestling Head Coach Tyler Bjustrom after Saturday's Class 2A Districts. "This a great opportunity for Mason, Bret, and Matt and we couldn't be more excited to get rolling!"

Coach Bjustrom reflected on the district tournament as well as Emmetsburg's great season of wrestling.

"The coaches couldn't be more proud of our wrestling team. It took a lot of work and sacrifices for our guys to get where they are and although some didn't advance, that doesn't hinder the impact they had on their coaches and this program. Wrestling wasn't and isn't something that comes naturally to many of our guys. It requires dedication and a lot of personal sacrifice to a sport that isn't very fun at times. Then at the end of the day, you don't reach your goal and it's over! Now society would tell you that you failed but this it what makes sports like wrestling special. Wrestling trains you for when life fails you. You can do everything right and, trust me, we have guys who toe the line in this department, yet things still don't go your way! It hurts but you have to put your boots back on and get back on the horse. Winning isn't about medals or trophies, it's about impacting people and making a positive impression. The kids in this program are all winners and I couldn't be more proud of each of them!"

On Friday, Mediacom Communications will produce live television coverage of all semi-final matches in the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament.

The live semi-final telecasts start with Class 3A competition at 3:30 pm Friday (Feb. 21); followed by Class 1A and 2A action at 7:30 pm. Mediacom's television broadcasts are in partnership with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN). The sports coverage on MC22 (ch. 822 or 22) is available to all Mediacom video subscribers in 309 Iowa communities, and across Mediacom service areas in several adjacent states.

In addition to live coverage of Friday's semi-final competition, MC22 will televise complete replay coverage of the championship matches in all three classes. Championship replays begin at 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 23. Live coverage for Saturday's championship series will be broadcast on IHSSN television affiliates, with a free live stream available on ihssn.com.

Wrestling begins with Class 3A at 9:00 a.m. today, with Class 2A first round beginning at 1:30 p.m. and Class 1A first round at 6:00 p.m.

Class 3A and 2A quarterfinals are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, while Class 1A quarterfinals will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Class 1A and 2A semifinals are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

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