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Two wrestlers earn medals at State

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For the first time in Southeast Valley Jaguar Wrestling, two Jaguar wrestlers medaled; earning the privilege to stand proud on the awards stand Saturday night inside of Wells Fargo Arena. Junior Kyler Fisher wrestled his way into the finals for a second straight year finishing as a State Runner up for the second time in his career. Senior Trey Lawrence placed eighth earning his first medal of the State Tournament. Junior Coledon Bethel did not place.

     Fisher opened the tournament with a 9-3 decision over Hunter Maitland(Aplington-Parkerburg); in the quarter-finals Fisher decisoned Mike Hoyle of Solon 11-7 setting up an tough semi-final battle against Thomas Bentley(Red Oak). Fisher found himself down 4-1 in the first period facing a tough ride from the strong Red Oak wrestler but cranked it up in the third period battling back scoring a takedown with back points to eventually take the lead and finishing off the match with two more back points near the end of the third securing a 12-6 victory propelling him into his second Saturday night final against top ranked returning State Champ Julien Broderson of Davenport Assumption. Fisher and Broderson hand fought hard the whole first period with no one securing an advantage ending the period 0-0. Fisher chose down to start the second and Broderson used an iron grip ride to clamp a crossface cradle on Fisher securing a fall at the 3:20 mark. Fisher was disappointed finishing second but has nothing to be ashamed of, finishing his Junior campaign at 54-2. Anytime a wrestler gets the opportunity to wrestle in Saturday night finals, it is a tremendous honor. A select few get that chance, Kyler has earned two trips; what an accomplishment!! 
     Lawrence had maybe one of the deepest weight classes in 2A featuring many quality wrestlers in his bracket. In the opening round Lawrence lost a tough decision 7-0 to 4th place finisher Chase Luensman(Monticello). In the consolation round Trey won his first match at the State Tournament scoring a 9-2 win over Ethan Kempema(Sargeant Bluff). In the match of his career Trey decisioned top ranked Will Esmoil of West Liberty 2-0 to make it into the medal round. Trey finished with two hard fought losses ending his senior campaign at 44-14. Coledon got a taste of the big dance opening up with eventual State Champ Andrew Flora of Adel DeSota Minburn losing by fall. In the consolation match one big five point move in the first period was the difference as Coledon lost 6-4 ending his State Tournament run. 

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