Cowboy wrestling team puts two on medal stand

Saxon Lyman won his opener by fall in 5:34 over Welsh of Ed-Co, then lost the next two to end his senior season with a 43-12 record. Photo by Mug Shots by Jim

Even though it likely didn't end the way they had hoped, the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows wrestling team got everything they could squeeze out of their traditional state tournament experience. Following the Saturday night finals, Tanner Abbas (145) and Spencer Trenary (285) brought home the individual hardware to go along with the team's second-place duals trophy.

Tanner opened with a fall over Terpstra (Centerville) in 5:28, then kept it going with a 3-2 win over Swank (Creston/O-M). He lost a 6-4 semifinal decision to Steffen (Crestwood), but came back to defeat Busse (Humboldt) by a 10-2 major decision. He finished with a 6-4 loss to Fye (New Hampton/Turkey Valley) in his final high school match.

Trenary started by pinning Lunsford (Fairfield) in 2:28, then made even quicker work (:33 fall) of Sevier (Creston/O-M) in the next round. He moved into the finals with a fall in 3:38 over Linderbaum (Solon), but lost the title match 7-6 to McConkey (Atlantic-CAM). It was only Spencer's fifth loss of the season.

The remainder of the Cowboy state contingent failed to place. Tyler Stein (106) lost his first two matches to end his year, while Remington Hanson (113) opened with a 9-2 win over Bolton (Creston/O-M). He dropped his quarterfinal match, then his first match on the consolation side to finish his run. Keaton Wilson (120) lost his two opening matches to be eliminated from the tournament, while Reed Abbas (138) lost his opener then quickly bounced back with a fall in 1:40 over Brokaw (Solon) on the back side of the bracket. He lost the next match to end his day.

Read the full story in the February 22 edition.