DES MOINES — Star athletes get the headlines. Team players help win championships.

New Hampton has its share of star wrestlers, but the Chickasaws also have a lot of team players. Because of that, they are taking home the 2017 Class 2A State Duals championship following a dominating performance Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena, including a 45-23 victory over Solon in the title match.

“This means a lot to the community,” New Hampton head coach Nick Hemann said of the Chickasaws’ fourth State Duals championship and first since 2005. “The town of New Hampton is extremely special and there is a huge wrestling backing and wrestling is very important for the town of New Hampton.

“We are extremely excited. These guys really deserved this. That is all I really can say.”

New Hampton outscored its three opponents by 72 points.

The key, according to Hemann, was a senior class led by state champion Keaton Geerts and state qualifier Noah Hopp.

But, Hemann, added, the title wouldn’t have been won if not for wrestlers like Dylan Robinson and Keegan Tenge, two seniors ranked among the best in their weight classes who were unable to pass through districts to qualify for the traditional state tourney.

Neither allowed that to affect their performance at the State Duals where each went 3-0 Wednesday.

“Look at a guy like Keegan Tenge who got hurt in sectionals, a ranked kid, probably should be here tomorrow for us, battled hard and won three matches,” Hemann said. “Dylan Robinson placed last year and had his heart on being a state champ ... you saw that emotion when he walked out there and was done.”

With the Chickasaws leading 15-6 early in the dual against Solon, Tenge inspired his teammates by decking Graeson Dall in 5 minutes, 59 seconds. It was one of four pins New Hampton had in the title match with Geerts, Areon Day and Noah Hopp also getting falls.

“It was a dream of mine ever since I stepped on a mat (to wrestle at the state traditional tournament),” Tenge said. “To know I wasn’t going to individuals and get to finish how I wanted to finish ... I knew I could come here and still be a state champion. This is what I worked for.”

Geerts said the talk leading up to the dual tournament was about winning it all for the senior members who did not get the individual results they wanted.

“This program is more than one person, it is a family,” Geerts said. “We knew we needed to get back on the horse and go get it, get the title, and we got it done.”

The Chickasaws opened with a 51-23 win over Denver-Tripoli, before disposing of Davenport Assumption, 46-24, in the semifinals.

In Class 1A, Don Bosco was looking for a ninth title that would have tied Davenport Assumption for the most in state history, but the Dons ran into a red-hot Lisbon squad that won a majority of the swing matches to capture the title, 45-26.

In their 15th State Duals final, the Dons lost the coin flip to start the match and it was an uphill battle the rest of the night.

“We went for broke. We had to,” Don Bosco coach Tom Hogan said. “We lost the flip so that didn’t help so we kind of had to go to plan B and we just didn’t win enough of the swing matches.

“They were the better team tonight and that is the way it goes sometimes.”

No. 1 Don Bosco had beaten No. 2 Lisbon, 36-30, in a regular-season dual in Gilbertville on Jan. 24.

In order to reach the final, Don Bosco dominated Lake Mills early in the semifinals, winning seven of the first eight matches for a 27-6 lead. The Bulldogs got two pins and received a forfeit in the next three matches, but Walker Even registered a pin at 285, and Daniel Kimball sealed the Dons’ trip back to the state finals with a 6-1 decision.

Don Bosco opened with a thrilling, 39-30 victory over Interstate 35.

In Class 3A, Waverly-Shell Rock opened with a 43-30 win over Western Dubuque, but Southeast Polk stopped the Go-Hawks’ march in the semifinals, 40-25, as the Rams reached the 3A final for the fifth consecutive season.

Underrated all season, W-SR, rebounded to beat West Des Moines Valley 59-12, for third.

“It does feel good,” Go-Hawks head coach Eric Whitcome said. “We’ve tried to prove ourselves over and over all year with our schedule. People just didn’t want to give us credit, so what is better than coming down and proving we belong among the best?

“I thought our guys completed extremely hard, were relaxed and had fun with the day.”

Results

Class 1A

QUARTERFINALS — Don Bosco def. Interstate 35 39-30, Lake Mills def. Logan-Magnolia 44-31, Lisbon def. Wapsie Valley 50-24, Missouri Valey def. Sibley-Ocheydan 37-30.

SEMIFINALS — Don Bosco dec. Lake Mills, 36-28, Lisbon dec. Missouri Valley, 42-27.

CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS — Logan-Magnolia def. Interstate 35, 42-29, Sibley-Ocheyedan def. Wapsie Valley, 44-28.

FIRST —Lisbon 45, Don Bosco 26

THIRD — Lake Mills 39, Missouri Valley 37

FIFTH —Sibley-Ocheyedan 37, Logan-Magnolia 25

SEVENTH — Wapsie Valley 50, Interstate 35 17

Summaries

LISBON 50, WAPSIE VALLEY 24

113 — Cael Happel (Lis) pinned Reese Welcher, :35, 120 — Ryne Mohrfeld (Lis) pinned Brandon Cox, 3:14, 126 — Donny Schmit (WV) pinned Max Abodeely, :47, 132 — Cooper Siebrecht (Lis) pinned Connor Brandt, 3:53, 138 — Chase McLaughlin (Lis) dec. Kaleb Krall 4-3, 145 — Jack Butteris (Lis) pinned Jason Even, 3:18, 152 — Kaden Kilburg (Lis) dec. Colin Schrader 15-5, 160 — Sean Banger (WV) pinned Clayton McCoy, 1:31, 170 — Bryce Werderman (Lis) dec. Ben Weepie 13-5, 182 — Riley Little (WV) won by forfeit, 195 — Jake Jennett (Lis) dec. JP Michael 9-3, 220 — Logan O’Connor (Lis) pinned Matthew Richards, 3:06, 285 — Rylan Duffy (WV) pinned Cody Howard, :56, 106 — Cobe Siebrecht (Lis) pinned Cayle Huebner, 1:41.

DON BOSCO 39, INTERSTATE 35 30

113 — Easton Larson (DB) pinned Nathan Phillips, 5:02, 120 — Gable Fox (DB) dec. Casey Baker 13-6, 126 — Logan Lutgen (DB) pinned Brody Nelson, 2:55, 132 — Zac WIlley (I35) dec. Max Wettengel 6-4, 138 — Austin Hellman (DB) pinned Brayden Egli, 5:32, 145 — Ethan Eliott (I35) won by forfeit, 152 — Jeremy Schmitz (DB) dec. Jacob Steinlage 9-3, 160 — Mason Woosley (35) pinned Bryce Schares,:29, 170 — Drew Kirkpatrick (I35) dec. Owen Mangrich 6-0, 182 — Dante Arzani (35) pinned Alec Carpenter, :52, 195 — Wyatt Sawvel (DB) dec. Tyler Watson 6-0, 220 — Walker Even (DB) pinned Brock Thompson, :37. 285 — Jake Hutton (I35) won by forfeit, 106 — Daniel Kimball (DB) won by forfeit.

SIB.-OCHEYEDAN 44, WAPSIE VALLEY 28

120 — Trey Schuck (SO) pinned Cox, 1:51, 126 — Schmit (WV) pinned Zak Stanton, 3:18. 132 — Brandt (WV) dec. Mitchell Paca 7-4, 138 — Kaleb Krall (WV) pinned Jordan Klein, 1:37, 145 — Dylan Schuck (SO) pinned Even, 3:42, 152 — Schrader (WV) pinned Corey Nasers, :39, 160 — Garrett Sayler (SO) tech fall over Banger, 16-1, 170 — Trent Kruger (SO) dec. Weepie, 3-1, 182 — Little (WV) dec. Ortiz 6-2, 195 — Hunter Dejong (SO) pinned Michael, :15, 220 — Erick Olvera (SO) pinned Richards, 3:32, 285 — Matt Naig (SO) pinned Duffy, 1:46, 106 — Jose Flores (SO) pinned Hueber, 3:32, 113 — Reese Welcher (WV) dec. Mario Martinez 10-1.

DON BOSCO 36, LAKE MILLS 28

120 — Fox pinned Kyle Beery, 1:00, 126 — Lutgen (DB) dec. Alex Martinson 8-3, 132 — Wettengel (DB) dec. Ashten Love, 12-3, 138 — Hellman (DB) dec. Cael Boehmer 12-0, 145 — Thomas Even (DB) dec. Maverick Schmitt 5-1, 152 — Michael Olsen (LM) won by forfeit, 160 — Schmitz (DB) dec. Alex Albert 10-2, 170 — Schares (DB) dec. Cole Bergo 8-3, 182 — Drake Harnish (LM) pinned Carpenter, 1:19, 195 — Gabe Irons (LM) pinned Sawvel, 5:08, 220 — Slade Sifuentes (LM) won by forfeit, 285 — Even (DB) pinned Cory Mathahs, :14, 106 — Kimball (DB) dec. Jones 6-1, 113 — Tyler Helgeson (LM) dec. Hunter Youngblut 10-0.

Seventh place

WAPSIE VALLEY 50, INTERSTATE 35 17

126 — Schmit (WV) pinned Nelson, 5:51, 132 — Willey (I35) dec. Brandt 5-1, 138 — Krall (WV) dec. Egli 7-2, 145 — Even (WV) dec. Eliott 13-3, 152 — Schrader (WV) dec. Steinlage 8-1, 160 — Banger (WV) pinned Woosley, :49, 170 — Weepie (WV) dec. Kirkpatrick 12-0, 182 — Arzani (I35) tech fall over Little, 15-0, 195 — Michael (WV) pinned Watson, 3:01, 220 — Richards (WV) pinned Thompson, 1:46, 285 — Duffy (WV) pinned Hutton, 1:59, 106 — Huebner (WV) won by forfeit, 113 — Phillips (I35) dec. Welcher 6-0, 120 — Baker (I35) pinned Cox, 1:52.

Championship

LISBON 45, DON BOSCO 26

126 — Fox (DB) tech fall over Mohrfeld 16-0, 132 — Coo. Siebrecht (Lis) pinned Lugen, 5:10, 138 — McLaughlin (Lis) dec. Wettengel 16-6, 145 — Butteris (Lis) dec. Hellman 6-3, 152 — Even (DB) dec. McCoy 8-4, 160 — Kilburg (Lis) dec. Schmitz 12-2, 170 — Werderman (Lis) pinned Schares, 1:23, 182 — Jennett (Lis) dec. Sawvel 10-2, 195 — Carpenter (DB) won by forfeit, 220 — Even (DB) won by forfeit, 285 — O’Connor (Lis) pinned Svoboda, 3:31, 106 — Cob. Siebrecht (Lis) pinned Ayden Hahn, :10, 113 — Happel (Lis) pinned Youngblut, 1:21, 120 — Cole Thome (DB) pinned Abodeely, 1:12.

Class 2A

QUARTERFINALS — New Hampton def. Denver-Tripoli, 51-23, Davenport Assumption def. Creston 39-36, Solon def. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 62-12, Washington def. Atlantic 35-31.

SEMIFINALS — New Hampton def. Davenport Assumption, 46-24, Solon def. Washington, 61-12.

CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS — Denver-Tripoli def. Creston, 43-28, Sergeant Bluff-Luton def. Atlantic, 63-6.

FIRST —New Hampton 45, Solon 23

THIRD — Davenport Assumption 40, Washington 25

FIFTH —Denver-Tripoli 38, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 27

SEVENTH — Creston 49, Atlantic 13.

Summaries

NEW HAMPTON 51, DENVER-TRIPOLI 23

113 — Gabe Lewis (DT) dec. Mason Cleveland 5-0, 120 — Blake Steege (DT) dec. Max Babcock 4-1, 126 — Michael Millage (NH) pinned Mason Steck, :52, 132 — Noah Fye (NH) won by forfeit, 138 — Keaton Geerts (NH) pinned Derek Powers, :26, 145 — Keegan Tenge (NH) dec. John Ebaugh 8-0, 152 — Cael Krueger (DT) tech fall over Evan Rosonke 18-3, 160 — Drew Boeding (NH) pinned Ryan Maitland, 1:13, 170 — Ryan Gorman (NH) tech fall over Brady Brocka, 16-1, 182 — Noan Glaser (NH) pinned Trever Dorn, :36, 195 — Areon Day (NH) pinned Seth Damm, 1:09, 220 — Keenan Bahlmann (DT) won by forfeit, 285 — Brock Farley (DT) pinned Noah Fenske, 3:38, 106 — Dylan Robinson (NH) pinned Carter Littlefield, :52.

DENVER-TRIPOLI 43, CRESTON 28

120 — Lewis (DT) pinned Brayton Chestnut, 1:57, 126 — Blake Steege (DT) pinned Cade Vicker, 1:12, 132 — Riley Wright (DT) dec. Kelby Luther 14-4, 138 — Caleb Wilson (DT) dec. Trevor Marlin 15-10, 145 — Mitchel Swank (Crest) won by forfeit, 152 — Ebaugh (DT) dec. Brant Looney 11-5, 160 — Krueger (DT) pinned Sam Chapman, 3:10, 170 — Brocka (DT) pinned Kolby Tomas, 2:42, 182 — Chase Schlitz (Crest) pinned Dorn, 1:26, 195 — Jackson Mikkelsen (Crest) dec. Seth Damm 9-0, 220 — Kadon Hulett (Crest) pinned Bahlmann, 1:13, 285 — Farley (DT) dec. Cody Tanner 1-0, 106 — Jacob Moore (DT) pinned Hunter Fry, 1:19,, 113 — Jacob Goodson (Crest) pinned Littlefield, 1:56.

NEW HAMPTON 46, ASSUMPTION 24

120 — Babcock (NH) dec. Jacob Felderman 2-0, 126 — Millage (NH) dec. Sean Casey 15-5, 132 — Matt Robertson (DA) pinned Nolan Usher, 3:22, 138 — Noah Fye (NH) pinned Jayden Erdman-Fuller, 1:46, 145 — Keaton Geerts (NH) pinned Jack Thomas, 1:22, 152 — Keegan Tenge (NH) pinned Joe Deckert, 2:32, 160 — Julien Broderson (DA) pinned Evan Rosonke, :50, 170 — Gorman (NH) dec. Brock Timmons 6-1, 182 — Glaser (NH) dec. Peter Laubenthal 6-3, 195 — Areon Day (NH) pinned Seth Adrian, 1:26, 220 — Noah Broderson (DA) pinned Trevor Svec, 1:05, 285 — Nolan Melchert (DA) pinned Fenske, 2:28, 106 — Robinson (NH) dec. Trenton McDonough 6-0, 113 — Cleveland (NH) pinned Noah Weiman, 1:17.

Third place

DENVER-TRIP. 38, SGT. BLUFF-LUTON 27

126 — Wright (DT) pinned Ethan Baker, :46, 132 — Matthew Headid (SBL) pinned Steck, 3:26, 138 — Brayden Curry (SBL) dec. Caleb Wilson 2-0, 145 — Easton Graf (SBL) dec. Ebaugh 4-2, 152 — Krueger (DT) tech fall over Keyton Ruskamp 20-5, 160 — Alex Freiberg (SBL) pinned Maitland, 2:54, 170 — Gabe Warren (SBL) dec. Brocka 6-5, 182 — Kyle Benson (SBL) pinned Dorn, 1:20, 195 — Damm (DT) dec. Holsinger 8-7, 220 — Bahlmann (DT) pinned Calvin Sterk, 1:44, 285 — Farley (DT) pinned AJ Ellington, 5:02, 106 — Jacob Moore (DT) dec. Nathan Curry 7-4, 113 — G. Lewis (DT) pinned Dominique Hollowell, 1:05, 120 — Steege (DT) dec. Ethan Kempema 7-0.

Championship

NEW HAMPTON 45, SOLON 23

126 — Dr. West (Solon) pinned Usher, 2:00, 132 — Millage (NH) pinned Christian Haught, 1:59, 138 — Fye (NH) dec. Ben Carr 8-2, 145 — Geerts (NH) pinned Zack Bevans, 1:19, 152 — Tenge (NH) pinned Graeson Dall, 5:59, 160 — Trevor Nelson (Solon) dec. Gorman 7-3, 170 — Dillon Diltz (Solon) dec. Max Schwickereth 10-3, 182 — Glaser (NH) dec. Mike Hoyle 11-3, 195 — Areon Day (NH) pinned Zach Wegmann, 3:52. 220 — Hopp (NH) pinned Jackson Walker, 1:06, 285 — Tyler Linderbaum (Solon) pinned Fenske, 2:33, 106 — Robinson (NH) dec. Zeb Gnida 12-2, 113 — Cleveland (NH) dec. AIdan Dall 16-3, 120 — B. West (Solon) pinned Babcock, 2:26.

Class 3A

QUARTERFINALS — Southeast Polk def. Cedar Rapids Prairie, 36-19, Waverly-Shell Rock def. Western Dubuque, 43-30, West Des Moines Valley def. Indianola, 44-24, Fort Dodge def. North Scott, 30-27.

SEMIFINALS — Southeast Polk def. Waverly-Shell Rock, 40-25 , Fort Dodge def. WDM Valley, 34-31,

CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS — Cedar Rapids Prairie def. Western Dubuque, 47-21, North Scott def. Indianola, 37-28.

FIRST —Southeast Polk 48, Fort Dodge 18

THIRD — Waverly-Shell Rock 59, WDM Valley 12

FIFTH — North Scott 39, Cedar Rapids Prairie 22

SEVENTH — Western Dubuque 55, Indianola 15

Summaries

WAVERLY-S.R. 43, WEST. DUBUQUE 30

113 — Jacob Close (WD) pinned Damor Huges, 1:51, 120 — Dylan Albrecht (WSR) pinned JD Kluesner, 2:58, 126 — Byrson Hervol (WSR) dec. Nathan Betts 11-2, 132 — Bradan Birt (WD) pinned Dalton Rinnels, 3:30, 138 — Ryker Kurimski (WD) dec. Ian Heise 5-2, 145 — Elijah Demmer (WD) dec. Dalton Woodyard 2-1, 152 — Austin Yant (WSR) pinned Jackson Healey, 2:33, 160 — Zack Wagenhoffer (WSR) pinned Jake Hosch, 3:11, 170 — Trevor Byram (WSR) pinned Devin Ludwig, 3:11, 182 — Dylan Eggleston (WSR) dec. Kameron Kramer 7-5, 195 — Max Lyon (WD) won by forfeit, 220 — Jacob Eggleston (WSR) pinned Freddie Hosch, 1:48, 285 — Aaron Costello (WD) won by forfeit, 106 — Evan Yant (WSR) pinned Dawson Bierman, 1:03.

SE POLK 40, WAVERLY-S.R. 25

120 — Gauge Perrien (SEP) pinned Albrecht, :52, 126 — Adam Brown (SEP) tech fall over B. Hervol, 24-8, 132 — Cade Devos (SEP) dec. Heise 18-4, 138 — Nathan Lendt (SEP) dec. C. Hervol 15-3, 145 — Zach Barnes (SEP) pinned Jacob Hermann, 1:12, 152 — Woodyard (WSR) dec. Sawyer Shaw 6-0, 160 — Yatn (WSR) dec. Thaddeius Breitsprecker 13-5, 170 — Gavin Babcock (SEP) dec. Wagenhoffer, 6-4 SV, 182 — Gabe Christenson (SEP) dec. Byram 7-4, 195 — Cody Wonderlich (SEP) dec. Wolf 6-3, 220 — Eggleston (WSR) pinned Josiah Rowland, 1:58, 285 — Snyder pinned Josh Barron, 5:07, 106 — E. Yant (WSR) pinned Devin Harmison, 3:48, 113 — Mark Ames (SEP) pinned Hughes, 1:16.

Third place

WAVERLY-S.R. 59, W.D.M. VALLEY 12

126 — B. Hervol (WSR) pinned Chase Sandy, 1:56, 132 — Heise (WSR) pinned Todd Robinson, 1:58, 138 — C. Hervol (WSR) pinned Justin Jones, 4:38, 145 — Hermann (WSR) pinned Chase Stahl, 1:31, 152 — Colton Miller (WSR) won by forfeit. 160 — Gavin Wedemeier (WSR) pinned Jacob Schnoebelen, 1:48, 170 — Byram (WSR) pinned Bracken Cobb, 3:35, 182 — Brendan Myers (WDMV) pinned Carter Langreck, 1:34, 195 — D. Eggleston (WSR) pinned Juan Cruz Rodriguez, 4:42, 220 — Julius Imafidon (WDMV) dec. Sam Stover 6-2, 285 — Snyder (WSR) dec. Carter Lawrence 1-0, 106 — E. Yant (WSR) tech fall over Brendan Nielsen 18-1, 113 — Jackson Lukehart (WDMV) dec. Hughes 8-1, 120 — Andrew Schwab (WSR) dec. Noah Micka 7-5 SV.

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