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NEW HAMPTON — Noah Fye’s senior-season reboot went off without a hitch during Saturday afternoon’s Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament inside a familiar and packed New Hampton gymnasium.

A three-time state semifinalist, Fye advanced one step closer to a fourth trip to Des Moines as he worked a pair of cradles for pins in the first period en route to a 145-pound championship. It marked Fye’s first matches since partially tearing his MCL on Jan. 12.

The talented senior may be the final piece of the puzzle for The Predicament’s top-ranked New Hampton/Turkey Valley team. The Chickasaws look to upgrade their traditional state trophy after finishing one point back of Solon in second place a year ago.

NH/TV won nine sectional championship matches by pin and advanced 12 wrestlers into next week’s district meet in Parkersburg.

Saturday’s postseason victory came one week removed from a three-way battle NH/TV survived to bring a Northeast Iowa Conference crown back to New Hampton for the first time since 2004. Fye tested his knee out the Friday prior to that conference tournament, but opted to play it safe.

It took Fye seven seconds to pin his sectional semifinal opponent. And while he would have preferred to get into his attacks quicker in the finals, he said it felt good to finish once he did.

“I didn’t wrestle at conference because it wasn’t 100 percent,” Fye said. “Bigger picture is sectionals, districts.

“This week I pretty much took it full-speed ahead the whole week. I rode the bike and was in pretty good shape so I didn’t have to worry about that. ... I’ve just got to go out there and wrestle. If I think about trying to avoid a certain position, then I’m not going to wrestle like I can. I felt good.”

Practice partner Michael Blockhus feels Fye completes his team’s talented arsenal.

“It’s huge for us as a whole,” said Blockhus, a three-time state finalist and two-time champion. “We love having all our guys all together. It really sets a tone and brings our mood up. He (Fye) is going to make some noise.”

New Hampton/Turkey Valley coach Nick Hemann added that time away from competition has helped Fye develop a stronger voice.

“He’s a huge leader so when he wasn’t out there wrestling the last three weeks, he’s been a great teammate coaching guys up,” Hemann said. “It’s probably made him better, honestly, sitting out and having to talk to guys. It’s a true testament to Noah.”

In addition to Fye, 170-pound senior Cale Reicks — one of four additions from Turkey Valley — has been another valuable leader during the first season of this merged program. Reicks was among the large NH/TV contingent who pinned their way on to districts.

“Cale is just an exceptional kid, very highly regarded at Turkey Valley, so having him on board as coachable as he is has really helped us encompass everyone else,” Hemann said. “It’s been a great relationship.”

Wrestlers from the two schools have quickly become a united team.

“At the beginning of the year with those guys, it was a whole new start because we didn’t really know them that much,” Fye said “I feel like the whole team is coming together at the right time, so it should be fun to get together and make a run.”

Added Blockhus, “I think this is the best team I’ve ever been a part of. We’re closer together than we ever have been. I’m excited for the state tournament because this team — once they get rolling — you can’t stop them.”

In addition to NH/TV’s big day, Charles City’s Dylan Koresh (152) and Tylor Zuspan (heavyweight) secured championship pins. Aplington-Parkersburg senior Hunter Maitland reached his first district tournament with a championship at 182.

Results

HOW THEY FINISHED

Team Pts. Adv.

N. Hamp./Turk. Vall. 289 12

Charles City 170.5 7

South Hardin/BCLUW 166 4

Hampton-Dumont 152 2

Apl.-P’burg/Grundy Ctr. 127 3

Glad.-Reinbeck/N. Tama 94 0

106 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Johnny Dreckman (NHTV) pinned Abe Scheideman (HD), 3:14.

SECOND — Scheideman.

113 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Taylor Kolthoff (SHBC) dec. Bronson Forsyth (CC), 5-0.

SECOND — Forsyth.

120 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Carson Babcock (NHTV) pinned Alec Staudt (CC), 1:24.

SECOND — Staudt tech fall over Jaycob Martzahn (HD), 17-2.

126 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Mason Cleveland (NHTV) pinned Shadner Anderson (SHBC), 0:27.

SECOND — Nathan Klahsen (APGC) pinned Anderson, 0:25.

132 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Max Babcock (NHTV) pinned Coby Willett (SHBC), 3:14.

SECOND — Willett pinned Parker Allen (HD), 2:26.

138 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Michael Blockhus (NHTV) pinned Neifer Ralston (SHBC), 0:31

SECOND — Brier Uhlenhoop (APGC) pinned Ralston, 1:04.

145 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Noah Fye (NHTV) pinned Koty Kruse (SHBC), 0:56

SECOND — Kruse dec. Cole Reams (CC), 3-1

152 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Dylan Koresh (CC) pinned Clayton Taylor (NHTV), 1:55.

SECOND — Taylor.

160 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Cale Reicks (NHTV) pinned Elliott Sinnwell (CC), 2:54.

SECOND — Sinnwell dec. Josh Kew (HD), 14-2

170 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Noah Glaser (NHTV) pinned Jack Sindlinger (CC), 1:27.

SECOND — Sindlinger dec. Trey Barz (HD), 18-6.

182 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Hunter Maitland (APGC) dec. Evan Rosonke (NHTV), 9-3.

SECOND — Rosonke.

195 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Dalton Chipp (HD) dec. Max Schwickerath (NHTV), 3-0.

SECOND — Schwickerath.

220 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Areon Day (NHTV) pinned Josh Halligan (CC), 1:06.

SECOND — Halligan.

285 POUNDS

CHAMPIONSHIP — Tylor Zuspan (CC) pinned Ryne Fuller (SHBC), 0:40.

SECOND — Fuller pinned Tom Clark (NHTV), 2:12.

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