DES MOINES — Area schools came up empty as far as state championship appearances Friday night during the Class 3A portion of the Iowa state wrestling championship semifinals at Wells Fargo Arena.
Looking to become Waterloo East’s first state finalist since Kyven Gadson in 2010, top-ranked Tyrell Gordon gave up take downs in the first and third periods and was unable to rally in a 5-3 loss to Iowa City High’s Jacob Dykes at 195.
Gordon reached the semifinals with a 3-1 victory over Gabe Christensen of Southeast Polk earlier Friday. Gordon, fourth last year at 182, can still finish as high as third.
Waverly-Shell Rock saw both of its semifinalists come up just short.
At 152, junior Jacob Hermann’s late rally fell short in a 9-4 loss to Harlan Steffensmeier of Fort Madison. Then at 195, sophomore Brayden Wolf fell behind 4-0 early and could not overcome that deficit in a 5-2 loss to Reece Bowlin of Indianola.
Five of the Go-Hawks’ six qualifiers will reach the podium with Dylan Albrecht (120), Dalton Woodyard (145) and Bryson Hervol (160) all having good weeks.
Albrecht, Hervol, Hermann and Wolf all return next season for W-SR.
“Breaks my heart to not get all six guys on there because that was the goal, but so happy for our five guys who did,” W-SR head coach Eric Whitcome said. “Four of those five kids have either never been here or placed at the state tournament. That is awesome.”
Cedar Falls junior Jakey Penrith will have a chance to finish as high as third at 113 after bouncing back from a quarterfinal loss in the morning with back-to-back wins in the consolation bracket, including a 6-2 win over Caleb Helgeson of Johnson to get him into the consolation semifinals.
Penrith finished seventh at 113 last February.