DES MOINES — It was the type of finish a coach wants.
Waverly Shell-Rock won all five of its placing matches Saturday to close out its portion of the Class 3A state wrestling tournament.
“It feels pretty dang good to finish that out 5-0,” Go-Hawks head coach Eric Whitcome said. “We went out and were the aggressors and it paid off for us. Hopefully for the five guys who get to come back next year, this is kind of building block in the way we finished the tournament off.”
The Go-Hawks finished 16th with 38 1/2 points.
Dylan Albrecht took seventh at 120, Dalton Woodyard, the lone senior of W-SR’s six state qualifiers, was seventh at 145, Jacob Hermann was fifth at 152, Bryson Hervol was seventh at 170 and Brayden Wolf was fifth at 195.
W-SR will return five state qualifiers, all of whom either won a medal this week or in previous seasons.
FINISHING STRONG: Waterloo East senior and Northern Iowa recruit Tyrell Gordon shook off a disappointing semifinal loss to finish third at 195.
Gordon topped Ashton Stoner-DeGroot of Cedar Rapids Prairie, his first-round opponent, 8-0, in the consolation semifinals before edging Southeast Polk’s Gabe Christenson, 7-5 in sudden victory for third.
Gordon finished his season 47-3.
Cedar Falls junior Jakey Penrith captured the second medal of his career, as well, finishing sixth at 113. A year ago he finished seventh at the same weight.
INDIVIDUALS HONORED: Several former wrestlers and coaches were honored before the finals.
The IHSAA inducted former Waverly-Shell Rock head coach Rick Caldwell, former Waterloo East three-time state finalist Don Buzzard Jr., and Wartburg All-American Mark Kist into its Hall of Fame.
Buzzard won state titles in 1963 and 1964 and was a two-time NCAA qualifier at Iowa State.
During a 19-year coaching career that had stops at Iowa Falls, Ames and W-SR, Caldwell coached 113 state qualifiers, 78 medal winners and 21 state champions.
He won five traditional and four dual state championships with the Go-Hawks. The 2008 W-SR team still holds the all-time scoring record with 225 points.
Cedar Falls director of athletics Gary Koenen was named the Iowa Athletic Director of the Year. During his tenure in Cedar Falls, Koenen has watched the Tigers capture 26 state titles in 10 different sports.