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DES MOINES — The very first Iowa State Duals tournament in 1987 did not include Don Bosco of Gilbertville.

That hasn’t happened much since and it’s an event that has become a source of tremendous pride for the community of Gilbertville.

With a 38-27 victory over fellow Northeast Iowa powerhouse Denver in the Class 1A championship match Wednesday, the Dons collected their ninth State Duals championship, matching Davenport Assumption for the most titles by one program.

The victory marked the Dons’ first State Duals title since 2010.

“It has been a long time coming,” said Don Bosco head coach Tom Hogan, who won a traditional title with the Dons in 2012, but was without a State Duals crown. “It is a huge relief for sure for these guys and us as a staff.”

The Dons have missed the State Duals championships just once since 1998, and they were ready to go from the first whistle to the last Wednesday.

Don Bosco (27-1) rolled into the finals with a 65-8 win over West Sioux and then earned a hard-fought, 42-22, over Lake Mills in the semifinals for its 16th state finals trip and a chance to avenge its only loss, a 43-30 setback to Denver on Dec. 7.

The Dons had nine pins in the win over West Sioux, and then a pin, two technical falls and five major decisions against Lake Mills.

“This is where we want to be. I don’t think they want to settle for anything less than a gold trophy,” Hogan said after the semifinals.

The Dons didn’t settle.

Each team won seven weight classes in the finals, but the difference was the Dons’ bonus points in six of their victories — four pins, a technical fall and a forfeit at 195. The Cyclones had two pins and five decisions.

It came down to 160 with Don Bosco leading 32-27 and Denver needing a pin to beat the Dons.

But Don Bosco senior Austin Hellman delivered a 3-minute, 39-second pin of John Ebaugh to bring the Don Bosco bench to its feet in victory.

“It was nerve-racking,” Hellman said. “It got me going. It was intense. I needed to win that match. For myself, I needed to win that match.

“This means a lot. Last year we came real close, and this year we got it done.”

With Don Bosco up 9-0 early, Denver got a huge win at 220 when Trevor Dorn, trailing 14-4, reversed Austin Svoboda to his back and pinned him to pump some life and energy into the Cyclones.

Brock Farley tied it with a decision one match later at 285, and it was a dogfight the rest of the way.

“We knew we were in for a battle with these guys. They are tough,” Hogan said.

There was little disappointment for Denver coach Chris Krueger who led Denver-Tripoli to the 2A title in 2010.

“No shame for our guys. We battled. We were gritty all day and I’m proud as heck with our guys,” Kreuger said. “To put ourselves in a one-match situation for the state title, I’m pretty excited about that.

“Hats off to Don Bosco, a phenomenal team. What a battle. You’re never happy with finishing second, but no disappointment on our end.”

Denver reached the final with two knock-down, drag-out brawls. The Cyclones toppled Interstate 35 (Truro), 38-32, before upsetting defending 1A champion Lisbon, 38-35 in thrilling fashion.

Trailing 35-32 heading into the final match, Cyclone senior Caleb Wilson recorded a 34-second pin.

“Lots of gutsy performances,” Krueger said. “How fitting the only senior healthy enough to wrestle for us came through and got a pin.”

Results

CLASS 1A SCORES

First round — Don Bosco def. West Sioux 65-8, Lake Mills def. Missouri Valley 36-27, Lisbon def. Woodbury Central 55-12, Denver def. Interstate 35, 38-32.

Semifinals — Don Bosco def. Lake Mills, 42-22, Denver def. Lisbon, 38-35.

Consolation semifinals — West Sioux def. Missouri Valleuy 41-24, Interstate 35 def. Woodbury Central, 52-21.

Championship — Don Bosco def. Denver, 38-27.

Third place — Lake Mills def. Lisbon, 46-29.

Fifth place — Interstate 35 (Truro) 53, West Sioux 15

Seventh place — Woodbury Central 45, Missouri Valley 24

SUMMARIES

Denver 36, Interstate 35 32

152 — Caleb Wilson (Denver) dec. Brayden Egli, 14-7, 160 — Jacob Steinlage (I35) pinned Nathan Eggena, 4:59, 170 — Drew Kirkpatrick (I35) dec. John Ebaugh 11-1, 182 — Cael Krueger (Denver) tech. fall over Mason Woosley 16-1, 195 — Antonio Arzani (I35) dec. Brandon Maitland 13-2, 220 — Trevor Dorn (Denver) pinned Brock Thompson, 2:35, 285 — Brock Farley (Denver) dec. Jake Hutton 3-1 SV, 106 — Brooks Meyer (Denver) won by forfeit, 113 — Jacob Moore (Denver) pinned Tryston Palmer, 1:21, 120 — Casey Baker (I35) pinned Brody Shover, 2:50, 126 — Isaac Schimmels (Denver) dec. Brody Nelson 7-2, 132 — Gabe Lewis (Denver) pinned Evan Woosley, 3:02, 138 — Zac Willey (I35) pinned Alex Krabbenhoft, 1:26, 145 — Ethan Eliott (I35) pinned Ben Foelske, 2:24.

Don Bosco 65, West Sioux 8

152 — Logan Lutgen (DB) dec. Kory Van Oort, 7-2, 160 — Austin Hellman (DB) pinned Trevor Schuller, 3:12, 170 — Thomas Even (DB) pinned Neddy Montes, :47, 182 — Bryce Schares (DB) pinned Brian Duenas, 1:32, 195 — Wyatt Sawvel (DB) pinned Kyler Bak, :41, 220 — Wyatt Johnson (WS) dec. Dylan Rottinghaus 10-4, 285 — Noah Pittman (DB) pinned Eddie Topete, 3:38, 106 — Daniel Kimball (DB) pinned GIlberto Armenta, 3:13, 113 — Adam Allard (WS) tech. fall over Michael McClelland, 15-0, 120 — Cody Brown (DB) pinned David Chavez, 3:09, 126 — Easton Larson (DB) tech. fall over Seth Salker, 15-0, 132 — Hunter Youngblut (DB) pinned Saul Ortiz, 1:54, 138 — NIck Thome (DB) pinned Kaleb Schulup, 3:37, 145 — Cedric Yoder (DB) dec. Jeshua Cervantes, 7-5.

Denver 38, Lisbon 35

160 — Kaden Kilburg (Lisbon) dec. Ebaugh, 10-1, 170 — Bryce Werderman (Lisbon) pinned Eggena, :52, 182 — Krueger (Denver) pinned Cole Clark, 1:38, 195 — Jake Jennett (Lisbon) tech fall over Maitland, 22-7, 220 — Logan O’Connor (Lisbon) dec. Dorn, 2-1, 285 — Farley (Denver) pinned Braxton Kurtenbach, :22, 106 — Meyer (Denver) pinned Riley Dolan, :29, 113 — Moore (Denver) pinned Gage McCoy, :48, 120 — Cael Happel (Lisbon) tech fall over Schimmels, 26-11, 126 — Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) pinned Brody Shover, 1:15, 132 — Lewis (Denver) dec. Ryne Mohfeld, 5-0, 138 — Wright (Denver) tech fall over Clay McCoy, 20-3, 145 — Cooper Siebrecht (Lisbon) pinned Foelske, :09, 152 — Wilson (Denver) pinned Thatcher Krob, :34.

Don Bosco 42, Lake Mills 22

160 — Hellman (DB) dec. Elijah Wagner, 15-3, 170 — Cole Bergo (LM) pinned Even, 3:38, 182 — Drake Harnish (LM) pinned Schares, 4:54, 195 — Gabe Irons (LM) dec. Sawvel, 11-0, 220 — Svoboda (DB) pinned Max Johnson, 1:24, 285 — Pittman (DB) dec. Brett Tyler, 6-3, 106 — Kimball (DB) tech. fall over Jack Ramaker, 21-6, 113 — McClelland (DB) dec. Caiden Jones, 7-1, 120 — Frost (DB) dec. Tyler Helgeson 9-1, 126 — Larson (DB) dec. Alex Martinson 10-0, 132 — Wettengel (DB) dec. Casey Hanson, 9-0, 138 — Fox (DB) technical fal over Dalton Thorson, 16-0, 145 — Lutgen (DB) dec. Kyle Beery, 11-2, 152 — Alex Albert (LM) pinned Charlie Hogan, :42.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Don Bosco 38, Denver 27

170 — Even (DB) dec. Krueger, 5-4, 182 — Schares (DB) won by forfeit, 195 — Sawvel (DB) tech fall over Maitland, 26-11, 220 — Dorn (Denver) pinned Svoboda, 3:11, 285 — Farley (Denver) dec. Pittman, 3-0, 106 — Kimball (DB) pinned Meyer, 3:59, 113 — Moore (Denver) dec. McClelland, 7-5, 120 — Schimmels (Denver) pinned Frost, 1:43, 126 — Larson (DB) pinned Shover, 1:08, 132 — Lewis (Denver) dec. Wettengel, 4-1, 138 — Fox (DB) pinned Foelske, :34, 145 — Wright (Denver) dec. Rahnavardi, 9-7, 152 — Wilson (Denver) dec. Lutgen, 11-5, 160 — Hellman (DB) pinned Ebaugh, 3:39.

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