Make-or-break weekend is nearly here for Iowa wrestlers.
District meets in all three classes begin at noon Saturday across the state. The top two finishers at each weight advance to next week’s traditional state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The season’s final meet starts Thursday morning and runs through Feb. 16.
Wrestlers in Class 1-A and 2-A already earned the right to compete at districts after last weekend’s sectionals. Among western Iowa representatives, 69 will compete in 1-A, including 25 ranked wrestlers. No. 8 Underwood and Audubon each have six qualifiers, with 18 area schools represented overall.
In 2-A, western Iowa sends 56 — including 16 who are ranked — into district action. No. 5 Creston-Orient/Macksburg leads the way with 11 qualifiers, while Clarinda has nine and Atlantic and No. 10 Sergeant Bluff-Luton have seven apiece. Eleven schools got through at least one wrestler.
Class 3-A teams are bracing for their postseason openers. Council Bluffs schools Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Lewis Central join Glenwood, Sioux City East, Sioux City North and Sioux City West at Le Mars.
Here is western Iowa’s list of district participants:
106: Taylor Curtis, Underwood; Craig Rice, Southwest Iowa; Logan Wood, Corning. 113: Riley Klein, Underwood; Jacob Vogel, Riverside. 120: Tucker Bluml, Riverside; Tom Jennings, Underwood. 126: Andrew Foutch, Underwood; Zach Vance, Griswold. 132: Clay Harris, Riverside; Austin Dollen, Griswold. 138: Tanner Potter, Griswold; Lane Stortenbecker, East Mills; Jared Thompson, Nodaway Valley. 145: Cody Kingery, Underwood; Josh Metheny, Griswold; Jayden Erlandson, Nodaway Valley. 152: Josh Hopkins, East Mills; Nate Dunning, St. Albert; Kain Queck, Nodaway Valley. 160: Wyatt Lewis, St. Albert; Trevor Hough, Underwood. 170: Payton Housman, Riverside; Colby Jennings, East Mills. 182: Jake Lewis, St. Albert; Brandon Paulsen, Riverside; Zach Barton, Corning. 195: Sean O’Neill, St. Albert; Colton Story, East Mills. 220: Mark Hall, Southwest Iowa; Andy Kouri, St. Albert. 285: David Howell, East Mills; Jacob Steinbeck, Griswold.
At West Monona
106: Micah Hoffman, CRB; Kyle Juelsgaard, Audubon. 113: Christian Polley, Tri-Center; Austin Malloy, Exira-EHK. 120: Brad Kerkhoff, Audubon; Christian Hilgenberg, CRB. 126: Lucas Hedstrom, Woodbine; Andrew Malloy, Audubon. 132: Ridge Meeker, Lo-Ma; Zach Evans, CRB; Derik Bailey, MVAO. 138: Chase Petersen, Audubon; Brady Charbonneau, Lo-Ma. 145: Evan Hansen, Exira-EHK; Darrian Irlbeck, Tri-Center. 152: Loren Williams, Tri-Center; Keenan Bock, CRB; Logan Moore, West Monona; Isaac Jessen, MVAO. 160: Josh Matusik, Woodbine; Kyle Bauerkemper, AHST. 170: Mason Mentink, Woodbine; Jake Larson, AHST. 182: Jesse Svoboda, Audubon; Ben Wellman, Tri-Center. 195: Trey Sander, Exira-EHK; Darin Peterson, Woodbine. 220: Logan Melby, Lo-Ma; Matt Monahan, Woodbine. 285: Matt Fett, Audubon; Joe Graf, Lo-Ma; Cole Jensen, MVAO.
126: Jared Eischeid, Carroll Kuemper. 132: Alexander Schmitz, Carroll Kuemper. 145: Kolby Hilgenberg, Carroll Kuemper. 285: Alex Bruch, Carroll Kuemper.
106: Tanner Mertz, Red Oak; Nick Rounds, Missouri Valley; Devin Phaly, SBL; Jake Wulf, OA-BCIG. 113: Dusten Reed, Bedford; Zac McCoy, Shenandoah. 120: Blake Luna, Clarinda; Dillon Dox, Atlantic; Chris Hopkins, Harlan. 126: Geoff Sellers, Red Oak; Cole Race, Clarinda; Broghan Kelly, Harlan. 132: Reid Nichols, Atlantic; Joseph Heitshusen, Shenandoah; Colton McCrystal, SBL. 138: Brett Marcum, Missouri Valley; Trey Stickler, Clarinda; Steven Garcia, SBL. 145: Luke Strong, Clarinda; Matt Smith, Atlantic. 152: John Clark, Clarinda; Grant Christensen, Bedford; Bret Tomoson, SBL. 160: Dylon French, Bedford; Jon Sands, Red Oak; Adam Zaccone, Harlan. 170: Matthew Williamson, Atlantic; Christian Lauritsen, Clarinda; Cash Wilcke, OA-BCIG; Kollin George, SBL. 182: Cole Bonde, Bedford; Dustin Swindler, Clarinda. 195: Tyler Stork, Atlantic; Cain Johanns, Clarinda; Cale Stork, Harlan; Taylor Christensen, SBL. 220: Tyler Christensen, Atlantic; John Wohlers, Missouri Valley; Tyler Nguyen, SBL. 285: Dakota Calfee, Clarinda; Jez Phippen, Atlantic; Jordan Siebert, Harlan.
113: Kruz Adamson, Creston. 120: Wyatt Thompson, Creston. 126: Gage Cheers, Creston. 132: Joey Huntington, Creston. 138: Jake Marlin, Creston. 145: Jacob Johnston, Creston. 152: Gavin Leith, Creston. 160: Trevor Frain, Creston. 182: Seth Maitlen, Creston. 195: Keaton Hulett, Creston. 285: Nathan Robinson, Creston.
106: Alex Anson, Sioux City Heelan. 195: Christian Brobst, Sioux City Heelan. 220: Omar Marquez, Sioux City Heelan.