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Senior helps Lo-Mareturn to state, avenge loss

Senior helps Lo-Mareturn to state, avenge loss

IOWA WRESTLING

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LOGAN, Iowa — Christian Jensen knew this night wasn't about him. The Logan-Magnolia senior still couldn't help but get caught up in the moment.

The heavyweight saw his individual season come to an end at last weekend's sectional meet. He faced Missouri Valley's Seth Jimmerson in the semifinals that day, and a 4-2 overtime loss sealed his fate.

Both wrestlers met again Tuesday late in an Iowa Class 1-A regional dual that was still undecided. This time, Jensen landed a takedown to start the third period and held on to win 4-2. Jensen smashed his hands together twice and raised his arms as he walked off his hometown mat for the final time.

Fourth-ranked Logan-Magnolia rolled from there to halt Missouri Valley 50-24 and secure its third straight berth at the state dual meet in Des Moines. The fourth-seeded Panthers take on fifth-seeded Sibley-Ocheyedan Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena. They finished fifth last season.

"As a team, we worked hard and our goal was to get to Wells Fargo," Jensen said. "I knew I had to get it done to help get the dual win so I just went out and got 'er done. The team, they're like a second family to me at this point. Senior year and it's all about the team."

The Panthers routed Guthrie Center 54-19 in the semifinals while Missouri Valley bested Riverside 48-32. That set up a Harrison County showdown between programs separated by an eight-mile stretch of Highway 30. One side was trying for its 13th trip to state duals in 15 years, while the other aimed to make its debut.

"We didn't want to lose on our own mat against our rivals," junior 145-pounder Austin Haner said.

Competing in its 15th straight season of regional duals, Logan-Magnolia flashed experience with five bonus-point wins. Pins came from Drake Johnsen (195 pounds), Sidney Pitt (106), Remington Meeker (113) and Garret Thompson (126), while Haner added a technical fall.

Contact the writer: 712-325-5758, evan.bland@owh.com twitter.com/EvanBlandOWH Creston/O-M,

In other regionals:

Third-rated Creston/Orient-Macksburg and sixth-rated Sergeant Bluff-Luton advanced to the Class 2-A state dual tournament with a pair of regional victories, and they will meet each other in Des Moines.

Creston/O-M advanced to its seventh straight state tournament with regional victories over Perry (64-13) in the semifinals and Atlantic (40-21) in the finals.

Creston will be making its 12th state duals appearance, all in the last 15 years.

Creston, now 16-0 in duals, will face Sergeant Bluff-Luton (14-0) in an all-western Iowa 2-A state quarterfinal at 9 a.m. on Feb. 17 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

AHSTW finished second in the four-team Class 1-A regional dual competition, opening with a 53-27 semifinal win over OA-BCIG before falling 42-33 to host Westwood in the finals.

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