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Wed
20
Feb

Johansen 8th at State Wrestling; team 49th

 

3 of 4 Hawk wrestlers win at least once

Johansen 8th at State Wrestling; team 49th

By Jerry Wadian

Possibly the last North Fayette Hawk wrestling team in school history went out in a blaze of glory, as Tyler Johansen fought his way to eighth place, as Dalton Lape and Zach Bruns each won a match at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Jordan Larson lost both matches, but the experience will help the sophomore next year with a new team under the whole-grade sharing agreement with Valley.

As a team, the Hawks finished in a tie with Southeast Warren for 49th with 10 points.  Alburnett won the team title with 138 points; Emmetsburg was a distant runner-up with 76 points. Two other UIC teams also did well as South Winn came in at 35th and Sumner-Fredericksburg, who won the UIC, placed 37th.

To get to the State Meet, a wrestler has to face some tough competition in Sectional and District action.

When in Des Moines, each bracket has 16 of the best wrestlers in the entire state in that class. Everyone is tough.

 

Johansen continued his late-season surge by wrestling back from a first-round loss to place eighth at 220.

The sophomore opened against an undefeated opponent in Iowa City Regina’s Daniel Gaffey (40-0). Johansen lost by fall in 2:26.

Johansen won his next two matches. He threw Chance Wursta (37-12) from Eddyville-Blakesburg. The first period was scoreless, but the sparks flew over the next two minutes as Johansen earned a quick escape and takedown for 3-0 lead. An escape and takedown put him up, 5-1,with the winning throw coming in 3:41.

 Next, Johansen edged Levi Paulson (46-6) of Woodbury Central in a barn-burner, 6-5. Johansen opened fast with two early takedowns to build a 4-0 lead. After that, he used a pair of escapes to fend off a Paulson rally.

However, the Hawk lost to Michael Davidson (28-7) when he got caught early and thrown in 18 seconds. In the match for seventh, Johansen dropped a 5-2 decision to Kevin Tiach (42-9).

Bruns won his opening match at 132 with a 7-1 decision over Erik Freed (43-7), using a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second to take a 3-0 lead. The sophomore crafted a pair of takedowns in the final period for the 7-1 win.

The round-two match against Logan Loftus (50-4) of Iowa Valley was close. The first period was scoreless, but Bruns opened the second period with a reversal to take a 2-0 lead. Loftus made the escape and opened the final period with another to tie the match at 2-2. Loftus, who went on to win the 132 pound title, won a 4-2 decision with a late takedown.

In the final match, Bruns couldn’t handle Emmetsburg senior Tyler Leuer, dropping a 10-2 major decision in his third match in Des Moines.

Dalton Lape finished his junior season with a 1-2 record at State. He never led in getting taken down by Cody Thompson (38-13) in 3:45.

Undeterred, Lape came back to throw Iowa Valley’s Cody Dee (46-4) in the opening 13 seconds of the second period; Lape was up, 2-1, at the time. The throw was his 30th of the season and 68th of his career; both will potentially stand forever as school records at North Fayette.

East Buchanan senior Luke Bird (30-5) ended Lape’s run at State with a throw in 4:53.

Larson lost a 10-1 major decision in round one to Brad Kerkoff (44-8). The senior from Audubon used four takedowns to win a 10-1 major decision.

In round two, Larson was taken down early by Tucker Bluml (38-26) and thrown in 35 seconds.

After the meet was over, head coach Jacob Pedersen commented, “I am thrilled that three of the four won matches. It is a great learning experience and should give them confidence in the next few years.

“I know the wrestlers are not satisfied with how the weekend ended, so next year is going to be a fun and determined year for the team.”

Individual Hawk Results

120- Larson (0-2)- lost 10-1 dec. to Kerkoff (Aud); thrown by Bluml (RIVO), 0:35.

132- Bruns (1-2)- dec. Freed (MNTA), 7-1; lost 4-2 dec. to Loftus (IAVA); lost 10-2 dec. To Leuer (EMMT).

220- Johansen (2-3)- thrown by Gaffey (REG), 2:26; threw Wursta (EBF), 3:41; dec. Paulsen (WODC), 65; thrown by Davidson (RV), 9-5; lost 5-2 dec. to Tiach (WHB).

Hwt- Lape (1-2)- thrown by Thompson (GTRA), 3:45; threw Van Dee (IAVA), 2:13; thrown by Bird (EB), 4:53.

Wed
13
Feb

Tiger girls bow out early

 

Tiger girls bow out early

 

 

Wed
13
Feb

State Wrestling Meet 2012 Schedule Class 1A

 

Wed
13
Feb

Hawks send 4 to State Wrestling

Hawks send 4 to State Wrestling

 

Best showing in 27 years

Hawks send 4 to State Wrestling

 

 

Wed
13
Feb

Decorah Swim Team Photo

Decorah Swim Team photo

 

Decorah Swim team coach, and West Union native, Stephanie Drewes recognized the following local student-athletes at the recent Decorah Swim Team Awards Night Kody Miller (NF), Mitchell Carlson (Valley), Sam Poppen (NF), Trevor Massman (NF), and J.D. Prentice (Valley). (Photo submitted)

 
Wed
06
Feb

2 great rounds not enough for Tigers

Atikinson wins 100th

 

 

 

 

Atkinson wins 1ooth match

2 great rounds not enough for Tigers

 

Wed
06
Feb

Valley boys open playoffs at home

 

Valley boys open playoffs at home

 

Wed
30
Jan

Hawk wrestlers win 2 duals, 2nd at Riceville

Lape ties school record for pins

North Fayette wrestlers went to 8-4 on the season Thursday night when they swept a pair of matches at Guttenberg. It marked the first time this season that NF had wrestlers at all 14 weights.

Saturday, the Hawks finished second to Class 2A Crestwood at the Riceville Tournament. Tyler Johansen (195) and Dalton Lape (Hwt) claimed gold medals.

North Fayette’s Tom Miller moves a recent opponent into a pinning position. The Hawk 145-pounder won by throw and forfeit Thursday at Clayton Ridge. He won bronze at the Riceville Tournament on Saturday with a 3-1 record. (Kris Van Sickle photo)

Wed
30
Jan

Tigers beat Devils

The Tiger girls' basketball team rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to edge West Central in a low-scoring contest, 30-27, Tuesday, (Jan. 15) at Valley.

Thursday's contest against Waterloo Lutheran was postponed until Jan. 24.

Wed
30
Jan

Hawk girls take out Tigers

Hawk girls take out Tigers

Kapnisis sets school record for blocks

Once again, North Fayette girls' basketball dominated the Valley girls. This time the score was 52-31 Friday in West Union.

North Fayette’s Vicky Kapnisis (44) is a shot-blocking machine as Valley’s Mallory Burrack (15) found out when she tried to drive the lane Friday night in West Union. Also in the action is NF’s Stephanie Nuss (42). Kapnisis came into the weekend with 83 blocks, tying her for second in Class 2A and for third in the entire state. She added 10 more Friday night giving her 963, eight more than Tammy Lansing’s single-season mark set in 2005-2006. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

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