VAN HORNE — For Logan Thomsen, being the best now does not mean he can’t be better.
The Union Community senior knows he has to be to the best when it means the most.
Thomsen, a two-time state finalist and three-time medalist, remained undefeated, claiming the 145-pound title in a tough bracket with five ranked wrestlers Saturday at Benton Community’s Bobcat Jerry Eckenrod Invitational. Class 2A top-ranked West Delaware won the team title with 270 1/2 points, 101 more than runner-up Williamsburg. Union was third with 164 1/2.
Second-ranked Thomsen dropped West Delaware’s No. 3 Zach Muller, 5-2, in the finals. Thomsen scored takedowns in the first two periods, adding a second-period escape. He advanced to the championship bout with a 5-0 victory over fourth-ranked Chase Straw, of Independence.
“I felt I wasn’t as sharp as I could have,” said Thomsen, the Class 2A 138-pound state runner-up. “All I had to do was keep motoring along and I eventually overwhelmed them.”
Thomsen (22-0) hasn’t been tested much this season. The two decisions were beneficial challenges, despite Thomsen wanting to distanced himself from his foes.
“He had a couple good matches. Logan hasn’t seen many of those, so that was good for him,” Union Coach Pat Hogan said, “He gets frustrated because he thinks he needs to pin or beat everyone bad. Those are good wins against good kids.”
It isn’t the victory he desires the greatest. Thomsen has finished third or higher all three years, placing behind Creston-OM’s Jake Marlin and Denver-Tripoli’s Brandon Sorensen — University of Iowa recruits attempting to become the state’s 22nd and 23rd four-time state champs. The distinction does not set well with him. Sorensen is ranked first at 145 in 2A.
“It keeps me on edge not having that title yet, so I’ll still be working harder every practice,” Thomsen said. “I keep that in my mind. It keeps me motivated.”
Hogan said Thomsen is putting himself in the position to be a state champion.
“He’s working,” Hogan said. “He’s doing everything he can to do that. Let the chips fall where they may. If he does everything he can, you can’t ask for anything more. I think he knows that, so he’s going to do everything possible.”
Thomsen was joined by top-ranked 126-pound brother, Max Thomsen, and `Austin Dengler (138) as Knights champions. Dengler overcame a 4-1 deficit to pin 1A’s fifth-ranked Jason Crosby, of Eddyville-Blakesburg.
North-Linn’s Taylor Michael also knocked a ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg opponent. Michael (22-1) scored an escape with nine seconds left to beat No. 4 Dillon Pigsley for the 182 crown.
“It’s a decent win,” Michael said. “I have a lot to improve on still … It puts a lot of belief in myself that I can win it all.”
Michael’s win came on the heels of top-ranked teammate Brendan Schott’s title at 170. Schott (20-0) beat Independence’s 2A sixth-ranked Kyle Fank, 7-0, after the Lynx John Pint earned runner-up behind Don Bosco’s Jake Hogan at 160. The trio motivates one another when they have success the mat.
“It’s a chain reaction,” Michael said. “It gives us the push to push the pace a little bit.”
None of the teams could keep pace with West Delaware. The nationally ranked Hawks crowned five champions, advancing seven to the finals. Pat Woods (106), 113-pounder Zach Less, Jake Voss (152), Adam Reth at 220 and heavyweight Dean Broghammer won titles. West Delaware had 13 wrestlers place, including 12 sixth or better.
“It was good for all of our guys,” West Delaware Coach Jeff Voss said. “We’re all going to leave here with something we can get better at. That’s what we needed.
“It was a total team effort.”
With top-ranked upper weights getting most of the attention, it was the two smallest Hawks that provided the spark in the finals. Top-ranked Woods needed just 33 seconds to deck Don Bosco’s Jordan Schmitz. Less, ranked second, switched from single-leg to cradle and recorded a fall in 18 seconds.
“They get to work out with each other every day,” Voss said. “Sometimes people forget after the big guys they have two little guys they have to worry about, too. It’s nice to have a group of five guys there that can compete with anybody.”
In a matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 ranked wrestlers in 1A, Don Bosco’s second-ranked Dylan Rhoads scored an escape 12 seconds into the ultimate tiebreaker for a 4-3 win over Eddyville-Blakesburg’s No. 1 Blake Marolf in the 132-pound championship.
BENTON COMMUNITY BOBCAT JERRY ECKENROD INVITATIONAL
At Van Horne
Teams – 1. West Delaware 270.5, 2. Williamsburg 169.5, 3. Union Community 164.5, 4. Independence 164, 5. Don Bosco 152.5, 6. Eddyville-Blakesburg 141.5, 7. Waterloo West 109, 8. Benton Community 98.5, 9. North Linn 91, 10. C.R. Washington 83, 11. Vinton-Shellsburg 67, 12. Belle Plaine 51, 13. Centerville 45, 14. Maquoketa 42, 15. Anamosa 0.
106 pounds - Pat Woods (WD) pinned Jordan Scmitz (DB), :33; 113 – Zach Less (WD) pinned Grant Barron (DB), :19; 120 – Jeren Glosser (EB) pinned Garrett Owens (Cen), 1:38; 126 – Max Thomsen (UC) pinned Caleb Studebaker (Ind), :40; 132 – Dylan Rhoads (DB) dec. Blake Marolf (EB), 4-3 (UTB); 138 – Austin Dengler (UC) pinned Jason Crosby (EB), 2:54; 145 – Logan Thomsen (UC) dec. Zach Muller (WD), 5-2; 152 – Jake Voss (WD) dec. Jacob Holschlag (UC), 7-1; 160 – Jake Hogan (DB) dec. John Pint (NL), 9-5; 170 – Brendan Schott (NL) dec. Kyle Fank (Ind), 7-0; 182 – Taylor Michael (NL) dec. Dillon Pigsley (EB), 1-0; 195 – Marcus Harrington (WW) dec. Jacyn Goebel (WD), 9-6; 220 – Adam Reth (WD) dec. Corbin Blythe (Will), 6-4 (SV); Hwt. – Dean Broghammer (WD) pinned Josh Clark (UC), 2:51.