CEDAR RAPIDS – The pillow will feel a little softer, the bed cozier and the dreams more pleasant.
They are a reward for a job well done, and Alburnett senior Grant Henderson earned it.
Henderson scored three unanswered points to avenge a loss to West Delaware’s Jake Voss, claiming a 3-2 win and the 152-pound championship Saturday at Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s J-Hawk Invitational. West Delaware won the team title with 231 points, 16 ahead of the Pirates.
Voss, ranked third in Class 2A, beat Henderson, ranked No. 2 in 1A, by a point in the Five Seasons Duals last month.
“It’s probably going to help me sleep a little better,” Henderson said. “I’ve been wanting it for a long time. It feels good to get that one back.”
Henderson (26-2) found himself in a hole when Voss took a 2-0 lead with a second-period reversal. The area Voss (27-3) exposed in the first match produced Henderson in the second. Henderson escaped in the second and then added his own reversal in the third, riding Voss out for the win. A far cry from when he was ridden for most of the match in December.
“We chose down,” Alburnett Coach Kane Thompson said. “You work on that and believe in the work you put in.”
The deficit didn’t worry Henderson, believing in his conditioning to maintain his intensity.
“I knew I had to keep working,” Henderson said. “I was down a little bit, but you have to have confidence in your training and keep pushing.”
The win provides a boost for Henderson, who owns state title dreams.
“It’s going to fuel me for February,” Henderson said. “That’s what you really want.”
Pirates teammate Colton Martin wanted a little revenge of his own. He waited an entire year to face Fort Madison’s Clayton Hocker, who beat him here last year. Martin redeemed himself in the rematch with a 3-1 win for the 138-pound title.
“I don’t like like to lose and when I did it upset me,” Martin said. “I trained harder. I felt I was prepared for it and maybe he wasn’t.”
Martin (27-1) scored three points in the second period, including a takedown in the final moments, to come out on top. Like his teammate, it was good to get revenge and gold Saturday, but there are bigger goals to accomplish.
“It was a good win, because he was a good kid,” Martin said. “In the grand scheme of things it’s just another match under my belt to get me to what I want, which is a state title.”
Alburnett 160-pounder Dylan Windfield (26-1) passed a gut check with a strong come-from-behind 6-4 victory in overtime against Clinton’s Dillon Chase. Windfield scored two takedowns in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. He capped the comeback with a takedown 25 seconds into the one-minute sudden death period.
“Windfield just outworked that guy in the end,” Thompson said. “It was good to see.”
The 1A top-ranked Pirates were focused on finishing strong unlike last weekend, according to Thompson. They finished with five champions. Jacob Koch (22-9) captured the first crown with a 3-0 win over Clinton’s Curtis Ilg at 126.
Alburnett freshman Conner Shulista (28-0) continued his dominant performance, following two pins with a 15-4 major decision over Fort Madison’s 3A fifth-ranked Christian Dunn for the 132 crown. It helped Alburnett pull within two points of the lead after Zach Hoyle’s pin in the third-place match, which avenged an earlier loss as well.
It wasn’t enough to overcome a more balanced effort by 2A’s top-ranked West Delaware. The Hawks were without gold until their biggest, and arguably their best, took the mat. Jacyn Goebel (195), Adam Reth at 220 and heavyweight Dean Broghammer closed the day with titles.
“On the bright side, we had 11 in the top four,” West Delaware Coach Jeff Voss said. “Our goal was to wrestle to and above our seed. We did that in nine of 14 weights.”
Goebel (28-1) and Reth (28-0) posted pins in their championship bouts. Broghammer, ranked first in 2A, used a late five-point move for a 7-4 win over Marshalltown’s Pedro Gomez, ranked fifth in 3A.
Broghammer (30-0) hadn’t allowed a single point until this season before Saturday’s championship match. He expected a tough battle, but his unbeaten record was in jeopardy when Gomez scored a second takedown with less than a minute to go for a 4-2 lead.
“I just thought I need to reverse him and take him to his back,” Broghammer said. “I took a deep breath and wrestled my match.”
On command, Broghammer managed the points he needed to remain perfect. He felt better in the final seconds with a win in hand, despite disappointment his goal to not surrender a point for the year was dashed.
“There was a sense of relief,” Broghammer said. “I relaxed a little bit and then focused on wrestling.”
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Drake Allen provided the highlights for the host J-Hawks, who placed fourth with 124. Allen won the 182-pound title with an 18-10 win over Clinton’s Josiah Molina.
“It was nice to win it and represent our team,” said Allen, improving to 21-7. “It’s always just fun to win, too.”
He was dominant in the finals, scoring three takedowns in the opening period. He continued being aggressive, building a 13-5 lead after two periods.
“Classic Drake,” Jefferson co-head coach Matt Orton said. “He’s powerful and explosive when he needs to be.”
It was a turnaround from his semifinal victory where he had to score late to force overtime where he secured the winning takedown with 38 seconds to go in sudden victory. he left nothing to chance for the gold, listening to Orton’s advice to be more offensive.
“I started early and pushed the pace,” Allen said. “The other guy wasn’t able to keep up. It’s better than having to battle back.”
Fort Madison’s Bryce Meyer (22-0) was named the Outstanding Wrestler, beating Alburnett state champion Hunter Washburn, 13-3, for the 113-pound title.
At C.R. Jefferson
Teams - 1. West Delaware 231, 2. Alburnett 215, 3. Clinton 188, 4. C.R. Jefferson 124, 5. Fort Madison 119, 6. Fort Dodge 116, 7. Johnston 97.5, 8. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 95.5, 9. Oskaloosa 80.5, 10. Boone 76, 11. Marshalltown 59, 12. Benton Community 54.5, 13. Dubuque Hempstead 43.5, 14. Lake Forest Academy (Ill.) 10, 15. Waterloo East 6.
106 pounds - Henry Pohlmeyer (John) dec. Pat Woods (WD), 1-0; 113 - Bryce Meyer (FM) major dec. Hunter Washburn (Alb), 13-3; 120 - Hunter Genco (Clin) major dec. Chase Seaney (FM), 15-7; 126 - Jacob Koch (Alb) dec. Curtis Ilg (Clin), 3-0; 132 - Conner Shulista (Alb) major dec. Christian Dunn (FM), 15-4; 138 - Colton Martin (Alb) dec. Clayton Hocker (FM), 3-1; 145 - Alex Caldwell (Clin) dec. Zach Muller (WD), 7-3; 152 - Grant Henderson (WD) dec. Jake Voss (WD), 3-2; 160 - Dylan Windfield (A) dec. Dillon Chase (Clin), 6-4 (SV); 170 - Duke Egli (FD) dec. Andrew Landgrebe (O), 12-8; 182 - Drake Allen (CRJ) major dec. Josiah Molina (Clin), 18-10; 195 - Jacyn Goebel (WD) pinned Matt Vandegrift, :28; 220 – Adam Reth (WD) pinned Gannon Gremmel (DH), 2:34; 285 – Dean Broghammer (WD) dec. Pedro Gomez (Mar), 7-4.
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