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By Mallory Dirks, Midland senior
DELHI – After sectionals at Maquoketa Valley, Midland’s is taking five wrestlers to the district meet at Jesup this Saturda.
Sophomore Madison Gravel (106 pounds), freshman Jadon Dodge (113) and seniors Kyle Pegorick (132), TJ Bowen (138) and Ryan Leonard (182) will be making the trip. Gravel, Dodge and Bowen all placed second at Sectionals, with Pegorick and Leonard taking first.
The team overall placed third, behind Alburnett and Maquoketa Valley.
Gravel, 35-11, received a first-round bye before beating Mike Jones of Ed-Co, 4-0. He moved on to the championship, where he lost to Zach Fowler, ranked No. 1 from Alburnett, by major decision, 11-2.
Dodge, 25-23, pinned Koda Kreunter from Maquoketa Valley in the first round, and then faced No. 1 Hunter Washburn of Alburnett and was pinned in the second round. He moved down to the consolation side of the bracket and beat Seth Heying of MFL MarMac, 9-6, to place second.
Pegorick, 45-1, also had a first-round bye and then pinned Seth Schlotterbeck of Central City/Springville in 3:53. He then faced Conner Shulista of Alburnett, who is ranked No. 1 and handed Pegorick his only loss this season. Pegorick avenged that loss, beating Shulista, 4-3, for first place.
Bowen, 43-3, had a bye first round and then pinned Bret Corlett of MFL MarMac in 4:53. He faced No. 4 Colton Martin of Alburnett in the finals, losing 6-4.
Leonard, 42-3, also got a bye in the first round and then pinned Ryan Mueller of Clayton Ridge in 50 seconds. He went on to pin Austin Hoyle of Alburnett in 1:17 for the title
Two out of the 15 ranked wrestlers at Maquoketa Valley sectional were Midland’s own Pegorick and Leonard, both at No. 5. There were seven ranked wrestlers in the Starmont Sectional.
After sectionals, all four Midland senior wrestlers now own at least 100 wins in their careers. Cole Miller got to celebrate his 100th win at sectionals. Bowen reached his at a team dual meet in Maquoketa Valley this season. Pegorick and Leonard reached theirs last season, Pegorick at a dual meet and Leonard at sectionals.
Pegorick reached his 150th win at Midland’s annual John Byers tournament, in the championship match, which was Pegorick’s last time wrestling in the Midland gym. Leonard is close to earning his 150th as well.
The five face more competition this Saturday, where they meet qualifiers from the Starmont sectional along with their own. The top two at each weight advance to state, which begins Feb. 14 in Des Moines.