DES MOINES – On a night when history was made, Union Community’s Max Thomsen took one step closer to making his own and older brother, locking climbed one step higher.
Max Thomsen captured his second state title in two seasons and Logan Thomsen in his first championship in three attempts at the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 2A state wrestling tournament Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Max Thomsen, a sophomore 126-pounder, scored a takedown in the first period, leading to a 3-1 win over Kyle White of Central Springs. He improved to 49-0 and helped the Knights finish fourth as a team with 81 points.
The victory was tighter than most of the top-ranked Thomsen’s matches. The early ankle-pick for two points was important, but not as much as his work on top in the final period.
“It was key, but my biggest thing is my riding,” Thomsen said. “He didn’t get his escape until late.”
He approached it like his 2012 113-pound championship bout.
“It was just like my first title,” Thomsen said. “I just focus on this title. I forgot about last year when I went out there.
“Every time you make the state finals you never know if you’re going to get back there, so you have to make the most of it.”
Logan Thomsen, made the most of his final chance in the state finals. Thomsen dominated Perry’s Jackson VanKirk, scoring a 16-0 technical fall. It was the first time Union crowned two champs in the same year since Bart Mehlert and Trey Clark won titles at 140 and 189 in 2000.
Logan Thomsen (47-1) was a two-time runner-up and placed third. All were brackets won by Marlin and Sorensen.
“It feels damn good to get thereafter three years of coming up short,” Logan Thomsen said. “It also feels good to tie one on with my brother, too.”
Logan Thomsen wrestled part of the season, but didn’t feel comfortable with the drop, especially after a loss to Sorensen.
“I lifted every single day, preparing for this,” Logan Thomsen said. “I worked on my conditioning more than I ever have. I wanted it really bad this year.”
The older Thomsen put VanKirk on his back in the first, building a 5-0 lead and ended it in the final minute. It was a perfect ending.
“My goal was to ride him like a dog,” Logan Thomsen said. “Pick up points whenever.”
Here’s video of Max Thomsen’s full match: