DES MOINES – Top-ranked Pat Woods opened Saturday’s night competition with a first-period fall and Adam Reth and Dean Broghammer added titles at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Class 2A state wrestling championship at Wells Fargo Arena capped West Delaware’s first team championship since sweeping state meets in 1991.
“It’s kind of the West Delaware reunion,” Woods said. “That’s really special. It’s probably something I won’t forget.”
The biggest reminders will be a gold medal and large wall bracket.
Woods wasted little time against Center Point-Urbana’s Brock Rathbun in the 106-pound final. He scored a takedown 30 seconds into the match for a 2-0 lead. He laced up a double-bar arm and turned Rathbun, feeling confident and comfortable while getting back points.
“My game plan is to attack,” Woods said. “When I attack, I wrestle my best.”
Woods’ quest to be a state champion began in middle school and culminated with Saturday night’s performance. He appreciates the support from his parents, coaches, workout partners and fans.
“It was a weight off my shoulders,” Woods said. “A three-week state journey came to an end there.”
Rathbun became the Stormin’ Pointers first freshman finalist since Chris Halblom in 2008. Rathburn was not satisfied with just being a part of the ceremonies.
“Yeah, we’ve only had one person at Center Point get to the finals before, so it was one of my goals,” Rathbun said, “the other goal was to be a state champ, but just got to get there next year.”
He finished 41-3 and is confident he will get another shot.
“Well I made it my first year, so just keeping working like I did all summer,” Rathburn said. “I’ll get back.”
Here’s the full match video: