ELDRIDGE — Building up to a crescendo in its final matches of the day, North Scott made plenty of noise Saturday at the Iowa Class 3A district wrestling tournament it hosted Saturday.
The Lancers crowned four district champions and qualified a school-record 10 wrestlers for this week’s state meet with a dominating performance, beating runner-up Bettendorf by 40 points.
“Today is the day you work all year for, the day you want to put it together,’’ 285-pounder Cole Ernst said. “We all came out ready to go.’’
North Scott picked up pins in the finals from three of its champions — Jacob Schipper at 113, Caleb McCabe at 126, Wyatt Wriedt at 220 — and used a pair of third-period takedowns from Ernst to pull away for a 7-4 decision in his championship match at 285.
“We had the kind of day we wanted to have,’’ said Wriedt, who needed just 39 seconds to record his second pin of the day in a final against Carter Sergeant of Pleasant Valley. “We took care of business and now we get ready for state.’’
That extended to the wrestlebacks, where Drake Golinghorst bounced back from an 11-7 loss to Pleasant Valley’s Dermott Weldon in the final at 152 to earn a 9-6 decision over Joe Tyson of Bettendorf which allowed the junior to become the Lancers’ 10th state qualifier.
“You have to keep going, keep fighting for every point and every win you can,’’ Golinghorst said. “All of the work we put in all year in the room, all the time and training, it paid off today. It’s an awesome feeling.’’
Four Bettendorf wrestlers also claimed district championships Saturday, among a group of seven Bulldogs who will advance to state. Pleasant Valley finished fourth in the team race behind Burlington, but three Spartans won district titles and four advanced to state.
At 195, Davenport Central’s ninth-ranked Sam Serrano and 10th-rated Zach Petersen of North Scott were tied 7-7 after regulation. Following a scoreless overtime, the Blue Devils senior claimed a 10-8 decision in the first tiebreaker session.
“It’s my senior year and I just kept going, doing what I could to finish the match,’’ Serrano said. “I had to keep pushing ahead, keep after it and in the end it worked out. It’s a pretty good feeling.’’
Petersen still qualified for state as the runner-up, meeting at least one of his goals against Serrano.
“It’s not how you want the day to end, but he’s a good wrestler and who knows, maybe we’ll meet again,’’ Petersen said. “You learn every match. Then you get ready for the next one.’’
In the only other final between two state-ranked wrestlers, Bettendorf’s seventh-ranked Mason Morris followed a third-period escape by scoring a takedown with four seconds remaining to edge fourth-rated Collin Lewis of North Scott, 4-2.
“He beat me a couple of times earlier this year, coach (Dan) Knight said you’ll beat him when it counts and that’s what I did,’’ Morris said. “… He’s so long, I tried to keep my ties short and go after him that way. It was a good win to get.’’
Morris was joined on top of the podium by three teammates — Aiden Evans at 106, Will Jefferson at 132 and Alex Lopez, who won by a fall in 1:12 at 170. Evans won by medical default in his final and Jefferson claimed a 5-0 decision over North Scott’s Mayson Shannon.
In addition to Weldon at 152, the Spartans’ Eli Loyd at 120 and Ryan Loyd at 160 earned district titles. Eli Loyd pinned TJ Cole of Bettendorf in 1:29 and while Ryan Loyd won a 4-3 decision over North Scott’s John Behrens.
“He caught me earlier in the year and I felt like I had a good plan, I stuck with it and it worked,’’ Eli Loyd said. “This is the day when you want to be at your best. Now, it’s time to get ready for that next step.’’
Burlington crowned two district champs, Preston Terry at 145 and Spencer Sherwood at 182, while Davenport West and Muscatine each had wrestlers advance to state after finishing second.
The Falcons’ Wyatte Shade at 126 and Anthony Stock at 170 and the Muskies’ Nolan Bell at 285 qualified with runner-up efforts, including a win by Stock in the wrestlebacks.