DUBUQUE — Rylan Hughbanks is still a wrestling novice.
With just a couple years in the sport, the Bettendorf junior is headed to the Iowa state tournament.
Hughbanks was one of eight Bulldogs to advance through Saturday's Class 3A district meet at Dubuque Senior.
"Those are cool stories as a coach," Bettendorf coach Dan Knight said. "He's one of those kids who is all in and wants to learn as much as he can.
"He's pretty hard on himself, but you've got to remind him he's only been around the sport a few years."
Aiden Evans (106), Will Jefferson (138), Mason Morris (145) and Joe Tyson (152) won district titles for Bettendorf. Logan Adamson (120), TJ Cole (126) and Griffin Liddle (285) joined Hughbanks (132) as runners-up.
"I don't think we could have wrestled much better than we wrestled," Knight said. "Everybody performed well today. These young kids have really grown up this year."
The 14-year-old Liddle, in fact, was in a weight class with four state-ranked wrestlers. Seeded fourth, he beat Davenport Central's Manny McGowan 3-1 in overtime of a wrestle back to finish second and advance to state.
"(Griffin's) upside is huge," Knight said. "As he continues to figure things out, he's getting more confidence."
Muscatine had two second-place finishers advance in Dalton Sell (195) and Shane Mathias (220).
Davenport Central's Levon Bellemy, ranked sixth in the state, secured his spot with a 12-3 major decision over Dubuque Hempstead's Kent Kragenbrink in the 170-pound final.
Davenport North's Dakota Wright defeated Sell in the 195-pound final, 8-3.
Class 3A at Epworth
North Scott advanced seven wrestlers to this week's state tournament, including four district champions in Caleb McCabe (126), Collin Lewis (145), Zach Petersen (220) and Cole Ernst (285).
McCabe (34-4) had two first-period pins. Lewis, meanwhile, had two falls in under a minute and won by medical forfeit in the final. After pulling out a 1-0 semifinal win, Petersen pinned Linn-Mar's Isaiah Garman in the final.
Ernst had two falls to win his division.
Quentin Albright (132), Austin Clark (152) and Jake Matthaidess (160) advanced as runners-up. Albright pinned Cedar Falls' Anthony Chiattello in a wrestle back for second.
Pleasant Valley's Eli Loyd won the 132-pound division. Loyd, a state place winner last year as a freshman, pinned Albright in the semifinals and posted a 20-4 technical fall in the finals. He'll enter the state tournament 48-6.
Clinton had two state qualifiers — Isaac Larkin (138) and Ethan Barry (195). Larkin posted a 15-0 technical fall over Cedar Falls' Christian Simpson in the final. Barry was second to top-ranked Tyrell Gordon of Waterloo East.
North Scott won the district with 227.5 points.
Class 2A at Fairfield
Davenport Assumption's Julien Broderson and West Liberty's Bryce Esmoil are going back to the state tournament undefeated and vying for a state repeat.
Broderson needed only 77 seconds of mat time in two matches to clinch a district title for the Knights at 182 pounds. Broderson (32-0) was one of five Assumption wrestlers to advance along with Matt Robertson (132), Kole Kreinbring (160), Seth Adrian (195) and Henry Martens (220).
Martens (24-22) pinned West Liberty's Kobe Simon in the final.
Esmoil (49-0) had two pins as well at 195 pounds, including one over Adrian in the final, to reach his fourth state tournament. He is one of eight West Liberty wrestlers who will compete Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Coy Ruess (138), Joe Kelly (152) and Austin Beaver (160) joined Esmoil as district champions. Esmoil's brother, Will, lost a 7-3 decision to Robertson in the final but regrouped for a 30-second fall in the wrestle-back match.
Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union had two qualifiers in Jarod Kadel (106) and Cam Rice (138). Kadel edged second-ranked Matthew Lewis of Centerville in the final, 3-2.
Class 1A at Wilton
Trey Brisker defeated state-ranked Kaden Kilburg of Lisbon 6-2 in the 152-pound final Saturday to earn his fourth consecutive state tournament berth.
Brisker was one of five qualifiers for Wilton. He'll be joined at Wells Fargo Arena by runners-up Kael Briser (106), Cory Anderson (138), Cameron Reddick (195) and Calib Lilly (220).
Louisa-Muscatine's Hunter Connor (182) remained perfect on the season with a 22-second fall in the final. Teammate Gabe Hayes (16-16) won a wrestle back at 285 to finish second and move on.
Wapello had two qualifiers in district champion Colton Meeker (106) and runner-up Daniel Meeker (120).
Class 1A at Jesup
Bellevue's Hunter Clasen (170) and Midland's Brett Schoenherr (220) earned spots into the state tournament with second-place finishes Saturday.
After Clasen was pinned in the final, he rebounded with a 10-6 win over Alburnett's Kanan Morris to advance. Schoenherr (43-5) will make his second straight state appearance.
Midland had two wrestlers finish third — Damon Huston (106) and Griffin Gravel (132)
Illinois 3A at Alton
Moline's Hunter Henning pinned his way to an Illinois Class 3A sectional championship Saturday.
The Maroons' 195-pound senior pinned Ben Stemmet of Yorkville in 3 minutes, 51 seconds in the title match at Alton, the only Quad-City area entry to win a championship.
Moline's Jayden Terronez and Rock Island's Victor Guzman each advanced to next weekend's state tournament with runner-up finishes. Terronez was edged 3-2 in his final at 152 by Zach Reese of Lockport while Guzman was pinned in the first period by Reece Heller of Chicago Heights Marian in the 132-pound final.
Isaiah Tapia (106) also advanced for the Maroons with a fourth-place finish.
Illinois 2A at Sycamore
Geneseo's Billy Blaser went the distance to earn an Illinois Class 2A sectional wrestling championship at 285 pounds on Saturday at Sycamore.
The Maple Leafs' junior 285-pounder earned a 3-2 decision over Washington's Jace Punke in a match decided by the ultimate tiebreaker after the pair were deadlocked following overtime sessions.
Blaser, now 37-1 on the season, will be joined at next weekend's state tournament by Andrew Rizzo, who lost by major decision to Peoria Notre Dame's Leo Mushinsky, a 40-3 junior, in the final at 138.