Unlike the past couple of seasons, no wrestler in the Quad-Cities could boast about having an unblemished record this winter.

Still, seven wrestlers from the metro and surrounding area came home from their respective state meets with the top prize. 

Senior Wyatt Wriedt, North Scott's first two-time state champion, is the captain of this year's Quad-City Times All-Metro squad. 

Headed to Nebraska on a wrestling scholarship, Wriedt recorded a 47-1 mark and is ranked eighth in the country by InterMat at 220 pounds. He beat the state's Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6 ranked wrestlers en route to his repeat. 

Wriedt, a three-time state place winner, concluded his prep career with an overtime win over West Des Moines Valley's Rocky Lombardi. Wriedt's only loss of the year came to Lombardi a month earlier.

"I felt like I was pretty dominant throughout the season," Wriedt said. "I wish my matches with Rocky were better, but he's a nationally-ranked kid."

North Scott, the Mississippi Athletic Conference champion, has four of the 16 representatives on the All-Metro first team. Joining Wriedt are state runner-up Jacob Schipper (113 pounds), Caleb McCabe (126) and Triston Richardson (182).

Davenport Assumption state champions Matt Robertson (132) and Julien Broderson (160) are on the first team along with three-time state place winner Noah Broderson, one of two at-large selections. 

The area team is led by four state champions, including senior captain Joe Eads of Morrison. The 138-pounder, who finished with a 43-3 mark, was the school's first state champion in five years and fifth overall. 

Fulton junior Tyler Fleetwood (120, a repeat state champion), Orion's Logan Lee (220) and West Liberty's Bryce Esmoil (195) also won state titles and are represented on the first team of 16 wrestlers.

The three were a collective 123-7 for the season.

Mercer County, West Liberty and Orion each had two first-team members.


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.