DES MOINES — It was dramatic. It was epic. And depending on your viewpoint, it was controversial.

In a match between two top-10 nationally ranked wrestlers, Wyatt Wriedt had the last laugh.

The North Scott 220-pound senior scored a takedown 19 seconds into overtime to stun top-ranked Rocky Lombardi of West Des Moines Valley 5-3 Saturday night in the championship bout at Wells Fargo Arena.

Wriedt becomes the school’s most decorated wrestler with two championships.

“It feels good nobody else in the history of North Scott has ever done it,” he said. “There is more to go the next couple of years at Nebraska.”

After upsetting Southeast Polk’s Ethan Andersen 12-10 in last year’s final, Wriedt was involved in another barnburner.

Lombardi, signed to play football at Michigan State, is a two-time all-state quarterback. Wriedt is a two-time all-state lineman.

Ranked eighth nationally, Lombardi led 3-2 after getting an escape early in the third period. He was warned for stalling with 80 seconds left.

Then on a whistle restart with four seconds remaining, Wriedt dove in, Lombardi sprawled and the official called stalling again much to the dismay of the Valley coaches. It gave Wriedt a point to even the bout and force overtime.

“Every match they’ve wrestled, (Lombardi) has always gotten tired,” North Scott coach Drew Kelly said. “Wyatt has continued to push the pace. You’ve got to wrestle for six minutes, got to stay in there and wrestle. Wyatt was attacking and getting after it.”

Then in overtime, Lombardi — who handed Wriedt his only loss of the season at the Ed Winger Classic last month — shot in. Wriedt sprawled and went around Lombardi. The official quickly awarded him the two and the victory.

Wriedt (47-1) had a positive vibe once the match went extra time

“He was feeling really heavy,” Wriedt said. “I have the endurance to go a 10-minute match. We work hard, wrestle a hard schedule. I just wanted to out-compete him the whole time.”

Wriedt, ninth nationally, flexed his arms, ripped off his ankle bands, threw them in the air in jubilation, jumped into assistant coach Brodie Ambrose's arms and ran into the bleachers to hug his family.

“Again, it shows I can go out and beat the best,” Wriedt said. “Hopefully, it will carry on to the next couple of years.”

The outcome had Kelly almost in disbelief afterward.

“He likes this stage, he likes these matches,” Kelly said. “He’s not always the flashiest guy, but he’s going to wrestle full matches and stay on the attack. He’s got a really big heart.”

Wriedt’s teammate, Jacob Schipper, ran into a buzzsaw.

Waukee’s Kyle Biscoglia, a returning state champion and ranked 17th nationally, pinned Schipper in 3 minutes, 43 seconds.

“His body type is long and lengthy, and it is the first time I really wrestled a kid like that,” Schipper said. “He’s good on his feet and controls ties, but he’s also a hammer on top. I got in a position that I thought I was good and comfortable in, but obviously I didn’t know it was dangerous.”

Biscoglia beat top-ranked and undefeated Drew Bennett of Fort Dodge in the semifinals. Schipper never could get to his offense as Biscoglia controlled tempo and the ties. Biscoglia had two first-period takedowns and added another in the second before recording the fall.

Schipper closed the season with a 45-5 record. He leaves North Scott with nearly 160 victories and two state medals — a second and fourth.

“It was a goal of mine to be in a state final, one not a whole lot of people can say they’ve been in,” Schipper said. “Obviously, you want to walk away with the win, but at some point you’ve got to look back at the positives.

“I’ve had great coaches, the support we get from our community is great. This adversity will make me tougher in the end, not only as a wrestler as I continue but as a person, too.”

Pleasant Valley freshman Eli Loyd placed fourth at 120 pounds.

Loyd was pinned in 44 seconds in his first-round match, but rebounded with four straight consolation victories before losing to Dubuque Hempstead’s Joe Pins 10-6 in the third-place bout.

“I came out really slow for my first match, a little bit nervous about the first state tournament,” Loyd said. “I just had to put in my mind it was my tournament.”

Loyd, a conference and district champion, finished the season with a team-high 47 wins.

“I’ve started off on the podium high, so I’ve got to keep my standards high now and work my way all the way to the top,” Loyd said.

Clinton’s Tyler Clark took fourth for the third consecutive season. The 285-pounder split two matches Saturday, recording a first-period pin in the consolation semifinals and a 6-4 loss to Glenwood’s Caleb Sanders.

Bettendorf’s Will Jefferson (132) and North Scott’s Triston Richardson (182) closed the season with wins to each place seventh. Davenport Central’s Sam Serrano (195) and the Bulldogs’ Mason Morris (138) concluded eighth.


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.