DES MOINES — Devon Meeker made it to the state semifinals last season. He's wrestling for gold tonight.
The Wapello senior recorded an 8-3 win over sixth-ranked Kurtis Krager of OA-BCIG in a Class 1A 113-pound semifinal match at Wells Fargo Arena.
“I’ve been dreaming about this ever since last year making it to the semifinals and coming up short,” Meeker said. “It has been on my mind all the time, and I’ve worked extra hard to get here.”
Meeker used a first-period takedown and two-point tilt to build an early cushion. He never surrendered it, adding another four points in the second period.
Now, Meeker has the challenge of beating top-ranked Cael Happel of Lisbon in the final. Happel has two wins over Meeker this season, including a technical fall at districts last week.
“I didn’t know what to expect coming in the first time, and the last time he just beat me down,” Meeker said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Wilton went 0-2 in the semifinal round.
Trey Brisker led second-ranked and undefeated Dylan Schuck of Sibley-Ocheyedan 4-1 midway through the second period of their 145-pound semifinal.
However, Schuck executed a quick switch and put Brisker on his back for a pin in 3:34.
Brisker (42-6) can equal last year’s third-place finish with two victories today.
Bryce Oveson, a four-time state qualifier who made the semifinals for the first time, suffered a 3-0 loss to Maquoketa Valley’s Alec McDowell in a 182-pound semifinal. A takedown about a minute into the bout was the difference.
Like Brisker, Oveson needs two wins today to place third.
At 138 pounds, top-ranked Austin Leopard of Louisa-Muscatine dropped a 5-4 decision in the semifinals to ninth-ranked Kory Van Oort of West Sioux. Van Oort scored a go-ahead reversal with 12 seconds left to secure the victory.
Bellevue’s Mason Lyons will land a spot on the awards stand for the first time. After losing his first-round match, Lyons has responded with three straight wins — a pin and major decision Friday.