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Ballard stuns No. 6 Humboldt in 2A regional wrestling, 33-28

Humboldt senior 113-pounder Kylie Zender (top) drives his opponent to the mat for a takedown in the 2A regional dual on Feb. 5 in Humboldt. The Wildcats came up short in their state tournament bid, 33-28. Independent photo.

The No. 6 ranked Humboldt wrestling team saw their season come to an end Tuesday night (Feb. 5) and suffered their first loss of the season in the process, falling to Ballard Huxley, 33-28 in a Class 2A Regional Dual final in the Humboldt gym.

The loss ends Humboldt's dual season with a sparkling record of 23-1. The Wildcats defeated Woodward-Granger 57-21 in the semifinal round while Ballard topped Greene County of Jefferson, 49-27.
In the final match of the night, Ballard jumped out to a 30-9 lead before Humboldt came roaring back to pull within 30-28 with the final match of the night pitting Wildcat junior Reed Dreyer against Ballard's Alex Macki at 195 pounds. Dreyer led 1-0 in the final seconds when Macki scored a two-point reversal with 2 seconds left to pull out a 2-1 triumph and send the Bombers into the state dual team tournament Feb. 13 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Ballard 33, Humboldt 28
220–Alex Macki (B) dec. Cordes Olthoff, 5-1. 285–Dylan Hendricks (H) pinned Charles Angell, 0:28. 106–Quentin Luke (B) pinned Austin Meier, 3:52. 113–Kylie Zender (H) dec. Louie Howlett, 13-6. 120–Ethan Estabrooks (B) pinned Austen Gargano, 2:21. 126–Nathan Macki (B) dec. Jacob Miller, 13-6. 132–Mitchell Broer (B) pinned Mike Madsen, 0:38. 138–Dillon Hansen (B) dec. Thaylan Bowman, 5-3.
145–Mark Goldberg (B) dec. Adam Powell, 7-2. 152–Tyler Rutz (H) pinned Will May, 0:38. 160–Colton Schnetzer (H) major dec. Ryan Sills, 18-6 170–Adam Mickelson (H) dec. Jake Forre, 3-2. 182–Nikko Wheeler (H) pinned Tyler Kyhl, 0:55. 195–Alex Macki (B) dec. Reed Dreyer, 2-1.

Humboldt 57,
Woodward-Granger 21
195–Reed Dreyer (H) pinned Dylan Nixon, 0:27. 220–Brent Carlson (W) dec. Cordes Olthoff, 4-2. 285–Dylan Hendricks (H) pinned Ryan Hodges, 0:10. 103–Kaleb Noel (W) pinned Austin Meier, 3:45. 113–Kolton Milosovec (W) pinned Zane Russel, 1:43. 120–Austen Gargano (H) pinned Ryley Saxton, 1:37. 126–Jacob Miller (H) pinned Will Nixon, 0:24.
132–Mike Madsen (H) dec. Race Brant, 7-4. 138–Rodger Sperling (W) pinned Thaylan Bowman, 5:41. 145–Adam Powell (H) won by forfeit. 152–Tyler Rutz (H) pinned Collen Gibbons, 1:57. 160–Colton Schnetzer (H) won by forfeit. 170–Adam Mickelson (H) won by forfeit. 182–Nikko Wheeler (H) pinned Evan Bodermann, 5:07