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Humboldt advances 8 wrestlers to district meet

Humboldt 152-pound senior Thaylan Bowman (blue) tries to pin Gilbert's Tristan Gibson in their semifinal round match in the Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament in Story City on Feb. 8. Bowman was leading 9-4 when Gibson rallied to pin Bowman late in the match. Bowman saw his season come to an end in a wrestle back loss. Independent photo.

Humboldt will send eight wrestlers on to district action after the Wildcats finished second in the team scoring in a Class 2A Sectional Tournament held in Story City on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Wildcats totaled 219 points to finish runner-up behind Webster City, which had 232 points. Ballard Huxley was third at 207, followed by Gilbert with 159, Roland-Story at 130 and Nevada with 71.

Winning sectional titles for the Wildcats was Levi Sawyer at 106 pounds (25-11), Mike Madsen at 138 (31-16) and Dylan Hendricks (36-7) at 285 pounds. Wildcats who finished second include Reed Dreyer at 195 (35-5), Adam Mickelson (35-9) at 182, Nikko Wheeler (39-4) at 170, Jake Miller at 132 (24-10) and Zane Russell (20-3) at 120. The top two finishers at each weight advance to a district tournament in Webster City on Saturday, Feb. 15, where they'll tangle with the top place winners from the Clear Lake sectional.

The Wildcats had six wrestlers come up short in their bid to keep their seasons alive. Austin Meier was fourth at 113, Austen Gargano third at 126, Malcolm Boyd fourth at 145, Thaylan Bowman fourth at 152, Gus Arnold fifth at 160 and Cordes Olthoff fifth at 220.

District action will begin at 12 noon in the Webster City gym. Humboldt and Webster City also advance into a regional dual team tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Humboldt. The 6 p.m. double dual has Humboldt facing Estherville-LC and Webster City against Perry in the first round with the winners competing for a berth in the state dual team tournament in Des Moines Feb. 19.

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