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Webster City denies Humboldt in regional dual, 35-28

Humboldt's Nikko Wheeler pins Estherville-Lincoln Central's Billy Snyder in the first round of their match in a Class 2A Regional dual held in Humboldt on Feb. 11. Humboldt whipped the Midgets by a 51-24 final score but came up short in their bid for the state tournament, falling to Webster City, 35-28. Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

For the second year in a row, it came down to the last bout in the regional final. And for the second straight year, the Humboldt High wrestling team was denied a trip to the Class 2A State Dual Tournament. Tuesday night (Feb. 11) in the Humboldt gym, No. 11 Webster City turned back Humboldt, 35-28 to earn a berth in the state duals which will take place Feb. 19 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Humboldt whipped Estherville-Lincoln Central 51-24 in the opening match while Webster City crushed Perry, 60-16 in their opener. The loss ended Humboldt's dual season with a 20-3 overall record. They were 7-1 and North Central Conference dual co-champions with Webster City and Clear Lake.

In the final against Webster City, Humboldt picked up victories from Nikko Wheeler at 182 (6-3), Reed Dreyer at 220 (10-0 major decision), Levi Sawyer at 106 (Fall, 1:20), Austen Gargano at 126 (fall, 0:38), Jake Miller at 132 (fall, 2:36) and Mike Madsen at 138 (2-0). In the other matches, Tate Illg lost by fall at 170, Adam Mickelson lost 11-3 to Dylan Fielder at 195, Dylan Hendricks lost 10-7 to Gavin Dinsdale at 285, Corey Kasperbauer lost by fall at 113, Drake Russell lost 13-8 at 120, Collin Flick lost by fall at 145 and Thaylan Bowman lost a 14-1 major decision at 152.

Humboldt will now focus on the Class 2A District Tournament in Webster City on Saturday, Feb. 15. Action begins at 12 noon. See complete story in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe for complete print and electronic access to the Independent.