SPENCER – Humboldt qualified five wrestlers into this week's Class 2A State Championships in Des Moines after competing in a district at Spencer on Saturday (Feb. 9). Humboldt's contingent at state will include senior Kylie Zender at 113, Thaylan Bowman at 138, Nikko Wheeler at 182, Reed Dreyer at 195 and Dylan Hendricks at 285. The Wildcats finished second in the team scoring with 105 points. Spencer totaled 112.5 to win the title.
Zender won his weight class while Bowman, Wheeler, Dreyer and Hendricks were all runners-up at their weights. Wildcats who came up short in their state meet bids were sophomore Austen Gargano at 120 pounds (third), senior Tyler Rutz at 152 (third), sophomore Adam Mickelson at 170 (third) and senior Colton Schnetzer (third) at 160. The top two placewinners at each weight advance to state.
First round action will begin on Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. First round state pairings are listed below. See the Independent for complete story and action photos.
District team scoring–Spencer 112.5, Humboldt 105, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 87, Spirit Lake Park 79, Sheldon-South O'Brien 50, Estherville-Lincoln Central 39, Western Christian/Unity Christian 35, Cherokee 34, Sioux City Heelan 20, Sioux Center 14, MOC-Floyd Valley 10, Laurens-Marathon/Sioux Central 0.
Humboldt's first round pairings in the state tournament on Feb. 14.
113-Kylie Zender, senior, 36-9, vs. Fletcher Green, Washington, junior, 32-5.
138-Thaylan Bowman, junior, 19-16, vs. Jake Martin, Creston, senior, 49-1.
182-Nikko Wheeler, junior, 38-9, vs. Nathan Stickley, Carlisle, senior, 24-14.
195-Reed Dreyer, junior, 35-4, vs. Lance Evans, Solon, junior, 4-0.
285-Dylan Hendricks, junior, 35-12, vs. Dean Broghammer, West Delaware, senior, 41-0.