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Mount Ayr was well represented at Wells Fargo this last week with four Mount Ayr Raider wrestlers competing at the State Tournament.
Brothers Trae and Drew Ehlen finished seventh overall, while Bryce Shaha and Jaydon Knight came home with eighth place medals.
This was the first time in the 60 years of Raider wrestling that four athletes stood atop the podium, the next best coming in 1972 when the Raiders brought home three medals w Dave Stewart who placed third and Kent Blunck and Mark Triggs who each placed sixth.
106 – Freshman Drew Ehlen started the day off with a win over Paul De Jong by a 9-4 decision. Ehlen would go on to face Gable Porter. Ehlen lost by a fall after 3:37, Porter would go on to take first place.
Ehlen, however, went into his first consolation bracket against junior Noah Strohmeyer. Ehlen won 13-9 before losing to Kale Petersen by a 12-1 major decision. The Raider rookie finished the meet with a bout against Donavon Hanson. Ehlen won by fall in 1:07 to take seventh overall.
120 – Junior Bryce Shaha started his State Tournament journey with a 15-4 major decision over Drayven Kraft but lost his second bout to Trey Lashbrook by a 7-3 decision.
Shaha would then face Josh Glendening and win by fall after 5:13. Shaha battled Stevie Barnes but was pinned after 3:18. The Raider junior would take eighth place overall after being pinned by Chris Ferguson in a battle for seventh place.
138 – Trae Ehlen saw Blake Mann of BGM in the first round of the day, pinning Mann after 3:46. Ehlen would then take on Jace Mulder and lose by a 10-2 major decision, putting him up against Dominick Dicesare in which Ehlen won by a 7-2 decision.
Ehlen moved on to face Karter Krapfl, losing by a 7-2 decision and eventually went on to take seventh overall defeating Jordan Khommanyvong by fall in 3:31.
145 – Jaydon Knight started his tournament bracket against Cael Rahnavardi. Knight fell after 5:58 and would move into the consolation to face Jonah Clark. Knight won by a 9-3 decision before falling to Brody Hawtrey. Knight took eighth overall after falling to Reed Abbas in the seventh round matchup.
With two freshman and two juniors making the State Tournament, the future looks bright for Raider wrestling as they all should return next year.