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The Raider wrestlers spent Thursday-Saturday last week in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena at the traditional State Wrestling Tournament.
After three days of wrestling, Mount Ayr saw two Raiders on the podium.
The tournament didn’t go as planned for Bryce Shaha as he began his run with a loss to Chris Ferguson of Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids, by fall in 3:45.
Shaha was able to wrestle-back and in the first round of consolations, Shaha defeated Dylan Barenz by 12-2 decision.
Shaha’s final match came against Quinten Aney of Mediapolis.
Aney got the 3-1 decision over Shaha.
Jaydon Knight won his first match by 4-2 decision over Wilton’s Colton Cruse.
Knight lost his first match of the season in the quaterfinals to TJ Lau of East Buchanan by a close 6-5 decision.
Knight’s tournament came to an end after falling to Ben Foelske by an 8-0 decision.
Drew Ehlen finished eighth overall for the Raiders in his second appearance at The Well.
His tournament journey began with a 6-1 decision win over Trace Meyer of Sumner-Fredricksburg before falling to Nashua-Plainfield’s Kendrick Huck in the quarterfinals, 4-2.
Ehlen’s wreslte-back attempt started off with a win over Moravia’s Dalton Ervin by a major decision,9-1.
In the third consolation round, Ehlen lost to Easton Schlabaugh of Highland, Riverside by a 4-2 decision.
Ehlen finished eighth overall after a fall in 5:20 to Kolton Munson of Ogden.
Trae Ehlen, Mount Ayr’s highest finisher at State, finished sixh overall.
Ehlen got started with a win over Alburnett’s Carson Klostermann by a 15-3 major decision.
In the quarterfinals, Ehlen won a close contest against Jerret Delagardelle of Jesup, 5-4.
Ehlen suffered a tech fall (29-11) against Lisbons Robert Avila in the semifinals and would drop to the consolation semi’s against Beckman Catholic, Dyersville’s Nick Hageman.
Ehlen lost out to Hageman by a 3-2 decision.
In the fifth place match, Ehlen met with Delgardelle, who he had defeated by a 5-4 decision in the quarterfinals.
Delagardelle was able to defeat Ehlen, 6-2, to take the fifth place spot, with Ehlen taking sixth.
The Raiders graduate Trae Ehlen and Bryce Shaha.