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Knight stands on podium as State Wrestling comes to an end

Jaydon Knight (far left) stands on the eighth place spot of the 170 pound podium Saturday at Wells Fargo. Photo Courtesy Jill Ehlen

The Mount Ayr Raiders sent Brock Shaha and Jaydon Knight to the State Wrestling Tournament held at Wells Fargo Arena this past Thursday-Saturday.
Shaha was eliminated on Friday, while Knight stood upon the podium on Saturday in eighth place.
Brock Shaha (106 pounds) got his first win on the big stage with a 7-1 decision over Reanah Utterback of Sigourney-Keota.
In his next matchup in the quarterfinals, Shaha was outmatched by Nashua-Plainfield’s Jayden Rinken by an 11-2 major decision which put the Mount Ayr freshman in the consolation round.
Shaha was eliminated from his first State Tournament after Eagle Grove’s Mack Morgan defeated him in a 5-1 decision.
Mount Ayr junior Jaydon Knight (170 pounds) was able to place eighth overall in the tournament.
His journey started with a pin over Denver Pauley of AHSTW after a hard fought battle that lasted 3:38.
Knight then fell into the consolation bracket after South Central Calhoun’s Blake McAlister won by an 8-2 decision.
Knight wrestled back with a 9-5 decision over Kaden Shirk of Wilton before falling to Aiden Zook of North Tama in the third round of consolation by fall in 3:31.
Knight would close out the tournament, and season, with a shot at seventh place against Denver Pauley, however, an injury prevented him from wrestling and Knight took eighth place overall.

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