Charles City senior Kayden Blunt (29-7) placed eighth in the Class 2A 182-weight class at the State Traditional Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines last week.
Blunt, seeded no. 8 in the 182-pound weight class, was upset in his tournament opening match on Wednesday. No. 9 Jace Mulder, a senior from Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, pinned Blunt in 28 seconds.
Returning to the mats on Thursday, Blunt won his first two wrestle backs convincingly. First he won a 13-2 major decision over over no. 23 Cael Burmester (25-16), a junior at Hampton-Dumont-CAL. Then, he pinned no. 18 Wayne Johnston (29-13), a junior at Knoxville, at 3:03.
On Friday, Blunt defeated no. 4 Karson Downey (39-4), a junior at Clarinda, in sudden victory 5-3.
On Saturday Blunt faced Mulder again, who won by a 7-6 decision.
In the seventh-place match, no. 6 Gable Dayton (34-7) won by fall over Blunt at 47 seconds.
Blunt earned 7 team points for Charles City.
Blunt was one of five Charles City wrestlers that wrestled at State. Summaries are below for Carter Haberkorn (106), Nathan Lopez (145), Talan Weber (152) and Ethan Peterson (195) that include the cumulative win-loss records and team points earned by each.
Carter Haberkorn (0-2)
CC junior Carter Haberkorn (19-13), no. 23 at 106, was knocked from the tournament this morning when No. 9 Jace Curry (41-11), a freshman from Sergeant Bluff-Luton, won by fall at 3:41 in their wrestle back..
Nathan Lopez (2-2, 3 team points)
CC senior Nathan Lopez (28-11), no. 20 at 145, won his first wrestle back of the day by an 8-1 decision over no. 19 Jacob MacGargill (40-16), a freshman at Shenandoah.
No. 12 Brent Dennhardt (39-6), a sophomore from Glenwood, then won by 13-3 major decision over Lopez, eliminating him from the tournament.
Talan Weber (2-2, 4 pts)
CC junior Talan Weber (21-6), no. 13 at 152, won his first wrestle back of the day by a 7-4 decision over no. 19 Jesse Grimes (34-12), a senior at North Fayette Valley.
Then, no. 5 Brent Yonkovic (23-6), a sophomore from West Delaware, won by fall at 1:50 over Weber, eliminating him from the tournament.
Kayden Blunt (2-1, 5 pts)
Ethan Peterson (1-2, 2 pts)
CC senior Ethan Peterson (21-8), no. 12 at 195, won his first wrestle back by a 6-4 decision over no. 11 Emmitt Fleshman (37-10), a junior at West Lyon.
Then, no. 14 Jacques Zomermaand (32-15), a junior from Sioux Center, won by fall at 2:39 over Peterson, eliminating him from the tournament.