Washington qualifies 16 youth wrestlers for the AAU state tournament
OSKALOOSA — Washington qualified 16 youth wrestlers for the AAU state tournament at Sunday’s Southeast District tournament in Oskaloosa. The top four placewinners in each weight class at the district tournament advanced to the state tournament in Des Moines.
Washington crowned six champions at the district tournament. Eighth-graders Trey Van Weelden and Karlton Skubal, who both just wrapped up undefeated middle school seasons, were both champions in their respective weight classes. Van Weelden won all five of his matches to claim the 120-pound district championship, and Skubal went 4-0 to win the 215-pound district title.
Eighth-graders Austin Hazelett, Andrew Waite, and Seth Townsend, who each also had successful seasons for the Washington Middle School wrestling team this winter, were also district champions. Hazelett went 4-0 to win the 105-pound weight class, and Waite won a pair of matches to be crowned the 95-pound district champion. Townsend won a pair of matches by fall to win the 195-pound title.
Luke Turner won all three of his matches to take the 90-pound title in the fifth- and sixth-grade division. He won a 6-0 decision over Triston Mount of Iowa City in the championship match.
Garrett Ikerd took second place at 70 pounds in the fifth- and sixth-grade division. Ikerd won his first two matches, but lost an 8-2 decision to New London’s Jarod Kadel in the finals. His brother, Walker Ikerd, took third place at 80 pounds.
Tristin Westphal-Edwards took third place at 105 pounds in the fifth- and sixth-grade division, and Ben Bohr was fourth at 75 pounds.
Kaisen Rude finished fourth at 65 pounds in the third- and fourth-grade division, and Ben Schlatter was also fourth at 75 pounds.
Seventh-grade Cody Mellinger lost a pair of matches to Waite, but took second place at 95 pounds. Eighth-grader Kyle Anderson took third place at 110 pounds, and 145-pounder Dakota Kron was also third. Eighth-grader Alex Latcham finished fourth at 90 pounds.
Larz Smith won one of his three matches at 65 pounds in the third- and fourth-grade division, on Sunday. Brandon Dickel also won one of three matches at 70 pounds in the fifth- and sixth-grade division, and Logan Escher went 1-2 at 80 pounds. Brennan Murphy and Matt Collett, both 75-pounders in the fifth-and sixth-grade division, did not win a match on the day.
Eighth-grader Chris Dickel went 2-2 and won by technical fall over Grinnell’s Kyle Rauch to take fifth place at 85 pounds, and seventh-grader Kiowa Keith went 2-3 and finished sixth at 100 pounds. Eighth-grader Chandler Reid took fifth place at 215 pounds.
Washington’s 16 qualifiers will wrestle at the AAU state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Feb. 23-24.