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‘Blood round’ claims Washington wrestlers

By Matt Bryant, The Journal | Feb 19, 2018


The second round consolation matches at the State Wrestling Tournament are known as the “blood round.” Win, you make the podium in no worse than eighth place. Lose and you’re done.

Washington had three wrestlers still chasing medals when they woke up Friday morning. None after the blood round.

“All three wrestlers went to state to bring home a medal and all three fell short of their goal,” said Demon Coach Brent Van Weelden. “I personally am still very proud of their efforts this season.”

Tristin Westphal-Edwards, the Demons’ 4th-ranked 170-pound wrestler, won his first round match over Estherville’s 7th-ranked Lincoln Coakley with a 9-8 decision. His opening match Friday morning put him up against Paul Ryan of Mount Vernon. Westphal-Edwards and Ryan also battled to a one-point decision; this time the Demon was on the wrong end, losing 6-5. The loss dropped him to the blood round.

Waiting for Westphal-Edwards was 3rd-ranked Noah Glaser of New Hampton / Turkey Valley. A third straight match decided by just one point, and a second 6-5 score, eliminated Washington’s highest ranked wrestler from the tournament. Glaser moved on to finish in third place.

Washington’s 120-pounder, Walker Ikerd, lost his first round match by pin against 8th-ranked Kurtis Krager of OA-BCIG. He posted a 14-10 win in a flurry of late scoring versus Bryce Hatten, Winterset’s 9th-ranked entry. The win moved Ikerd into the blood round to face 3rd-ranked Kaden Anderlik of Crestwood. Ikerd’s tournament ended with a 9-3 loss. Anderlik finished his tournament in seventh place.

285-pound Demon wrestler Mitchell Huisenga held his own against No. 1 ranked Cooper Lawson of Webster City but was on the losing end of a 6-1 decision in round one. He bounced back in the consolations with an 8-1 win over South Tama’s Mario Moncada. The blood round awaited, and so did Sioux City Heelan’s 9th-ranked Kobe Clayborne. Huisenga battled into the second period before being knocked out of contention with a Clayborne fall. The Sioux City wrestler ended up sixth.

Westphal-Edwards finished his junior season with a 45-3 record. Ikerd, also a junior ended with a season record of 34-8. Huisenga, who battled a shoulder injury through the season, was 30-8 to end his senior season.

“One of the life-long lessons that wrestling teaches is how to get back up after being down. Life has many ups and downs and these young men will learn and grow from this wrestling season and become better people from it,” summed up Van Weelden.

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