Brody Teske, Alex Thomsen are chasing wrestling history

By Cody Goodwin,


wo of Iowa’s premier prep wrestling talents are separated by 150 miles of cornfield-lined highway. But this winter, Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske and Underwood’s Alex Thomsen will be alongside one another in their quests for history.

Both senior lightweights have three individual state titles in hand and are in search of a fourth, a feat achieved by just 25 others in Iowa history. Even more, both possess unblemished records — Teske is 135-0, Thomsen 139-0 — in three seasons against high school competition. Only six others in state history have completed their prep careers without a loss.

And so their dueling chase for Iowa high school wrestling immortality will be the story of the 2017-18 season. There have been four seasons in which two wrestlers each won their fourth titles, but there’s never been a year where two did so while simultaneously capping undefeated careers.

“It is real special,” said Fort Dodge coach Bobby Thompson, “but we’re trying to keep the focus off of that. We found that through the recruiting process, it was somewhat of a distraction. So we don’t want this to be a distraction.

“I feel pretty comfortable with what (Teske) can accomplish, as far as the end goal of winning his fourth title, as long as he stays healthy.”
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