Unbeatens set to make history on mat

By JEFF BUDLONG jbudlong@siouxcityjournal.com

Cliff Keen Independence Inv. Outstanding Wrestler Brody Teske of Ft Dodge

2017 Iowa High School State Championships - Alex Thomsen (Underwood)

COUNCIL BLUFFS | It is difficult to get coaches in any sport to talk about anything beyond the next game or match. It is a mindset they want their athletes to adhere to and a tactic some of the most successful use.

For one week that does not apply.

For the Siouxland wrestling teams heading to the Council Bluffs Classic on Friday and Saturday the talk as already begun, and for good reason.

Prep wrestling in Siouxland only rarely has marquee matchups where top talent square off, and it is even more rare for two truly elite wrestlers to face off. However, there is a good chance that Saturday night those in attendance at the Mid-American Center in Council Bluffs will see something likely never seen before in Iowa prep wrestling history.

A pair of three-time state champions, each with an unblemished Iowa high school career record, could face off in the finals of the tournament. Underwood's Alex Thomsen, a senior who will wrestle at the University of Nebraska next season and Fort Dodge's Brody Teske, a senior who is heading east to join Cael Sanderson's juggernaunt at Penn State, both won their respective tournaments at 126 pounds last Saturday and their teams are heading to Council Bluffs.

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