State Notes: Centerville's Lewis to wrestle for fourth title
By Jeff Budlong
DES MOINES -- The quest to become Iowa's 29th four-time state champion is full go for Saturday night. Centerville's Matthew Lewis picked up wins in the 2A 145-pound quarterfinals over West Delaware's Logan Peyton 6-0 and Decorah's Jackson Rolfs in the semifinals 3-2. He will face Osage's Nick Fox in the championship match. Fox was the state runner-up at 120 a year ago.
The semifinal win was a battle with Rolfs getting a takedown late in the first period before Lewis was able to tie it at 2-all with a reversal with two seconds remaining. He scored the winning point getting out of bottom with 10 second left in the second period. He rode Rolfs out in the third to secure his spot in the finals.
"I am happy and ready to get this next one," he said. "It was a brawl to the very end. I am embracing this and can't wait for [Saturday]."
Lewis won his past two state titles over Independence's Isaiah Weber and claimed the crown as a freshman with a victory over Columbus/WMU's Jarod Kadel.
- West Sioux stretched its winning streak to 11 matches to begin the state tournament when Braden Graff overpowered Wapsie Valley's Dawson Schmit 7-1 in the Class 1A semifinals at 113. However, the momentum did not continue for the Falcons as they saw their four other semifinalists all drop their matches.
- Bettendorf junior Ella Schmit saw her run at the state tournament come to a close one win shy of placing. Schmit fell to Kael Kurtzof Iowa City High 15-0. Schmit won her first wrestleback by pin Thursday night and concluded her season with a 16-5 record.
- Saturday at the state wrestling tournament means the Grand March. It also means wrestling robes! There has been a robe sighting or two during the tournament, but Woodbury Central pulls out the sweetest robes in the state, if you ask me, on Saturday only.
- The wrestling hall of fame will add four new members on Saturday night. Union's Trey Clark was the first three-time champion in program history, Rockwell City's Tom Hildreth had a career dual coaching record of 235-66-5, Clarksville's Ron Peterson was a five-time state champion as a coach and Derek St. John won two individual and team titles with Iowa City West.
- One thing almost as prevalent as wrestling singlets this week is mullets. You have to love wrestlers, right?