BROOKLYN – When it was time to step up, Collins-Maxwell-Baxter senior Dawson Dahlke delivered.
Dahlke was able to advance to districts by placing first at 285 pounds during the Class 1A sectional meet in Brooklyn Saturday.
Dahlke entered the meet as the third seed, but he pulled off an upset, then defeated a familiar foe to claim a sectional title and keep his season going.
After receiving a bye in the quarterfinals, Dahlke went up against second-seeded Shannon Dunsbergen of Lynnville-Sully in the semifinals. Dahlke was able to knock off Dunsbergen in impressive fashion, pinning him in three minutes, third seconds.
That put Dahlke in the finals against Colfax-Mingo’s Brandon Byal, who had upset top-seeded Tyler Mangold of Iowa Valley in the semifinals. Dahlke had faced his Heart of Iowa Conference rival multiple times during the season and Saturday ended in a familiar result as Dahlke pinned Byal in 3:50 to improve to 20-12 and advance to districts.
“I was definitely proud of Dawson’s effort and determination Saturday,” CMB head coach John Bartello said. “Dawson did exactly what we asked of him and that was just going out onto the mat and giving each match everything he had. His hard work paid off with him walking away with a sectional championship. We look forward to working Dawson hard this week, getting him ready for districts.”
Dahlke was the only Raider to advance to districts. As a team, CMB placed sixth out of eight schools at the sectional meet in Brooklyn with 103 points.
Jake Hennick and Archer McFadden came close to moving on for CMB. They came in third at 120 and 220 respectively.
Hennick opened with a bye, then was pinned by Iowa Valley’s Jacob Krakow, who is ranked ninth at 120 in 1A by The Predicament. In the third-place consolation match, Hennick pinned BGM’s Curtis Klein in 1:05 and he was able to get a wrestleback.
In the wrestleback Hennick dropped a 6-1 decision to Colfax-Mingo’s Brett Stevens.
McFadden also earned a wrestleback at 220.
McFadden pinned Lynnville-Sully’s Cooper Sandridge in 1:10 during the quarterfinals. McFadden lost by fall to West Marshall’s Tyler Casady in the semifinals, but he came back to pin BGM’s Brendan Hasley in 1:10 during the third-place match.
In the wrestleback at 220, McFadden was pinned by Iowa Valley’s Jeremy Nebraska.
“Jake and Archer both wrestled very well,” Bartello said. “They just couldn’t break through to advance to districts.”
Even Bianchi picked up two victories to place fifth at 138 for CMB. Blake Coughenour and Logan Cory went 1-2 at 160 and 182 respectively, with Coughenour placing sixth and Cory coming in fourth.
Beau Iske took fourth at 126 and Torren Schutheis was fifth at 170 for CMB.
“We did not get all the upsets I was hoping for, but I was very proud of the effort the kids put forth,” Bartello said. “We struggled a bit our first round, but really pulled things together toward the latter part of the day.”
Dahlke will participate in the 1A district meet at Pleasantville this Saturday. The meet will begin at noon.
Final team scores: 1. West Marshall 239 points, 2. Iowa Valley 196, 3. Lynnville-Sully 160.5, 4. BMG 126.5, 5. Colfax-Mingo 120, 6. CMB 103, 7. Belle Plaine 39.5 8. HLV 39.
Individual results – CMB
120 pounds – 3. Jake Hennick (1-2); 126 – 4. Beau Iske (0-2); 132 – 4. Ethan Cozad (0-2); 138 – 5. Even Bianchi (2-1); 160 – 6. Blake Coughenour (1-2); 170 – 5. Torren Schutheis (0-1); 182 – 4. Logan Cory (1-2); 220 – 3. Archer McFadden (2-2); 285 – 1. Dawson Dahlke (2-0).