The Class 1A State Wrestling tournament will feature multiple Panorama Panther grappling for individual championships. Seven Panther wrestlers made the short drive to Guthrie Center Saturday to compete in the Class 1A District 1 tournament hosted by AC/GC High School. No Panorama wrestler won their weight class, but five Panthers placed second and will compete at Wells Fargo Arena Thursday.
Representing Panorama at the state wrestling tournament will be Danny Nordquist (126), Wyatt Appleseth (132), Gunnar Grunsted (170), Trevor Carey (182), and Dalton Holmes (195). Four Panthers needed three matches to advance to Wells Fargo Arena including Nordquist, Grunsted, Carey, and Holmes. Each grappler advanced to the state tournament with decision wins in their wrestleback matches.
Nordquist’s district tournament started with a 10-5 decision win in the semifinal round against Missouri Valley’s Quinten Vogel. The district championship saw Nordquist fall by 5-4 decision against Logan-Magnolia’s Wyatt Crocker. Nordquist met Colfax-Mingo’s Cyden Fitch in the true second place match and punched his ticket to state with a 5-2 decision.
Appleseth started his day with a third period pinfall victory against Woodbine’s Ryan Guy. Martensdale-St Mary’s Joshua Tibbits bested Appleseth in the district championship match by a 13-4 major decision. Guy won the third place event, and Appleseth avoided a true second-place match.
Grunsted’s district semifinal match saw him pin Logan-Magnolia’s Chase Maguire as the second period expired. His championship grapple against Missouri Valley’s Nathan Haynes went the distance, ending on the short end of a 9-7 decision. He had to wrestle Martensdale-St Mary’s Steven Linn for a spot at state. Grunsted grinded out a 3-1 decision win to advance back to the state tournament.
Carey’s appearance at the district tournament started positively with a 16-6 major decision win over Missouri Valley’s Nick Haynes. His championship grapple lasted all but sixty four seconds before Martensdale St Mary’s Logan Schumacher brought Carey’s shoulders to the mat. Carey met West Central Valley’s Carson Wadle in the true second place match; Carey bested Wadle by a 9-2 decision to qualify for the Iowa State Wrestling tournament.
Finally, Holmes started his district run with a 4-2 decision win in the semifinal round against West Central Valley’s Riley Algreen. His title match against Woodbine’s Joey Wolf went the full six minutes with Wolf besting Holmes by an 8-7 result. Holmes punched his ticket to Wells Fargo Arena by outlasting Ogden’s Blake Haub by a 4-3 decision.
Listen to the Raccoon Valley Radio Network Thursday through Saturday for live coverage of the Iowa State Wrestling tournament.