March 07, 2021

The traditional state wrestling tournament: Day 3

Myers, Kinsella place fourth in 1A, 2A

DES MOINES – It’s the last day of the Iowa High School Traditional State Wrestling Tournament, and things are about to get wild.

Here’s an update on what is going on in Des Moines with the remaining area wrestlers who are battling for a podium spot.

Updated: as of 2:14 p.m.


Jackson Kinsella took out some anger from his Friday semifinal loss Saturday morning against Matthew Wirtz of Emmetsburg, rolling to a 14-2 major decision.

Four takedowns, a two point near fall and a three point near fall helped boost Kinsella to the major decision victory.

Kinsella advanced to the Class 2A consolation finals, a match for third, against Reese Moore of Forest City.

In Kinsella’s final match donning a red Creston/O-M singlet, he shined in a 7-2 decision.

Three takedowns, across each period, helped push Kinsella ahead for the decision win to clinch third in his third trip to state in his career.

At 132, Triston Barncastle placed eighth with a medical forfeit in his first state appearance. According to Creston/O-M head coach Cody Downing, Barncastle had struggled trying to make weight overnight and missed the cut at weight in Saturday morning.

Nodaway Valley

Elliot Cooney clinched seventh place at 120 in Class 1A, locking up a 6-4 decision win an an overtime tiebreak.

A takedown with 24 seconds left in the third period evened the score at 4-4, sending Cooney and Cade Cook of North Linn, Troy Mills to overtime for a shot at seventh.

After getting the takedown, Cooney rode out Cook and watched the seconds tick by as he claimed a podium spot after missing a chance to do so last season.

It is Cooney’s third trip to state and first time on the podium.

Southwest Valley

In Class 1A 220 consolations, third-ranked Tallen Myers of Southwest Valley started his battle back for a potential third place finish against Damon Meyer of South Winneshiek, Calmar.

A third period pin gives Myers a shot at third, which he was unable to get last year due to injury (he placed fourth by injury forfeit).

Myers led through the first period 2-0, the sole point-scoring play being a takedown. Myers extended in the second period, getting a takedown and a reversal to go up 6-0. A late reversal by Meyer near the closing seconds of the second narrowed the score to 6-4.

Myers then pinned Meyer early in the third, falling on top to clinch a shot in the consolation finals.

Wrestling Cole Kelly of West Hancock, Britt for third, Myers was unable to best his state finish from a year prior, falling in a 3-2 decision.

An escape and a takedown by Kelly in the second period was what led to his three points. Myers gained a point on an escape early in the third to make it a one-point contest, but a strong Kelly held off any opportunity to shoot and score by Myers.

Mount Ayr

Trae Ehlen’s career for Mount Ayr ended in sixth place at state.

Trae faced Jerret Delagardelle of Jesup, who he beat in the state quarterfinals in a 5-4 decision, in the battle for fifth. The result ended in a 6-2 decision, with Delagardelle besting Trae in their second matchup.

Leading 4-2 on points entering the third, an extra takedown led to Delagardelle riding out the lead as time expired. The loss for Trae locked up sixth, ending his Mount Ayr career with a podium spot.

To get to the fifth place match, Trae was bounced in the consolation semi finals against Nick Hageman of Beckman Catholic, Dyersville.

The 145-pound Raider led on points midway through the second period at 2-1, but a takedown by Hageman with 1:45 left in the third gave Hageman the edge by one point.

Hageman then rode out Trae Ehlen for the 3-2 decision, knocking him down to a fifth place battle.

Drew Ehlen also battled for a podium spot, wrestling for seventh at 106.

Against Kolton Munson of Ogden, Drew trailed on points 4-2 before getting pinned at 5:20. He led through the first period, scoring a takedown to make it 2-0 before the lead slipped away.

With the loss, he will place eighth.