This weekend’s Winterset Gary Christensen Invitational wrestling tournament promises to gather not only wrestlers, but wrestling fans from across the state.
Wrestlers from 18 schools – Class 1-A, Class 2-A and Class 3-A – will be in Winterset Saturday.
Schools participating in the tournament include: ADM of Adel; Clarinda; Clarke of Osceola; CB Jefferson; Eagle Grove, East Union; Interstate 35 of Truro; Martensdale-St. Marys; Osage, Oskaloosa, Sigourney-Keota, Southeast Warren, Underwood, Urbandale, Van Meter/Earlham, Waukee, Woodward-Granger, and of course, host Winterset.
Only Clarke, CB Jefferson, Oskaloosa and Urbandale (strange but true) do not have any top ten wrestlers likely to compete.
Of the dozens of athletes competing at the Coach C Invite, several dozen are rated wrestlers, and many of those are seniors.
There are 35 ranked wrestlers who will likely participate, if they are healthy.
Class 2-A Osage has six ranked wrestlers, while Class 1-A Underwood also has six rated wrestlers.
There will be three top-ranked wrestlers on Saturday, at 106 pounds, 132 pounds, and 220 pounds. Two of those wrestlers – Winterset’s Bryce Hatten and Woodward-Granger’s Cody Fisher – are Class 2-A seniors, while Gabe Porter of Class 1-A underwood is a freshman.
Class 2-A ranked seniors
Class 2-A ranked senior upperclassmen include ADM Heavyweight Kaden Sutton, ranked No. 2; Clarinda’s sixth-ranted Jakob Childs at 182 pounds.
Three of Osage’s six ranked wrestlers are seniors: 126-pounder Joe Sullivan, ranked third; ninth-ranked Ryan Adams at 138 pounds and fourth-ranked Zach Williams at 160 pounds.
All three of Van Meter/Earlham’s rated wrestlers are seniors: seventh-ranked Colby Wiederholt at 126 pounds, fifth ranked Caleb Swalla at 170 pounds and fourth-ranked Derrin Sesker at heavyweight.
Three of Winterset’s four wrestlers are seniors. They include top-ranked Bryce Hatten at 132 pounds, third-ranked Kruise Kiburz at 138 pounds, and third-ranked Jack West at 152 pounds.
Woodward-Granger, meanwhile, has top ranked Cody Fisher at 220 pounds and sixth-ranked Tyler Lawrenson at heavyweight.
Class 3-A ranked seniors
In Class 3-A, three of Waukee’s five rated wrestlers are seniors. They include Cody Anderson, ranked No. 5 at 152 pounds; Cael Thorson, ranked second at 220 pounds, and heavyweight Connor Arndt, ranked No. 5.
Class 1-A ranked seniors
Class 1-A ranked seniors include 145-pounder Mark Dawson and 220-pounder Joel Mendoza of Eagle Grove. Dawson is ranked sixth while Mondoza is ranked No. 2. East Union has 145-pounder Sherman Hayes ranked No. 8 while I-35 has Ryley Snell who is ranked No. 2 at Heavyweight. Martensdale-St. Marys has two rated seniors – second-ranked Cole Cassady at 132 pounds, and 138 pounder Dominick DiCesaere, who is ranked No. 10.
Sigourney-Keota’s 126-pound senior Mason Sye is ranked No. 7 while three of Underwood’s ranked grapplers are seniors: 132-pounder Zane Ziegler (No.6); 138-pounder Logan James (No. 2) and 152-pounder