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Not since 2006 has the Muscatine High School wrestling team sent four athletes to the state tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. After an impressive showing at the district meet, both the team and their fans have high hopes that several Muskies will bring home first place victories this season.
After the district meet, head coach Joseph Kane shared the good news about his wrestlers and how satisfied he felt with their performance. “At the district meet Muscatine did well. . .. We had four . . . wrestlers individually qualify for the state tournament. We had three individual district champions and finished third out of eighty teams. . .. They performed at their best. The whole team wrestled aggressive, wrestled tough, and fought for what they wanted. I’m very proud of their efforts.”
Of the ten Muskies who went to the district meet, sophomore Tim Nimely in the 170-pound weight class, senior Dalton Sell in the 195-pound weight class, and senior Shane Mathias in the 220-pound weight class all placed as district champions and will make their way to the state tournament. Finishing second in the 182-pound weight class, Brennan Broders also beat out his final opponent to make his way to the state tournament as well.
Kane felt all the state qualifying wrestlers put up strong performances at the district meet. “Two of the biggest wins Muscatine has had all season were in the district finals. Dalton Sell pinned third ranked Ethan Barry [from Clinton] in the finals. Tim Nimely defeated third ranked Will Jefferson [from Bettendorf] in the finals with a score of 5-4.”
In particular, Kane felt impressed by Broders’ record-setting performance in the quarterfinals. “Brennan Broders, in the quarterfinals, pinned his opponent to give him twenty-eight pins this season tying the Muscatine High School record for pins in a season held by Wade McLeod. Brennan has the opportunity to break the record at the state tournament.”
Additionally, Kane considered Broders’ come from behind win in the final seconds of his state qualifying match some of the most exciting wrestling of the season. “Brennan . . . had to wrestle Scott Wendel [of Pleasant Valley] for true-second place to determine who went to state. Brennan was losing early in the match and was even cradled and turned to his back. Brennan fought off his back but was still losing . . . with only 0:30 remaining, Brennan scored four points in the closing seconds to tie the match 12-12. In overtime, Brennan scored a takedown off his opponent’s shot to win the match and qualify for state in dramatic fashion.”
As the Muskie’s wrestling season draws to a close, Kane believes his team had a strong season. “This season overall has been a year of measurable growth,” he explained. However, he knows he cannot judge the full success of the season until after the state meet this weekend. “To truly be compared with the best years of Muscatine wrestling, we need to be wrestling this Saturday for medals,” he added. With four Muskies poised to put up a good showing at the state tournament, the Muskie wrestling team may very well finish with one of its strongest seasons yet.

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