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Comet wrestlers out to bust state brackets

Press photos by John Burbridge Clear Lake’s Braxton Doebel, left, and Charles City’s Carter Proffitt are not dancing but rather battling for the Class 2A-District 3 152-pound title with an automatic state berth on the line. Doebel avenged a come-from-behind loss to Proffitt in the sectional finals while hanging on to win the district championship match. Proffitt won the subsequent wrestleback as both wrestlers advanced to the State Wrestling Tournament.
Press photos by John Burbridge
Clear Lake’s Braxton Doebel, left, and Charles City’s Carter Proffitt are not dancing but rather battling for the Class 2A-District 3 152-pound title with an automatic state berth on the line. Doebel avenged a come-from-behind loss to Proffitt in the sectional finals while hanging on to win the district championship match. Proffitt won the subsequent wrestleback as both wrestlers advanced to the State Wrestling Tournament.
By John Burbridge sports@charlescitypress.com

For Charles City’s three resident state qualifiers — 170-pound senior Dylan Koresh, 152-pound junior Carter Proffitt and 126-pound sophomore Alec Staudt — to still be grappling on Saturday night to cap the 2019 State Wrestling Tournament, they will have to bust up their respective brackets.

First rounds and the first-round consolations for Class 2A — the division the Comets are wrestling in — will be the third evening session for the traditional tournament’s opening day from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Class 2A quarterfinals and second-round consolations will run from 2:30 to 5:45 p.m. Friday; Class 2A semifinals and third-round consolations will run from 8:45 to 10 p.m. on Friday; consolation semifinals and finals for all classes will run from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday; the Grand March and finals for all classes will start 6 p.m. Saturday.

Koresh, a podium placer at last year’s state meet, will be making his third state appearance and will face a state meet “rookie” in the first round — West Delaware freshman Wyatt Voelker.

Based on the two wrestlers’ records — both 32-9 — and rankings — Koresh is ranked No. 7 by The Predicament and No. 9 by IAwrestle while Voelker is ranked No. 8 by The Predicament and No. 6 by IAwrestle — the match should be closely contested.

The top seed in the Class 2A 170-pound bracket is Mount Vernon senior Paul Ryan, who is undefeated in 39 matches after placing fourth in the same bracket at last year’s state meet.

Proffitt (30-10) will face four-time state qualifier and two-time state medalist Kyler Rieck of Spirit Lake in the first round. Rieck is the No. 3-ranked Class 2A 152-pounder according to both IAwrestle and The Predicament — Proffitt is ranked No. 8 by IAwrestle and No. 10 by The Predicament.

The top seed in the Class 2A 152-pound bracket is Union senior Adam Ahrendsen.

Staudt (22-16) will face Carlisle senior Carter Logue (37-8) in the first round. Logue placed fifth in the Class 2A 120-pound class at last year’s state meet, and is ranked No. 6 by The Predicament and No. 8 by IAwrestle.

ADM High School senior Andrew Flora, undefeated in 35 bouts and the Class 2A 113-pound state champion from last year, is the Class 2A 126-pound No. 1 seed.

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