Dyersville Beckman captures sectional wrestling team title

Blazers advance eight to districts, reach regional duals

Beckman's Jake Recker, right, takes down Anamosa's Alex Casey in the 145-pound final match during Class 2A Sectional wrestling at Anamosa high school on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. (Ben Roberts/Freelance)
Beckman's Jake Recker, right, takes down Anamosa's Alex Casey in the 145-pound final match during Class 2A Sectional wrestling at Anamosa high school on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. (Ben Roberts/Freelance)

ANAMOSA — Dyersville Beckman fields a close-knit wrestling team.

The Blazers have developed a strong camaraderie, causing them to spend their time off the mat together. Of course, a few are brothers so that’s unavoidable.

As the postseason starts to shrink rosters and eliminate competitors, the Blazers found a way to keep everyone around for another week.

Beckman crowned two champions and captured the team title at a Class 2A sectional Saturday at Anamosa. The Blazers tallied 205 points, topping second-ranked Dubuque Wahlert by four points. Both teams advanced to the regional duals on Tuesday.

“I’m really proud of their work ethic so far,” Beckman Coach Taylor Hotek said. “I’m proud of the performance (but) I think the most exciting thing is keeping this team alive and keeping them going, being able to spend time with these kids moving forward.”

The Blazers have made big strides in recent seasons. They sent four to the state tournament last season and will have eight competing at the district next Saturday in DeWitt.

“We were hoping to get the whole team through,” Beckman’s eighth-ranked Jake Recker said, “but (eight) is pretty good.”

Recker and junior Owen Grover both won gold. Recker advanced to the final with a one-minute pin and blanked Anamosa’s Alex Casey, 10-0, for the 145-pound championship.

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“That was another day at the office for Jake,” Hotek said. “He’s been on a mission ever since a disappointing finish last year at state. I’m proud of how far he’s come since then.”

Recker has been fueled by the eighth-place finish as a junior. He attended camps and lifted through the offseason with the goal to climb the podium steps.

“I could have wrestled a lot better last year,” Recker said. “I didn’t wrestle to my fullest (potential). This year, we’re going to do a lot better, hopefully.”

Grover (182) took a step closer to his second straight state tournament appearance. He defeated Wahlert’s Zach Kemp, 4-2, in his only match of the day.

Six Blazers earned runner-up finishes, including third-ranked 160-pounder Luke Hageman. He fell in a wild 15-13 match with Wahlert’s top-ranked Josh Ramirez, who is a three-time Louisiana state champion and Ohio State recruit that transferred to the Golden Eagles.

Hageman stormed back from an 11-3 deficit, scoring takedowns in the final two periods. He pulled within three with a little more than a minute left, but couldn’t get a turn to tie it.

Center Point-Urbana received titles from freshman Cole Whitehead (106), fifth-ranked 120-pounder Caleb Fuessley and No. 9 Adam Hansen at 138. Fuessley pinned his way through the bracket, improving to 39-3 this season.

“I feel much better,” Fuessley said. “I have to work on a couple things before next week and hopefully get back down to the Well.”

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The returning trip to state has been in his sights since the end of last season when he placed eighth. He wasn’t satisfied with just making the podium and has plans to improve that finish.

“It’s been the No. 1 motivator,” Fuessley said. “Some people say it sounds good but to me it just doesn’t sound right. It doesn’t set well in my stomach either.”

Morgan Rowley gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about Saturday. The Anamosa senior earned his 45th victory, winning the 126 bracket. He had two first-period pins, decking CPU’s Keegan Scheeler in 1:45 of the final.

“This being my senior year and being able to put on a show for everyone,” Rowley said, “it’s all I can ask for, to be honest.”

Rowley is also looking toward another state appearance. He was 1-2 last season and wants another chance to return for some hardware.

“I’ve been looking forward to that a ton,” said Rowley, a four-year starter. “Every focus I have is on that.”

Monticello advanced four to the district meet and crowned two champions. Kain and Chase Luensman won titles over Beckman foes, while Alaina Sunlin was a runner-up at 106 for the Panthers.

Kain Luensman, ranked second at 113, dropped Mason Recker, 10-1, in the final. Seventh-ranked Chase Luensman (132) scored a takedown in the final minute to beat Grant Hoeger, 3-2.

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Maquoketa’s Abraham Michel claimed the 152-pound title and was one of two Cardinals to advance.

CLASS 2A SECTTIONAL

At Anamosa

Teams (District qualifiers in parentheses) – 1. *Dyersville Beckman 205 (8), 2. *Dubuque Wahlert 201 (7), 3. Anamosa 142 (3), 4. Center Point-Urbana 139 (4), 5. Monticello 135.5 (4), 6. Maquoketa 129.5 (2).

District qualifiers

106 pounds – 1. Cole Whitehead (CPU), 2. Alaina Sunlin (Mont); 113 – 1. Kain Luensman (Mont), 2. Mason Recker (DB); 120 – 1. Caleb Fuessley (CPU), 2. Nick Hageman (DB); 126 – 1. Morgan Rowley (A), 2. Keegan Scheeler (CPU); 132 – 1. Chase Luensman (Mont), 2. Grant Hoeger (DB); 138 – 1. Adam Hansen (CPU), 2. Mitchell Engelbart (A); 145 – 1. Jake Recker (DB), 2. Andrew Johnson (DW); 152 – 1. Abraham Michel (Maq), 2. Nathan Keating (A); 160 – 1. Josh Ramirez (DW), 2. Luke Hageman (DB); 170 – 1. Kolton Bartow (DW), 2. Evan Wulfekuhle (DB); 182 – 1. Owen Grover (DB), 2. Zach Kemp (DW); 195 – 1. Declan Duffy (DW), 2. Austin Koopman (DB); 220 – 1. Boone McDermott (DW), 2. Lake Stahlberg (Mont); Hwt. – 1. Blake Bradley (DW), 2 Taven Rich (Maq).

* — Advance to Class 2A regional duals Tuesday.

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