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1A state wrestling: Lisbon's Bryce Werderman chops down foe in overtime battle

Werderman beats fifth-ranked Trees to give second-place Lisbon 7 quarterfinalists; Alburnett and North Linn duos advance

DES MOINES — Six minutes was not enough.

Seven minutes? Almost.

Eight minutes did the trick.

Lisbon’s third-ranked Bryce Werderman scored an escape in the second overtime tiebreaker period for a 2-1 victory over North Butler-Clarksville’s No. 5 Brandon Trees, earning a second straight trip to the quarterfinals at the Class 1A state wrestling tournament Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We practice that every week in practice, going that extra overtime, 8 1/2 minutes to get that win, because we know it’s going to happen down here at the tournament,” Werderman said. “Coach always tells us it’s going to be a gut check and it’s whether you want it more or not.”

Werderman weathered a physical start by Trees, fending off shots and unable to finish his own attempts. He felt Trees tire as the match progressed, exchanging escapes in regulation.

The longer a match lasts the more confident Werderman becomes.

“He came out hard with his hands right away,” Werderman said. “I knew, if we went third period, he wasn’t going to be able to hold up, but it took more than the third period. I felt him getting weak.”

The senior 170-pounder nearly had a takedown toward the end of the sudden-victory period, which Trees about turned into his score as time expired. Werderman had a crucial ride out in the first of two 30-second periods, needing just eight ticks for the decisive point.

“It shows a lot of heart,” Lisbon Coach Brad Smith said. “He just keeps going.

“The key was riding him out in that first tiebreaker.”

Interestingly, Werderman experienced a similar victory on the very same mat in last year’s consolation semifinal. He won that match by a point in overtime, advancing to place sixth.


“I took it in (tiebreaker) again,” Werderman said. “Down here, you have to expect it.”

Lisbon teammate Jake Jennett added his own dramatics to the Lions’ 7-2 opening round. Jennett scored a takedown with one second remaining to beat Hudson’s third-ranked Wes Geisler, 4-3, at 195.

Jennett, who weighs closer to 182, uses his quickness to his advantage. He snapped Geisler and spun around behind for the winning move.

“That was huge,” Smith said. “It’s awesome.”

State champion Cael Happel (120) was one of seven Lisbon quarterfinalists with another in consolation competition. The Lions scored 23 points, finishing the first day in second place and four back of leader Don Bosco. The Dons also have seven in the quarterfinals and one on the back side. Denver is third with 18.

“We’re in good shape,” Smith said. “We just have to keep going.”

Alburnett and North Linn each advanced two to Friday’s quarterfinals.

Top-ranked Jaymus Wilson posted a 6-0 decision over Manson-Northwest Webster’s No. 5 Donavon Hanson at 106, scoring a takedown in the first and third and a reversal in the second.

“I haven’t seen the kid all year,” Wilson said. “I was just out there, looking to control the match.

“I wish I would have scored more points ... I got the win out of it, so I’m happy.”

Wilson has been fueled by the fire for a title. As a freshman underdog, he wasn’t content with fifth. Last year, he fell in the semifinals and placed third. Now, he is looking to jump one more odd step.


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“It kept me motivated,” Wilson said. “I am looking for something to get instead of already being there and be like I already got it. I want to keep pushing and get to the top.”

The Pirates’ Tanner Sloan was third last year after winning a title at 170 in 2016. The top-ranked 195-pound senior wasted little time, pinning Wilton’s Cameron Reddick in 46 seconds.

The Lynx went 2-for-3 in the first round, receiving wins from 113-pounder Heath Moyer and Brady Henderson at 132. Henderson avenged an earlier loss, topping Lisbon’s Ryne Mohrfeld, 3-2.

Henderson trailed most of the match, surrendering a first-period takedown and was ridden for almost an entire period. He kicked free for an escape with two seconds left in the second. He added a tilt for two nearfall and rode out Mohrfeld for the victory.

“I’m confident on top that I can ride anybody,” said Henderson, adding, “I didn’t stress myself out. I kept calm (and) relaxed. I trust in my abilities and my coaches. I knew I could probably get a turn,”

Henderson is making the most of this opportunity.

“Last year didn’t come out how I wanted,” Henderson said. “Just battled through injuries (this year), trying to prove to my community and all these people here who I am.”

Sigourney-Keota’s Mason Dye (106) and second-ranked 220-pounder Kaleb Reeves reached the quarterfinals. Dye recorded a 15-3 major decision over Guthrie Center ACGC’s Seth Danker. Reeves decked Eagle Grove’s Joel Mendoza in 3:21.

Cascade’s Nolan Noonan made his first state appearance. He is the first Cougar wrestler to qualify since T.J. Tittle in 2014.


Seventh-ranked Noonan beat Sibley-Ocheyedan’s No. 9 Trey Schuck, 8-4, at 126. He earned Cascade’s first state tournament victory since 2011 and first in the opening round since 2010.

Iowa City Regina’s second-ranked Ryan Schott (160) defeated Central Decatur’s Luke Jones, 13-1.

MFL MarMac’s Michael Egan posted a notable upset at 138. Egan pinned Clarinda’s fifth-ranked Austin Gutknecht in 2:43.

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