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DES MOINES — Mid-Prairie’s Visouth Peterschmidt was pretty happy to get into the state wrestling tournament to begin with.
It’s his first time qualifying and it’s one less thing his brothers — Phirom and Nearoth — can hang over his head. Both are former state place winners (Phirom finished 6th in 2014 and 7th in 2013, Nearoth 8th in 2013) and now their brother is also guaranteed to finish ahead of them, as he’ll wrestle for third-place.
“We didn’t really talk much about our experiences beforehand,” Visouth Peterschmidt said. “Just in the room helping me train and making sure I’m there mentally.”
Peterschmidt is the Golden Hawks’ lone wrestler at state this season. He wasn’t sure how many fans from his hometown were watching from the stands, but he said the atmosphere was exhilarating.
After a close 6-4 win over Harlan’s Nick Foss in the first round, Peterschmidt had little issue in the quarterfinals. Matched up against Clarion CGD’s Mason Carpenter, the Mid-Prairie senior got a takedown early in the match and then a second.
The match was pretty much over after that and Peterschmidt locked him up for a second-period fall.
“After the second takedown he broke mentally, wasn’t fighting as hard,” Peterschmidt said. “Once I got that chicken wing, I’m pretty experienced there, I knew I could put him away.”
WALK OFF, WALK ON
After North Linn 285-pounder Kyler Schott walks off the mat Saturday, he’ll be walking on somewhere else — the Iowa football team.
Lightly recruited, Rivals doesn’t have him listed with any stars or official offers, but Schott had some interest from Drake and Northern Iowa as well as Iowa. Ultimately, however, he decided to take a preferred walk-on chance from the Hawkeyes.
At 6-3, 275 the heavyweight wrestler projects as a center or a guard.
“They never talked to me at first,” Schott said. “But I went to a camp and they saw what I could do.”
Built, with thick arms and a barrel chest it’s not really a surprise he found himself in the championship match. He’s dominated the competition this season and had just one loss coming into the tournament.
A four-time state qualifier, Schott finally broke through last season to place for the first time, finishing third. He’s gunning for more this year and trying to enjoy himself in the process.
“The hardest part of this tournament is mental,” Schott said. “I’m out here having fun man, that’s my main goal.”
RASHED LOOKS FOR THIRD
For athletes that aren’t in contention for a team title, backside of the bracket matches can be a tricky proposition.
It’s sometimes hard to get up after losing on the front side, but placing still is important. Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Tavian Rashed knows this. He’s been close before and didn’t even make the tournament last season after a tough district draw.
This year, however, the senior will place — perhaps even as high as third in the 170-pound weight class.
“It’s not the place I want to be going for, but it feels good,” Rashed said. “I’m proud. It’s all the years of hard work built up.”
Rashed wrestles Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Ben Sarasin in a consolation semifinal Saturday.
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