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Fort-two wrestlers were named to The Predicament's Academic All-State teams Friday, according to a news release from the statewide wrestling publication. Two teams and an honorable mention list include six state champions and 29 state medalists.
The average grade-point average of the selections was 3.97 and 130 wrestlers from across the state were nominated.
Mount Vernon senior Trey Ryan earned first-team accolades. He won the Class 2A 170-pound state title in February, capping his prep career with a 47-4 record as a senior.
He was joined by West Delaware's Patrick Woods and Sam Phillips. Woods went 47-2, placing third at 113 in 2A after winning the 106-pound title as a junior. Phillips finished fourth at 126, posting a 42-6 mark.
Linn-Mar's Noah Ajram, West Delaware's Jake Voss, Elliot Henderson, of West Liberty, and West Branch's Tyler Donovan made the second team. Ajram was seventh for the Lions at 113 in 3A, going 33-8. Voss finished 43-6, placing fourth at 160 in 2A. In 1A, Henderson (42-6) was seventh at 120 and Donovan (41-6) was sixth at 152.
Other Gazette-area athletes chosen for honorable mention were Solon state champion and University of Iowa recruit Lance Evans, Oelwein's Zach Lamphere, Iowa City West's Jakeb Bakken, Western Dubuque's Collin Koerperich, BGM's Adam Hawkins and Logan Pasker, of Dyersville Beckman.
1st team Academic all state.
Brady Letney - Pleasant Valley
Zach Skopec - Spirit Lake Park
Noah Irons - Lake Mills
Trey Ryan - Mount Vernon
Patrick Woods - West Delaware, Manchester
Jake Marnin - Southeast Polk
Aaron Meyer - Southeast Polk
Nolan Hellickson - Southeast Polk
Tyler Kutz - South Central Calhoun
Brady Jennings - Osage
Sam Phillips - West Delaware, Manchester
Ben Wellman - Tri-Center, Neola
Jacob Hoch - Melcher-Dallas, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center
Ethan Ruby - Lewis Central
Luke Huber - Hudson
Jake Voss - West Delaware, Manchester
Elliot Henderson - West Liberty
Ty Schneider - Melcher-Dallas, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center
Beau Sorenson - Forest City
Tyler Donovan - West Branch
Fredy Stroker - Bettendorf
Spencer Derifield - Waverly-Shell Rock
Jake Hunerdosse - Southeast Warren, Liberty Center
Noah Ajram - Linn-Mar, Marion
Alec Ksiazek - Johnston
Derik Bailey - Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto
Bryce Steiert - Waverly-Shell Rock
Landon Paulson - Woodbury Central, Moville
Lance Evans - Solon
Alexander Schmitz - Kuemper Catholic, Carroll
Zach Lamphere - Oelwein
Blake Meyer - Sumner-Fredericksburg
Luke Klingensmith - Woodbury Central, Moville
Jake Stardt - Forest City
Jakeb Bakken - Iowa City, West
Collin Koerperich - Western Dubuque, Epworth
Nathan Luna - Des Moines, Lincoln
Adam Hawkins - B-G-M, Brooklyn
Logan Pasker - Beckman Catholic, Dyersville
Ryan Szalat - St. Edmund, Fort Dodge
Lane Nichols - Woodbury Central, Moville
Adam Drain - Mediapolis
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