Prep Wrestling

Linn-Mar's Jacob Wempen earns top Metro wrestling honor

Kennedy's Hynek receives coaches honor, Cougars lead way with 11 total picks

Linn-Mar’s Jacob Wempen reacts after pinning Western Dubuque Epworth’s Devin Ludwig in the 182-pound Class 3A championship bout at the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Wempen won by a fall in 1:07. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar’s Jacob Wempen reacts after pinning Western Dubuque Epworth’s Devin Ludwig in the 182-pound Class 3A championship bout at the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Wempen won by a fall in 1:07. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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The 2019 All-Metro wrestling team was released Wednesday.

The first team consisted of 16 wrestlers from just three schools. Linn-Mar state champion Jacob Wempen was named Metro Athlete of the Year for wrestling and was one of six Lions on the first team. Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Dennis Hynek was named Coach of the Year, placing five Cougars on the first team and a Metro-best 11 total wrestlers honored. Kennedy heavyweight Josh Vis led the way, placing third for his second state medal.

Prairie also had five on the first team, including state medalists Austin Kegley (113), Conrad Braswell (132) and 195-pounder Ashton Stoner-DeGroot.

All-Metro wrestling 2019

FIRST TEAM

106 — Brandon O’Brien (Linn-Mar, soph.)

113 — Austin Kegley (Cedar Rapids Prairie, jr.)

120 — Bryce Parke (Linn-Mar, soph.)

126 — Ty Pfiffner (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, soph.)

132 — Conrad Braswell (Cedar Rapids Prairie, sr.)

138 — Dylan Falck (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, jr.)

145 — Noah Cunningham (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, sr.)

152 — Justis Kruse (Cedar Rapids Prairie, sr.) and Abass Kemokai (Linn-Mar, soph.)

160 — Colton LaGrange (Cedar Rapids Prairie, sr.)

170 — Ryan Plummer (Linn-Mar, jr.)

182 — Jacob Wempen (Linn-Mar, sr.)

195 — Ashton Stoner-DeGroot (Cedar Rapids Prairie, jr.)

220 — Cam Jones (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, sr.) and Tanner Schultz (Linn-Mar, sr.)

Hwt. — Josh Vis (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, jr.)

Athlete of the Year — Jacob Wempen, Linn-Mar

Coach of the Year — Dennis Hynek and staff, Cedar Rapids Kennedy

SECOND TEAM

106 — Niyo Gady (Marion, jr.)

113 — Dakota Tatro (Cedar Rapids Jefferson, soph.)

120 — Jake McLeod (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, soph.) and Austin Stuehm (Cedar Rapids Prairie, soph.)

126 — Joe Foreman (Cedar Rapids Washington, soph.)

132 — Christian Stanek (Cedar Rapids Xavier, fr.)

138 — Johnny Washburn (Cedar Rapids Prairie, jr.)

145 — Patrick Chambers (Cedar Rapids Xavier, sr.)

152 — Open; 160 — Ben Gibson (Marion, jr.)

170 — Nick Pearson (Cedar Rapids Prairie, soph.) and Jay Oostendorp (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, jr.)

182 — Cael Knox (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, soph.)

195 — Cade Parker (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, jr.)

Hwt. — Dawson Sweet (Cedar Rapids Jefferson, jr.)

HONORABLE MENTION

106 — Hunter Kalous (Cedar Rapids Prairie, soph.)

113 — T.J. Cook (Cedar Rapids Xavier, fr.)

126 — Colton Woods (Cedar Rapids Jefferson, sr.) and Kain Wempen (Linn-Mar, soph.)

132 — Sam Gisaya (Linn-Mar, jr.)

138 — Braden Garringer (Marion, sr.)

145 — Antonio Pagel (Cedar Rapids Jefferson, sr.)

152 — Divion Ocheltree (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, soph.)

160 — Alex Koch (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, fr.)

170 — Ryan Cook (Cedar Rapids Xavier, jr.)

182 — Logan Andeway (Cedar Rapids Prairie, sr.) and Nate Miller (Marion, sr.)

195 — Luke Gaffney (Linn-Mar, fr.)

220 — Isaac Ball (Cedar Rapids Xavier, sr.)

Hwt. — Tavius Sykora-Matthess (Cedar Rapids Washington, sr.)

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