Prep Wrestling

Washington's Will Foreman starts quest for strong finish

Senior owns Warriors' career records for wins and pins

Washington's Will Foreman (right) holds Mount Vernon's Garret Akers (left) in their 132-pound match during a Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Washington's Will Foreman (right) holds Mount Vernon's Garret Akers (left) in their 132-pound match during a Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Washington’s Will Foreman has written his name in the school record books.

Already this season, he has set the Warriors’ all-time wins and pins mark. The senior 132-pounder has one more chapter left to write.

Foreman will attempt to earn his third state berth with a chance at a third straight state medal at a Class 3A district meet Saturday at Cedar Rapids Prairie. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Marion, Marshalltown, Mason City and 10th-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock round out the field.

Sixth-ranked Foreman, one of 22 rated wrestlers in the district, has placed sixth each of the last two years. He has been focused on bettering those finishes.

“I’m pretty excited,” Foreman said. “I want to improve and place pretty high. Hopefully, win it.”

Foreman has produced a solid career. In a double dual with Cedar Falls and host Dubuque Hempstead, he earned his 123rd and 124th career victories, topping the old record of 122 set by Edgar Haynes from 2000-03. Foreman surpassed Haynes’ 52 career falls in December.

“It’s pretty special, because my brothers are going through the program,” said Foreman, whose freshman brother, Joe, is Washington’s starting 126 pounder. “It will set a good example for them.”

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Washington Coach Matt Hatcher said Foreman doesn’t rest on those accomplishments. He goes about his business daily, focusing on getting better.

“He’s aware of the all-time wins record,” Hatcher said. “He has the pin record. He doesn’t hang his hat on it though.”

The postseason trek begins at Prairie. Foreman is one of two ranked wrestlers in the bracket, joining Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s No. 8 Dylan Falck. He has to be at his best to achieve his goal of climbing the state podium in Des Moines.

“I just have to stay focused on each match at a time,” said Foreman, who praised workout partner and 138-pounder Chris Karamitros for pushing him harder this season. “I’ve got to finish matches. Make my third period my best period.”

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Foreman has made a name for himself, drawing the best effort from opponents looking to cut down a two-time state medalist and highly-ranked wrestler. It has caused some frustrations in his 29-6 campaign, but he’s learned from the experience and knows what it takes to come out on top.

“He’s got a good head on his shoulders,” Hatcher said. “He’s in good spirits. He’ll be ready to go.”

Seventh-ranked Iowa City West and No. 9 Iowa City High travel to Mount Pleasant, competing against Burlington, Fort Madison, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa and Pella.

The Trojans have four ranked wrestlers, including top-ranked 160-pounder Nelson Brands, who is going for his third straight state title.

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The Little Hawks have had a breakthrough season, winning the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet for the first time since 2002 and ending a 12-season hiatus from the State Duals tournament with a win over Western Dubuque on Wednesday.

“It means a lot,” City High Coach Cory Connell said. “From where when I first got here to where we are now, from the coaches to the wrestlers who’ve been around, it means a lot.”

City High has six ranked wrestlers, including No. 2 Jacob Dykes at 195. Securing the State Duals berth helped start momentum going into district.

“It keeps your emotions up, staying positive going into Saturday,” 152-pounder Kyle Hefley said. “Hopefully, keep us on the right track to Des Moines.”

Western Dubuque hosts a 3A district, including Linn-Mar, Cedar Falls, Clinton, North Scott, Pleasant Valley, Waterloo East and Waterloo West.

The Lions have three ranked wrestlers in the field. Second-ranked junior Jacob Wempen is at 170, freshman Bryce Parke is 10th at 106 and 195-pound junior Tanner Schultz has cracked the rankings at 10th.

The host Bobcats are led by two ranked competitors. Ryker Kurimski is fifth at 152, while Devin Ludwig is fourth at 182.

Cedar Rapids Xavier heads to Dubuque Senior for a district with Bettendorf, the three Davenport public schools, Dubuque Hempstead and Muscatine. The Saints have two ranked wrestlers in Ivan Thomas (106) and 120-pounder Keegan Schultschik, who qualified and won a match at the 2016 state tournament.

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