Wrestlers advance to state duals

Caleb Helgeson ’21 grabs the ankle of opponent Noah Blubaugh. Helgeson won the match with a 12-4 Major Desicion.

Rachel Vaughan, Staff Writer

By defeating Ankeny Centennial on Feb. 7, the Johnston wrestlers secured a spot in the state dual tournament.  The meet started with Caleb Helgeson ’21 at 113 lbs. Helgeson defeated Ankeny Centennial’s Noah Blubaugh with a 12-4 major decision, earning four team points.  James Edwards ’20 earned the next win for the team, with a fall over Jacob Cuppy in the 126 lb match to earn six points for Johnston.  In the next match, Zach Price ‘18 also earned six points for Johnston with a fall over Mason Honderd in the 132 lb weight class. The next four team points for Johnston were scored by Elliot Pohlmeyer ‘18 with his 9-1 major decision over Alan Ayres in the 145 lb match.  Cade Moss’s ‘19 fall over Desmond Vaughan in the 152 lb bracket and Collin Hushagen’s ‘18 fall over Nic Leo at 170 lbs earned six team points each for Johnston. At 285 lbs, Jake Ryan ‘18 defeated Ryan Brennecke in a 5-0 decision, earning three points for Johnston. The wrestlers will face Southeast Polk in the first round of State duals on Feb. 14.