A pair of Cascade wrestlers advanced to the Class 1A District Tournament at Wilton after placing in the top-two at the sectional tournament at Lisbon.
“At the sectional wrestling tournament the guys came out in the first round and wrestled really well,” coach Travis Andrews said. “We had a bunch of guys in the semifinals, but only had two reached the finals.”
Aidan Noonan took first place at 126 pounds to lead the Cougars. Noonan led off his day with a bye, before pinning Northeasts’ Jace Rathje in 2:38. He earned the championship with a 4-1 decision over Lisbon’s Lincoln Holub.
“Aidan faced Holub, from Lisbon, for the first time this year and won 4-1. He just needs to work on a few of his pinning combinations in keeping them tighter on his opponents. These types of matches are what he needs to keep getting better and improving,” Andrews said.
Staner advanced at 132 with a second-place finish. After a first-round bye, he earned a 2-1 win over Central City’s Cole Silver. He fell in the championship match due to injury. He advanced without a wrestleback due to his prior win over Silver.
“Carson has been wrestling really well after Christmas break and will have a good week of practice. We’ll see some different teams this week at practice to get them ready for districts,” Andrews said.
Additional place finishers were: third — Trevor Freiburger (106); fourth — Casey Koppes (145), Cody Kremer (152), Ted Weber (160), Cade Rausch (170) and Isaac DeLaRosa (182); fifth — Kodey Miles (285).
Lisbon won the sectional tournament with 292.5 points. Alburnett was second (177). Both teams advanced to the regional dual tournament. Bellevue placed third (117), Midland fourth (116), Cascade fifth (115), North Cedar sixth (84), Northeast seventh (57) and Central City eighth (28).
The district tournament is slated to begin at noon, Saturday, Feb. 1
“Overall, we had seven guys finish in the top four at their weights and Kodey Miles finished fifth with a pin in his last match on the year. The team finished in fifth place and two points out of third place,” Andrews added.