Results, notes, observations from the 2022 Iowa Greco-Roman state championships

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

Iowa USA Wrestling wrapped a busy two days of wrestling with the Greco-Roman state championships on Sunday at Southeast Polk High School.

This two-day wrestling competition, where wrestlers participated in the Olympic disciplines, featured many of the best Iowa high-schoolers. These tournaments help decide other high-level competitions, like the rosters for the 16U and Junior national duals teams, as well as who qualifies for the 16U and Junior national championships.

The greco state tournament was contested Sunday after the freestyle portion was held on Saturday. Additionally, a women's freestyle competition was also contested on Sunday, featuring 52 high school girl wrestlers from all over Iowa.

Below is a weight-by-weight rundown of the Junior and 16U greco and women's freestyle results, as well as notes and observations from the action.

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Junior Greco-Roman state championships

100 pounds

  1. Taye Jordan, Atlantic-CAM

106 pounds

  • Finals: Aiden Smith (Atlantic-CAM) pinned Mitchell Murphy (Hempstead) in 4:41

Notes: This was a 4-man round-robin, but Smith and Murphy finished first-second, respectively. Smith went 3-0 and won Junior titles in both freestyle and greco this weekend.

113 pounds

  1. Ethan Skoglund, Sergeant Bluff-Luton

120 pounds

  1. Garret Rinken, Nashua-Plainfield
  2. Blake Gioimo, Cedar Rapids Prairie

Notes: Rinken swept this best-of-three series — 8-0 and 12-2 — for first after taking second in freestyle on Saturday.

126 pounds

  • Finals: Jaiden Moore (Benton) over Brody Brisker (Wilton), 11-2

Notes: Moore, a Class 2A state champ in February, went 3-0 with three technical falls to win a 4-man round-robin. His match against Brisker was his first of the day. 

Jaiden Moore, Benton Community, defeats Matthew Beem, Glenwood, in the Class 2A 126 state wrestling championship match, on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

132 pounds

  • Finals: Max Currier (Clear Lake) over Carson Seuntjens (Kingsley-Pierson), 8-0

Notes: Currier, a 2A state medalist in February, goes 4-0 to win this 5-man round-robin, with two pins and an 8-0 win over Seuntjens.

138 pounds

  • Finals: Chase Fiser (Bondurant-Farrar) over Trevor Oberbroeckling (Southeast Polk), 8-0

Notes: Fiser took fourth in freestyle on Saturday, then went 3-0 on Sunday to win a Junior greco title.

145 pounds

  • Finals: Kael Scranton (Iowa City West) over Brodie Conner (Albia), 8-0

Notes: Scranton also took fourth in freestyle then won greco on Sunday, going 4-0 with three technical falls and a pin.

152 pounds

  • Finals: Dylan Whitt (Cedar Falls) over Jack Miller (Pleasant Valley), 11-0

Notes: Strong weekend overall from Whitt. He took third in freestyle and won a greco title. He went 3-0 on Sunday and outscored his opponents 31-4.

160 pounds

  • Finals: Wyatt Reisz (Logan-Magnolia) over Gabe Carver (Urbandale), 12-4

Notes: Reisz, a two-time 1A state champ, also had a good weekend, taking second in freestyle and then winning a greco title. He went 3-0 on Sunday with a pin and two technical falls.

170 pounds

  • Finals: Nick Fox (Osage) over Kasey Ross (Urbandale), 8-3

Notes: Fox, a returning 16U greco national finalist, completes the Iowa triple crown, winning state titles in folkstyle, freestyle and greco. On Sunday, he went 3-0 and outscored his opponents 25-3.

Nicholas Fox, Osage, defeats Carl Barkema, Hampton-Dumont-CAL, in the Class 2A 160 state wrestling championship match, on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

182 pounds

  • Finals: Tate Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar) over Jarrett Roos (Sheldon), 9-0

Notes: Naaktgeboren also wins the Iowa triple crown. He also beat Southeast Polk's Andrew Reed, who took fourth, and Western Dubuque's Greyson Gardner, who took third, en route to first.

195 pounds

  • Finals: John Powers (Bondurant-Farrar) pinned Gabriel Christensen (Ballard) in 1:52

Notes: Powers rolled to a Junior greco title, recording two pins and a technical fall on Sunday after taking fourth in freestyle on Saturday. 

220 pounds

  • Finals: Jared Thiry (Don Bosco) over Cade Bennethum (Ankeny), 8-0

Notes: Thiry, a 1A state champ and Junior freestyle finalist, caps his weekend with a greco title. He beat Hempstead's Joe Lewis, who took fourth, and Osage's Barrett Muller, a 2A state champ who finished third on Sunday, en route to first.

285 pounds

  • Finals: Mac Muller (Osage) over Hayden Hearne (Urbandale), 8-4

Notes: Muller recorded two pins to reach the finals, then used a big first period to top Hearne for first.

16U Greco-Roman state championships

94 pounds

  1. Mac Crosson, Sebolt Wrestling Academy
  2. Benjamin Walsh, Sebolt Wrestling Academy
  3. Elijah Hyet, Dubuque Wrestling Club

Notes: Crosson wins this 3-man round-robin with a pair of technical falls.

100 pounds

  • Finals: Jayden Rinken (Nashua-Plainfield) over Dallas Canoyer (Earlham), 18-13

Notes: Rinken won 16U titles in both freestyle and greco. On Sunday, he went 4-0 with three technical falls and a wild 18-13 win over Canoyer, a returning 16U dual team member. Canoyer led 9-2 at one point, then Rinken scored 10 unanswered … all in the first period.

106 pounds

  • Finals: Aiden Smith (Atlantic-CAM) over Jaymeson VanderVelde (C.B. Lincoln), 9-0

Notes: Smith took second in 16U freestyle but wins 16U greco, winning a 3-man round-robin on Sunday with a pair of technical falls.

113 pounds

  • Finals: TJ Koester (Bettendorf) over Connor Fiser (Bondurant-Farrar), 9-0

Notes: Koester also took second in 16U freestyle, then wins 16U greco with a pair of technical fall victories on Sunday.

Timothy Koester of Bettendorf beat Dru Ayala of Fort Dodge in their Class 3A state championship match at 106 pounds on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

120 pounds

  • Finals: Blake Fox (Immortal Athletics) over Logan Trenary (Southeast Polk), 8-0
  • Third: Jabari Hinson (Ames) pinned Wil Oberbroeckling (Sebolt) in 3:41

Notes: Fox follows his freestyle crown with a greco title, outscoring his three opponents by a combined 24-0. He beat Bettendorf state medalist Steele Diercks in the semifinals before beating Trenary, another state medalist, in the finals. Hinson takes third in both styles. He lost to Trenary first round then recorded three pins for third. 

126 pounds

  1. Cale Seaton, Iowa City High
  2. Maximus Riggins, Bondurant-Farrar
  3. Corbin Reisz, Logan-Magnolia

Notes: The same top three finishers from the 16U freestyle tournament, except Riggins takes second and Riesz takes third. Seaton stays on top, beating Reisz 3-1 and Riggins 8-5.

132 pounds

  • Finals: Nolan Fellers (Sebolt) over Ben Hansen (Ankeny), 13-8

Notes: Fellers, another talented middle-schooler, goes 4-0 and outscored his opponents 39-8 to win a greco title, punctuated by a big second period to beat Hansen, a 3A state medalist who pinned his way to the finals on Sunday.

Kane Naaktgeboren, left, wrestles Joseph Toscano at 138 pounds in the 16U finals during the USA Wrestling High School National Recruiting Showcase, Saturday, April 2, 2022, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

138 pounds

  • Finals: Kane Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar) over Braxten Westerndorf (Waverly-Shell Rock), 10-1

Notes: Naaktgeboren wins a pair of 16U titles this weekend, too. On Sunday, he won all three of his matches by technical fall, by a combined 27-1, to take first. 

145 pounds

  • Finals: Tycho Carmichael (Bettendorf) over Kyler Scranton (Iowa City West), 10-0

Notes: Carmichael won titles in both freestyle and greco this weekend, and he beat Scranton both times to win. On Sunday, he outscored his three opponents 26-0.

152 pounds

  • Finals: Damarion Ross (Fort Dodge) over Cael Winget (Southeast Polk), 8-0

Notes: Ross also doubled up 16U titles this weekend. He needed to win just twice on Sunday to claim gold.

160 pounds

  • Finals: Brent Yonkovic (West Delaware) over Dominic Tigner (Norwalk), 9-1

Notes: Yonkovic wins two 16U titles this weekend, too. On Sunday, he recorded three technical falls to win again.

West Delaware's Brent Yonkovic wrestles Creston's Austin Evans at 138 pounds during the first round of Class 2A at the 2022 IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Des Moines.

170 pounds

  • Finals: Mike Slade (Southeast Polk) pinned William Bolinger (Crestwon) in 0:13

Notes: Slade wrestled a combined 2 minutes and 10 seconds on Sunday: first-round bye, semifinal technical fall, then finals pin. Efficient work for a double 16U champ.

182 pounds

  1. Callyn Bishop, Baxter
  2. Ben Hammes, Gilbert

Notes: Bishop beat Hammes, two matches to none, to win freestyle. On Sunday, he beat Hammes, two matches to one, to double up.

195 pounds

  • Finals: Dreshaun Ross (Sebolt) over Noah Parsons (Pella), 10-0

Notes: A rematch of Saturday's 16U freestyle final, and Ross won again, capping a perfect Sunday.

220 pounds

  • Finals: Henry Christensen (Ballard) over Gavin Bridgewater (South Tama County), 16-5

Notes: Christensen won both freestyle and greco this weekend. On Sunday, he recorded two pins and a 16-5 technical fall over Bridgewater to win.

285 pounds

  • Finals: Cooper Martinson (Southeast Polk) pinned Zander Glazebrook (Bettendorf) in 0:21

Notes: Martinson took second in freestyle on Saturday, but won greco on Sunday thanks to two pins in a combined 41 seconds. 

Iowa women's freestyle state championships

16U 127 pounds

  1. Hayden Bratland, Ubasa Wrestling Academy
  2. Simone Standifer, Doomsday Wrestling Club
  3. Kenzie Peterson, Powerhouse Wrestling Club

Notes: Bratland won this 3-woman round-robin, pinning Standifer and beating Peterson, 10-0. Standifer pinned Peterson for second.

16U 144 pounds

  1. Mahri Manz, Lewis Central
  2. Tayla Stiefel, East Buchanan
  3. Haylee McGrew, Des Moines Lincoln
  4. Erin Hill, Bettendorf

Notes: Manz won this 4-woman round-robin, recording two technical falls and a hard-fought 7-5 win over Stiefel for first. McGrew pinned Hill for third.

Junior 100 pounds

  1. Jillian Worthen, Union
  2. Gable Hemann, Osage
  3. Ava McNeal, Lewis Central

Notes: Worthen, a girls state champ this past season, won this 3-woman round-robin, pinning McNeal and beating Hemann, 12-2. All three were top-six finishers at the IWCOA girls state championships in January.

Union's Jillian Worthen reacts after scoring a decision at 100 pounds in the finals during of the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) girls' state wrestling tournament, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.

Junior 106 pounds

  1. Jasmine Luedtke, Ottumwa
  2. Layla Phillips, Mason City

Notes: Luedtke, a two-time Class 3A state qualifier and girls state finalist, swept Phillips in a best-of-three round-robin format, 10-0 in match one, 10-0 in match two.

Junior 112 pounds

  1. Hope Chiattello, Cedar Falls
  2. Jordan Strange, Glenwood

Notes: Chiattello, a state medalist in January, beat Strange twice, by identical 10-0 technical falls.

Junior 117 pounds

  1. Eva Diaz, Waverly-Shell Rock
  2. Jaylnn Goodale, Osage
  3. Jadalynn Daily, Davenport West
  4. Alexis Alexander, Chariton

Notes: Diaz, a two-time girls state champ who's headed to Grand View, won this 4-woman round-robin with three pins. Goodale scored 20 points against both Dailey and Alexander to secure second.

Junior 122 pounds

  1. Leah Chandler, Chariton
  2. Mariah Webster, Colfax-Mingo
  3. Brinley Meier, Waverly-Shell Rock

Notes: Chandler went 4-0 in this 5-woman round-robin with three pins and a technical fall. Webster pinned Meier for second.

Wilton's Hannah Rogers celebrates after scoring a fall at 120 pounds in the finals during of the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) girls' state wrestling tournament, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.

Junior 127 pounds

  • Finals: Hannah Rogers (Wilton) pinned Eva Heise (Waverly-Shell Rock) in 1:29

Notes: Rogers, a state champ in January, cruised to a freestyle title on Sunday, recording a first-round technical fall and two first-period pins en route to gold. Heise makes the freestyle finals after missing the state podium in January.

Junior 132 pounds

  1. Josephine Wearmouth, Martensdale-St. Marys
  2. Alexis Winkey, Ames
  3. Mackenzie Childers, Cedar Rapids Prairie
  4. Gracie Leslie, Collins-Maxwell

Notes: Wearmouth recorded two pins and a technical fall to go 3-0 and take first. She pinned Winkey, who finished 2-1, for first. 

Junior 138 pounds

  1. Alexis Ross, Fort Dodge
  2. Randi Nicholson, Iron Rams Wrestling Club

Notes: Ross, a state champ in January, adds a Junior freestyle title to her résumé.

Fort Dodge's Alexis Ross, right, celebrates after scoring a decision at 135 pounds in the finals during of the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) girls' state wrestling tournament, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.

Junior 144 pounds

  1. Haidyn Snyder, Waverly-Shell Rock
  2. Kiara Djoumessi, Waverly-Shell Rock
  3. Emma Lopez-Garcia, Newton

Notes: Go-Hawks go 1-2 here, with Snyder taking the head-to-head bout. She won her other three matches by a combined 30-0. Djoumessi finished 3-1 with two pins.

Junior 152 pounds

  1. Skylar Slade, Iron Rams Wrestling Club
  2. Esperanza Almazan, Lewis Central
  3. Emma Barker, Iowa City West

Notes: Slade, a talented middle-schooler, went 4-0 to win this 5-woman round-robin competition. Almazan recorded a pin and a technical fall for second.

Junior 164 pounds

  1. Bella Porcelli, Southeast Polk
  2. Diana Gaie, Des Moines Roosevelt
  3. Teegan Sulentich, Washington

Notes: Porcelli, a state finalist in January, pinned Sulentich and beat Gaie 12-0 to win a Junior title.

Junior 180 pounds

  1. Katie Schlosser, Colfax-Mingo

Junior 200 pounds

  1. Grace Gray, Ankeny Centennial
  2. Savannah Sistad, Creston

Notes: Gray wins this best-of-three series, two matches to one. Sistad recorded a pin, then Gray won 5-1 and 2-1 to finish first.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.