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DES MOINES — Emotions came out in full force during the Iowa high school state wrestling tournament last week, and Osage sophomore Zach Williams was at the forefront.

Williams came to the state tournament seeking redemption after an 0-2 experience during his freshman year, and he got it with a fifth-place performance.

Thursday's quarterfinals were his defining moment - the moment he went from just a state qualifier to a state placewinner. Williams scored a pin in 1 minute, 42 seconds vs. Atlantic-CAM’s Connor Pellett in his match at 160 pounds to advance to the semifinals.

After the referee had slapped the mat, Williams leaped, pointed to the section of Osage fans in the northeast section of Wells Fargo Arena, let out a yell and added a flex while his arm was raised.

“That’s the best feeling I’ve probably ever had wrestling. It’s just amazing,” Williams said.

He went on to drop his semifinal match, and then wrestled his way to fifth place on the back side of the bracket. Williams recorded a pin in 4:32 vs. Williamsburg's Calvin Malloy.

It wasn't all about Williams at state. the Green Devils brought down five others.

Sophomore Joe Sullivan kicked off his first state tournament with a bang. Sullivan pinned Grifen Molle of West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville in 3 minutes, 39 seconds. Sullivan was more blown away by the atmosphere.

"You almost think it’s not real, but it is," he said. The fans are everywhere, it’s cool and it’s a good experience.”

The Green Devils' Joe Jacobs and Brody Roll each lost their opener, but bounced back to stay alive with a win on the backside of the bracket. Their journey would end Friday as each was handed a loss.

Freshman Spencer Mooberry fell in his first two matches.


Sports Reporter

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