DES MOINES — On the final day of the state wrestling tournament, a load of wrestlers from the area were looking to climb up the podium with strong finishes. Seniors had a chance to cement their legacies and underclassmen had the opportunity to give themselves something to build off heading into the offseason.
In Class 1A, Belmond-Klemme’s Cameron Beminio put a bow on an outstanding wrestling career by not only bringing home his first medal, but grabbing third place at 285 pounds. Beminio had overcome a lot in the past year, including dealing with the loss of his father, Tony, a Des Moines police officer who was killed in the line of duty just over a year ago. He also bounced back from a devastating knee injury at state last February, but this year’s tournament was all his to take in.
Following a loss by fall in the semifinals Friday night vs. No. 1 Brian Sadler of Jesup, Beminio bounced back Saturday with a pair of wins, including 3-2 win by ultimate tiebreaker in the third-place match over Manson-Northwest-Webster’s Enrique Maravilla.
Beminio’s B-K teammate Tucker Kroeze put an exclamation point on his junior season with a third-place showing at 182 pounds. Kroeze’s only loss of the tournament came in the quarterfinals, and then he rattled off three straight wins to take third. The Broncos’ all-time takedown king ended with a 20-12 major decision over Panorama’s Trevor Carey.
It was a matchup that we saw plenty of times in the final few weeks of the season and one Lake Mills senior Gabe Irons owned. In their fifth meeting of the year, Gabe Irons took care of West Hancock’s Hunter Hagen 8-4 in Saturday’s 195-pound 3rd-place match to finish his career with a third-place medal. Irons was 5-0 this year against Hagen, who settled for fourth.
Newman Catholic junior Jacob McBride came back after losing his second match of the year Friday night in the semifinals to score two wins in the consolation bracket and wrap up third place at 126 pounds. McBride bested Easton Larson of Don Bosco 5-4 in the third-place match.
Nashua-Plainfield’s Jakob Whitinger finished fourth at 113 pounds, Rockford’s Cameron Rasing was fourth at 160 and Zach Ryg finished fifth at 182 pounds. With a medal next year, Ryg would become the first three-time placewinner in school history.
In Class 2A, Osage sophomore Zach Williams fought his way to a fifth-place finish at 160 pounds, and Clear Lake junior Kade Hambly was fifth at 195 pounds after beating Dalton Chipp of Hampton-Dumont by a 12-2 major decision in the fifth-place match.
In Class 3A, Mason City sophomore Colby Schriever grabbed a 5-3 win by decision over Bettendorf’s TJ Cole to take seventh place in the 126-pound bracket. Fellow Mohawk Troy Monahan closed out his junior season with an eighth-place finish at 285.