DES MOINES — Cullan Schriever isn’t really one for wild displays of emotion on the mat, especially when it comes to the early matches in the state tournament. The Mason City sophomore and defending Class 3A 106-pound champion is just there to do his work and move toward his ultimate goal of repeating.
It was more of the same Friday morning, as the top-ranked Schriever punched his ticket to the semifinals with a 10-4 decision over No. 5 Aiden Evans of Bettendorf.
It wasn’t quite the same match that got him a pin in Thursday’s opener, but it was still a win for Schriever.
“It didn’t go exactly how I wanted it to go, but we’re very familiar with each other,” he said. “He also goes to (the Sebolt Wrestling Academy) once in a while, so I know his best stuff, (and) he knows mine. I think they had a game plan to try, but I still need to get more offense going – I need to attack more.”
Schriever will meet No. 7 Ethan Wood-Finley of Iowa City High at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
His brother, Colby Schriever, saw his title hopes end in the the 3A quarterfinals as top-ranked and three-time state champion Brody Teske of Fort Dodge scored a 19-4 tech fall just before the end of the third period.
“Losing doesn’t feel good,” Schriever said. “Now you just want to be out there and beat everybody.”