DES MOINES — The match Cullan Schriever has been working toward since nearly a year ago is finally here.
The Mason City sophomore and defending state champion punched his ticket to a second straight 106-pound title match Friday night with a 13-4 major decision vs. seventh-ranked Ethan Wood-Finley of Iowa City West.
“The Iowa state tournament, there’s nothing really like it in the country so it’s definitely fun and I’m looking forward to it,” Schriever said.
It was a bit of a strange match for Schriever, who has become used to dominating nearly everyone he wrestles at the high school level.
Schriever was his typical self, taking shots whenever he could offensively, but he still walked away frustrated. Not with how the match ended, but how it played out.
“I saw a kid who just wanted to keep the match close, which is frustrating, but it happens all the time at the high school level,” Schriever said. “He didn’t have anything for me so he was just trying to keep it close I guess.”
Schriever was visibly upset during a couple occasions, even placing his hands on his hips as Wood-Finley didn’t try to create offensively himself.
What it amounted to was a match in which Schriever collected six takedowns, and the only points he gave up were on freebie escapes.
The win sets up a title match vs. Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala. Ayala has one loss this season, an 8-5 defeat vs. Schriever in the finals of the CIML tournament
“I’m just going to take the same approach – just go out there, try to score points and wrestle hard,” Schriever said. “He’s a super-tough competitor. He’s really slick, has really nice stuff, but I just have to stay on my stuff and not worry about what he’s doing.”