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State Wrestling Fri 2-3A 06

Clear Lake’s Eric Faught competes against Tipton’s John Crowley Friday during the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

DES MOINES — The mission is still live.

Clear Lake junior Eric Faught carried his title chase into the Class 2A semifinals Friday morning with an 8-2 win over Tipton’s John Crowley.

While his first-round victory on Thursday had much more action, Faught had to work a little bit harder for this one. Nonetheless, he still made it look relatively easy as he improved to 50-0 on the year.

“Kids are going to try to do whatever defensively to just block you off,” Faught said. “He was decently strong so it’s hard to move some kids, plus you’re moving defensive, but most guys you’ve got to wrestle through everything no matter what it is.

“When you’re on a mission you’ve got to just go, go, go.”

Faught added that the match forced him to “go back to his basics,” which is something he said he needed. That involved his wrist rides, single-leg shots and takedowns, plus wrestling defensive to block Crowley’s shots.

The end result was just what top-ranked Faught was looking for, and now he turns his attention to the semifinals where he will meet No. 3 Phillip Ihde of Decorah. The 2A semifinals will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Faught’s freshman teammate Sam Nelson was pinned in his quarterfinal match against Bondurant-Farrar’s Colby Lilegard.

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