DES MOINES — Emotions came out in full force during Friday’s Class 2A state quarterfinals for North Iowa area wrestlers.
Osage sophomore Zach Williams is on his redemption tour at state after finishing 0-2 last year, and he took another step forward Friday with a pin in 1 minute, 42 seconds vs. Atlantic-CAM’s Connor Pellett in his match at 160 pounds.
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.
Williams, ranked sixth, advances to Friday afternoon’s semifinals, where he will meet third-ranked Luke Hageman of Dyersville Beckman.
Considering how far he’s come in just a year, Williams is ready to keep climbing.
“That’s huge confidence for me,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep going, keep my head down and get what I need.”
Hampton-Dumont junior Dalton Chipp made his intentions to win a state title well known after winning his opener on Thursday. He continued down that path Friday with an 11-9 win by sudden victory over Davenport Assumption’s Seth Adrian.
You could tell how much this one meant to Chipp just by watching his reaction. From pointing to the Hampton-Dumont contingent to the North of his mat after scoring the takedown immediately in overtime, to the shouts of joy and flexing all the way back into the tunnel, this was a huge moment.
It was even bigger due the fact he erased a three-point deficit in the third period. A takedown with 14 seconds to go tied it up to force overtime.
“Just heart,” Chipp said. “We’ve been practicing all week desperation because you never know what happens down here. I got headlocked in that second period and I had to fight back. I knew I was down three so just kept going after it. And then I caught him with 50 seconds left – I got to that inside triple easy the first time so might as well hit it again.”
It also added a little more to his family bragging right as the two wins are more than his brother, Logan, got in his prep career.
“I actually get to one-up my brother because he came down here and never won a match,” Chipp quipped. “I’m 2-0 and it feels good.”