The Wilber-Clatonia wrestling team entered the state wrestling tournament in Class C with three qualifiers, all of which placed third or fourth at districts.
Of the three Wolverine state qualifiers, senior Conner Schmitt was the lone Wilber-Clatonia grappler to claim a win at the state meet. His victory came against Doniphan-Trumbull’s Ayden Brown in the first round of consolation by way of a fall in 3:11.
All of Wilber-Clatonia’s state qualifiers drew tough first round matchups in Class C.
Tad Moldenhauer (152) was paired with fifth-ranked Grant Lindsley of Shelby-Rising City in the first round and the result was a 7-0 decision in Lindsley’s favor. Things didn’t get much easier in the first round of consolation for the junior, who lost to 46-win Austin Smith of St. Paul 7-0.
Freshman Sawyer Kunc (170) received a first round matchup with Broken Bow’s eventual runner-up Lathan Duda. He pinned Kunc in 3:24. He was ousted from the tournament by Louisville’s Brady Knott, who finished the season with 44 wins, by way of fall.
Schmitt (113) lost to Syracuse’s fouth-ranked Spencer Bridgmon by pin in the first round.
Meridian heavyweight Zacharia Kerwood picked up a win in his first state appearance, pinning Howells-Dodge’s Kyle Pickhinke in the first round of consolation. Kerwood fell to Elkhorn Valley’s Chrisitan Yaw 4-2 in the first round and was pinned by Garden County’s Chris Sciortino in the second round.
Returning Mustang state qualifier Micah Noel recorded an 0-2 record at 182 pounds. The senior was pinned by fifth-ranked Ethan Villwok of Archbishop Bergan in the first round on Thursday and by Codey Snider of Clearwater-Orchard in the first round of consolation on Friday.