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Cory Stewart finished second in the 132-pound bracket for the Huskies at the Hudson Wrestling Invitational on Saturday. Brady Hahn took third at 138 pounds and 113 pounder Cullen Klebe took fourth.
Stewart took the quarterfinal match with an 8-0 major decision. In the semifinal, he faced 17-7 Max Wettengel of Don Bosco. Neither wrestler could score in the first two periods.
“They literally clashed in the first period with an accidental butting of heads,” Highland coach Clint Jones said. “Cory had some swelling occur while Wettengel had a small gash on the end of his right eyebrow.”
Wettengel earned a point with an escape in the third period, putting the pressure on Stewart. It took Stewart just 24 seconds to answer, getting a takedown and riding out the final minute for the win.
“Cory hit a double-leg take down with about a minute left in the period to take a 2-1 lead,” Jones said.
Stewart tied Nate Lasher of Charles City 4-4 with a takedown in the second period of the final, but gave up a late reversal and went on to lose by fall in 6:00.
“Cory gave a great effort on Saturday and was wrestling to win instead of wrestling not to lose,’ Jones said.
Brady Hahn lost his opening match to Dawson Riemenschneider (East Marshall/GMG) in a 5-2 quarterfinal decision, but pinned his next two opponents in the consolation bracket to earn a rematch with Riemenschneider in the third place match. Hahn earned a takedown 72 seconds into the match and pinned his opponent with seven seconds left on the first period clock.
“Brady wrestled very well strategically and intensity-wise his last three matches on Saturday,” Jones said. “He has really good leg attacks and needs to keep using them. He definitely finished the day on a strong note.”
Cullen Klebe lost a 14-7 decision to Jakob Whitinger (Nashua-Plainfield) in the quarterfinal round. After a bye and a second period pin of Levi Lauer (North Fayette Valley), Klebe had a rematch with Whitinger, who tech falled his Charles City opponent 16-1 to reach the third place match. Whitinger topped Klebe with a 5-1 decision to take third.
“Cullen wrestled with very good intensity this week,” Jones said. “A few positioning items he still needs to tweak, but he’s definitely making progress. We are not disappointed with his effort at all.”
Cory Stewart and Brady Hahn each went 2-0 in duals with Pekin and host Wapello on Thursday.
Stewart and Cameron Rice of Pekin wrestled a scoreless match through two periods. Rice scored first with an escape in the final period, but Stewart hit a sweep-single takedown for a dramatic 2-1 win.
Brady Hahn took a 9-2 lead with two takedowns in his match with Blair Noble. He had two escapes in the third period to earn an 11-6 decision.
Cullen Klebe faced the Class 1A No. 2 113-pound wrestler, Devon Meeker. Meeker had four takedowns in an 18-2 tech fall win. Wapello won the dual 35-6 with forfeits at 106, 120, 126, 152 and 160.
Stewart had three takedowns in an 8-1 decision over Zach Hammes at 132 pounds in Highland’s dual with Pekin. Hahn got a quick takedown and pinned Isaiah Wittrock in 40 seconds at 138 pounds. Klebe won by forfeit at 113 pounds, but Pekin won the dual 30-15 with forfeits at 145, 152, 160 and 195.