Grayhounds send two to finals
DES MOINES, Feb 16, 2013 (The Hawk Eye - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Austin Boyd and Matt Seabold have been wrestling together since kindergarten.
How fitting, then, that the Burlington High School seniors will go out together wrestling in the Class 3A state finals tonight.
Fourth-ranked Boyd (42-4) will face second-ranked Bubba Hernandez of Bettendorf in the finals at 145.
Second-ranked Seabold (33-1) will face Kyler Mathews (33-6) in the finals at 182.
Dalton Witte, who lost 10-2 to top-ranked Tim Miklus in the quarterfinals at 160.
All in all, it was a sensational day for the Grayhounds.
"It was a little bit exciting out there tonight. Guys showed up tonight. We went 3-0. What more can you ask I'm very happy for them," BHS coach Jay Huff said.
Boyd, after posting a 16-1 technical fall against 10th-ranked Colin Strickland in the quarterfinals, scored an escape and takedown in the first period against Skyler St. John of Cedar Rapids Prairie in the semifinals.Boyd got another late takedown and held on for a 5-3 win against St. John, the younger brother of current Iowa wrestler Dere St. John.
"At some point it was important to gets some points on the board in the first period. I didn't want to go into the second period 0-0. I tried my hardest to finish the takedown and rode him out the rest of the period," Boyd said. "He was a little funky. I'd shoot in and he'd wrap and roll around. He's a good wrestler, but he's a weird wrestler."
"Austin's had trouble with kids of that nature in the past. But he stayed in position and did what he did. He stuck with what he does good and came out on top," Huff said,
Seabold, after a 4-3 win against Andrew Holladay of Linn-Mar in the quarterfinals, avenged his only loss of the season with a 5-0 win against top-ranked Justin Kreiter of North Scott in the semifinals.
"It was huge. I knew I had a feel for him from the last time we wrestled. I still had a chip to get off after the last match. It's definitely a good feeling to avenge a loss," Seabold said. "That's everything I've been working for. Before the loss I thought I was already on top. The level-headedness it gives you after a loss gives you that extra push and go the extra mile."
This time, Seabold got the first takedown in the first period, then added a late takedown to secure the win and a spot in the finals.
"That was definitely huge. He was in desperation mode to get that last takedown. I was ready for it. I was trying to get the go behind. Once he shot in, he was sloppy and I was able to get behind him," Seabold said. "It's unreal. There's no better feeling in the world. I feel like I'm on top of the world right now. I still have one more match left, so I'll try to finish it with a bang."
"That was a big win for him. He stayed in good position. He scored when he had to. He didn't put himself in bad positions. It paid off for him," Huff said. "Any time it's going to be a close match, getting that first takedown is big."
Witte scored the first takedown against Miklus, but that's all he could muster.
Witte will wrestle in the consolation semifinals today.
"Dalton Witte wrestled well tonight. He bounced back after that loss and that a tough thing to do. He battled hard. Tonight he looked rock solid. He's not going to get what he wanted, but he's going to go down swinging. That's what we want," Huff said.
Fort Madison's Clayton Hocker, scored a takedown in the second period of his semifinal match against Bryce Steiert of Waverly-Shell Rock. But it was all Steirt from there as he came away with a 6-2 win.
Fort Madison's Bryce Meyer surrendered his first takedown of the season against Matt Wempen of Linn-Mar in the quarterfinals at 113. That takedown as costly as Wempen went on for a 3-1 victory, handing top-ranked Meyer his first loss of the season.
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