STC goes 4-for-6 in first round
DES MOINES — There is no rest for the wicked, something South Tama County junior Dalton Rosenburg both taught and learned as he upset the Class 2A No. 2 wrestler in Tanner Vermaas on Thursday in the 182-pound state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
It was the largest upset by a non-ranked wrestler in the 182 bracket and one of the biggest throughout Class 2A. Rosenburg absorbed shot after shot, but deflected them into a 4-1 decision against the Woodward-Granger senior.
STC head coach Nate Van Dyke said the way Rosenburg treated the lopsided match was quite possibly the difference maker in a heavily defensive bout for the Trojans grappler.
“I don’t know if there was anything in particular,” Van Dyke said. “I just talked to him before the match and he says ‘It’s just another match.’ So that was his mentality when he goes out there. You get a kid in a big atmosphere like this, you don’t know how they’re going to react. Evidently, [Rosenburg] did pretty well with it.”
Vermaas, who was 45-2 coming in to the state tournament, just about took down Rosenburg late in the first period. But it was the kind of resistance the STC junior put up throughout the match that allowed him to get out of the circle and avoid Vermaas’ takedown.
“The guy was taking open attacks, and the guy was defending and stayed in good position,” Van Dyke said. “He wrestled a smart match and that’s what it boils down to. He was able to capitalize on what was given to him.”
The first points of the bout came with 11 seconds left in the second period. Rosenburg earned a quick takedown, but Vermaas managed to escape just as fast, leading to a 2-1 lead for the Trojan.
As time ticked away, Vermaas got more impatient, continuing to take shots at Rosenburg, only to have them deflected. Rosenburg grabbed another takedown with eight seconds left, all but sealing one of the more improbable upsets of the afternoon.
The road ahead isn’t easy, however. Rosenburg will have to go through No. 1 Chase Shiltz of Creston/O-M, a 53-0 wrestler who rolled to a quarterfinal win with a pin in one minute of Luke Jenness.
Rosenburg was one of four South Tama wrestlers to move on to the quarterfinal round. No. 5 (126) Brady Fritz, No. 4 Colton Vest (138) and No. 2 Isaac Judge (152) all punched tickets to the winner’s side of their respective brackets.
At 132, No. 7 Tanner Probasco took two stingy losses, ending his season at the 132 level.
Probasco found a hard draw against No. 2 Brayden Curry (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), before falling to No. 9 Alex Hanna (Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont) in a 2-1 decision.
“I don’t know if it’s exactly what I expected, but great job to the guys who are on the front side,” Van Dyke said about having four wrestlers make it through to the quarterfinal round. “That’s where the focus turns I guess. The other two had excellent seasons and we’re proud of those guys. But it’s kind of sad when it ends at certain points for some of those guys.”
Van Dyke mentioned Kucera’s season in particular, a wrestler who bounced back from a 2-9 start to head into the state tournament with a .500 record at 14-14.
“[Kucera]’s a senior and that’s awesome for him to experience this. Tanner’s got another year, and hopefully he uses it for fuel.”
Kucera lost by an 8-1 decision to North Fayette Valley’s No. 8 Jordan Baumler. He wrapped up his senior campaign with a loss to Hunter Ruth (Greene County) after being pinned in 1:13.
Fritz had no issues with his opponent, taking an 8-3 decision from Zach Anderson (Roland-Story). The STC junior will get Solon’s No. 1 Drew West today in the 113 quarterfinals.
Vest had a bit of a slow start before blasting by No. 6 Caleb Wilson (Denver-Tripoli) in a 12-5 decision. Vest takes on Camanche’s No. 10 Nate Thoms at the 138 quarterfinals.
Judge pinned Bedford/Lenox’s Sam McMillin in 3 minutes, 36 seconds. His win pairs the No. 2 wrestler (Judge) up against the No. 1 wrestler in the quarter final round. West Liberty’s Joe Kelly, who dons a 39-2 record, will square off against Judge later this afternoon.
The Class 2A quarterfinals begin at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Should any STC wrestlers advance, they’ll wrestle again at 8:45 p.m. Second round consolations will be begin after the Class 3A third round consolations.