The Waukee wrestling team finished the regular season with a 16-12 dual meet record. While they were not invited to the state dual championships, they did send three wrestlers to the individual state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Feb. 20-22.
Jakob Allison was the runner up at 106 pounds, Zach Barnes finished sixth at 113 pounds and Nathan Jacobsen exited the tournament on day one losing in the first round and in the consolation first round.
“Amazing” was the word Allison used to describe his experience at the state tournament as he wrestled to second place at 106 pounds.
“There’s nothing like it,” Allison said. “This atmosphere is crazy.”
Allison, a sophomore, finishes this season with a 43-2 record overall as he lost for the first time of the season back on Jan. 18 to Briley Schultz of Antioch and stayed undefeated until the state finals on Feb. 22.
“You train just for this moment and it goes by fast,” Allison said after the final match. “It’s tough but I’ll be back next year, keep fighting, keep training, keep getting better.”
Allison, Barnes and Jacobsen will all be returning for next season.
“It was a learning experience for all of them and it’s going to be nice having them all back in the room next year,” Waukee coach Chad Vollmecke said. “It’s the first time we’ve had returning qualifiers since back in 2002 so that’s exciting. We had a lot of the teammates being up here being the team for them and being a part of the experience too so I think that’s going to help us overall.”
Allison started off his tournament run on day one in the first round with a 5-0 decision over Waterloo East’s Kyler Lowe helping him advance to the quarterfinals on Feb. 21 where he would match up against Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Marcus England. Allison went on to defeat England with another shutout decision 3-0.
In the semifinals later that night Allison matched up against Southeast Polk’s Adam Brown. Allison beat brown by way of a 7-0 decision and advanced to the finals where he would wrestle against Bettendorf’s Jack Wagner.
Allison fell behind 2-0 in the first period but caught back up in the second period. The match was 2-2 through the second and third periods and the match went to overtime where Wagner scored the take down and got the sudden victory over Allison 4-2.
Barnes, a freshman, won his first-round match against Newton’s Hunter Versteegh by way of a 12-1 major decision. In the quarterfinals he kept his championship hopes alive with a 6-5 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Nolan Hromidko.
In the semifinals Johnston’s Henry Pohlmeyer was too much for Barnes as he lost 3-0.
Barnes couldn’t get back on the winning track as he lost in the consolation semifinals 3-1 to Iowa City West’s Tanner Rohweder and then lost in the rematch against Hromidko by way of a 12-4 major decision in the fifth-place match.
Jacobsen lost in the 195-pound first round by fall at 1:48 against Fort Dodge’s Riley Prescott. He exited the tournament with an 8-3 loss to Pleasant Valley’s Joe Picchioti in the consolation first round.