by Drayton Kamberling
The Iowa High School Wrestling Tournament is held in Des Moines, at Wells Fargo Arena. This Tournament is where all of the best wrestlers in the state at different weights go head to head for a state title. Last year Lisbon had two state champions, Nick Williams, and Carter Happel. Last year was also special for Lisbon because Carter Happel won his 4th straight state title, and became the 25th person on history to do it. Lisbon is the only school with 3 four time state champions. Last year Lisbon got 2nd in both dual, and traditional titles. Lisbon “Closed The Deal” and took 1st place in both.
The 2017 Iowa High School State Duals started on Wednesday, February 15th. The Lisbon Lions went into this dual tournament ranked second behind ranked number one Don Bosco Gilbertville. The lions’ first round matchup was against Wapsie Valley. The Lions won that matchup with a score of 50-24. The 50-24 win put Lisbon into the semifinals. Lisbon took on Missouri Valley in the semifinals, the wrestlers won that semifinal dual 42-27. This win put the Lisbon Lions into the state finals, looking for a 2017 class 1a state title. The Lions were taking on ranked number one Don Bosco, who earlier in the year defeated the Lions in a close battle up in Gilbertville. The Lions defeated Don Bosco 45-27 for a class 1a state championship.
The Lisbon Lions took 9 wrestlers to the 2017 individual State Tournament. Cobe Siebrecht 106, Cael Happel 113, Ryne Mohrfeld 120, Cooper Siebrecht 132, Chase McLaughlin 138, Kaden Kilburg 152, Bryce Werdermann 170, Jake Jennett 195, and Logan O’Connor 220. Cobe, Cael, Ryne, Cooper, Chase, and Bryce all went 1-0 on Thursday. Kaden, Jake, and Logan were all wrestling back on the back side. After one day the Lions were in second place for the traditional title behind Don Bosco.
On Friday the Lions wrestled in the Quarterfinals in the morning, and the Semi Finals at night. Lisbon had 5 wrestlers make it through the to the Semifinals, and one move to the back side. Lisbon now has 5 wrestlers on the front side and four on the back side. Cobe Siebrecht, and Cael Happel won their semifinal matches and made the 2017 State Finals. Ryne, Cooper, and Bryce would all be wrestling for 3rd place at best. After wrestling back Friday night Ryne Mohrfeld placed 6th, Cooper Siebrecht placed 3rd, Chase McLaughlin did not place, Kaden Kilburg placed 4th, and Bryce Werdermann placed 6th.
On Saturday the Lisbon Lions had two wrestlers in the state finals. 106 pounder Cobe Siebrecht, and 113 pounder Cael Happel. The Lions at this point had clinched their team traditional title, and now two of Lisbon’s wrestlers are going for gold. First match at 106 pound Cobe Siebrecht of Lisbon was defeated in the state finals by a score of 5-2. Cobe finished 2nd place in the state tournament. Still a huge accomplishment. The last wrestler for Lisbon to wrestle in the state finals was Cael Happel. Cael Happel beat his opponent by a score of 21-6 to claim a 2017 Iowa High School State Title. The Lions did not only come home with all of those place winners, but they came home with a state dual championship, and also a traditional championship. Very good outing for the Lions over this week!
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