Jarod Kadel of Columbus Community/WMU finished last year?s State Wrestling Tournament in a disappointing second place. This year, Kadel appeared to be on a mission to earn the top spot.
With a 40-1 record, a Class 2A No. 1 ranking, and a districts victory over 2nd-ranked Matthew Lewis of Centerville a week prior put him in good position for a run at the championship. Three wins on his way to the 2018 finals set the stage for a rematch with Lewis.
Kadel and Lewis battled for three periods and neither was able to score a point, it was 0-0 at the end of regulation. The first round of overtime is a one -minute sudden victory period where the first to score wins. Still scoreless with one second left in sudden victory, the ref called Kadel for stalling, his second warning of the match, and awarded Lewis a penalty point. That was it; Lewis won the title 1-0. Kadel, a junior, has to wait until next year.
Cam Rice, Columbus/WMU?s 138-pound state qualifier, went 2-3 for the tournament. He ended his sophomore campaign with a 41-11 record and a spot on the podium at the State Tournament, finishing in eighth place.
Highland sent one wrestler to state, 145-pounder Brady Hahn. Hahn opened well with a 7-3 decision in round one. A quarter final loss, a third period fall, moved him to the back side of the bracket. The second loss of the day, an 8-2 decision, eliminated Hahn from the tournament and ended his junior season with a 34-14 record.
WACO?s 285-pound senior, Cody Crawford, came into the State Tourney with a lofty 44-2 record and a state ranking. Crawford lost round one by fall, won in the first round of consolations by fall, and came up on the wrong side of a 7-2 decision to bow out.
Sigourney-Keota earned two medals with Mason Dye?s 4th place finish and Kaleb Reeves? 3rd. Dye went 4-2 through his bracket with wins coming by way of one fall, one major decision and two decisions. Reeves ended with five wins, all by pin. His only loss of the tournament, and the season, came in the quarterfinals on a 4-3 decision.
Dye ended his sophomore campaign with a season record 50-6. Reeves lost only the one match in his senior season which wrapped up with a 53-1 record.