State’s best battle at the “War at West Gym”

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) – The “War at West Gym” returned on Saturday night. Twenty-six of the state’s most talented boys and girls wrestlers hit the mat one final time this spring in the event put on by

In the night’s featured match, Lisbon freshman state champ Robert Avila Jr. secured an overtime takedown to knock off 3A state champion Caleb Rathjen of Ankeny. The result flipped the script of a match at the Iowa/USA wrestling freestyle tournament last summer that saw Rathjen defeat Avila 8-4.

Riley Wright of Denver, a four-time podium finisher, took out Clear Lake state champion Eric Faught with an 11-3 major decision. Wright dominated the match after giving up an early first period take down, but for the senior who’s wrestling at Coe College next season, having another chance to take the mat was the biggest win.

It’s wrestling. I mean I think it’s great what IAWrestle does here putting the show on,” said Wright, “but if I get any opportunity to wrestle, absolutely I’m in.”

Wright’s teammate, Cael Krueger, will join him at Coe next season.


War at West Gym Full Results:  Team Red defeated Team Blue 32-10

  • 114 – Damon Huston (Team Blue) over Jace Rhodes (Team Red) Dec 6-5
  • 122G – Chloe Clemons (Team Blue) over Sydney Park (Team Red) Dec 4-3
  • 155 – Chase Luensman (Team Red) over Joey Busse (Team Blue) Dec 6-0
  • 165 – Carson Tenold (Team Red) over Jacob Herrmann (Team Blue) Dec 8-6
  • 200 – Zach Ryg (Team Red) over Brayden Wolf (Team Blue) Dec 5-2
  • 113 – Tateum Park (Team Red) over Ali Gerbracht (Team Blue) SV-1 4-2
  • 145 – Riley Wright (Team Blue) over Eric Faught (Team Red) Maj 11-3
  • 220 – Cody Fisher (Team Red) over Garet Sims (Team Blue) Dec 6-3
  • 111 – Marcel Lopez (Team Red) over Trever Anderson (Team Blue) TB-1 6-4
  • 122B – Drake Ayala (Team Red) over Hunter Garvin (Team Blue) Maj 12-3
  • 143 – Jack Thomsen (Team Red) over Eli Loyd (Team Blue) Maj 15-6
  • 130 – Hayden Taylor (Team Red) over Adam Allard (Team Blue) Dec 4-0
  • 135 – Robert Avila Jr (Team Red) over Caleb Rathjen (Team Blue) SV-1 4-2
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