2A: Marlin, Sorensen join 4-timers club

DES MOINES – Jake Marlin did it with flare, followed by a celebration that included a leap into the arms of his coach.

Brandon Sorensen went the meticulous route and didn’t even break into a smile as he held up four fingers while the referee raised his hand.

Two wrestlers, two styles, one historic night at the Iowa state wrestling tournament.

Marlin, a Creston/Orient-Macksburg 138-pounder, and Sorensen, a Denver-Tripoli 145-pounder, became the 22nd and 23rd wrestlers to win four state championships on Saturday and they did it in back-to-back matches on the Class 2A mat.

No. 1-ranked Marlin (50-1), a stocky bull in the circle, toyed with fifth-ranked Adam Staudt of Charles City before eventually locking up an inside cradle for the fall in the second period. It was his 147th career pin, which broke the state’s all-time record of 146, previously held by Austin Blythe of Williamsburg.

Just a few minutes later, top-ranked Sorensen (60-0) put in a workmanlike performance and proved why he’s arguably the most technically gifted grappler in the state in a not-as-close-as-it-appears 7-3 win over No. 4 Zach Muller of West Delaware.

Sorensen ended his sterling career with an overall record of 208-3. He joined Underwood’s Adam Foutch – the 1A champion at 126 – on the top of the state’s all-time wins list. They both jumped past four-time champion T.J. Sebolt of Centerville, who was 207-1 in his career.

Marlin capped his career at 195-6. His run to four gold medals included a 13-4 victory over Webster City’s Tyler Patten in the 2011 2A 135-pound championship bout.

Marlin and Sorensen will both wrestle collegiately for Tom Brands at the University of Iowa.

West Delaware picked up the team title 151 points. Davenport Assumption was a distant second with 113.5.