Physical Rader smothers first-round foe by tech fall

DES MOINES – JD Rader doesn’t see this three-day excursion as a vacation. He’s not here to have fun. This is just business.

Nothing personal to those who stand in his way.

South Hamilton’s third-ranked 132-pounder wrestled with brute force and swagger last night in front of a large crowd at Wells Fargo Arena, as he cruised into the Class 1A quarterfinals of the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament with a third-period technical fall win over the severely over-matched Kyle Green of Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Rader (38-0) hit the takedowns he wanted and he relentlessly cranked on the arm of Green and turned him three times before putting him out of his misery, 16-1, 43 seconds into the third period.

“I’ve been down here twice now … it’s just business as usual,” Rader, a two-time state place winner, said after earning his 39th consecutive victory and the 112th of his career. “Obviously I don’t want a real tough one right off the bat, so this is good to get me back in the feel and get all of the first-match jitters out of the way.”

Green (31-19) shot in on the legs of Rader right off the whistle and nearly took the Hawk junior down 20 seconds into the bout. But that was the last advantage Green felt; Rader hit a takedown a few seconds later and turned Green twice before the period ended.

Rader tacked on five more points to build a 12-0 cushion after two periods.

“That was the first step and now we just move forward,” South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie said. “He got 2 periods in and he was able to work on the things he wanted to work on top, so that was good.”

Rader will face Riverside’s Tucker Blumi (35-15) in today’s quarters, which will get underway at 3:30 p.m. Blumi pinned Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s Cody Brown in 3:57 in his opener.

A win in the quarters would set Rader up to face a defending state champion in the semifinals – either No. 1 Carter Happel (50-0) of Lisbon or No. 2 Hunter Washburn (38-5) of Alburnett.

Happel, a sophomore, owns one state crown, while Washburn, a junior, is a two-time champ.

Rader is well aware of the possibilities, but he’s not thinking about it just yet.

“I’ve got to take care of business first,” he said.