YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME: Oswald takes 5th, Fielder 6th for a third time at state tourney
DES MOINES – One was content. The other was bitterly disappointed. At the state tournament that’s just how it goes – a bundle of emotions that are unique to each and every wrestler.
Webster City started the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament on Thursday with five individuals and trekked home Saturday night with a pair of medals courtesy of seniors Alex Oswald and Dylan Fielder.
Oswald, ranked No. 8 at 160 pounds in Class 2A, walked away from his first state meet satisfied after winning three of five matches and placing fifth. But No. 4-ranked 195-pounder Dylan Fielder wanted more than the same sixth-place medal that he won as both a sophomore and junior.
“These guys have got a lot of emotions running through them right now because these guys had high expectations,” WCHS head coach Ted Larson said. “But this is just the beginning for these guys. They’re such talented kids … they’ve got so much going for them.”
Fielder (43-6) concluded his career with a laundry list of milestones and records. He and Tyler Patten are the Lynx only four-time state qualifiers and three-time state champion Bart Chelesvig joins them as the school’s only three-time state place winners.
Fielder and classmate Connor Larson share the single-season wins record. Larson is first in career wins with 142 and Fielder is right behind him with 141.
But those accomplishments meant little to Fielder following a 4-3 loss to sixth-ranked Cale Stork of Harlan in the fifth-place match on Saturday. Torn rib cartilage limited the usually explosive Fielder all week and he was never able to use his speed to get in on Stork’s legs.
The same thing happened in a consolation semifinal loss to No. 5 Christian Brobst of Sioux City Heelan earlier in the morning.
“I definitely came down here to win it, so I’m just frustrated,” Fielder said. “It’s great that I got on the podium, but I don’t know … I didn’t wrestle aggressive and just didn’t get it done.”
Fielder capitalized on several shots in 3-2 and 7-2 consolation wins over Darin Greenfield of Sheldon/South O’Brien and No.7 Seth Maitlin of Creston/Orient-Macksburg on Friday.
The win over Greenfield assured Fielder of his third straight state medal. He fell one win short of the podium as a freshman.
Oswald (38-8) rebounded from back-to-back losses by fall to eventual runner-up Drew Foster of Mediapolis and bronze medalist Brett Leshen of Albia in the semifinals and consolation semifinals to knock off Beau Sorenson of Forest City, 3-1 in sudden victory, in the fifth-place match.
It was Oswald’s third win over Sorenson this year. He notched the winning takedown 24 seconds into the extra period.
“I feel great,” Oswald, who began Friday with a 7-2 win over Clarinda’s JJ Clark in the quarterfinals, said. “Finishing fifth, that’s a huge accomplishment. It wasn’t the goal I set out to get, but look at all the people who didn’t make it here. So to finish in the top five, that’s awesome.”
A day after stunning top-ranked Drew Buster of Mediapolis with a late-match lateral drop in the consolation first round, fellow WCHS senior Tanner Hild (32-10) was unable to recreate the magic in a 7-3 loss to second-ranked Brody Beck of Grinnell in the next round Friday morning.
Beck, who went on to place fourth, denied Hild of a medal, but the Lynx veteran had come to terms with the disappointment by Saturday.
“It’s a little bit of everything with the emotions, but I’m so glad I got to do everything I did,” Hild said. “I wish I could have gotten onto the podium, but I don’t have regrets. I gave it my all in my second match against the kid from Mediapolis.”
Hild and Fielder both exit the stage as part of the Lynx 10-man fraternity with 100 victories.
“These guys have given the program a lot and they’ve taken some things from this program that will help them, too,” Larson said. “It’s a great group.”
WCHS finished the tournament with 18 points and was part of a five-way tie for 34th place. Davenport Assumption completed the sweep – the Knights won the state duals title as well – with a championship total of 117. Mediapolis was second with 98.5.
Bettendorf (3A) and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (1A) also captured team crowns.