UNDERWOOD — Two Audubon wrestlers, Luke Mosinski and Jayvn Bladt will travel to Underwood Saturday to take their shot at advancing to the State Wrestling meet next week in Des Moines.
Mosinski (220) will have the best shot, going into the meet as the number one seed after placing first last weekend at the sectional tournament with wins over Griswold’s Seth Butler and Southwest Valley’s Tallen Myers. Mosinski will take the mat with a 36-8 record and this week broke into the Predicaments’ top ten state rankings at number seven.
It will by no means be a walk in the park for Mosinski who — if he beats AHST’s Leland Barr (25-22) in the first round- will likely face Myers in a rematch of last week’s sectional finals. Mosinski won that match with a pin early in the second period but struggled in the first allowing Myers to take him down and work from the top.
But Mosinski has been wrestling well and looking dominate in his last few matches, including a first period pin of Logan-Magnolia sixth ranked Rex Johnson earlier this month at the Wheeler Invite. Worst case scenario — assuming a win in the first round, a second round loss to Myers wouldn’t end the day — or the year — for Mosinski who could still make the state tournament with a win in the wrestle back for second place.
At 160 pounds Javyn Bladt will face a more challenging road in a bracket that could also result in a rematch of last week’s sectional finals. Seeded first is Nodaway Valley’s Austin Wilson with 38-1 record and ranked 8th in the state. Last week Bladt and Wilson faced off in the finals and while Bladt wrestled well for most of the first period, he got caught and was pinned just as time was expiring.
But first he has to get there and his first round match will be against AHST’s Denver Pauley — a sophomore with a 33-7 record and a real threat. Earlier this month he went the distance with Wilson at the Charger Invitational eventually losing, 9-4. But he’s won’t be completely unknown to the Wheelers — back in January he faced teammate Kobi Otten, winning with a first period pin.
A first round loss to Pauley wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it would mean he would have to win again to earn a wrestle back to face either Wilson or a rematch with Pauley for second place. A lose in the finals would also mean the possibility of a rematch with Pauley in the match for second place.
The meet will be held in Underwood and will begin at noon and tickets will cost $6. Thirteen teams will have wrestlers there with Underwood leading the way with nine wrestlers, followed by AHST with eight and ACGC with seven. Only the top two wrestlers will advance to the state. See below for the complete list of teams.
Coon Rapids-Bayard 2
Nodaway Valley 4
Southwest Valley 3
St. Albert 2
West Central Valley 5
1 Cade Tenold (So.) Don Bosco
2 Elijah Wagner (Jr.) Lake Mills
3 Ben Smith (Sr.) Iowa Valley
4 John Ebaugh (Sr.) Denver
5 Gabe Carter (Sr.) New London
6 Blake McAlister (So.) South Central Calhoun
7 Spencer Roth (Sr.) GTRA
8 Austin Wilson (Sr.) Nodaway Valley
9 Drew Fox (Jr.) Riceville
10 Cayden Miller (So.) Midland
1 Gideon Rollene (Sr.) Northwood Kensett
2 Joel Mendoza (Sr.) Eagle Grove
3 Blake Haub (Sr.) Ogden
4 Ethan Allie (Sr.) Belle Plaine
5 Jared Thiry (Fr.) Don Bosco
6 Luke Recker (Jr.) East Buchanan
7 Luke Mosinski (Sr.) Audubon
8 Rex Johnsen (So.) Logan Magnolia
9 Tanner Hagen (Sr.) West Hancock
10 Isaac Steffens (Sr.) Postville