DES MOINES — East Union’s Bryson Kinyon and Kain Queck of Nodaway Valley wrestle in the Class 1A quarterfinals today after advancing with victories Thursday in the State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
A third area Class 1A wrestler, Corning 182-pounder Zach Barton, stayed in contention in the consolation bracket with a victory Thursday morning after a first-round defeat.
Mount Ayr’s lone entry, Erik Freed, was eliminated Thusday with two losses in the 132-pound weight class.
Kinyon, ranked sixth at 170 pounds with a 43-1 record, drew a tough challenge today in third-ranked Luke Huber of Hudson (40-2). Huber advanced with a 34-second pin in his opening match, while Kinyon was dominating a 12-2 major decision over Brennen Grimm of English Valleys.
Kinyon, whose only regular-season defeat this year is to Class 2A 160-pound qualifier Trevor Frain of Creston/O-M, needed only a few seconds to secure the first takedown of the match, and built momentum from there.
“That’s what we want him to do, go out and attack right away and don’t let up,” said East Union coach Steve Kinyon, Bryson’s father.
Kinyon used an unorthodox nearfall combination to score six back points in the match.
“Yeah, I don’t have a name for that move,” Kinyon said. “I lock their hand in my legs, the one closest to their legs. And I put a half-(nelson) on the other side.”
“I don’t know what that is, but he sets it up,” coach Kinyon said.
In looking to today’s quarterfinal match against Huber, the Eagles coach expected an entertaining bout.
“He wrestles a lot like Bryson,” coach Kinyon said. “He likes to shoot and hammer the head. It should be a good, competitive match.”
With a win this morning, Kinyon would be set up for a semifinal match this afternoon with either seventh-ranked Devin Chesler of West Marshall or No. 5 Nick Schany of Emmetsburg.
A morning loss would put Kinyon in a must-win consolation match this afternoon against fourth-ranked Ryder Clark of West Hancock, who lost his opening match to top-ranked Brendan Schott of North Linn, 5-1. Clark rebounded with a dominating 13-2 consolation victory Thursday.
Like Kinyon, the eighth-ranked Queck of Nodaway Valley was dominant from the opening whistle against Taylor Clough of Prairie Valley. He got a takedown and cradle for a nearfall for a 5-0 lead in the first two minutes, on the way to an 8-2 decision.
“He did a nice job of coming out and scoring points in the first period,” said NV coach Brett Groves.
“It was really easy to get that outside single, and I think I got a double on him once, too,” Queck said.
Clough (34-7) rebounded to dominate his consolation match by technical fall, 20-3.
Queck (41-5) advanced to a quarterfinal match this morning against Austyn Vogel of Pekin (31-8), who squeezed out a 13-11 win over Wilton’s Kaleb Schmidt in sudden victory.
A win this morning would put Queck in a semifinal match against either top-ranked Loren Williams of Tri-Center (46-1) or Alburnett’s Grant Henderson (45-2). If he loses to Vogel, he would be in a consolation bout against fifth-ranked Brady Bailey of Emmetsburg. Bailey was blanked by No. 4 Logan Moore of West Monona, 6-0.
Barton, on the other hand, had a rocky start.
The Corning junior had split two previous matches with first-round opponent Jesse Svoboda of Audubon, ranked sixth at 182 pounds. He fell behind 5-0 early and ended up losing a 12-2 major decision.
“We beat that kid in a dual, 6-4, and then he got us 7-6 at the Audubon Tournament,” Corning coach Jason Wetzel said. “So we went in thinking we had a good shot to win it. But he got thrown to his back twice for 10 points. He (Svoboda) had adjusted to our slide-by.”
Barton got back on track in his consolation match against Ty Robertson of Lone Tree. He built a 3-0 lead and was holding on to a 4-3 lead with both wrestlers on their feet, when Robertson tried a desperation throw in the final seconds. Barton countered, taking Robertson to his back for a pin with only :02 remaining.
“A win is good. He was 0-2 here last year and we wanted to come up and get a place for him this year,” Wetzel said. “Tomorrow we have the advantage of watching our opponent wrestling in the quarterfinals, coming off a loss there. We’ll see what happens.”
Barton will face the loser of the quarterfinal match pitting second-ranked Dalton Ciavarelli of Clarksville (34-3) vs. No. 5 Ryan Leonard of Midland (45-3).
Freed couldn’t generate any offense in his opening bout against North Fayette sophomore Zach Bruns. It was still close (3-0) entering the third period, but Bruns got a takedown and nearfall in the closing minutes for an 8-1 decision.
“We didn’t wrestle the greatest in that first round. We were dead in that third period,” said Mount Ayr coach Eric Ehlen.
Freed (43-6), who also qualified for state as a freshman at Osceola Clarke, faced 10th-ranked Derik Bailey of Maple Valley in the consolation round. After falling behind 5-0, Freed rallied to within 5-4 with a takedown late in the second period.
Freed yielded a reversal in the third, then escaped to stay within striking distance at 7-5. In the final seconds Bailey’s counter move secured the clinching takedown in a 9-5 decision, eliminating Freed from the tournament.
“I was telling him afterward, if he had just whizzered that kid down he could have stepped over and scored, and maybe gotten back points,” Ehlen said. “But he tried to go underneath him and throw him, and we were too low.”
A pancake throw to his back early in the match put Freed in a hole, but he battled back with two escapes and a takedown.
“He’s too good to come here and go two and out,” Ehlen said. “We have to get that taken care of next year.”
132 — Zach Bruns (North Fayette) dec. Erik Freed (Mount Ayr), 8-1.
152 — Kain Queck (Nodaway Valley) dec. Taylor Clough (Prairie Valley), 8-2.
170 — Bryson Kinyon (East Union) major dec. Brennen Grimm (English Valleys), 12-2.
182 — Jesse Svoboda (Audubon) major dec. Zach Barton (Corning), 12-2.
Consolation first round
138 — Derik Bailey (Maple Valley) dec. Erik Freed (Mount Ayr), 9-5.
182 — Zach Barton (Corning) pinned Ty Robertson (Lone Tree), 5:58.