South Winn’s Gabe Sadler is greeted with a smile and a handshake by Warrior Head Coach Jacob Elsbernd as Assistant Coach Ken Mikota grins in the background. Sadler is one of nine Warriors to advance to districts. (Photo courtesy of JScott Images, www.jscottimages.com)
South Winn’s Gabe Sadler is greeted with a smile and a handshake by Warrior Head Coach Jacob Elsbernd as Assistant Coach Ken Mikota grins in the background. Sadler is one of nine Warriors to advance to districts. (Photo courtesy of JScott Images, www.jscottimages.com)

   When a team is clicking they know it and Saturday was South Winn’s day at the Class 1A Section 11 wrestling meet, held at Sumner-Fredericksburg.
   After the final whistle blew, the Warriors moved nine wrestlers on to district competition, as well as claiming the team title with 208 points. The sectional crown gives South Winn the opportunity to compete in the team dual competition. Finishing second was Wapsie Valley with 183 points.
   “Saturday was a great day of wrestling for the Warriors, it wasn’t a perfect day but that is to be expected,” said SW Coach Jacob Elsbernd. “Our kids wrestled very well, we beat some very good kids and are excited to send nine wrestlers to districts this weekend. Being able to win the sectional title is a great accomplishment for these kids and this team.”

Team dual info
   South Winn and Wapsie Valley earned a spot in the regional dual competition by finishing the top-two Saturday.
   The Warriors will compete at Lake Mills today, Tuesday, Feb. 6. The semifinals will pit No. 5 Lake Mills against No. 33 North Butler/Clarksville and No. 8 South Winn against No. 20 Eagle Grove. The winners from both bouts will face off in the finals later in the evening. The winner from each regional dual site will compete in the team competition Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Wells Fargo Arena.

Sectional info
   There were eight teams at the Sectional 11 meet. Grapplers needed to finish in the top-two of their weight bracket in order to advance to districts.
   Unlike other meets, wrestle backs are utilized beginning with the sectional round. Wrestle backs are used when the grapplers who finished second and third didn’t face each other in earlier rounds. This determines the “true” second-place finish.

Moving on
   South Winn filled all 13 weight classes Saturday and had nine earn top-two finishes in their weight classes to advance to district competition. Last year, the Warriors had 10 move on.
   Champions for the Warriors were Felicity Taylor (106), Manning Kuboushek (182) and Jackson Lukes (285).
F. Taylor opened her day with a pair of byes before facing Brady Wilkinson of Sumner-Fred in the finals, winning the 106-pound title with an 8-1 decision. She will start the district meet with a 33-8 record and will face Denver’s No. 7 Brooks Meyer.
   No. 7 Kuboushek began his quest to return to state with a bye in the quarterfinals. He threw Brady Brocka of Tripoli in 1:45, putting him in the finals against No. 10 Weiland Steffen of Sumner-Fred. It was a 6-0 decision for the senior. He heads to districts with a 38-5 record. In the first round of districts, the senior grappler will compete against No. 6 Zach Ryg of Central Springs.
   It was another bye to start the day for Lukes before the senior threw Postville’s Roberto Lopez in 5:43 in the semifinals. Battling Wapsie Valley’s Rylan Duffy in the finals, Lukes picked up the pin in 5:38 to earn the 285-pound crown. A 33-6 record will carry Lukes into district competition versus Terry Behrens of Central Springs.
   Taking second were Gabe Sadler (120), Zach Taylor (132), Logan Schnuelle (138, won by wrestle back), Tanner Tollefsrud (152), Gabe Kipp (195, won by wrestle back) and Damon Meyer (220, won by wrestle back).

District information
   The district meet will be hosted by South Winn at the Luther Center in Decorah, Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon.
   Champions and runners-up from the Sumner-Fredericksburg and Clarksville sectional sites will do battle at districts. The top-two grapplers at each weight class advance to the state meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
   The champion from each sectional site battles the runner-up from each opposing sectional location in the first round of district action. There will be two rounds, followed by a possible wrestle back. Wrestle backs occur if the second and third place finishers did not face each other in the first round. This determines the true second-place winner and the grappler who advances to state.

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