Steffensmeiers headed to state with district titles

Junior Ryan Steffensmeier has Michael Santoro in a cradle in the semifinal match at 113 lbs Saturday at the Class 3A district meet in Mt. Pleasant. Steffensmeier went on to win the weight class and punched his ticket for the state tournament for the first time. PCC photo by Chuck Vandenberg

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG

PCC EDITOR

MT. PLEASANT – The Fort Madison boys will send a familiar name to Wells Fargo Arena next week, but the familiar name will be attached to not one, but two Bloodhound wrestlers.

Harlan Steffensmeier and Ryan Steffensmeier will represent Fort Madison in the state wrestling tournament that runs Thursday-Saturday in Des Moines. The two claimed championships at 138 lbs. and 113 lbs. respectively Saturday at the state Class 3A, District 5 tourney in Mt. Pleasant.

Ryan capitalized on a first-round bye and then pinned Michael Santoro of Iowa City High in just 49 seconds punching his ticket for the championship match against Nathanael Shoemaker of Ottumwa.  Steffensmeier won the title and earned his trip to the state tourney when he scored a major decision 16-3 over Shoemaker.

“I’m really happy for Ryan and Harlan,” Smith said. “Ryan’s really been focused on that so that has really been burning in him. And Harlan he’s been there two times so we’re really happy for him, too. This will be his third run at state and that’s a great accomplishment.”

Harlan, who finished 7th in the state as a freshman and 5th as a sophomore, shook hands with Micah Blair of Iowa City West, the two tussled for about 8 seconds before Harlan rolled him to the edge of the circle and cradled him for a pin in a total of 21 seconds. In his semifinal match he pinned Mt. Pleasant’s Nate Wallace. In the championship match, Steffensmeier decisioned Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Casey Hogan 7-0 to claim the title and his entry into the state tourney.

The Hounds were close to getting a third Steffensmeier into state when Aaron Steffensmeier won his first match at 132 by fall over Michael Clark of  Ottumwa in just under four minutes. Joey Harney of Iowa City High pinned Steffensmeier in 3:12. Steffensmeier then decisioned Mount Pleasant’s Avante Henley 7-0. He would have had a chance to wrestle back for 2nd place but since Joey Harney had already defeated Steffensmeier at the tourney, he wasn’t required to wrestle Steffensmeier again and was declared the winner by rule.

“As I look at the other districts, there are other kids that are going that Aaron was as good as, but we just had a tough district and that’s the way it goes sometimes,” Smith said.

“With Ryan, I hope he’ll look at this as fuel for state.”

Full results of the district meet are as follows

IHSAA 3A Dist. 5 Results for Fort Madison
106 – Elton Kruse (12-19) placed 5th and scored 6.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Corbin Broeker (Mount Pleasant) 19-17 won by decision over Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 12-19 (Dec 11-5)
Cons. Semi – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 12-19 received a bye () (Bye)
5th Place Match – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 12-19 won by decision over Daniel Mora (Pella) 13-21 (Dec 4-2)

113 – Ryan Steffensmeier (27-10) placed 1st and scored 23.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-10 won by fall over MICHAEL SANTORO (City High) 17-22 (Fall 0:49)
1st Place Match – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-10 won by major decision over NATHANAEL SHOEMAKER (Ottumwa) 27-18 (MD 16-3)

120 – Nathan Steffensmeier (9-24) placed 5th and scored 8.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – RYAN CEYNAR (City High) 13-29 won by decision over Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 9-24 (Dec 9-2)
Cons. Semi – Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 9-24 received a bye () (Bye)
5th Place Match – Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 9-24 won by fall over Matthew Widmar (Pella) 13-26 (Fall 1:42)

126 – Skylar Schau (8-29) placed 6th and scored 5.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Rashaun Braggs (Oskaloosa) 16-11 won by fall over Skylar Schau (Fort Madison) 8-29 (Fall 1:27)
Cons. Semi – Skylar Schau (Fort Madison) 8-29 won by tech fall over Jamie Johannes (Mount Pleasant) 2-12 (TF-1.5 3:20 (15-0))
5th Place Match – Hunter Davis (West) 20-29 won by fall over Skylar Schau (Fort Madison) 8-29 (Fall 0:44)

132 – Aaron Steffensmeier (27-17) placed 3rd and scored 14.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-17 won by fall over MICHAEL CLARK (Ottumwa) 8-19 (Fall 3:53)
Semifinal – JOEY HARNEY (City High) 40-10 won by fall over Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-17 (Fall 3:12)
3rd Place Match – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-17 won by decision over Avante Henley (Mount Pleasant) 14-18 (Dec 7-0)
2nd Place Match – JOEY HARNEY (City High) 40-10 won by rule over Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-17 (RULE)

138 – Harlan Steffensmeier (43-3) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 43-3 won by fall over Micah Blair (West) 4-26 (Fall 0:21)
Semifinal – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 43-3 won by fall over Nate Wallace (Mount Pleasant) 24-16 (Fall 1:06)
1st Place Match – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 43-3 won by decision over Casey Hogan (Prairie) 23-13 (Dec 7-0)

145 – Dalton Woolever (17-20) placed 6th and scored 5.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Alex Kooker (City High) 30-16 won by fall over Dalton Woolever (Fort Madison) 17-20 (Fall 2:30)
Cons. Semi – Dalton Woolever (Fort Madison) 17-20 won by major decision over Tyler McCoy (Ottumwa) 10-18 (MD 13-1)
5th Place Match – Jo Dixon (West) 16-28 won by decision over Dalton Woolever (Fort Madison) 17-20 (Dec 8-1)

182 – Diego Lozano (18-19) placed 5th and scored 10.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Preston LaGrange (Prairie) 35-9 won by fall over Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 18-19 (Fall 1:17)
Cons. Semi – Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 18-19 won by fall over Tyler Yoerger (West) 7-9 (Fall 5:10)
5th Place Match – Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 18-19 won by fall over BRYAN CORDOVA (Ottumwa) 22-19 (Fall 1:59)

195 – Danen Settles (11-15) placed 6th and scored 4.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Stuart Boston (Prairie) 18-16 won by fall over Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 11-15 (Fall 1:53)
Cons. Semi – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 11-15 received a bye () (Bye)
5th Place Match – Dalton Bass (Mount Pleasant) 27-11 won by fall over Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 11-15 (Fall 2:34)

Aaron Steffensmeier, 132 lbs, finished 3rd at the meet despite having the upper hand on Michael Clark in the quarterfinal round Saturday. PCC photo by Chuck Vandenberg
Junior 138 lb champion Harlan Steffensmeier puts a quick pin on Micah Blair of Iowa City West in the first round Saturday. PCC photo by Chuck Vandenberg

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