BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DES MOINES – FMHS’ Ryan and Harlan Steffensmeier have both found themselves matched up against the No. 1 wrestlers in the state in their weight classes…and both from Fort Dodge.
In the first matches of the day Friday, Ryan found himself up against Drew Bennett of Fort Dodge at 113 lbs. Steffensmeier came into the match 28-11 and Bennett was 39-0 on the year. Bennett lived up to the bill with quickness and good mechanics, but Steffensmeier battled all three periods finally succumbing to a technical fall at 16-1 with just 33 seconds left in the match. Steffensmeier rolled and pitched several times being close to a pin but fought out of the position to avoid the fall.
Harlan, who won his quarterfinal match over Mason Morris of Bettendorf, will now go up against Tristen Lara, also of Fort Dodge, in the semifinals. Lara comes into the match with a 42-1 record compared to Steffensmeier’s 45-3. Lara has one both of his matches at the tournament by technical fall 16-1 and 19-2. Steffensmeier won his first match by 19-4 technical fall.
Steffensmeier’s match with Morris was a tangling and untangling with very few moments of the match on their feet. But Steffensmeier managed to keep position and hold Morris in clinches for most of the match and finally being able to stay in a top position for the last 60 seconds for the win.
Ryan will face Carter Logue, a sophomore from Carlisle in the 2nd round consolation to be played yet this morning.
The semifinal matches in 3A start at 2:30 this afternoon.