Steffensmeier nipped by top-ranked Lara at J-Hawk Invite

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR
CEDAR RAPIDS – Wrestling fans at the J-Hawk Invitational in Cedar Rapids Saturday caught a glimpse of a possible matchup at the state wrestling tournament in February when two of the top four wrestlers in the state at 152 lbs squared off for the Invitational title.Fort Madison’s senior Harlan Steffensmeier worked his way through the 152 lbs bracket on a collision course with top-ranked Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge. Lara is the younger brother of Triston Lara, who bumped Steffensmeier to 3rd place at last year’s state tournament wrestling at 138 lbs.

The J-Hawk invite attracts some of the best wrestlers in the state as evidenced by Steffensmeier not recording a pin in the tournament, but he did get a technical fall over Indianola’s Nick Bonanno (15-0) and then a major decision over Mitchell Mangold of West Delaware 14-4 for a chance to take on Lara for first place at the meet.

“That was the No. 1 kid in the state, ranking wise,” Fort Madison Head Coach Ryan Smith said. “(Harlan) was in the match. That could have gone the other way, definitely. They awarded (Lara) two points for a near fall and Harlan kind of went for a high-risk turn late in the match down by one and gave up the reversal. So those two points were critical, had he not given those up, he wouldn’t have been forced to go for that.”

Smith said taking the team to tournaments like this one in Cedar Rapids helps the team know where they are at stacked up against state quality wrestlers.

“It was a good match,” Smith said. ‘It’s a good barometer so that’s why we go to these types of events. Harlan’s right there and just needs to clean a couple things up.”

Junior Sam Hayes, who’s currently ranked 7th in the state at 195 lbs, didn’t wrestle at the meet due to an injury. Smith said Hayes will be kept out of competition as long as they need to make sure he’s ready to go.

FMHS’s Danen Settles took 3rd place at 220 lbs with an 8-2 decision over Owen Dunne of Dubuque Hempstead.

“He was seeded first actually,” Smith said of Settles. “He did a good job. He lost on a last second take down in the semifinals. He was up by one and gave up a take down at the end of the third period, but he bounced back well for third place.”

The other top five FMHS finishes in the 14-team tourney included a fourth place finish for Ryan Steffensmeier at 126 lbs. and a 5th place finish for Dayne Cordray at 120 lbs.

Complete results for the Hounds are listed below.

106 lbs – Elton Kruse (8-14) placed 7th and scored 4.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 8-14 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Brennan Lechnir (Dubuque Hempstead) 20-4 won by fall over Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 8-14 (Fall 0:57)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 8-14 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Luke Farmer (West Delaware) 17-10 won by decision over Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 8-14 (Dec 4-0)
  • 7th Place Match – Elton Kruse (Fort Madison) 8-14 won by fall over Nathan Canfield (Davenport Central) 14-10 (Fall 3:10)
120 lbs – Dayne Cordray (19-10) placed 5th and scored 12.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 19-10 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Chryshaun Taylor (Waterloo East) 14-6 won by decision over Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 19-10 (Dec 11-5)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 19-10 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 19-10 won by fall over Tanner Samuels (Clinton) 8-19 (Fall 0:50)
  • 5th Place Match – Dayne Cordray (Fort Madison) 19-10 won by major decision over Reily Dolan (West Delaware) 7-14 (MD 12-2)
126 lbs – Ryan Steffensmeier (15-12) placed 4th and scored 13.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 15-12 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 15-12 won by decision over Alex Maury (West Delaware) 18-9 (Dec 8-4)
  • Semifinal – Brody Teske (Fort Dodge) 27-1 won by fall over Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 15-12 (Fall 1:24)
  • 3rd Place Match – Joe Pins (Dubuque Hempstead) 26-2 won by fall over Ryan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 15-12 (Fall 1:41)
132 lbs -Nathan Steffensmeier (8-17) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 8-17 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Logan James (Underwood) 30-3 won by tech fall over Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 8-17 (TF-1.5 4:00 (22-7))
  • Cons. Round 2 – Wyatt Oppedahl (Boone) 4-4 won by decision over Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 8-17 (Dec 4-1)
145 lbs – Aaron Steffensmeier (25-7) placed 6th and scored 10.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Grant Ohlsen (Moline) 4-1 won by decision over Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 25-7 (Dec 10-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 25-7 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 25-7 won by decision over Cael Meyer (West Delaware) 18-6 (Dec 2-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 25-7 won by fall over Jack Gehl (Dubuque Hempstead) 17-12 (Fall 3:52)
  • 5th Place Match – Grant Ohlsen (Moline) 4-1 won by decision over Aaron Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 25-7 (Dec 6-2)
152 lbs – Harlan Steffensmeier (27-2) placed 2nd and scored 22.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-2 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-2 won by tech fall over Nick Bonanno (Indianola) 22-11 (TF-1.5 2:05 (15-0))
  • Semifinal – Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-2 won by major decision over Mitchel Mangold (West Delaware) 22-3 (MD 14-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Cayd Lara (Fort Dodge) 31-1 won by decision over Harlan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 27-2 (Dec 6-3)
195 lbs – Alex Lauber (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dalton Sell (Muscatine) 17-9 won by fall over Alex Lauber (Fort Madison) 1-2 (Fall 0:57)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Alex Lauber (Fort Madison) 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Taylor Viktora (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) 16-11 won by fall over Alex Lauber (Fort Madison) 1-2 (Fall 3:09)
220 lbs – Danen Settles (19-10) placed 3rd and scored 15.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 19-10 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 19-10 won by decision over Dawson Troxel (Clinton) 15-15 (Dec 4-1)
  • Semifinal – Dawson Sweet (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) 10-4 won by decision over Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 19-10 (Dec 4-3)
  • 3rd Place Match – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 19-10 won by decision over Owen Dunne (Dubuque Hempstead) 19-9 (Dec 8-2)
285 – Dalton Mabeus (5-6) placed 7th and scored 11.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dalton Mabeus (Fort Madison) 5-6 won by fall over Carson Petlon (West Delaware) 7-11 (Fall 1:02)
  • Quarterfinal – Manny McGowan (Davenport Central) 23-2 won by fall over Dalton Mabeus (Fort Madison) 5-6 (Fall 0:56)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Dalton Mabeus (Fort Madison) 5-6 won by fall over Elijah Robinson (Clinton) 2-10 (Fall 1:06)
  • Cons. Semi – Jordan Angle (Boone) 21-5 won by fall over Dalton Mabeus (Fort Madison) 5-6 (Fall 1:31)
  • 7th Place Match – Dalton Mabeus (Fort Madison) 5-6 won by fall over Logan Finowski (Fort Dodge) 15-12 (Fall 1:12)

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