Settles 4th at “Little State” meet in Urbandale

Fort Madison Senior Danen Settles, shown here in action earlier this season, placed 4th at the Ed Winger Classic in Urbandale Saturday and faced two of the top five wrestlers in the state at 285lbs. PCC File Photo

Diego Lozano finishes in 6th at the 220 lb bracket

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

URBANDALE – Fort Madison’s Danen Settles went up against some of the top competition in the state Saturday and made a step toward a goal to get on the platform at the state wrestling meet next month.

Settles placed 4th at the Ed Winger Classic in Urbandale, by some wrestling fans dubbed “Little State” because of the high level of competition and the parallel it can have to the state meet in Des Moines in February. Fellow senior Bloodhound Diego Lozano placed sixth at 220 lbs.

After two quick pins in early round action, Settles found himself up against the top-ranked Class 3A wrestler in the state in Bettendorf’s Griffin Liddle.

Liddle recorded a takedown in the early going of period 1, but Settles was able to escape, only to suffer another takedown before the period expired.

Settles chose to defer to start the 2nd period and Liddle started on down and was able to escape for a 5-1 lead. No other points were scored in the period. Settles started down in the third period and was able to work an escape with 1:39 left in the match, but couldn’t score again and was sent to the 3rd and 5th place consolation bracket.

Settles scored an exciting sudden victory over Bryan Jurado of West Des Moines Valley.

Neither wrestler scored in the first period, but Jurado would score off an escape in the 2nd period for a 1-0 lead with 1:19 left. Settles (29-5) would work an escape in period 3 with 1:49 remaining to tie it up with no additional points being scored to force sudden victory.

Settles was able to score a takedown with just :02 left in the OT period to secure the 3-1 win and advance to the 3rd place bracket where Ames’ Gabriel Greenlee, the No. 3 wrestler in the state, pinned the Fort Madison senior in the first period.

Settles said he was hoping for a bit more.

“I think I could have done a little better,” Settles said Sunday.

“In the last match, he was a much taller kid and strong, but I just kind of got caught in a bad position and he got me down quick.”

In the 220 lb. Division, Lozano fell to Johnston’s Brady Reese in the 5th place match in a 6-0 decision. Lozano had recorded two pins on the day starting with a 53-second pin of Dallas Center-Grimes’ Colin Kakacek.

Lozano then locked up with Waukee’s Cael Thorson, who’s ranked as high as 4th in state in Class 3A. Thorson scored an early takedown at 1:22, but Lozano was able to escape to make it a 2-1 match, but Thorson would get the quick pin in the early seconds of the second period.

The loss pushed Lozano into the consolation bracket where he quickly pinned ADM’s Thomas Boorn after a takedown 29 seconds into the match. That win pushed him into the semis of the 3rd place bracket, but a 2nd-period pin by CJ Stillman of W. Des Moines Valley sent the Fort Madison senior to the 5th place match against Reese.

Fort Madison finished tied for 17th with Urbandale at 34 points.

Other Hounds scoring points were Gavin Wiseman at 132lbs and Mason Schau at 152lbs each with four points. Lozano scored 10 points at 220 and Settles scored 16 at 285lbs.

The complete results from the meet are below.

106 lbs – Emmett Kruse (16-13) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Alexander (Dallas Center-Grimes) 1-3 won by decision over Emmett Kruse (Fort Madison) 16-13 (Dec 8-7). Cons. Round 1 – Emmett Kruse (Fort Madison) 16-13 received a bye. Cons. Round 2 – Ethan Smith (Urbandale) 7-10 won by decision over Emmett Kruse (Fort Madison) 16-13 (Dec 2-1)
113 lbs – Matthew Steffensmeier (18-10) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Cooper Hanson (Southeast Polk) 16-12 won by fall over Matthew Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 18-10 (Fall 3:10). Cons. Round 1 – Matthew Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 18-10 received a bye. Cons. Round 2 – Jacob Faber (Bettendorf) 15-13 won by fall over Matthew Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 18-10 (Fall 3:24).
120 lbs. – Owen Kruse (18-12) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Connor McCartan (Cedar Falls) 18-9 won by decision over Owen Kruse (Fort Madison) 18-12 (Dec 7-4). Cons. Round 1 – Aidan Honkomp (Johnston) 2-3 won by decision over Owen Kruse (Fort Madison) 18-12 (Dec 7-5).
132 lbs – Gavin Wiseman (21-12) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Josh Connor (North Scott) 25-12 won by fall over Gavin Wiseman (Fort Madison) 21-12 (Fall 0:48). Cons. Round 1 – Gavin Wiseman (Fort Madison) 21-12 won by fall over Charles Pruett (Johnston) 5-15 (Fall 2:40). Cons. Round 2 – Gavin Wiseman (Fort Madison) 21-12 won by decision over Gage Long (Ballard) 28-5 (Dec 6-4). Cons. Round 3 – Jack Plagge (Cedar Falls) 20-6 won by decision over Gavin Wiseman (Fort Madison) 21-12 (Dec 6-3).
138 lbs – Will Larson (23-10) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Kohler Ruggles (Bettendorf) 16-14 won by fall over Will Larson (Fort Madison) 23-10 (Fall 1:52). Cons. Round 1 – Dominic Rubino (Waukee) 8-7 won by decision over Will Larson (Fort Madison) 23-10 (Dec 9-6).
152 lbs – Mason Schau (20-14) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 20-14 won by fall over Jake Tofanelli (Des Moines Lincoln) 16-10 (Fall 4:42). Quarterfinal – Colby Tool (PCM, Monroe) 7-1 won by fall over Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 20-14 (Fall 1:57). Cons. Round 2 – Sam Zindel (Johnston) 17-9 won by decision over Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 20-14 (Dec 5-0). Cons. Round 3 – Dalton Book (Glenwood) 19-9 won by fall over Mason Schau (Fort Madison) 20-14 (Fall 0:52).
160 lbs – Nathan Steffensmeier (14-17) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Reed (Southeast Polk) 22-11 won by major decision over Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 14-17 (MD 16-5). Cons. Round 1 – Trevor Fisher (Cedar Falls) 15-16 won by fall over Nathan Steffensmeier (Fort Madison) 14-17 (Fall 1:04).
220 lbs – Diego Lozano (17-9) placed 6th and scored 10.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 17-9 won by fall over Colin Kakacek (Dallas Center-Grimes) 9-17 (Fall 0:53). Quarterfinal – Cael Thorson (Waukee) 29-6 won by fall over Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 17-9 (Fall 2:45). Cons. Round 2 – Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 17-9 won by fall over Thomas Boorn (Adel-DeSoto-Minburn) 14-11 (Fall 0:58). Cons. Round 3 – C.J. Stillman (West Des Moines) 26-5 won by fall over Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 17-9 (Fall 3:31). 5th Place Match – Brady Reese (Johnston) 17-9 won by decision over Diego Lozano (Fort Madison) 17-9 (Dec 6-0)
285 lbs – Danen Settles (29-5) placed 4th and scored 16.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 29-5 won by fall over Noah Parlee (Ankeny Centennial) 16-12 (Fall 2:53). Quarterfinal – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 29-5 won by fall over Connor Brown (Southeast Polk) 24-9 (Fall 1:02). Semifinal – Griffin Liddle (Bettendorf) 8-0 won by decision over Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 29-5 (Dec 5-2). Cons. Round 3 – Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 29-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Bryan Jurado (West Des Moines) 21-13 (SV-1 3-1). 3rd Place Match – Gabriel Greenlee (Ames) 30-1 won by fall over Danen Settles (Fort Madison) 29-5 (Fall 0:40)

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