Thacher, Smith place at AAU state wrestling meet


FORT MADISON – Ike Thacher placed third and Teague Smith took fourth at the state AAU meet held in Des Moines Feb. 29-March 1.

Thacher knocked off Graham Jensen of the Underwood Eagles in the C 7th-8th grade 160 lb division consolation bracket for 3rd place overall.

Thacher downed Talon Grimm of North Union by fall at the :48 mark before falling to Drew Campbell of Cedar Falls Wrestling Club by pin, pushing him into the consolation bracket.

Thacher then won six straight in the wrestle back – three by pin before taking down Jensen in a 9-4 decision.

Smith lost in the 3rd place match of the C 7th-8th grade 145 lb division by a close 4-0 decision to Team Valley Wrestling’s Cal Hartman. Hartman sent Smith into the consolation bracket earlier in the tournament with a 6-3 decision. Smith trailed in that match 5-0 before scoring an escape and the rolled a reversal with :20 left to cut the lead to 6-3 before running out of time.

In the consolation bracket Smith recorded two consecutive pins and then scored a 9-5 decision over Alex Allen of the Lockwood Wrestling Club to advance to the third place rematch with Hartman.

Ike Thacher, left, and Teague Smith placed 3rd and 4th respectively in the C 7th-8th grade division at the AAU State meet Feb. 29-March 1 in Des Moines.

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