BY PCC STAFF
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.