Local AAU wrestlers shine at State Tournament
Thu, 03/12/2020 - 8:54am admin
DES MOINES - Several local AAU boy and girl wrestlers competed well and placed in the top eight individually at the State AAU Wrestling Meet held on Feb. 29 and March 1 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
In the boys’ meet, Mitchell Williams (70 pounds) and Blake Kennedy (138) both placed second. Noah Bergan (74) and Carter Schmauss (90) both finished fourth.
In the girls’ meet, Alysa Kennedy placed fourth at 118 pounds. Alexis Hoppe finished fifth at 124 pounds.
“All in all, every wrestler that participated in the AAU State Tournament put every ounce of effort forward,” Coach Hunter Slifka said. “In total, 12 state medals were brought back by 17 Crestwood wrestlers. This tournament showcases the best wrestlers around the state and to place in the top eight truly shows you’re a top competitor.
“A special congratulations to Mitchell Williams and Blake Kennedy as they reached the State Finals. Mitchell recorded four falls en route to the finals and Blake scored three falls. Noah Bergan, Carter Schmauss and Alysa Kennedy brought home fourth place medals.
“Alexis Hoppe placed fifth with four falls. Kole Johnson found himself in the semifinals after a 3-2 win over a defending state champion in the quarterfinals. Kole ended the weekend with a sixth place finished but battled through one of the toughest brackets in the tournament.
“Keaton Henry, Isla Schemmel & Jacy Kriener found themselves in seventh place. Keaton Henry had to battle back after a second-round loss but tallied five wins throughout the weekend. Isla Schemmel stepped onto the mat for the first time ever. She won four matches, including three by fall to get a seventh place medal.
“Jacy Kriener finished her season strong with a seventh place finish and a fall in her last match. Odessa Nibbelink and Krista Riley battled to eighth place while each recording one fall. To record a win at a tournament this caliber shows your strength but to bring home a medal is even more impressive.
“Many of our wrestlers had to compete in four to seven matches over the weekend with some having six in just one day. This just goes to show all their hard work and sacrifices are paying off. Congratulations to all Crestwood Wrestlers who competed,” Slifka said.