DES MOINES - Zach Skopec's two victories on Friday propelled the Spirit Lake Park senior in to today's Class 2A 145-pound final match.
Skopec, now undefeated in 48 matches this season and ranked second, started the day against Algona's Austin Long (31-14). Skopec scored a takedown and three nearfall points to take a 5-0 lead in the first period. Skopec added a takedown in the second period to lead 7-0. A reversal by long made the score 7-2, but a scoreless third period gave the win to the SLP senior.
In the semifinal, Skopec took on third-ranked Cole Erickson (35-3) of Mediapolis.
After a scoreless first period, Skopec came up a reversal in the final second of the second period to lead 2-0. The two wrestlers exchanged reversals to start the third period and Erickson escaped to make the score 4-3. But Skopec secured the win and a trip to the final with a late takedown to win 6-3.
Skopec will face sixth-ranked Chase Shiltz (51-4) of Creston-Orient Macksburg. Wrestling action starts at 6 p.m. for all classes. Shiltz advanced to the final with a 3-1 decision over top-ranked Chase Straw of Independence in the other semifinal.
Spirit Lake Park's Zach Skopec didn't have an easy first-round match, but the undefeated and second-ranked 145-pounder advanced to the 2A state quarterfinal.
Meanwhile, senior teammate David Trucksess didn't fare as well as he lost two matches to end his career.
Skopec opened the day against Kuemper Catholic's Jared Eischeid. The two were tied 2-2 to start the final period, with Skopec winning the final 2 minutes, 4-1, for the 6-3 victory.
Skopec (46-0) will wrestle Algona junior Austin Long (31-12) in today's quarterfinal.
Wrestling at 160 pounds, Trucksess started the day against Webster City's Alex Oswald. Oswald (35-5), ranked eighth, gave up just an escape to Trucksess in the 6-1 victory.
In the consolation bracket, Trucksess ran into Central Decatur's Colton Ranney (44-14). Trucksess started well, building a 12-1 lead before Ranney came up with a reversal. Then Ranney caught Trucksess in a bad position and came up with a pin in 3:11.
Trucksess ends his final season with a 28-11 record.