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Class 2A District Wrestling Bound for Wells Fargo

ELC’s Coakley, Peta to make first trip to state

February 12, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

SPENCER - "It's going to be a fun day," Estherville Lincoln Central's Lincoln Coakley said before he had even wrestled a single match at Saturday's Class 2A District Meet in Spencer.

For the ELC sophomore it was a fun day as he and fellow sophomore Jason Peta both punched their tickets to the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament-Coakley as a district champion and Peta as a district runner-up.

The first Class 2A State Wrestling session starts at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moins.

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Coakley's first match went quickly, as he needed just 42 seconds to take down and pin Central Lyon/George-Little Rock's Bryce Bickerstaff.

That set Coakley up with a final against Cherokee junior Tyler Zeiman. The two wrestlers were meeting for the fourth time with Coakley winning each of the three previous meetings.

Coakley again got off to a quick start with a takedown and three-point nearfall in the first period, but Zeiman was able to fight off the pin. The scoring came fast and furious in the second period with Coakley starting with a takedown before the two wrestlers exchanged reversals. Coakley then got a two-point nearfall before the two wrestlers again exchanged reversals. Coakley led 15-4 to start the final period. Starting on the bottom, he came up with an escape and takedown, but was unable to turn Zeiman. The two wrestlers again exchanged reversals in the final 15 seconds as Coakley won 20-6.

"I didn't have real good holds and needed a better group," said Coakley. "He's (Zeiman) is a good wrestler and I wouldn't expect anything else of him."

Coakley, who enters the state tournament with a 34-4 record, said he's had the feeling all year that he could make it to state.

"Everyone in the wrestling room, especially coach Ethan Person, helped me all summer and been there for me," Coakley said.

ELC coach Gable Bonner said Zeiman is a tough match.

"We got in a couple sticky situations, but Lincoln was able to score bonus points," said Bonner. "Lincoln is mentally tough and he's never going to quit, no matter what the score is."

Peta started his day against MOC-Floyd Valley's Cesar Sandoval. Although Sandoval entered the day with just five losses on the season and Peta with eight, the ELC wrestler took control in the first period. He came up with a takedown and three-point nearfall to lead 5-0. With both wrestlers starting on their feet in the second period, Peta again came up with the first five points. The two wrestlers then exchanged reversals with Sandoval getting one more reversal before the end of the period. In the final period, Peta started on top and turned Sandoval to get the pin in 5:20.

"Jason wrestled a perfect match and once he got on top, he's a tough wrestler," said coach Bonner.

That set up a rematch with Spencer's Cade Hopkins in the first-place match. The two wrestlers had met three previous times with Peta winning the first meeting on Jan. 5. However, Hopkins defeated Peta at both the Lakes Conference Tournament and the sectional meet.

Hopkins ended up getting the first takedown in the opening period. After a scoreless second period, Peta started on top in the third and got a two-point nearfall. But Hopkins came back with a reversal to lead 4-2. Peta was awarded a stalling point, but the Spencer wrestler hung on for the 4-3 victory.

Peta said that Hopkins knows how to ride on top well. He is looking forward to his first trip to state.

"It's kind of surreal right now," he said.

ELC's other district qualifier, senior Cole Anderson, finished his season and career with a fourth-place finish.

Entering as the sectional runner-up, Anderson had to start the day against fifth-ranked Elijah Van't Hof of Sioux Center. After battling on their feet for the first minute, Van't Hof got the takedown and won by fall in 1:42 over Anderson.

In the third-place match, Anderson scored the first takedown against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley senior Don Kraai. However, Kraai came up with reversal and then scored a two-point nearfall. Kraai started on the bottom in the second period and reversed Anderson and won by fall in 2:31.

Anderson finishes his final season with a 24-15 record.



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