DES MOINES — Class 2A at the state wrestling tournament Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines saw two of six Union area wrestlers earn a place on the medal stand.
Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union’s Lane Scorpil was third and Mid-Prairie’s Cael Garvey was eighth.
Washington’s Ayden Frazer (21-9) had to face the 182-pound No. 1 seed in his opener and was pinned in 1:16. His next match was a repeat of the districts in his opponent, Ben Meader (35-11) of Mid-Prairie. It was not a repeat of the result as Frazer recorded a 7-5 decision to end Meader’s tourney. Frazer lost 11-5 in the next match and was done. Meader opened against Austin Roos (36-9) of BECO, who would finish fifth, and lost a 12-2 major decision.
Mid-Prairie had three wrestlers at state and Cael Garvey survived to place eighth at 195. Josh Wallington (39-5) at 220 was pinned in 1:17, then recorded a pin in 4:42, but was out after losing a 6-1 decision to the eventual seventh-place finisher.
Garvey (36-7) advanced with an 11-9 win in his opener, then fell in 3:58 to second place Jacob Reicks (46-2) of NHTV. Garvey got a pin in the blood round in 4:45 but dropped a 14-5 major to wrestle for seventh where he lost in 3:51.
Scorpil had the rare chance to avenge a loss. Seeded second, he won a major decision, then lost by pinfall to Osage’s Tucker Stangel (31-6) in the quarterfinals. Sent to the consolation bracket, Scorpil pinned his next three opponents to advance to the third-place match against Stangel. Down 5-0, Scorpil scored a reversal and a nearfall to tie the match at 5-5 going into the third period. Scorpil started with an escape then got a takedown in just 12 seconds. Stangel escaped but Scorpil tallied another takedown seconds before the match ended to win 10-6.
Wildcats teammate Chance Malone won his opening match 5-0 at 285, then lost a 6-2 decision. In the consolation bracket he dropped a 3-0 decision to the eventual seventh-place finisher.