DES MOINES — Lane Scorpil didn’t get what he was looking for in his high school sophomore season on the mat for the Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union wrestling team.
Scorpil made monumental strides this season, but finished sixth in Class 2A at 106 pounds.
He did get what he was looking for when Scorpil accomplished another of his goals March 14-15, winning the Boys 15-18 106-pound championship at the Corn Cob Nationals at the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines.
Scorpil was dominating in his bracket, won by fall over his first two opponents, then carding a 12-4 major decision over Trevor Hedges in the championship bout.
Scorpil continues to climb the success ladder and hopes to add more titles to his growing list of accomplishments in the near future.
“I really wanted to win that Golden Corn Cob after coming one match from placing last year,” Scorpil said. “I went in with nothing to lose. After the season, it was just another practice.”
Scorpil advanced to the title bout by pinning Brody Augspurger in 2 minutes, 56 seconds, then pinning Peyton Nixon in 2:45.
Scorpil said he used the tournament as an opportunity to try some new moves he has been working on in practice.
“My coaches and my Dad have been helping me a lot. They help tell me what to do and what I need to work on,” Scorpil said. “I haven’t stopped wrestling since the end of the season. I’m taking a little break now, but I’m still working out. Just not quite as hard.”
Scorpil ran cross-country last fall, something he said helped with his strength and stamina in wrestling. He plans on running track this spring to help with his endurance.
“Cross-country really helped me a lot with my stamina and conditioning last year. I’m doing track this year to help with my core,” Scorpil said. “It’s really kind of a mindset. I want to win, so I have to go for it. If I need it, I always know I have something in my back pocket.”
Scorpil came into the state tournament with a 33-0 record before finishing at 35-3. He has big plans for the future, even though one of the major tournaments he was planning to compete in has been canceled.
“I was going to wrestle in the Adidas Nationals April 9-11, but it was canceled. I am looking for more tournaments right now,” Scorpil said. “I think last year the difference was my strength and conditioning. Throughout the season and making it to state, I could feel my confidence growing as I became more successful. I didn’t want to have another season like the one before. I just need to keep working hard.”