It will be a study in contrast for the Union wrestlers competing at the State Tournament this week. The Knights will send two wrestlers to Des Moines to compete at opposite ends of the weight charts. At the Class 2A District wrestling meet in Decorah Union’s lone District Champion came at 106 lbs., courtesy of freshman Jack Thomsen. Thomsen will be joined in Des Moines by three-time state qualifier, senior Michael Ahrendsen, who pinned Brock Farley of Denver-Tripoli to claim the runner-up spot at 285 lbs.

Payton Pelke, Union’s third wrestler in action at Decorah, placed fourth at 152 lbs.

Senior Derek Holschlag, Union’s undefeated Sectional champion at 132 lbs., was denied a fourth consecutive appearance at the State Tournament when he was unable to wrestle at the District Meet due to illness.