Led by the state champion Thomsen brothers, the Union Knights’ small but mighty group of five wrestlers racked up enough points to finish 4th in the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, February 14-16.
Sophomore Max Thomsen’s run through the 126 lb. bracket resulted in his second consecutive state championship, after claiming the 113 lb. title a year ago. Older brother Logan cashed in his third appearance in a state final, claiming his first state championship at 152 lbs.
The Knights also got strong showings from senior Josh Clark, whose only loss came at the hands of the eventual state champion on his way to a third place finish, and sophomore Jacob Holschlag who wrestled to place fourth in the rugged 145 lb. class. State qualifier Austin Dengler, a senior, was eliminated after dropping a hard-fought 6-4 decision in the 138 lb. consolation bracket.
Knights Fifth in Team Duals
The Union Knights placed 5th in the Class 2A Team Duals competition held in Des Moines on Feb. 13. After dropping their opening match to third-seeded Mediapolis, 48-24, the sixth-seeded Knights rebounded with a 44-30 win over Boyden Hull/Rock Valley. The Knights then edged fifth-seeded Creston/Orient-Macksburg, 36-33 in the fifth place match.
MAX THOMSEN (SOPHOMORE), 49-0: State Champion at 126
Round 1: Defeated Chase Goodman (South Central Calhoun), 15-0
Quarterfinal: Defeated John Christopherson (Spencer), 11-1
Semifinal: Defeated Bryce Leshen (Albia), 10-2
Final: Defeated Kyle White (Central Springs), 3-1
LOGAN THOMSEN (SENIOR), 47-1: State Champion at 152
Round 1: Pinned Hans Holkesvik (Decorah), 1:55
Quarterfinal: Defeated Jesse Etherington (Charles City), 5-4
Semifinal: Defeated Griffin Osing (Albia), 9-2
Final: Defeated Jackson VanKirk (Perry), 15-0
AUSTIN DENGLER (SENIOR), 33-9, State Qualifier at 138
Round 1: Lost to Adam Staudt (Charles City), 6-1
Consolation: Lost to John Morkel (Independence), 6-4
JACOB HOLSCHLAG (SOPHOMORE), 44-8: 4th at 145
Round 1: Defeated Drew Buster (Mediapolis), 3-1
Quarterfinal: Defeated Jeremy Scheuermann (Greene Cty.), 8-1
Semifinal: Lost to Zach Muller (West Delaware), 5-2
Consolation: Defeated Drew Buster (Mediapolis), 5-2
Consolation (4th): Lost to Chase Straw (Independence), 3-1
JOSH CLARK (SENIOR), 45-7: 3rd at 285
Round 1: Pinned Juan Martinez (West Liberty), 2:14
Quarterfinal: Defeated Mario Pena (Hampton-Dumont), 4-2
Semifinal: Lost to Dean Broghammer (W. Delaware), 10-3
Consolation: Pinned Austin Ashbacher (Decorah), 3:02
Consolation (3d): Defeated Sean Easler (Dav. Assumption), 5-0