Xavier senior Josh Gerke collected three pins at the Class 3A district wrestling tournament Saturday and is headed to the state tournament with 101 pins in his career.
Gerke, Patrick Chambers and Alex Francois all finished second in their weight classes for the Saints and qualified for state as district runners-up.
Gerke lost to Caleb Conway of Marion, 4-2 in overtime, in the championship at 145 pounds. Gerke (38-3) has lost only three times all season, and all three setbacks have been to Conway.
Gerke began the tournament with pins in 2:18 and 2:42 before being nipped by Conway. Gerke got his third pin in the wrestle-back for second place to make the state meet for the second straight year.
Gerke is only the third wrestler in Metro history to reach 100 pins. Matt Wycoff recorded 124 pins for Marion from 1997-2000 and is the all-time Metro leader. Alijah Jeffery had 105 pins for Linn-Mar from 2011-14.
Chambers (29-18) collected a pin in his wrestle-back for second place at 126 pounds to earn a trip to Des Moines next week.
Francois (22-16) is headed to the state meet as the district runner-up at 220 pounds.
Keegan Schultschik (120), Erik Rodriguez (195) and Tommy Pudil (285) finished third for the Saints. Only the district champion and runner-up advance to the state tournament.
Dubuque Hempstead won the district title at Jefferson with 218 points. Xavier placed fifth out of eight teams.
1. Hempstead 218, 2. Linn-Mar 163, 3. Kennedy 147, 4. Clinton 127, 5. Xavier 126, 6. Marion 117.5, 7. Jefferson 116.5, 8. Washington 85.
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