DES MOINES - Xavier High School wrestlers Josh Gerke and Alex Francois split their two matches at the Class 3A state tournament Thursday and are alive in the wrestle-backs.
Gerke, who is ranked No. 4 in Class 3A at 145 pounds, was nipped by second-ranked Grant Stotts of West Des Moines Valley, 5-4, in a tough opening-round match for both grapplers.
Gerke defeated Dalton Woodyard of Waverly-Shell Rock, 7-4, in a consolation match and will wrestle again Friday.
Francois was pinned in the first round at 220 pounds, but he rebounded and pinned Gage Linahon of Newton in 3:42 in a consolation match to stay alive in the tournament.
Patrick Chambers was pinned in both of his matches at 126 pounds. Chambers finished his sophomore campaign with a 29-20 record for Xavier.
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