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Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Prairie - Wrestling

Kuehl, Cadena share Metro Spotlight Award

Dalton Kuehl of Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Jarod Cadena of Prairie are the co-winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Kuehl and Cadena both finished second at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines Saturday night, helping their teams to high finishes in the overall standings.

Kuehl, ranked second in the state at 285 pounds, pinned Blake Moser of Iowa City West in the first round in 1:59. He beat eighth-ranked Collin Olson of Ankeny Centennial, 3-1, in the quarterfinals and pinned third-ranked Tyler Clark of Clinton in the semifinals in 2:57.

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Prairie - Wrestling

Wenger claims state title at 138

DES MOINES - Josh Wenger got tired of having to settle for fourth place at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament.

This time the Cedar Rapids Prairie star made it all the way to the top.

Wenger defeated top-ranked Dan Kelly of Cedar Falls, 8-2, to win the 138-pound championship Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Jarod Cadena of Prairie (182) and Dalton Kuehl of Jefferson (285) lost in the finals.

Wenger finished fourth at the state tournament each year as a freshman, sophomore and junior, but he finished his career in style by dominating Kelly in a battle of Mississippi Valley Conference grapplers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015 22:43

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Prairie - Wrestling

Wenger, Cadena, Kuehl eye state titles

DES MOINES - Josh Wenger, Jarod Cadena and Dalton Kuehl are one step away from winning a coveted state wrestling title, but it won't be easy for any of the Metro seniors.

All three wrestlers will face the top-ranked man in their weight class in the championship round Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Wenger, who owns the Cedar Rapids Prairie school record for most wins in a career, will face top-ranked Daniel Kelly of Cedar Falls in a showdown for bragging rights at 138 pounds. Wenger is ranked No. 2 in the state.

Cadena, who is ranked No. 6 at 182 pounds for the Prairie Hawks, will meet top-ranked Mitch Otto of Sioux City East in the finals.

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Prairie - Wrestling

Hawks bury Prairie for 3rd place, 59-6

DES MOINES - The friendly rivalry between the Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Cedar Rapids Prairie wrestling teams got a little contentious at the state dual meet tournament at Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday night.

Both teams had one of their wrestlers disqualified for "flagrant misconduct" during their consolation battle for third place as tempers flared on both sides.

Jefferson ran away with the meet, 59-6.

The J-Hawks used the bulk of their varsity lineup, including seven of the eight wrestlers who will compete in the individual state tournament that begins Thursday. The Prairie Hawks took the opposite approach, resting all nine of their state qualifiers after using them earlier in the day.

It turned out to be a mismatch, but the grapplers who took the mat took it seriously. Too seriously, perhaps.

Nick Hogan of Prairie was disqualified from his meet against Nick Dreckman at 170 pounds for unnecessary roughness. And Richard Moomey of Jefferson was disqualified from his bout against Jonah Manson at 220 for similar reasons.

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Prairie - Wrestling

Prairie, Jeff matmen fall in semifinals

DES MOINES - The Cedar Rapids Prairie and Cedar Rapids Jefferson wrestling teams got off to promising starts at the Class 3A State Duals Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Both teams prevailed against strong competition in the opening round, then both clubs smacked into brick walls in the semifinals.

The Prairie Hawks were socked by top-ranked Southeast Polk in the semifinals, 56-12, and the Jefferson J-Hawks lost to second-ranked Bettendorf, 44-29.

Prairie and Jefferson advanced to the "Battle of Southwest Cedar Rapids" for third place Wednesday night, while Southeast Polk and Bettendorf were headed for a showdown for the title.

Prairie dumped fifth-ranked West Des Moines Valley, 35-23, in the opening round Wednesday. Jefferson bumped off third-ranked Johnston, 33-19, for a pair of satisfying victories over CIML clubs.

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