DES MOINES - Cruising through most of the field at the AAU Kids state championship Feb. 23-24, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Anamosa’s Austin Scranton ran into a challenge in the 5th-6th grade 98-pound title tilt.
But when the pressure got raised by Bettendorf’s Kendyll Kerr, Scranton rose to the occasion winning the state title with a thrilling 5-2 decision.
Scranton fell into a 2-0 hole in the championship match yielding a first period reversal to Kerr, but the Anamosa wrestler answered with a reversal of his own to knot the score at 2-2 heading into the final period.
It would a period Scranton would dominate scoring an escape and takedown to walk off the mat as the state champion.
Scranton went 5-0 overall at the two-day event opening with a 3:45 fall before adding a 3-2 win in the second round.
After a 1:48 pin win in the quarter finals, Scranton posted a 6-0 decision in the semi-final round before finishing off his perfect tournament.
Scranton wasn’t the only Anamosa Wrestling Club member to place at the AAU state event, as Kannan Antonelli came through with a fifth-place performance in the girls’ kindergarten-2nd grade 70-pound division.
Antonelli went 3-2 overall closing with an impressive 1:51 pin win in the fifth-place match.
Antonelli added 18-2 and 36-second pin routs to her win totals at state.
Scranton and Antonelli were two of six wrestlers representing the Anamosa Wrestling Club at the AAU Kids state tournament, as Miken Wheeler, Hudson Scranton, Ayden Antonelli and Easton Wheeler all made appearances on the boys’ state mat.
Miken Wheeler went 3-2 overall in the 5th-6th grade 94-pound class posting three decision wins while Ayden Antonelli was 2-2 in the 5th-6th grade 108-pound division.
Hudson Scranton tallied a 1-2 mark at the 5th-6th grade 98-pound class while Easton Wheeler also competed for the Anamosa team in the 7th-8th grade 105-pound class.