CEDAR RAPIDS - Taking advantage of their chance to shine on a very big stage Sunday, Jan. 27, six members of the Anamosa Wrestling Club competed at the USA State tournament held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
Two reached the championship round with one, Austin Scranton, claiming a title.
“We had two kids make the finals (Scranton and Ayden Antonelli) this year,” said Anamosa wrestling club coach Scott Wheeler. “I believe Austin is pound for pound one of the best wrestlers in the country. What makes him so tough is he has no quit in him and always works hard.”
Scranton claimed the 98-pound crown going 4-0 at the tournament that also included two pins, the last coming in the finals against DC Elite’s Kyler Edgington-Crow in 1:22.
Antonelli posted three pin wins (59-seconds, 2:59 and 2:02) to cruise into the 108-pound championship match before being handed a 2:42 fall defeat against Kanen Decker.
“Ayden has been so close to winning this thing twice the last two years,” Wheeler said. “He lost a tight one in the finals and was up 6-2 before he got caught on his back and pinned.
“Ayden just got back from Kentucky wrestling for Team Iowa. He finished 7-1 on that trip. He has a great attitude and will be tough for anyone he faces in the future.”
Hudson Scranton also placed at the event for the Anamosa team going 3-2 overall which was good enough to place fifth.
Easton Wheeler posted a 3-2 record at the tournament and just missed placing while brothers Wes and Miken also came through with victories at the event at their respective weights.