NORTH ENGLISH, Iowa — Gabe Boorn said he gets greedy at this time of year.
The Wilton High School wrestling coach enjoyed watching several of his Beaver wrestlers qualify for the district tournament, taking one step closer to the state tournament, but he was left wanting more.
Still, Wilton will host a district tournament on Saturday with seven of its wrestlers and will also get at least one more opportunity to wrestle together as a team based on the success they achieved at the Class 1A Sectional 15 tourney at English Valleys High School on Saturday afternoon.
Wilton's Tanner Greenwald (126 pounds), Logan Mays (132), Trey Brisker (138), Bryce Oveson (160), Jacob Rahlf (170) and Logan Reddick (220) were all district qualifiers via sectional championships while Kolton Armey (182) grabbed a runner-up finish and district berth.
"I was proud of the boys we got to qualify," Boorn said, "I was hoping we'd get another one or two to qualify anyway."
The Beavers also won the team title with 199 points, well ahead of English Valleys in second with 155. Wapello was fourth with 140 points as the Indians qualified five wrestlers for districts including 106-pound champion Hunter Walker.
Wilton will wrestle a regional team double dual in Lisbon on Tuesday, starting with Maquoketa Valley. The winner between the Beavers and Wildcats will wrestle either Lisbon or Tipton.
Greenwald, a junior and two-time state qualifier returning from injury to wrestle for the first time in nearly a month, looked confident in both of his matches, defeating English Valleys' Sheldon Ealy with a 9-0 major decision to win the 126-pound title.
"It was nice to see him open up and wrestle well," Boorn said.
Boorn also praised Mays and Oveson for dominant performances in their sectional brackets and felt that Brisker, a freshman, was looking better than previous weekends when he won the 138-pound title with an 8-0 win over New London's Reno Chiri.
"We talked about more opening up and trusting in Brisker's technique," Boorn said, "and when he does that, he can extend matches and build up leads. ... He looked great today: Confident, comfortable and he went after it.
If there are any regrets with Saturday, they might lie in Wilton wrestlers who were one match away from qualifying and fell short.
Among those Beaver wrestlers that will stay home next Saturday, senior and two-time state qualifier Zach Keppy stands out.
Keppy battled in a difficult 145-pound bracket, losing a semifinal match to Wapello's Logan Grimm in a 3-1 decision after Grimm scored a takedown with two-tenths of a second left.
Grimm said afterward that he knew he had a little time following a match restart, enough to grab Keppy's leg and, despite Keppy's best efforts to escape to the edge of the mat and get to overtime, Grimm was awarded the takedown falling out of bounds and eventually the win.
Lone Tree's Alex Yedlik beat Grimm 3-2 in the finals, removing any chance for Keppy to advance as English Valleys' Cody Seaton battled to a 4-2 sudden-victory win over Keppy in the third place match.
"That was a tough loss to Grimm," Boorn said. "[Keppy] got seeded where we thought he belonged to start the day, he just didn't come out with a victory.
"He had a good career ... and it's tough to see a senior stay home from state but now he's just got to be a good teammate and push the others along."
Grimm's day had only just begun, satisfied with pulling a little bit closer to Yedlik in the championship match after a 10-5 defeat at the previous Saturday's Southeast Iowa Superconference tournament.
The Wapello senior opened the scoring against Seaton with a great-looking double leg takedown of Seaton, but the Bear grappler used a bit of Grimm's extra momentum to put Grimm in a pinning predicament, standing at the edge of elimination.
Seaton couldn't keep Grimm down for the pin but did earn a reversal and two back points to take an early 4-2 lead on Grimm, who earned an escape point in the second period and then took the lead in the third period when Seaton was penalized a point for stalling. Seaton was then taken down by Grimm, who earned three back points en route to a 9-6 victory and a trip to districts.
"If you wrestle [Seaton], you just have to push the pace and push the pace, keep hitting shots and it will happen," Grimm said.
Grimm joins Devon Meeker (113), AJ Ponce (132) and Rogan Pforts (152) as runners-up on Saturday along with the champion Walker.
"I had a lot of people ask me if Grimm would go to 152 and I think he would have qualified at 152," Wapello coach Rocky Hamilton said. "Not many kids would have the courage to stick it out [at 145] and that's the type of kids that I want to coach, gritty kids that want to wrestle the best competition possible. We just have to keep training hard and see what happens next weekend."