DES MOINES — Brennan Broders had an extremely difficult draw in his state tournament debut.
After losing to top-ranked Jacob Wempen of Linn-Mar in the opening round, the Muscatine senior battled back with consecutive wins to assure himself a spot on the medal stand Saturday night.
The 182-pounder beat Newton’s Destin Schroder 10-3 in the second round of consolation Friday morning.
Later in the day, Broders dropped a 10-5 decision and will wrestle for seventh place Saturday in the consolation finals at Wells Fargo Arena.
“It feels super good to know from where I started my sophomore year, I’ve come this far,” Broders said. “In the end, the hard work has paid off, and I’m just super excited up here to experience this. It makes it even better to be in the top eight.”
Broders will be Muscatine’s only state placewinner.
Shane Mathias recorded a pin in Thursday’s opening session but was eliminated after getting pinned twice Friday.
Second-seeded Cameron Baker of Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson stuck Mathias in 67 seconds in the quarterfinals. In the consolation round, Cedar Falls’ Collin Bohnenkamp pinned Mathias in 2:33 to end his season at 32-11.
Dalton Sell, one win from placing, dropped an 8-7 heartbreaker to Storm Lake’s Aaron Ungs in the 195-pound consolation round. Sell, a two-time state qualifier, finished the year 36-10.
"We went out a little earlier than we wanted, but I'm proud of these guys," Broders said. "It has been over a decade since we had four qualifiers."
Broders pushed the pace in his morning match against Schroder, who was coming off a quarterfinal loss about 90 minutes earlier.
“We were pretty even technique wise, but he had a pretty long match before we wrestled,” Broders said. “I knew he was tired, and I just tried to keep my motor going so I could wear him down.”
Broders had some opportunities in the third round of consolation against Des Moines East’s Matthew Scott.
“I definitely left a lot of things out there,” Broders said. “He was better today, and that’s all that matters.”
Broders can pick up his 40th win of the season Saturday against Justin Brindley of Southeast Polk. It also likely will be the last competitive match of his career.
“I plan on coming out to get a win, for me and the program,” Broders said.