STATE WRESTLING: Lutes’ mirror image denies Storm senior
DES MOINES – South Hardin-BCLUW co-coach Mike Olson said Tyler Lutes was wrestling his mirror image on Saturday during the Class 2A 170-pound championship at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena.
Unfortunately for the Storm senior, his opponent was the better version of himself. And Lutes just didn’t have it.
Sixth-ranked Trey Ryan of Mount Vernon controlled the championship bout from the start, jumping out to early 2-0 lead and claiming his first state title with an 8-0 major decision.
“It was almost like wrestling himself,” said Olson. “The kid got control of the match and controlled our hips well. We just couldn’t get any movement going. We were neutral on our feet. Once we were on the mat, he shut everything down. We just couldn’t get any space.”
Ryan (47-4) ended Lutes’ 21-match win streak and handed the Storm senior his third loss of the year. All three losses came to state champions as West Marshall’s Dale Hilleman won the 1A title and Union Community’s Jacob Holschlag was the 2A 160-pound winner.
Ryan, who was the 2013 runner-up at 160, grabbed an early lead and never let Lutes get any offense going, keeping the match on the mat, where he dominated.
“I wasn’t able to get takedowns. That was the difference. He got takedowns and I didn’t,” said Lutes, who won more than 160 matches in his career but was making his first state tournament appearance.
“I am pretty happy with my finish, but I just don’t feel the best about the way I wrestled. He shot more in the open. I am used to more tie ups. I just couldn’t get it going I guess.”
The 170-pound bracket had four state qualifiers from the North Iowa Cedar League and two others won titles at 160 and 182. All that competition helped Lutes get to the finals. It just wasn’t his day as he wrestled his second bad match of the season.
“The league was tough and that helped Tyler. He saw good competition all year,” said Olson. “This is the first tournament we have been in all season that he has lost. Hopefully we have some kids in the room that can learn from this.”
Lutes beat second-ranked Trevor Frain of Creston/Orient-Macksburg, third-ranked Dalton Folkerts of Albia and fourth-ranked Brent Lammers of West Delaware to get to the final. Lammers ended up beating Frain in the fifth-place match, while Folkers failed to place. Unranked Tyler Frideres of Algona was third, while top-ranked and defending state champion Adam Drain was fourth. Davenport Assumption won its first team title since 2011 with 117 points. Mediapolis was second with 98.5, while Albia (80), Clear Lake (71.5) and Union Community (70.5) rounded out the top five. The last individual state title for either school was Ted Gunderson, who won the Class A 155-pound championship as part of BCL back in 1971.