Advancing to districts for Turkey Valley are, from left - Riley Meirick, Charles Hadacek, Kyle Reicks, Luke Kuennen, Eric Buckendahl, Tom Reicks. (Photo by Kirk Johnson)
All the pieces fell into place Saturday for the Turkey Valley and South Winn wrestling teams.
Although neither team advanced to the team regional dual tournament, both are sending multiple grapplers onto the next step in a bid to the state tournament.
The Trojans will have six grapplers compete at the district meet while South Winn sends five on to districts.
The district meet is Saturday, Feb. 15, at Aplington-Parkersburg, beginning at 12 p.m. The top two wrestlers at each weight will move on to the state meet, held Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 20-22, in Des Moines.
Sumner-Fredericksburg (189.5) and Nashua-Plainfield (186) earned bids to the state regional dual meet for finishing first and second at the sectional meet Saturday in Nashua. It's the fourth straight year Sumner-Fred has won a sectional title.
Turkey Valley is sending six wrestlers on to the next round, four of which earned sectional titles from Saturday's meet at Nashua-Plainfield.
As a team, TV finished third in team standings with 157 points.
Erik Buckendahl (145), Riley Meirick (152), Kyle Reicks (220) and Class 1A No. 3 Luke Kuennen (285) all won sectional titles.
Buckendahl started the day by taking 39 seconds to pin South Winn's Lane Schnuelle. He then picked up a 5-2 decision over Matt Levan of Saint Ansgar to move to the finals, where he won a 4-2 sudden victory match over Isiah Brandt of Sumner-Fred, who he lost to two weeks ago. Buckendahl is 16-5 heading into districts, where he faces Class 1A No. 6 Mitchell Corkery of Don Bocso (25-1) first.
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