Decorah's Andy Hovden (220) and Austin Ashbacher (285) have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state wrestling tournament.
Hovden (32-5) wrestled Brent Carlson (34-12) of Woodward-Granger in the first round. With the score tied 0-0 in the second, Hovden got an escape. He then got a take down with 32 seconds remaining in the period. He rode out Carlson in the third for the win. Hovden faces Corbin Blythe (34-6) of Williamsburg in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon.
Ashbacher barely had time to break a sweat in his first match with Micheal Rosewall (37-3) of Cherokee. Ashbacher got a take down 10 seconds into the match and pinned him in 20 seconds. Ashbacher wrestles Chad Pohlmeier (38-2) of Bondurant-Farrar in the quarterfinals.