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Redhawks’ season ends at Districts

February 14, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama wrestling program saw its first independent season in 26 years come to a conclusion at Districts in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 9 as Tyler and Chase Morrison did not qualify to move on to the State Wrestling Tournament this weekend.

The two seniors had qualified for Districts at Sectionals in Clarksville the previous week, with Chase winning the 195 lbs title and Tyler taking runner-up at 182 pounds. Tyler found himself pinned in the first period of his opening match and lost in a 12-5 in the third place match with hopes of a chance to wrestle again for a spot at State. His cousin Chase lost in a 6-2 decision in his first match before taking the third place match 9-4, but no wrestle-back meant his day was also over.

"These two went out and put it all on the line on the mat this weekend," coach Andrew Knaack said. "They've been good leaders for our younger guys to look up as they made it further in the postseason than they expected. They are our building blocks for our program going forward."

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Chase Morrison (pictured at Sectionals) came in third at Districts in Denver, just outside of qualifying for State in his senior year.

Knaack was confident both wrestlers had the tools to make the State tournament as members of the team also came along to cheer on the two seniors and learn more about what it takes to win at that level. Both will move on from the program the wrestling program with 13 dual meet wins under their belt.

"Looking back, this was a successful year for our program," Knaack said. "We had three packed home meets that shows the community is behind this program. A lot of guys who returned improved their records this season. Cory Isenhower only had five wins last year, and this year 26 wins. Xander Bradley had over 20 wins. We had seven guys on this team with 20+ wins this season, and next year will be about taking that success to Districts and State."

The program featured a crop of current sophomores and juniors that will return next season to grow the success and building on their successful season. Isenhower and Noah Weber took third at Sectionals and will be looked to for leadership and experience next season. Other wrestlers who were behind the Morrisons and Zade Podhajsky at their weight classes will have an opportunity to wrestle next season. Knaack anticipates that the team may not be able to fill as many weights this year, but also hopes new faces try out for the first time, like Travis Waller and Emmanuel did this season.

"This program is going in the right direction and we hope people will stay with us during this process," Knaack said. "It was a learning experience for me and them this year. We have to continue to build in the offseason and we look forward to the community coming out to support us next year."

Photos from the season are available on Flickr with links available on Facebook. Anyone with questions about photos may contact Editor CJ Eilers at



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