Four Mustang wrestlers advanced to the Class 2A District Tournament this week after their performances in the Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament in Fairfield this past weekend.

Dawson Townsend and Taylor Huggins both won first-place titles. Townsend won the 106-pound weight class while Huggins won the title at 120 pounds. Marcus Elam and Caden Hill each won second place in their weight brackets. Elam finished second at 132 pounds while Hill moved up to 195 pounds where he finished second.

All four wrestlers will spend the week preparing for the Class 2A District Tournament, which will be held in Washington on Feb. 15. That tournament begins at noon. First and second place winners from that tournament will advance to the Iowa State Wrestling tournament later this month.

Dawson Townsend emerged as the top seed in the 106-pound weight class that had just three wrestlers competing. Because of that, Townsend needed just one win to earn the 106-pound championship.

Fairfield’s Peyton McCabe and Washington’s Jack Kleese met in the semifinal round to determine which one of them would wrestle Townsend for the championship. Kleese earned that right after beating McCabe with a pin in 3:55.

Kleese didn’t last long against Townsend in that championship match. Townsend needed just 28 seconds to take Kleese to the mat and pin him.

At 120 pounds, Taylor Huggins was also a number one seed with a 31-6 overall record. There were five competitors at 120 pounds in this tournament.

Huggins went up against Jonah Cooper of Fairfield in the semifinal round. Huggins scored an early takedown and spent the remainder of his time turning Cooper on his back. Huggins pinned Cooper in 1:33.

The victory sent Huggins to the championship match where he went up against Carson Coleman of Mount Pleasant. Huggins outlasted Coleman with a 5-2 decision after scoring two takedowns and gaining an escape to create the three-point difference. Coleman won a wrestle-back match for second place and advanced to the district tournament with Huggins.

Marcus Elam will advance to district tournament action after finishing second last weekend at 132 pounds. His path through the 132-pound bracket started with a match against David Karam of Solon in the semifinal round. Elam dominated the match with a 6-0 decision victory.

Elam advanced into the championship match where he faced number one seed, Cohyn Roach of Fairfield. Roach and Elam battled through a tough first period with neither wrestler gaining much of an advantage. Roach caught Elam out of position early in the second period and pinned him in 2:20 to win the championship. Since Elam and Karam had already wrestled once, a wrestle-back match was not needed to determine that Elam could finish in second place.

With Kolton Stremler not wrestling, Hill made the decision to move up to the 195-pound weight class to compete in the tournament. He went up against Kolbe Barnes of Keokuk, Cesar Castelanos of Fairfield and Gage Marty of Solon.

Hill took on Barnes in the semifinal round and needed just 36 seconds to pin him and advance to the championship match.

Hill went up against Marty in the championship match and struggled to score points. Hill went the distance with Marty but suffered a 7-1 loss. The loss meant Hill would have to wrestle Castelanos in a wrestle-back match because both wrestlers still had just one loss in the bracket.

Hill needed just 46 seconds to get Castelanos on the mat and pin him in that match. Hill earned the second-place spot on the podium at 195 pounds and will represent Davis County at that weight class in Washington this Saturday.

Drake Hamm competed at 113 pounds for Davis County in last weekend’s tournament. He finished third. Hamm received a bye in the quarterfinal round of the bracket. He faced Bowen Davis of Mount Pleasant in the semifinals and was pinned in 1:50.

Hamm faced Cheyenne Mulford of Solon in the third-place match. He pinned Mulford in 2:33. Since Davis lost the championship match, Hamm was not allowed a chance at a wrestle-back. He had to settle for the third-place finish.

Austin Payne finished third at 145 pounds for Davis County. Payne faced Logan Adam of Fairfield in the semifinals and was pinned in 5:05. Payne beat Gannon McNamee of Mount Pleasant with a pin in 5:04, to finish third.

Gerald Rupe finished fourth at 126 pounds. He was pinned by Corbin Broecker of Mount Pleasant in 2:17 in the semifinals and was pinned by Jakobe Lahr of Solon in 2:57.

Adrian Gomez placed fourth at 138 pounds. He suffered a 23-15 loss to Levi Boudewyn of Keokuk in the semifinals and was pinned by Tyler Raub of Mount Pleasant in 1:51.

“We had a good showing at the sectionals. It’s important to win this tournament as you head into districts,” said Coach Jim Nelson. “Dawson Townsend and Taylor Huggins claimed sectional titles. Marcus Elam and Caden Hill claimed second place to move to the District tournament.

“We were only able to enter eight of our team members this year due to some late season illness, injury, and other school activity commitments. We had a goal of trying to claim second place as a team and move on to a regional dual meet. We hoped to do this so we could compete once more as a team. We weren’t able to make that happen,” said Nelson.  

“At this point in the season, it is time for the individual success to shine. Last year, Taylor Huggins was Davis County’s sole wrestler to advance to the state tournament. He’s planning to get there again, but this time with some teammates. That is our hope,” said Nelson. “The district tournament is packed with great teams and individuals. There are going to be some tough matches in every weight class. You have to leave the doubts and worries behind and let your style come out and find that win.

“Caden Hill is our only Senior advancing to the districts. He wrestled at 182 all season, but opted to move up a weight class to give himself a better shake at a state berth,” said Nelson. “The coaches agreed it was a wise decision. We hope the bump up to a heavier weight class pans out for him. He is deserving. He’s a four-sport athlete, never misses a practice, works himself hard in the weight room, is a great leader and a team captain. Caden has never tried to take any shortcut in his pursuits as an athlete, and it shows.”