COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa | Brody Teske has a vast array of skills on the the wrestling mat.
Saturday at the Council Bluffs Classic the Fort Dodge senior and undefeated three-time state champion showed he is quite the swimmer as well. Teske, who is 148-0 in his Iowa prep wrestling career, found himself trailing entering the third period of both his semifinal and final match.
Each time the Penn State signee showed why he is considered one of the best in the nation, including in the 126-pound championship match against fellow undefeated senior and three-time state champion Alex Thomsen of Underwood.
Thomsen controlled the match through two periods building a 7-3 lead, but it was Teske who came up big in the third to win the battle of the unbeatens 11-9.
The victory came only after Teske used two back points in the final seconds of his semifinal to advance.
"Props to (the semifinal opponent) because he took me to deep waters but I train in deep waters," said the three-time state champion. "I pushed him off the edge and at the end of six minutes I got my hand raised."
The deeper the waters the better Teske performed Saturday.
The eighth-ranked 126-pounder in the nation used a takedown and a couple of back points in the third period to tie things up. Teske had a 9-8 lead when Thomsen escaped to tie it up, but it was Teske on a reshot in the final 10 seconds to secure victory.
"I went out there and did what I needed to do," said Teske, who was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament. "You just have to fight for six minutes. I knew it was going to go six minutes maybe more, so I have been training all year, I have been training my whole career to do what it takes."
The matchup was between two of the most accomplished wrestlers in Iowa history, but Teske was quick to point out that that is not the end goal.
"There is nothing to protect and we both want to get better," he said. "We have to bang with each other to get to the next level because we both want to be world champs. We want to fly the American flag behind our back and not wrestle each other and beat each other in this venue."
The two wrestlers could meet again in a couple of weeks in Cedar Rapids and may become regular competitors at the college level with Thomsen set to go to fellow Big Ten school Nebraska.
Thomsen said he lost a little technique in the third period and that is what he needs to focus on going forward.
"I think my endurance went down a little bit," said the No. 3-ranked 126-pounder in the nation. "I was still planning on attacking a whole lot but he caught me off a little bit and he tried to slow things down. I couldn't get to my shots as much ... and if I could have attacked a few more times I would have been fine.
"The record didn't matter to me. It sucks that I lost, I don't like losing at all. The sun will come up and we are going to be fine. Work on some things, a couple of positions here and there."
The matchup that had been the talk of the Iowa prep wrestling world for more than a week almost didn't happen. Teske found himself down to Kearney's Cadet Greco-Roman champion Phillip Moomey 5-2 entering the third period, but Teske used an escape and a late takedown to tie the match at 5-all. The senior would get two back points just before the clock expired to earn the 7-5 victory.
Siouxland's top finisher came at the lightest weight where Class 1A third-ranked freshman Beau Klingensmith finished as the runner-up at 106 pounds. Klingensmith got an early takedown to lead 2-1 after one period over Fort Dodge's third-ranked (3A) Drake Ayala.
"It was a great start to the match because I got in on him right away and finished right away," Klingensmith said. "He just got away from me pretty quick."
However, Ayala would get a late takedown to take a 5-4 lead after two periods and he went on to win 9-6.
"I got in a position that was hard to get out of once you get into it," Klingensmith said. "I probably could have finished the shot a little sooner."
Klingensmith (13-1) reached the championship match with an impressive 14-6 major decision over Waukee's Lucas Uliano in the semifinals. Uliano looked to have a cradle locked up after an early takedown, but the Wildcat reversed Uliano with a cradle of his own to take a 5-2 lead, just missing a pin.
"That is honestly the first time ever," said Klingensmith of the reverse cradle. "I always like the cradle, it has always worked for me. I just didn't know what to do there and I saw his knee come up and I went for it."
Spirit Lake's fifth-ranked (2A) Kyler Rieck finished fourth at 152 as he reached the semifinals before suffering back-to-back losses to close out his day. Lincoln East's DeShawn Dixon beat Rieck 10-3 in the third place match. Rieck, who was a runner-up at this tournament a year ago, fell to Fort Dodge's top-ranked Cayd Lara 14-3 in the semifinals.
Spirit Lake's 2A No. 2 Dakoda Powell found himself in a rematch with Missouri Valley's second-ranked (1A) Tom Rief in the semifinals at 220. Rief won last year's matchup 7-5 in the first tiebreaker and he would get the win once again this time by an 8-2 count.
Powell would drop his third-place match to Gardner-Edgerton's Jackson Flowers 10-8.
"This tournament is hard no matter who you are, no matter how good you are it is tough," Powell said. "The past three years I have been in the semifinals all three years and it has never gotten easier. I personally feel like I have gotten a lot better and I am a lot more offensive than when I was a freshman."
The Indians also got an eighth-place showing from fourth-ranked Joe Waters at 113. He picked up a big win over Waukee's sixth-ranked (3A) Thurman Christensen with a pin in 2:55 during Friday's action.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton was led by Easton Graff who took home fifth place at 138 as he beat Fort Dodge's Drevon Ross in the placing match. The junior finished the tournament an impressive 7-2.
Woodbury Central had four wrestlers finish 10th in Wade Mitchell (145), Garret Arment (152), Jake Dennison (170) and Jim Moss (182).
Lincoln East won the team title over Kearney 497.5-462 while Fort Dodge was third. Spirit Lake finished 13th to lead Siouxland with Woodbury Central in 16th.