DES MOINES | One of the greatest pinners in Iowa history is going to remember No. 154 for a good long while.
Sibley-Ocheyedan senior Dylan Schuck pinned his way to the Class 1A 145-pound state championship match with a dramatic come-from-behind fall over Wilton's No. 3 Trey Brisker in 3:34. Schuck, ranked second, trailed at the time as he fell behind early when he gave up back points of his own but did not panic.
"Staying calm and just waiting for stuff to open up," said Schuck of how he pulled it off. "I was not letting that (pin) go one bit. It is just surreal, it is just amazing, the feeling was just crazy."
Schuck's victory, which he celebrated with his father and assistant coach Jed, was the 200th victory of his career against just 18 losses and improved him to 54-0 this season, breaking his own school record of 53 set last year. The victory also gave the senior some revenge from last year's 2-0 consolation-round loss to Brisker where Schuck appeared close to collecting back points to tie the match.
"It is awesome getting payback with a fall like that," Schuck said. "I have been watching tape from all last season to get prepared for this.
"Just got to soak it in, just got to know get another match, win and get a state title."
Schuck will get a chance for even more revenge in Saturday night's championship match against Dike-New Hartford's top-ranked Trent Johnson. Johnson pinned him in last year's semifinals and knocked him off in a 5-2 match at state two years ago.
Schuck became the Generals' first state finalist since 2009 when Ted Kruger finished as the runner-up at 152.
His effort kept the Generals in second place in the team race, but the other Sibley-Ocheyedan semifinalists came up short in their matches. No. 4 Trent Kruger was pinned by Hudson's second-ranked Taylan Entriken at 170 as was third-ranked Hunter DeJong by West Hancock's No. 2 Hunter Hagen for the second time this season at 195. Fourth-ranked heavyweight Matt Naig, making his third appearance in the semifinals, gave Iowa City Regina's top-ranked Jared Brinkman all he could handle before falling in overtime 3-1.
West Sioux proved that it is a program on the rise as it punched a pair of wrestlers into the finals, beginning with freshman Adam Allard at 106 pounds. Allard dominated Don Bosco's top-ranked Daniel Kimball with an early takedown en route to a 3-0 win.
"I can beat anyone, if I wrestle my game I can beat anyone," Allard said. "Most the time when I get the first takedown I don't lose and I controlled it."
Allard, who came in with high expectations after a decorated youth career, has a matchup with Lisbon's second-ranked Cobe Siebrecht in the finals.
"The only thing I am thinking about right now is winning it," he said.
Sophomore Kory Van Oort went from an 0-2 showing as a freshman to a state finalist at 138 as he reversed Louisa-Muscatine's seventh-ranked Austin Leopard in the last 15 seconds to win 5-4.
"I knew I had about a minute left, plenty of time to find my score," said Van Oort, who celebrated with his father and coach, Mark, after the big win. "We have talked all year that you are going to get scored on at the state tournament so don't let it get you down. Find your scores, bounce back."
He did after building a 3-0 lead in the match only to see Leopard tie it with his late takedown. Now Van Oort will face Wapsie Valley's second-ranked Kaleb Krall in the finals.
"(Both Allard and me) have been grinding all year and I think we have the best coaching staff in the state getting us ready for this tournament," he said.
Akron-Westfield's No. 3-ranked sophomore John Henrich kept his record perfect at 42-0 when he downed North Butler's sixth-ranked Dalton Nelson 5-0 at 160. Henrich, who finished third for Rapid City Stevens at 152 pounds at the South Dakota state tournament last year, will face Iowa Valley's top-ranked Jacob Krakow in the finals.
"I have been tough on top all year, it means a lot, finally all the hard work is paying back," said Henrich. "Winning a state title is for the town because all of those guys have been in the room working me out, supporting me."
OA-BCIG's Kurtis Krager (113), Westwood's Kody Berg (126), Alta/Aurelia's Skylar Solko (152), and OA-BCIG's Tyler Anderson (195) all lost their semifinal matches.
There are plenty of other placers for Siouxland in Class 1A.
Sibley-Ocheyedan's Garrett Sayler will also finish in the top eight for the Generals, marking the second time in his career after finishing eighth in 2015.
Hinton's Daniel Bishop, a finalist last year, fell to Wilton's Bryce Oveson 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Bishop, who missed the first half of the season after injuring his spleen during a football game, was able to rebound on the backside of the bracket and will place for the third time in four trips to state.
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto's Bryce Kafton (106) and Anavin Mounivong (126), Woodbury Central's Wade Mitchell (138), Lawton-Bronson's Austin Eilers (145), Westwood's Drew Anderson (152), and Western Christian's Skyler Bonestroo (220) will all finish in the top eight of their weight class.