DES MOINES | Trey Schuck likes to go big.
He couldn't have gone any bigger in sealing Sibley-Ocheyedan's victory in the fifth-place dual over Logan-Magnolia at the Dual Team State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday. The Generals freshman needed a decision over eighth-ranked Remmington Meeker, and in a match that featured one set of back points after another, the 120-pounder came up huge with the 20-11 win.
"It was just going out there with a good mindset but things went in my favor," said Schuck as the Generals pulled out the 37-35 come-from-behind win. "It feels really good to do it because my team needed me. I can actually pull things off in this kind of situation. I proved to myself that I can beat ranked kids."
Schuck nearly found himself pinned at the end of the first period, but scored a key five-point move at the end of the second and controlled the third to get the win.
"I knew it was going to come down to Trey and all year he has been working his butt off to make this happen and it showed," said Trey's older brother Dylan. "It is a proud moment for me because I have been able to see him grow throughout this entire season."
Lo-Ma jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the Generals before senior Dylan Schuck earned a pin at 145. That was followed by fellow seniors Garrett Sayler and Trent Kruger winning by decision and fall, respectively, at 160 and 170. Junior Hunter DeJong completed a 3-0 day where none of his three matches went 20 seconds with a pin at 195.
"I just came with the attitude of being aggressive and that is what I want to go into the state tournament with," DeJong said. "It paid off for me and I feel really good."
Senior heavyweight Matt Naig secured a pin in 1:42 and that was matched exactly by Jose Flores at 106 as Sibley-Ocheyedan went up 33-29. Logan-Magnolia's Sidney Pitt responded a pin at 113 to set up Trey Schuck's heroics.
"Ever since he was a little kid we have been talking about holding back a little bit and maybe not going so big," said Sibley-Ocheyedan Coach Ben Strandberg of Trey's match. "Sometimes you just have to let them go and that was a prime example of it. Trey wanted it, he knew he could do it, and he did it."
Sibley-Ocheyedan came into the day eyeing a chance to wrestle for the team title, but a 37-30 loss to Missouri Valley to open the day derailed those plans. The Generals rebounded with the two victories -- adding a 44-28 effort against Wapsie Valley -- to send out its impressive senior class on a strong dual note.
"Our goal was to get first but then it was try to get the next best thing we could," Sayler said.
The third-seeded Generals were making their fourth trip to the dual team state tournament -- their first in back-to-back years-- having finished third a year ago.
Sibley-Ocheydan found itself down 21-12 to seventh-seeded Wapsie Valley before rallying for 44-28 victory. Sayler earned a technical fall and Kruger got a 3-1 win over Ben Weepie to help close the gap. The Generals put the dual away with an impressive showing by its heavy weights.
DeJong needed just 15 seconds to get a pin, Erick Olvera recorded one in 3:32 in the next match and Naig dominated Rylan Duffy in 1:46. Flores concluded the run with a pin in 3:32.
In their opening dual, the Generals found themselves trailing 27-12 after fourth-ranked Nathan Haynes used a late takedown to clip No. 10 Sayler 6-5 at 160. Kruger pinned Nicholas Haynes in 2:39 for the Generals before the Big Reds got an 11-7 victory from Trevor Whited over Alberto Ortiz at 182 to make it 30-18.
DeJong needed just 17 seconds to pin Jack Winchester, but Missouri Valley's Tom Rief earned an 11-1 win over Olvera. Naig would add some suspense to the final match of the dual when he pinned Arron Olson in 41 seconds to pull his team within 34-30.
The sixth-seeded Missouri Valley squad completed the upset, 37-30, when Sam Kyle downed Flores 7-4.
Missouri Valley 37, Sibley-Ocheyedan 30
113: Zayne Carrier, MV, pinned Mario Martinez 3:32; 120: Connor Lange, MV, dec. Trey Schuck 11-8; 126: Syler Haase, MV, dec. Zak Stanton 4-2; 132: Jordan Klein, SO, pinned Jacobb Bowman :23; 138: Jack Kyle, MV, pinned Mitchell Paca 5:25; 145: Dylan Schuck, SO, pinned Jon Johnson :09; 152: Skeeter Bostwick, MV, pinned Corey Nasers 2:34; 160: Nathan Haynes, MV, dec. Garrett Sayler 6-5; 170: Trent Kruger, SO, pinned Nicholas Haynes, 2:39; 182: Trevor Whited, MV, dec. Alberto Ortiz 11-7; 195: Hunter DeJong, SO , pinned Jack Winchester:17; 220: Tom Rief, MV, maj. dec. Eric Olvera 11-1; 285: Matt Naig, SO, pinned Aaron Olson :41; 106: Sam Kyle, MV, dec. Jose Flores 7-4
Sibley-Ocheyedan 44, Wapsie Valley 28
126: Donny Schmit, WV, pinned Stanton 3:18; 132: Connor Brandt, WV, dec. Paca 7-4; 138: Kaleb Krall, WV, pinned Klein 1:37; 145: Dylan Schuck, SO, pinned Jason Even 3:42; 152: Colin Schrader, WV, pinned Nasers :39; 160: Sayler, SO, tech. fall Sean Banger 16-1; 170: Kruger, SO, dec. Ben Weepie 3-1; 182: Riley Little, WV, dec. Ortiz 6-2; 195: DeJong, SO, pinned JP Michael :15; 220: Olvera SO, pinned Matthew Richards 3:32; 285: Naig, SO, pinned Rylan Duffy 1:46; 106: Jose Flores, SO, pinned Cayle Huebner 3:32; 113: Reese Welcher, WV, maj. dec. Martinez 10-1
126: Wyatt Crocker, LM, dec. Stanton 10-3; 132: Garret Thompson, LM, pinned Klien 3:22; 138: Bo Geise, LM, tech. fall Paca 17-2; 145: Dylan Schuck, SO, pinned Austin Haner 2:21; 152: Brady Wilson, LM, pinned Corey Nasers 3:17; 160: Sayler, SO, dec. Dalton Reisz 11-8; 170: Kruger, SO, pinned Josh Stueve 2:38; 182: Reide Meeker, LM, dec. Ortiz 12-5; 195: DeJong, SO, pinned Austin Adair :19; 220: Drake Johnsen, LM, pinned Olvera 1:16; 285: Naig, SO, pinned Brayden Hudnut 1:42; 106: Flores, SO, pinned Kaleb King 1:42; 113: Sidney Pitt, LM, pinned Martinez 2:52; 120: Remmington Meeker, LM