Pekin gains more postseason experience at State tournament

After losing in the first round, Zach Hammes kept his season alive by pinning Nate Monahan (Woodbury Central) late in the first period of the first round consolation match. He wound up losing in the next round and finished his career with a 112-46 record, joining the list as the 12th member of the century win mark in school history.

For one Panther, it was the culmination of four years of top tier wrestling, and for the other, it was his first experience in the State tournament, which will benefit the team going forward. While neither Zach Hammes or Cael Baker managed to place at the State wrestling tournament, which ran from February 14-16, they capped off their seasons against some of the best.

In his first round of the tournament, Hammes matched up with Cobe Siebrecht of Lisbon, the top seed in the 138 lbs. bracket. He found himself down 10-1 and wound up getting beat 19-3, sending him to the consolation bracket.

Hammes kept his slimmer chances alive by beating Nate Monahan of Woodbury Central in the first consolation round. While the match was low scoring, Hammes pulled off a crucial move late in the first period and finished it out with a pin.

The second Panther to qualify was Baker, his first appearance at the State tournament and was unable to make it far but the experience will pay dividends going forth. He matched up with Spencer Griffin of Emmetsburg and lasted the duration of the match but was held to a pair of points, being send to the consolation bracket after losing a 9-2 decision. He then met up with a more familiar opponent from North Mahaska. Jarrett Stodghill made an early move and had Baker in trouble, ending the match with a pin early in the first period.

Pick up this weeks' edition of the News-Review to read the full recap, including coach Al Chapman's comments.