DES?MOINES - The wrestling season came to a close over the past weekend for two Emmetsburg E-Hawk grapplers at the 2017 Iowa State Wrestling Championships. Spencer Griffin and Mason Griffin would both bow out of the tournament on round shy of earning medals in their first-ever appearances at the State Tourney.
For Freshman Mason Griffin, the State Tournament began Thursday afternoon with a first-round match at 145 pounds against Ethan Elliott of Interstate 35. Griffin would battle hard in the match but would lose a 10-3 decision to move into the consolation wrestlebacks.
BACK?POINTS - Spencer Griffin scores near-fall points over Ben Smith of Iowa Valley on his way to a 10-0 Major Decision in first-round consolation action at 132 pounds Thursday at the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. -- Dan Voigt photo
In his wrestleback bid to stay alive in the tournament, Mason met Skeeter Bostwick of Missouri Valley and despite his best effort, would be eliminated when he was pinned in 3:22 of the match to end his season and state tournament experience.
For Spencer Griffin at 132 pounds, the sophomore also had a rocky start on Thursday afternoon. Spencer was paired with eventual third-place finisher Cooper Siebrecht of Lisbon and would lose an 11-0 Major Decision to drop into the consolation bracket.
Wrestling back late Thursday afternoon, Spencer met Ben Smith of Iowa Valley and was able to keep his medal hopes alive by earning a 10-0 Major Decision victory over Smith.
The win moved Griffin into Friday's Class 1A Consolation second round, where he was paired with Mason Wickman of Alburnett. Griffin and Wickman would go back and forth, with Griffin having an advantage in the second period, only to have Wickman collect near-fall points in the third period to earn a 10-6 decision victory over Griffin, ending the sophomore E-Hawk's dreams of a podium finish for this season.