• Keith Hjelle

Chargers Win Two Matches at State Wrestling

Updated: Feb 20

On day one of the state wrestling tournament, one of the three ACGC wrestlers competing at the state tournament advanced on the winners' side of the bracket, while the other two lost their first round matches and moved to the consolation side. By the time day two was over, all three Charger entrants had been eliminated, as the trio won a combined two matches and lost six.

Charger frosh Tegan Slaybaugh won a 10-8 decision on a late reversal to break an 8-8 tie and clinch his win over Easton Schlabaugh of Highland High School of Riverside in a first round 106 lb match on Thursday. Seniors Gunnar Larsen and Cale Rowley were not as fortunate, as both lost their first round bouts. Larsen lost his 132 lb match with Michael McClelland of Don Bosco (Gilbertville) by an 8-0 major decision, while Rowley at 152 lb was pinned by Lincoln Holub of Lisbon in 1:16.

Larsen and Rowley both competed again on Thursday morning in consolation matches. Larsen won a 5-2 decision over Reuben Smith of Interstate 35, while Rowley (29-11) was pinned by Ben Hansen of Missouri Valley in 5:13. Rowley's second defeat eliminated him from any further competition. He completed his career with a record of 106-69.

On Friday Larsen went up against Trey Nelson of Nashua-Plainfield in a match that Nelson won by a 13-3 major decision. The second loss for Larsen also eliminated him from further competition. He finished the season with a 14-4 record and career mark of 93-34.

Slaybaugh was 36-8 for the year heading into his Friday quarterfinal match with Kale Petersen (24-1) from West Fork High School of Sheffield. Petersen won a 19-5 major decision over Slaybaugh, which sent Slaybugh into the consolation bracket. In his consolation match

Tegan met Kolton Monson of Ogden, a familiar opponent from the WCAC. Monson had the upper hand in this one, as he won by a 6-2 decision. Slaybaugh ended his first year of varsity competition with a 36-10 record.

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