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Slaybaugh Finishes Fourth at State Wrestling

Tegan Slaybaugh, ACGC 113 pound wrestler, represented his team well at the state wrestling tournament completed over the weekend. The sophomore grappler finished fourth at the event held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Slaybaugh wrestled five times in the three day tournament, winning three of the five. He opened with a 10-1 major decision over Cole Frost of Don Bosco of Gilbertville in the championship round 1. He continued his winning ways in the quarterfinals with a pin of Easton Schlabaugh of Highland (Riverside) in 4:43.

Eli Veccerra of Missouri Vally got the best of Tegan in the semifinals when he scored a 9-1 major decision. It was the second time the two had faced one another during the season. They met during the regular season at the Tri Center Invitational on January 8 where Becerra scored a 9-3 win.

The loss to Becarra moved Slaybaugh into the consolation bracket where he won by fall over Cael Judisch of Sumner-Fredericksburg in 5:03. With that win Slaybaugh had the opportunity to wrestle for third place in his weight class.

In the match for third Slaybaugh lost to Corbin Reisz of Logan-Magnolia by fall in 1:56. Despite the loss, Slaybaugh gained valuable experience and came home with three wins to his credit. With two more years of competition ahead, Charger fans look for continued success for the talented Slaybaugh.

"The weekend was a blast," ACGC head coach Lane Rumelhart said after the three days in Des Moines. "Tegan wrestled with the same consistency he had all year. He got tough and and battled the best wrestlers in the state, and had one heck of a family support system around him.

"We took the time to let it all sink in and enjoy the accomplishments for the season. I am already looking forward to next season, and getting a few more guys down there to the Well."

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