Jordan Challen gets instructions from his assistant coach (and father) Eric Challen and head coach Mark Sawhill during a consolation match on Friday night.

Jordan Challen assured a medal at state wrestling

The second day of the Iowa High School Wrestling Championships is complete, and Greene County still has senior Jordan Challen wrestling. Challen lost his quarterfinal match 8-4 to fourth ranked Trevor Harsh, ADM (Adel), but came back to defeat second ranked Colby McIntire, Central Lyon/ George-Little Rock 6-4 in a wild match that went right down to the wire. This was quite a feat, as McIntire had placed second in Class 1A at 132 pounds last year. Jordan finished the second day of wrestling by defeating Ryan Muller of Mount Vernon 5-4. Challen is assured of winning a medal, but will wrestle two more times on Sat. to determine whether he is third, fourth, fifth, or sixth at 138 pounds.
Abe Yoder was eliminated on Friday when he lost twice. He lost his first match 14-1 to second ranked Bradley Irwin from Centerville. Yoder was taken down hard and was evaluated for a possible concussion during the match, but was cleared by trainers to continue. Irwin proved that he deserved his high ranking as he later qualified for the 132 pound championship match on Sat. night. Abe lost his consolation match 6-2 to third ranked Brock Jennings of Osage to end his tournament. Abe represented his team well all throughout his senior season and finished with an excellent 40-7 record.

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