Rambler wrestling CLUB competes in Des Moines and Waterloo
By SUE RIEDER
The Rambler Wrestling Club is a group of first grade through junior high students looking to further develop their wrestling skills while competing in various tournaments throughout the season. The young wrestlers are instructed by Chris Conner and Todd Hansen of Jefferson.
On Feb. 15, several members of the club competed in district competitions held at eight sites across the state. Wrestlers placing first through fourth in each class advanced to the State AAU Wrestling Tournament, which was for 3rd-8th grade students. Nine wrestlers from the club qualified for the state tournament which was held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Mar. 1-2. State tournament participants were Max Riley, Nate Black, Spencer Whipple, Brady Stauffer, Will Hansen, Landyn Venteicher Sawyer Schiltz, Jack Hansen, and Ethan Frederick. Nate Black was the only place winner at the meet. Black placed third out of 32 wrestlers in his bracket and finished with a 6-1 record for the two-day event.
On Mar. 8-9, the Ramblers entered 11 wrestlers in the Super Pee Wee State Championship held at the Young Arena In Waterloo. The club not only had six place winners, but also tied for eighth place in the team race, while competing against much larger wrestling clubs. Corbin Blair and Gabe Schroeder both placed second, Jack Hansen placed fifth, Joey Schroeder was a sixth place finisher, and Tegan Slaybaugh and Jacob Harmeyer were both seventh.