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Thompson pins first opponent at state

February 14, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

DES MOINES - Cody Thompson came up with a big first-round win in his first time at the Class 1A State Wrestling Tournament Thursday morning.

Taking on 10th-ranked Dalton Lape of North Fayette, the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire sophomore started on the bottom in the second period.

According to GT/RA coach Mike Jensen, Thompson escaped midway through the period. Lape then tried a headlock and Thompson countered and "pancaked" Lape (36-8) to his back with the pin coming in 3:45.

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GTRA heavyweight Cody Thompson won his first match at state, pinning North Fayette’s Dalton Lape.
Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, E’burg Publishing

Thompson (36-10) takes on another ranked foe today in Clarion-Goldfield's Mitch Gambrill (23-8).

"he's a small heavyweight, otherwise I don't know much about him," said Jensen.

Gambrill won his first match with an 8-6 sudden victory over ninth ranked Cody Van Dee of Iowa Valley.

The winner of today's match will either Dylan Conley (38-8) or fourth-ranked Dillon Suhr (49-2) of Guthrie Center in the semifinals. The loser will head to the consolation bracket to meet Garrett Johnson (40-12) of Panorama, Panora.



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