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Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament Coakley places fifth; Peta takes eighth

February 20, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

DES MOINES - Estherville Lincoln Central juniors Jason Peta and Lincoln Coakley showed they could wrestle with the best in Class 2A, as Coakley finished in fifth at 170 pounds and Peta placed eighth at 113 pounds at the 2018 State Tournament last week.

The duo are the first ELC wrestlers to medal since Oscar Ramirez placed second in 2014.

Coakley, who has been battling an ankle injury the past few weeks, has been able to take advantage of his opportunities.

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Ranked 10th, he started the tournament against fifth-ranked Tristin Westphal-Edward of Washington on Thursday. Coakley trailed 6-3 entering the third period. He gave up an escape early, but then came up with a takedown and three nearfall points to go ahead 8-7. However, Westphal-Edwards came up with a reversal and held on for the 9-8 victory.

Coakley came back in the consolation bracket and dominated Kyle Owens of Shenandoah before recording a pin in 4:23.

Friday morning, he needed a win earn a place on the medal stand. Coakley trailed Algona's Carson Devine after the first period. Devine chose bottom and Coakley was able to turn the Bulldog wrestlers and get the pin in 3:05.

Later Friday afternoon, Coakley faced Jack Sindlinger of Charles City. Coakley scored plenty of points before earning a pin in 5:12.

On Saturday, Coakley was in the consolation semifinals against Paul Ryan of Mount Vernon. Ryan was ranked fifth at 160 pounds in the final ratings by the Predicament.

Coakley trailed 6-2 into the third period, but came up with an escape and takedown to cut the deficit to one. After letting Ryan escape, Coakley came up with a takedown to tie the match at 7-7. In the first overtime, Ryan came up with a takedown had held on for the 9-7 victory.

That sent Coakley into the fifth-place match where he faced Tristan Hansmeier of Waukon. Coakley went right to work with a takedown and turned Hansmeier for the pin in 1:41.

Coakley finishes his season with a 37-8 record.

"My ankle was still injured, but I believe I could have won those matches," said Coakley. "Not being able to shoot is tough. It was just a matter of heart. I knew what I needed to do and whether hurt or no, I was going to get it."

Peta started well on Thursday, winning his first-round match by fall in 2:42 over Kyzer Engen of Decorah.

Friday morning he faced second-ranked Kain Luensman of Monticello who shut out Peta 7-0. Peta had to come back in the consolation round and the junior scored nearfall points in each of the first two periods in building a 9-4 lead over Grifen Molle of West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville. Peta then scored the early takedown in the third period before Molle came up with a reversal. But Peta hung on for an 11-7 victory. The win put him on the medal stand.

"It came down to placing and I did," said Peta. "I got the back points I needed."

However Friday afternoon, Peta was unable to score against seventh-ranked Ryan Clark of Mount Vernon. Clark scored takedowns in both the first and third period for a 4-0 victory.

On Saturday, Peta wrestled in the seventh-placed match against Taylor Kolthoff of BCLUW. Peta trailed 4-2 in the third period when he came up with a two-point nearfall, but Kolthoff reversed Peta and hung on for the 6-2 win.

Peta finishes his season with a 37-14 record.

ELC coach Gable Bonner said both wrestlers entered the tournament focused.

"They were determined and they knew what they needed to do and the positions to get where they would do well," Bonner said.

Bonner looks for both of them to move up the medal stand next year.

"We can place higher and we want one or both to wrestle on Saturday night (in the finals)," Bonner said. "I believe it's a realistic goal for both guys. Hopefully their experience can help pull some teammates down there with them."



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