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Miners still in top bracket

By Staff | Feb 15, 2008

DES MOINES — After losing two wrestlers in day one, Spirit Lake Park’s remaining three state qualifiers managed to do fairly well on day two at the Class 2A 2008 state tournament.

Both Derrick Miner (125) and Dillon Miner (130) won their quarterfinal match to move into the semifinals while Alex Will (215) fell into the consolation bracket. He won that match to move into the medal round.

“We feel pretty good with three place winners, but it’s hard to look past yesterday when we lost Grant Willard,” said SLP coach Rick Vander Woude.

Willard, a senior, lost both his matches by a point.

“We’ve never seen that down here,” said Vander Woude.

Thursday proved a better day with Derrick Miner coming out on top in a one-point match by defeating Roland Story’s Dylan Rusher 5-4.

“I took him down with about 20 seconds on the clock in the first period and that gave me the edge,” he said.

After an escape by Rusher in the second period, Derrick added another takedown.

The win earned him a rematch with two-time state champion and top-rated Andrew Long in today’s semifinals. The two wrestlers met in the last year’s semifinals with Long winning by a major decision. Vander Woude said that was the closest match of the tournament for Long.

Brother Dillon Miner didn’t spend very much time on the mat for the second straight day pinning David Kellogg of Dallas Center-Grimes in 1:23. After winning, he had time to watch the end of Derrick’s mat.

“The first couple matches have been easy, but I’ll have my hands full tomorrow,” Dillon said.

Dillon, who is seeking his third straight state title, will face Ballard Huxley freshman Tanner Hiatt in the semifinals.

In a dual between SLP and Ballard Huxley this year, Hiatt wrestled SLP’s Willard and won by a major decision.

At 215 pounds, Alex Will found a tough foe in Centerville’s Wallace Carter.

Although the score was tied 0-0 after the first period, Will said he got out of position in the second period allowing Carter to roll him over for back points. Carter went on to win by a major decision, 14-4.

Will’s second-round consolation match went better as he scored an early takedown on Andrew Haskenhoff of North Fayette West Union.

“I was way better on my feet than he was,” said Will. “I should’ve let him up and taken him down more, but I tried to ride him out.”

Will took a 6-3 lead with Haskenhoff scoring a late escape, but the SLP wrestler held on for a 6-4 victory.

Will will meet Clarinda’s Bryant Hummel in the consolation quarterfinals today. Hummel was a winner by fall over Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted’s Adam Leuer in their consolation match.