Skopec ends career on top
DES MOINES – Spirit Lake Park senior Zach Skopec completed his undefeated season with a state title last Saturday.
Skopec controlled his final match against sixth-ranked Creston-Orient Mackburg’s Chase Shiltz.
Skopec built a 5-0 lead with takedowns in the first and third periods and an escape in the second.
Shiltz had defeated top-ranked Chase Straw of Independence, 3-1, in his semifinal.
But all he could score against Skopec was a penalty point with 33 seconds left in the match and an escape with 19 seconds remaining.
But Skopec held on for the 5-2 victory. The senior ends his season final season with a 49-0 record and a career record of 178-17. The four-time state qualifier placed third his freshman and junior seasons.
2014 IHSAA State Championships Results for Spirit Lake Park
2A-145 – Zach Skopec (49-0) placed 1st and scored 22.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Zach Skopec (Spirit Lake Park) 49-0 won by decision over Jared Eischeid (Kuemper Catholic, Carroll) 33-6 (Dec 6-3)
Quarterfinal – Zach Skopec (Spirit Lake Park) 49-0 won by decision over Austin Long (Algona) 31-14 (Dec 7-2)
Semifinal – Zach Skopec (Spirit Lake Park) 49-0 won by decision over Cole Erickson (Mediapolis) 36-4 (Dec 6-3)
1st Place Match – Zach Skopec (Spirit Lake Park) 49-0 won by decision over Chase Shiltz (Creston-Orient Macksburg) 51-5 (Dec 5-2)
2A-160 – David Trucksess (28-11) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Alex Oswald (Webster City) 37-7 won by decision over David Trucksess (Spirit Lake Park) 28-11 (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Colton Ranney (Central Decatur, Leon) 44-15 won by fall over David Trucksess (Spirit Lake Park) 28-11 (Fall 3:11)