State wrestling – Roth advances; Hoffman done
DES MOINES – Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Kolton Roth advanced through the first round of the Class 1A State Tournament on Thursday.
However, teammate Lucas Hoffman lost both his matches as the sophomore’s season comes to an end.
Roth, ranked second at 132 pounds, took on Cory Stewart of Highland in his first match.
After placing fifth a year ago, Roth has been dominant this year with just two losses on the season. Roth went right to work on the Highland sophomore with a takedown and back points in the first 30 seconds. After giving up a penalty point late in the first period, Roth got that back with an escape in the second period. Another five-point move in the third period by Roth put the Titan wrestler ahead 11-1. He gave up a penalty point in winning 11-2.
Roth will take on Garrett Arment in the 1A quarterfinals this morning (Friday).
Hoffman, making his first trip to state at 126 pounds, began his tournament day against Don Bosco’s Logan Lutgen. Lutgen scored takedowns in the first and third period and a reversal in the second on the way to a 6-0 win over the Titan wrestler.
In the consolation round, Hoffman didn’t fare much better against Alburnett’s Ben Moyer. Moyer scored the first takedown in the opening period. In the second, he got a reversal with 37 left and a two-point nearfall with 3 seconds left. A takedown by Moyer in the third period completed the 8-0 shutout.
Hoffman ends his sophomore season with a 35-8 record.