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Class 1A State Wrestling Tournament GT/RA’s Roth completes run to second place

By Staff | Feb 20, 2018

DES MOINES – Kolton Roth made it all the way through a tough road to the Class 1A 138-pound title match on Saturday night. But the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire senior would have to settle for second place after a hard-fought battle against top-ranked Gable Fox of Don Bosco-Gilbertville.

The finish was a good one for Roth, who had finished fourth a year ago.

Teammate Carter Murray also wrestled well, coming up with key wins when needed to place eighth.

Roth, ranked third entering the tournament, started his run with a technical fall (15-0) over Josh Dunsbergen of Lynnville-Sully on Thursday.

In the quarterfinal on Friday, Roth controlled his match against ninth-ranked Michael Egan of MFL, MarMac 13-4.

That sent Roth up with a semifinal match against fourth-ranked Zac Willey of Interstate 35, Truro. Roth built a 6-2 lead in the first period. After an escape and takedown in the second period, the Titan senior tilted Willey and earned the pin in 3:24.

In Saturday’s final, Roth scored the first takedown, but Fox came back and built a 7-3 lead. Roth trailed 10-5 heading into the final period with an escape and takedown cutting the deficit to 10-8. Fox escaped for his final point with Roth scoring a late takedown for the final 11-10 tally in favor of the Don Bosco wrestler.

Roth wraps up a stellar senior season with a 48-3 record. He holds the school record for wins as well.

Meanwhile, Murray’s tournament journey at 182 pounds started with a 9-2 loss to sixth-ranked Zach Ryg of Central Springs on Thursday.

Murray’s first key win came in the consolation round. Trailing 16-6 late in the second period, Murray reversed Colby Page of Southeast Warren/Melcher Dallas and put him on his back for a pin in 3:50.

Friday’s second-round consolation match proved slightly better for Murray, who built a 7-2 lead before pinning Christian Wolthuizen of Akron-Westfield in 2:36.

That win assured Murray of a medal.

However in the consolation third round, Murray met fifth-ranked Tucker Kroeze of Belmond-Klemme and lost a tough 13-6 decision.

That sent Murray into Saturday’s seventh-place against fourth-ranked Derek Venteicher of Bedford/Lenox. Murray did well in the first two period and led 8-7 entering the final frame. He chose bottom and Venteicher was able to score five nearfall points to retake the lead. Murray couldn’t ever escape, as he finished eighth. The junior wraps up a 39-7 season and will have a chance to move up the medal stand next year.