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Kruse becomes North Union’s first state wrestling qualifier

By David Swartz - | Feb 17, 2021

SIOUX RAPIDS — Trevor Kruse became North Union’s first state wrestling qualifier, as the senior placed second at heavyweight at the Class 1A District Meet in Sioux Rapids on Saturday.

Ranked ninth, Kruse did what he needed to in his semifinal match against Trevor Doeden of Sibley-Ocheyedan. After a scoreless first period, Kruse reversed Doeden in the second period and had a two-point nearfall to go up 4-0. Doeden reversed Kruse late in the period to cut the deficit to 4-2. An escape by Doeden halfway through the third period completed the scoring, as Kruse hung on for the victory.

That set up a rematch of the sectional final against second-ranked Dane Johnson (34-2). Johnson won by fall over Kruse for the second time, this time in 2:53.

With Doeden winning in the third-place match, Kruse’s second-place finish was secure. He enters the state tournament with a 41-7 record. The Class 1A first round will start at 9 a.m., Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Kruse’s first match will be against Matthew Kauffman (30-5) of Pleasantville.

Wrestling at 138 pounds, North Union’s Dalton Tobin had a chance to wrestle for state. While Kobin lost his semifinal match by fall to West Sioux’s Cullen Koedam, Tobin won a 17-6 major decision in the third-place match over Matt Larson of West Hancock.

That set up a wrestleback against Kingsley-Pierson’s Damon Schmid, but Schmid took an early lead and won by fall. Tobin ends his sophomore season with a 35-17 record.

The Warriors’ third district qualifier, Gavyn Morphew, finished fourth, losing by his semifinal and third-place matches by fall. Morphew finishes his freshman season with a 22-22 record.