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Van Kley through to the quarterfinals, six others fall to consolation for Dutch

Feb. 14—DES MOINES — A school-record seven Dutch entered the Iowa High School Boys Wrestling State Tournament on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena, one will advance to the quarterfinals and the six will need a win to continue their season after the first two rounds of action.

"I thought they wrestled really well and got a little taste of it," Pella head coach Jay Pike said. "They had to battle in that second round and they took some lumps. Now we've got a long road back for some guys but good news is we will all get rested and come back tomorrow and see what happens. I'm excited for the boys to get back out there."

It was a busy day on the mats for the Pella boys as six of their seven wrestled in the first round before facing some tough competition in the second round.

No. 3 Jackson Van Kley (190) punched his ticket to the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Van Kley, an eighth place finisher a year ago, earned a first round bye as the three seed and would meet a familiar opponent in No. 19 Lane Nelsen of Dallas Center-Grimes in the second round.

Van Kley did most of his work early with a takedown and two-point nearfall in the first period to go up 4-0. He added a quick escape in the second to push his lead to 5-0 before holding off Nelsen from there to secure a 6-2 decision.

Van Kley advances to the quarterfinals where he will take on No. 6 Brayden Koester of Bettendorf.

It was an up and down day for the rest of the boys in green. No. 12 Damion Clark (132) opened with a first period pin in his first match before dropping an 8-2 decision to No. 5 Ryan Rider of Carlisle in the second round.

No. 13 T.R. Putz (150) finally got his first taste of state after a couple of close misses the years before. He got his first win after wrestling a solid match to earn a 12-6 win. Putz then ran into No. 4 Lucas Bruhl of Ankeny Centennial and would lose by a 16-1 tech fall.

No. 13 Logan Bruxvoort (165) was in a tight first match but would come through in the third to catch his opponent and pin him for the win. Bruxvoort followed that up with a second round battle against No. 4 Ethan Bibler of Waverly-Shell Rock. Bruxvoort earned a couple of escapes but couldn't finish off his shots as he would fall 6-2.

No. 12 Kieran Van Voorst (215) scored a third period pin in his first match but would get caught and pinned by No. 5 Griffin Schultz of Linn-Mar in his second round match to fall to the consolation bracket.

No. 11 Noah Parsons (285) also followed suit wrestling a hard-fought first round match that saw him win 9-4 before getting pinned by No. 6 Jamal Neeway of Waukee Northwest in the second round.

No. 23 Rex Rhamy (138) was the lone Pella boy to go 0-1 on the day after losing a hard-fought 6-3 decision to No. 10 Dayne Rew of Urbandale in his first only match on Wednesday.

With six boys set for a couple of win or go home matches on Thursday, Pike is hoping his boys can reset and rally in the consolation rounds.

"It's a new day," Pike said. "The person you're facing has gone through the same thing you just went through. It's kind of a mentality of who wants it more and who's willing to battle for it. You can't take anything with you so leave it all out there. I feel like some matches we've really done that today so hopefully it carries on to tomorrow."

Pella will be back in action at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Pella Results

3A-132: Damion Clark (32-9) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 — Damion Clark (Pella) 32-9 won by fall over Lucas Horak (Marion) 19-17 (Fall 1:51)

Champ. Round 2 — Ryan Rider (Carlisle) 36-6 won by decision over Damion Clark (Pella) 32-9 (Dec 8-2)

3A-138: Rex Rhamy (22-20) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 — Dayne Rew (Urbandale) 31-10 won by decision over Rex Rhamy (Pella) 22-20 (Dec 6-3)

Cons. Round 1 — Rex Rhamy (Pella) 22-20 received a bye () (Bye)

3A-150: T.R. Putz (28-6) place is unknown and scored 2.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 — T.R. Putz (Pella) 28-6 won by decision over Lincoln Hutt (Waukee Northwest) 22-23 (Dec 12-6)

Champ. Round 2 — Lucas Bruhl (Ankeny Centennial) 19-1 won by tech fall over T.R. Putz (Pella) 28-6 (TF-1.5 3:46 (16-1))

3A-165: Logan Bruxvoort (20-5) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 — Logan Bruxvoort (Pella) 20-5 won by fall over Gabe Rubino (Waukee Northwest) 22-22 (Fall 4:12)

Champ. Round 2 — Ethan Bibler (Waverly-Shell Rock) 32-6 won by decision over Logan Bruxvoort (Pella) 20-5 (Dec 6-2)

3A-190: Jackson Van Kley (36-4) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 — Jackson Van Kley (Pella) 36-4 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 — Jackson Van Kley (Pella) 36-4 won by decision over Lane Nelsen (Dallas Center-Grimes) 23-16 (Dec 6-2)

3A-215: Kieran Van Voorst (29-10) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 — Kieran Van Voorst (Pella) 29-10 won by fall over Andrew Hockett (Bondurant-Farrar) 22-18 (Fall 4:38)

Champ. Round 2 — Griffin Schultz (Linn-Mar) 31-3 won by fall over Kieran Van Voorst (Pella) 29-10 (Fall 1:04)

3A-285: Noah Parsons (11-5) place is unknown and scored 2.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 — Noah Parsons (Pella) 11-5 won by decision over Robert Stoffel (Cedar Rapids Washington) 23-17 (Dec 9-4)

Champ. Round 2 — Jamal Neeway (Waukee Northwest) 30-6 won by fall over Noah Parsons (Pella) 11-5 (Fall 0:54)

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.