Four Pleasantville wrestlers qualified for the state tournament Saturday at their home district meet as all four were district champions.
Sophomore Tommy Booth qualified for state at 113 pounds defeating Brock Nebergall of Lone Tree by pinfall 1:18 into the first place match to be crowned as district champion. Booth will head back to the state tournament for the second straight year. Senior Caleb Cook will head to the state tournament for the third straight year after defeating Cash Hatfield of Iowa City Regina by a 8-2 decision to become the district champion at 138 pounds.
Freshman Zane Mullenix defeated Jack Anderson of Baxter by a 6-2 decision to punch his ticket to the state tournament and become a district champion at 144 pounds. The last state qualifier for the Trojans was senior Carter Metcalf who defeated Ruger Kincaid of Baxter by pinfall just 46 seconds into the first place district match to advance to state at 150 pounds. Pleasantville wrestling coach Heath DeForest talked about how proud he is of the hard work his team has put in.
“It’s always a bittersweet day. Unfortunately some guys’ seasons are ending. The fortunate part is we do get to send for guys to state. I’m really happy with those four. They have been working pretty darn hard all year and you can see the hard work pay off. If you ask all four they would say we aren’t done yet. It was a good step in the right direction and I think they all have bigger goals, and they deserve to have bigger goals. We look forward to seeing what they can do next week at the state tournament and we will go from there.”
The Opening round of the Class 1A State Wrestling Tournament will kick off Wednesday at 6:00 pm at Wells Fargo Arena.