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Class 1A: Huber doesn’t make same mistake twice

DES MOINES | The first time Hudson’s Luke Huber faced BGM of Brooklyn’s Adam Hawkins this year, he lost on a technical violation.

It may have been the best lesson Huber learned in his high school wrestling career, because it motivated the Pirate senior to be better prepared and never leave anything to chance.

And Saturday, Huber turned that lesson into a Class 1A 182-pound state title with a dominating 14-7 victory over Hawkins.

“That first time … it kind of threw Luke for a little bit of a loop,” Hudson head coach Wayne Haskovec said. “I think it was the best thing that happened to him because it focused him. After that point he realized I’ve got to get things ready to rock and I was impressed with how he rehashed it and learned from it.”

Huber approached the second meeting with Hawkins with a new plan of attack and after a scoreless first period, he put it to full use.

After escaping quickly to start, Huber went on the attack, switching from double-leg attempts he tried the first time to outside singles. He nailed his first one and then he nailed another and another as he registered three takedowns, scored three near-fall points after one of the attempts, capitalizing on a mistake by Hawkins to try to throw him through and led 10-4 by the end of the second period.

“Going into the match I knew if I wanted to win I needed to get takedowns,” Huber said. “The singles were open and I ended up getting the first one to make it 3-0 and all of sudden it was 10-4.”

The first Pirate champion since Charlie Ettelson in 2005, didn’t stop going hard after building a huge lead. He tacked on two more takedowns in the third and was in on another when the match ended.

“I started to wrestle defensively at the start of the third and coach was yelling to move, move and move and shoot,” Huber said. “I just wore him down, he got tired and I knew I had a state championship.

“It feels great. At the beginning of the season this was my dream and now it is done.”

Tyler Hoffman of East Buchanan gave Northeast Iowa a second 1A champion as he rode four takedowns to top South Winneshiek’s Christopher Brincks for a 8-4 win at 195.

The win capped a perfect, 45-0 season for Hoffman.

“I don’t know,” Hoffman said of what he was feeling. “It is just nice that all the hard work paid off. It is the greatest end result.”

Driven by a semifinal loss, Hoffman went wire-to-wire as the Predicament’s top-ranked 195-pound wrestler and proved he was worthy of that honor.

“It hurt hard,” Hoffman said of the semifinal loss. “It drove me that much harder.”

Hoffman is the sixth Buccaneer to win a state title and the first since his brother, Justin, won at 145 in 2010.

Other 1A medal winners were:

Dalton Nelson of North Butler eighth at 120

Trent Johnson of Dike-New Hartford third at 126

Nick Mangrich of Don Bosco eighth at 132

Blake Meyer of Sumner-Fredericksburg fourth at 132

Caleb Wedeking of North Butler fourth at 145

Cody Nelson of North Butler fifth at 152

Jake Hogan of Don Bosco fifth at 160

Ryan Hageman of South Winneshiek fifth at 170

Derek Kohlmeyer of Sumner-Fredericksburg fourth at 182

Tyler Larson of Nashua-Plainfield seventh at 195

Clay Meinders of AGWSR third at 220

Luke Kuennen of Turkey Valley fifth at 285

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