The state high school wrestling tournament got underway in Des Moines this morning with the opening round in class 3A. Defending champion Lewis Central sent six of seven wrestlers to the quarterfinal round. The only first round loss for the Titans was freshman Scooter Davis at 112-pounds, who fell to Adam Gottschalk from Dubuque Hempstead. Lewis Central won last year’s 3A team title in record setting fashion. While it will be difficult to duplicate that feat this weekend, coach Keith Massey says each wrestler needs to do his job.At 119-pounds, Oskaloosa’s Dominick Moyer turned Scott Treft of Sioux City West early in the third period to record a first round fall and improve to 37-0 on the season. Moyer won state titles in 1999 and 2000 before a fifth place finish last year. He is motivated to return to the top of the victory stand, and says that’s what he’s worked for all year.Newton 130-pounder Jeremy Meyer opened his bid for a second consecutive state title with a first round pin of Jeff Bunger of Waterloo East.Waterloo West’s Akeen Carter won last year’s 171-pound title. He came into this tournament unbeaten at 189-pounds and opened with a technical fall over Jeff Larson of Indianola.Carter says building a big early lead helped him get over tournament jitters.
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