by Jason Bucher
On Saturday six Bedford/Lenox wrestlers traveled to Underwood for the Class 1A District 6 meet with a chance top advance to the state meet in Des Moines at Wells Fargo. Junior Jake Cox (182 lbs), freshmen Chase England (120 lbs) and Dylan Stein (126 lbs) all punched their ticket to state on Saturday.
England wrestled his way back to a second place finish to advance to Wells Fargo. England was pinned in his opening match by Allen of Underwood at the 1:08 mark. He then defeated Fineran of AHST with a fall at 1:35. This set up the wrestle back with Sloss of ACGC who pinned England in the finals last week at sectionals in 39 seconds for the championship. England however seeked revenge and with a trip to state online, he did just that avenging last weeks loss with a pin in the third period at 4:42 for second place finish and a trip to state. England will enter state wrestling with a record of 36-15 and face off against Rinken 51-0 of Nashua-Plainfield in his first bout.
Stein (126 lbs) finished the event in second place to advance to Des Moines. In his first match he won an exciting 5-3 sudden victory over Buckholdt of Underwood. Trailing 2-1 heading to the third, Stein used a a point from stalling and a reversal to take a 3-2 lead, before an escape from his opponent sent us to overtime tied 3-3. In overtime Stein wasted no time getting a takedown eighteen seconds in for the exciting victory. He then fell to Rose of Riverside by a 15-0 technical fall in the finals for second place. Stein enters the state bracket with a 34-12 record and will square off with Arjes 41-4 of North Butler-Clarksville in his first match.
Cox (182 lbs) will make his first appearance at state qualifying with a second place finish at sectionals. Cox had no problem with Young of Treynor, needing only 29 seconds to get his opponent on his back for the pin. Cox was then pinned in the finals by Freeberg of Tri Center at 2:25 for second place. Cox will enter state at 42-7 and grapple with Glendening 45-6 of New London in the first round.