District Wrestling was held on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Applington Parkersburg where the dream of making it to State was on the minds of all the wrestlers participating in District action. Only the top two would make that trip and everyone wants that trip. For the Norse only two wrestlers would wrestle that day and in the end only one would fulfill that dream.
In his first match of the day at 138 Koby Hassebrock would pin his opponent from Applington Parkersburg in 3:50 to advance to the next round of action. In the championship round Hassebrock faced off with the No. 1 ranked wrestler from New Hampton Turkey Valley where he was pinned in 46 seconds.
Hassebrock needed the wrestler from AP to win on the backside to have second place wrapped up, but that was not to be as the Clear Lake wrestler won. Wrestling someone for the third time can sometimes be a worry for coaches and fans as one never knows what will happen. Hassebrock went out aggressively taking down his opponent twice once in the first period and once in the third to win 4-0 and to claim his right to go to State with a second-place finish.
“Koby has worked extremely hard and put in a lot of time. He is very deserving and we are excited that he has the chance to wrestle at the state tournament!” said head coach Leland Schwartz.
Michael Schiemeister at 220 was going to have an uphill battle with his matches as both wrestlers were ranked. In his first match going against the New Hampton Turkey Valley wrestler he was pinned in 1:38; the NHTV wrestler went on to win the tournament. In his second match he was pinned in 1:36 by the wrestler from Iowa Falls Alden whom he had lost to at Sectionals. Schiemeister ended his season with a 22-24 record and will be back again next year ready to try again for a State berth.
“Michael’s season came to an end Saturday, but we’re proud of the effort he gave,” said Schwartz. “He came a long way and has improved a lot since he was a freshman.”
We wish all the best to Koby on his trip to State where on Thursday morning he will wrestle against Adam Hansen from Center Point Urbana in first round action. Good Luck Koby!