Hassebrock, Hovick each get a win at state

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Roland-Story’s Koby Hassebrock gets a takedown against Williamsburg’s Garrett Jensen in the Class 2A consolation first round at 145 pounds during the state wrestling tournament Feb. 14 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Hassebrock defeated Johnson by an 8-6 decision and ended up 1-2 at state to finish his final season with a 39-5 record.

DES MOINES — Roland-Story’s Koby Hassebrock and Joe Hovick both earned one victory at the state wrestling tournament, held last Thursday through Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Hassebrock and Hovick both produced a 1-2 record against Class 2A competition at the big meet. Hassebrock competed at 145 pounds and Hovick at 113.

“The effort was there,” Roland-Story head coach Leland Schwartz said. “They fought as hard as they could. They came up against good guys and that’s kind of the way it goes — there are tough guys down here.”

In the first round, Hassebrock was upset by Waukon’s Miles Hansmeier by a 12-10 score in overtime. Hassebrock led 10-7 late, but gave up a late three-point near-fall to tie the score, then allowed a takedown in overtime.

“That first match, I had control the whole match and two throws just completely threw the match for me,” Hassebrock said. “It’s my fault — I wasn’t on my toes enough.”

Hassebrock regrouped to outlast Williamsburg’s Garrett Jensen by an 8-6 decision in the consolation first round.

“That wasn’t the path I was expecting to take, but you’ve always got to face adversity,” Hassebrock said. “I powered through it and ended up beating my second kid, so I’m proud of that.”

On Friday, Hassebrock fell to No. 6 Max Babcock of New Hampton/Turkey Valley by a 5-2 decision.

“Koby won a match down here and that’s more than a lot of guys can say,” Schwartz said. “I’m really happy with what he’s given us. He’s given everything that he had — I’m proud of everything he’s done.”

Hovick suffered a loss by fall to No. 1 Matthew Lewis of Centerville in the opening round. He was awarded a forfeit win in the consolation first round after Prairie City-Monroe’s Landon Fenton was injured in the first round and unable to compete.

“I’ll take anything I can get,” Hovick said. “After a tough first round, it feels good to go on to the second day. I wish I got a chance to wrestle again, but I’ll take what I can get.”

In the consolation second round, Hovick lost by a 13-0 major decision to No. 10 Sam Nelson of Clear Lake.

“He was one match away from placing,” Schwartz said. “There are a lot of things he can build off of and just a few little things to clean up. I’m real excited for next year for him.”

Hassebrock ended his final season with a 39-5 record, topping 100 for his career. Hovick completed his junior year with a 34-13 mark.