Six DMPS wrestlers competed in last week’s State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena, and four came away with spots on the podium including one championship title.
Lincoln High School sophomore Mickey Griffith won the Class 3A 170 pound wrestling title with a 9-2 decision over Ryan Plummer of Linn-Mar. Griffith is the first Lincoln wrestler since 2003 – and the first DMPS wrestler since 2012 – to win a state title.
Griffith will be recognized during halftime of the first round sub-state basketball game tonight at Lincoln’s Bowen Roundhouse. The CIML Metro conference champion Rails basketball team hosts Mason City in the opening post-season game. Tip-off is at 7:00 PM and tickets are $6.
Three other DMPS wrestler also ended up with podium finishes at the state tournament:
- 3rd PLACE: Brock Espalin (132 lb), senior, East – Espalin finished on the podium all four years of his high school career
- 8th PLACE: Aime Mukiza (113 lb), junior, North
- 8th PLACE: Leo Blawou, senior, Linoln
In addition, two other Rails grapplers also completed at the state tournament: Ramiro Gomez (220 lb) and Kyle Snowgren (285 lb).