DES MOINES - Junior Cody Thompson ended his season with a sixth-place medal for the second consecutive year.
The Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire heavyweight won a key match Friday, Feb. 21, against Panorama's Garrett Johnston (48-5). But in the consolation semifinal and fifth-place match, Thompson came up short.
Against Johnston on Friday, Thompson opened his match with a first period takedown with Johnston coming up with the escape. Johnston tied the match in the second period with an escape, but then was called for stalling as Thompson led 3-2. Thompson then earned an escape midway through the third period and held on for the 4-2 victory.
Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire junior heavyweight Cody Thompson finished sixth at the 2014 Class 1A State Tournament.
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On Saturday, Thompson faced Wapello's Ryley Howell (32-1) in the consolation semifinals. Howell, ranked first, lost 2-1 in the semifinals to Maquoketa Valley's Tyler Yonkovic. Yonkovic had defeated Thompson 4-1 in the first round.
Howell jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period with an escape and a takedown. After another takedown by Howell in the second period, Thompson could only score a late escape as he lost 7-1.
In the fifth-place match, Thompson faced Luke Kuennen (38-3) of Turkey Valley. Thompson scored the first takedown in the opening period and still led 2-1 entering the final frame. But Kuennen tied the match with an escape and then scored a takedown with 17 seconds left in the match to win 4-2.
Thompson finishes his junior season with a 44-6 record.
2014 IHSAA State Championships Results for GT/RA Titans
1A-285 - Cody Thompson (44-6) placed 6th and scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Yonkovic (Maquoketa Valley, Delhi) 52-0 won by decision over Cody Thompson (Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire) 44-6 (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Cody Thompson (Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire) 44-6 won by fall over Dawson Dahlke (C-M-B, Baxter) 19-15 (Fall 0:08)
Cons. Round 2 - Cody Thompson (Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire) 44-6 won by decision over Tim Butcher (Manson Northwest Webster) 44-8 (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Round 3 - Cody Thompson (Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire) 44-6 won by decision over Garrett Johnston (Panorama, Panora) 49-5 (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Semi - Ryley Howell (Wapello) 33-2 won by decision over Cody Thompson (Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire) 44-6 (Dec 7-1)
5th Place Match - Luke Kuennen (Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction) 38-3 won by decision over Cody Thompson (Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire) 44-6 (Dec 4-2)