DES MOINES - Both Estherville Lincoln Central's state qualifiers entered the 2A state tournament with high expectations.
While both Lincoln Coakley and Jason Peta came up short of earning a medal at state, the experience should drive them forward as both are sophomores and have two more years to try to earn a medal.
Ranked seventh at 170-pound, Coakley had the best chance of medaling after winning his opening match against Oelwein's Austin Duffy, ranked ninth, on Thursday.
While Duffy scored the first takedown, Coakley came back with a reversal and two-point nearfall to lead 4-2 after the first period. In the second period, the two wrestlers started on their feet. Duffy again scored the first takedown, but Coakley came back with a reversal and ended up pinning Duffy in 3:31.
On Friday, Coakley faced third-ranked Tucker Morrison of Columbus Junction in the quarterfinal.
Morrison controlled the match, scoring takedown each in the first and second periods to build a 4-0 lead. He received a penalty point in the third period. With Coakley working to score, it was Morrison getting a takedown and Coakley coming up with a late escape in losing 7-1.
That took him into the consolation bracket, where he faced unranked Austin Timmons of Davenport Assumption. Coakley battled throughout, but Timmons scored a late takedown and two-point nearfall in the first period. In the second, Coakley escaped from the bottom, but Timmons again came up with a takedown and two-point nearfall. A late reversal by Coakley had the match at 8-3. In the final period, Timmons escaped and scored a takedown with Coakley betting a reversal, but the ELC wrestler was unable to turn Timmons before time ran out as he lost 11-5.
Coakley finishes his season with a 35-6 record.
ELC's Peta was unable to make it past the first day of wrestling. He opened the 113-pound 2A bracket against second-ranked Drake Doolittle of Webster City. Doolittle dominated the first period and nearly pinned Peta while building a 12-1 lead. An early reversal by Doolittle in the second period led to him being able to turn Peta and get the fall in 2:45.
That dropped Peta into the consolation bracket where he met seventh-ranked Gabe Lewis of Denver-Tripoli.
Peta took the early lead with a takedown in the first period. After a scoreless second period, Lewis reversed Peta in the third period and came up with the fall in 4:30 to end the ELC wrestler's season.
Peta finishes his sophomore year with a 28-11 record.