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Class 2A District Wrestling Peta, Coakley overcome adversity to return to State

Peta pins ninth-ranked wrestler in wrestleback

February 12, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

I'll take those odds.

Estherville Lincoln Central sent just two wrestlers to the Class 2A District Meet in Sioux Center and both finished second to advance to this week's state tournament in Des Moines.

Juniors Jason Peta and Lincoln Coakley both had to overcome adversity in surviving a tough district meet and qualifying for state for the second consecutive year.

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Wrestling at 113 pounds, Peta faced some of the toughest competition-first in winning last week's sectional, and then at this district meet.

Peta (35-11) started the day against Sergeant Bluff-Luton's Nate Curry. Curry had won in a previous match against Peta. On Saturday, he took control and pulled out an 8-1 decision.

Peta took care of business in the consolation bracket, pinning Sheldon-South O'Brien's Elijah Broesder in 1 minute, 31 seconds.

Then Peta had to wait and see if he'd get a wrestleback.

In a close match between Curry and ninth-ranked Jake Nieman of Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grovel, Curry came up with a reversal in the final seconds of the third period to defeat Nieman 7-6.

That win opened the door for Peta, who then earned a wrestleback against Nieman.

Nieman had won an earlier match this year against Peta. This time, Peta caught the ninth-ranked wrestler out of position and came up with the pin in 55 seconds to earn second place and a trip to state.

Meanwhile fellow junior Lincoln Coakley has been battling an ankle injury during the last part of the season. After surviving sectionals, Coakley did well to quickly pin Bishop Heelan's Isiah Gilmore in 1:27 in Saturday's semifinal.

That set up a rematch against sixth-ranked Tyler Zeiman of Cherokee. Zeiman had defeated Coakley twice during this season-once at a Lakes Conference dual meet and then Zeiman pinned Coakley at last week's sectional.

While Coakley battled the entire 6 minutes on Saturday, Zeiman came up with a 17-9 major decision.

Meanwhile Bishop Heelan's Gilmore defeated Sergeant Bluff-Luton's Bradyn Barclay in the third-place match, so Coakley did not have to worry about a wrestleback.

The Class 2A State Tournament begins Thursday at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

Peta (35-11) will face Kyzer Engen (31-6) of Decorah in his first match at state.

Coakley (33-6) will face third-ranked Tristin Westphal-Edwards (44-1) of Washington.



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