When North Linn’s Brock Henderson won a state title in his junior season he went a perfect 47-0 claiming the class 1A 113 pound title. Coming into this season Henderson was the favorite to repeat as champion, but making the jump to 120 pounds and suffering two losses throughout the season had some doubting whether the senior could reclaim his state crown, but on Saturday night Henderson quieted the doubters as the third ranked senior downed top ranked Brady Kyner of Southeast Warren/Melcher Dallas 3-0 to win the 120 pound state title. Henderson says he didn’t pay much attention to what people were saying he just knew what he needed to do to win his second title:
Henderson’s journey to the title match started with a 19-4 technical fall over Trey Schuck from Sibley-Ocheyedan and a very close 3-2 win over fifth ranked Connor Lange of Missouri Valley. In the semifinals Henderson shut out Blake Thomsen of Underwood 5-0 setting up the championship match with the top ranked Kyner. After a scoreless first two periods in the title match Henderson chose down and in 23 seconds picked up an escape and then just 19 seconds later scored a takedown and would ride out Kyner the remainder of the match to win his second state title. Henderson said it was a great feeling to win the match, but beating someone with Kyner’s ability made it even more special:
With the second state title Henderson made his mark as one of the great wrestlers in North Linn history as he passed four time state champion Dan LeClere for most career wins as he finished with a career mark of 175-9. Henderson says he was glad to be a part of a program with such great tradition and encourages youth wrestlers to trust in the process:
Henderson will decide in the next couple of weeks on where he will continue his wrestling career next season, as he will choose between Coe College and Upper Iowa University.
Also in class 1A from the state tournament East Buchanan junior Braydon Nunemaker finished in fourth place going 3-2 in the tournament. Nunemaker reached the semifinals after pinning his first two opponents but fell to the eventual state champion Trent Johnson of Dike-New Hartford in the semifinals. Nunemaker then pinned Austin Eilers of Lawton-Bronson in the consolation semifinals on Saturday morning and dropped a 7-4 decision to Trey Brisker of Wilton in the third place match ending his season with a 42-5 record.
Full Interview With Brock Henderson: