Maquoketa Valley senior Alec McDowell left Wells Fargo arena last season with a third place medal around his neck a feat that many would be satisfied with, but after that day McDowell made it a point that he would not come up short of his goal in his senior season. On Saturday night all of the hard work that McDowell had put in finally payed off as he stood atop of the podium after a 6-1 win in the 182 pound state championship match over Logan Schumacher of Martensdale-St. Marys. McDowell says he’s been working towards a state title since he got into high school and the feeling of finally winning it was a great feeling:
McDowell started the tournament with two falls including one in five minutes and 52 seconds over sixth ranked Joey Schwenn of Belle Plaine, and followed that with a 3-0 win over fourth ranked Bryce Oveson of Wilton who McDowell defeated by the same score in the quarterfinals of last years state meet. McDowell says the match with Oveson went exactly how he expected:
In the championship match McDowell used a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second to take a 4-0 lead into the third period. Nine seconds into the third period McDowell picked up his second takedown of the match, a late escape by Schumacher cut the lead to five but McDowell would hold on to take home the state title. Maquoketa Valley head coach Tim Andrews says McDowell is one of the hardest working wrestlers he’s ever coached and is very proud of his senior:
With his state title McDowell becomes the third different wrestler to win a state title for the Wildcats, and looking back at his time in wrestling he hopes the mark that he left in the program is about much more than just wins and losses:
Freshman teammate Chance Downs finished seventh at 145 pounds as he lost a tough opening round match before battling back with two wins to earn a spot on the podium Saturday night. Downs was beaten in the consolation quarterfinals by Kaleb Boelyn of Waterloo Columbus, but finished the tournament with a 6-1 win over Logan Scheuermann of AC/GC to take bring home a seventh place medal.
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