Ogden’s Blake Haub crowned state champion

Ogden head coach Jesse Sundell (left) and assistant Zach McCloud (right) are all smiles with Blake Haub after a win during the state wrestling tournament. (Jake Ryder/Mid-America Publishing photo)

State wrestling champions were crowned Saturday night and Ogden senior Blake Haub captured one of the coveted gold medals. Haub celebrated the Class 1A, 220-pound title with a 4-3 decision over Tyler Thurston of North Cedar during the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships inside Wells Fargo Arena.

Haub scored the match-winner with 24-seconds showing in the third period on an escape. Thurston tied the match three-all with a reversal near the mid-way mark of the third, setting up the late heroics.

Haub led 2-1 after one period in the finals with a takedown followed by a Thurston escape. The lead was 3-1 after two periods with a Haub escape.

“It has been a four-year goal to win state and it was a pretty great feeling,” said Haub.

The third-ranked Haub scored four decisions during the state tourney, including a 4-2 win over second-ranked Joel Mendoza of Eagle Grove in the semi-finals Friday night. Haub combined a takedown in the second period with a reversal in the third, while giving up two escapes.

Haub’s tourney trail started Thursday night with a 9-1 victory over Logan Smith of Akron-Westfield on the strength of four takedowns. He then defeated Don Bosco’s Jared Thiry, fifth-ranked, 9-3 in the quarters Friday afternoon. He had a takedown and 2-nearfall points in the first period, and pulled away in the third with two escapes and a takedown.

Thurston beat top-ranked Gideon Rollene of Northwood- Kensett in the quarterfinals and in the semis was a 2-1 overtime winner over fourth-ranked Ethan Allie of Belle Plaine.

“It was just one match at a time and move on. Being a senior I knew this was my last chance and everything came together,” said Haub.

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