Freshman Jakob Regan puts both opponents on their back for points but comes up shy of a match victory in his first State Wrestling Tournament appearance

Comes this close in both his matches at first State Tournament ... Waukon wrestling freshman 106-pounder Jakob Regan works seventh-rated South Hardin/BCLUW sophomore Carter Kolthoff to his back in their first-round match at the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, February 20 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Regan wrestled two matches in his first Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament, putting both of his opponents on their back for near-fall points but ultimately coming up short on the scoreboard in both bouts to be eliminated on the first day of competition. Regan first wrestled Kolthoff to just a 6-5 loss in the opening round of the season grand finale before suffering a 12-4 major decision loss to fourth-rated Albia sophomore Carter Anderson in the consolation round to end his tournament journey. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

The first Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament experience for Waukon wrestling freshman Jakob Regan ended up being shorter than he obviously would have liked, but the 106-pounder came within a couple inches and a couple seconds of having that first-ever trip become much more. Although he lost both of his matches at the tournament in the opening session of the Class 2A season grand finale Thursday, February 20 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Regan had both of those opponents on their back at one point to collect near-fall points and nearly end the matches early in his favor.

Qualifying as a freshman for the season grand finale, Regan becomes the first Waukon wrestler with the potential of being a four-time State Tournament qualifier since Waukon High School 1990 graduate Steve Pladsen accomplished that feat. Regan closes out this season with a 32-12 record.

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