No matter how long Dylan Windfield stays on the mat, the result is the same.
After winning his first two 160-pound matches with quick pins, the Alburnett junior earned a spot in tonight’s Class 1-A finals with a third-period fall Friday against West Marshall of State Center’s Dale Hilleman.
“A win is a win, that’s all I care about,” Windfield said. “I guess this was probably the biggest one, besides tomorrow night.”
Windfield, 46-1 on the season, spearheaded Alburnett’s march toward the team title.
The Pirates enter the final day of competition with 96.5 points, followed by Emmetsburg’s 66.
“At Alburnett, we love pressure,” said Hunter Washburn, a finalist at 113 pounds. “We love all the emotion, the excitement of wrestling.
“It’s a great experience.”
Washburn, last year’s 106-pound champion, held on to beat Westwood of Sloan’s Zach Ulven 4-3 in the semifinals.
“Actually, I’m a little (ticked) off right now, with myself,” Washburn said. “I should have expanded my lead. I guess I could have wrestled better.”
Alburnett, winner of the Class 1-A dual title on Wednesday, showed a glimpse of vulnerability in the quarterfinals.
The Pirates advanced seven wrestlers out of the first round, but only three earned a spot in the semifinals.
Windfield, a returning medalist, moved on in the 160-pound division after pinning Panorama’s Tyler Hein in 22 seconds. His opening match on Thursday resulted in a 33-second pin against WACO of Wayland’s Cey Saeugling — giving him a total of 53 seconds on the mat while winning his first two matches.
“It’s not an advantage or disadvantage,” Windfield said of winning swiftly. “It doesn’t matter to me if I pin them or not.”
Windfield owned an 8-2 lead when Hilleman ended up on his back. The referee slapped his hand with 19 seconds remaining in the final period.
“I broke him,” Windfield said. “I just kept working hard and he just kind of let me have it.”
Blake Marolf of Eddyville-Blakesburg took a more methodical approach at 132 pounds, beating Alburnett’s Conner Shulista 8-1 in the quarterfinals and winning an ultimate tiebreaker over Don Bosco of Gilbertville’s Dylon Rhoads in the semifinals.
It was especially sweet for Marolf, who lost to Rhoads earlier this season.
“It’s awesome,” Marolf said. “It helps a lot that it’s revenge, but I get to be in the final now. So that makes it even better.”
Marolf, a third-place finisher at 113 a year ago, scored on an escape and then prevented Rhoads’ bid for a takedown.
“He let me up. He went neutral,” Marolf explained. “He wasn’t able to ride me out earlier, so he had to take me down to win it.”
Andrew Foutch of Underwood advanced to the 126-pound title match, tying the state record for career victories with 207.
Brendan Schott of North Linn returned to the 170-pound final and will try and defend his title against Nick Schany of Emmetsburg.
106 — Tanner Greenwald, Wilton, 35-12, vs. Taylor Curtis, Underwood, 52-2.
113 — Jack Walker, Wapello, 40-6, vs. Hunter Washburn, Alburnett, 51-2.
120 — Brady Ruden, Wilton, 43-6, vs. Carter Happel, Lisbon, 45-1.
126 — Andrew Foutch, Underwood, 55-0, vs. Lane Nichols, Woodbury Central, 49-4.
132 — Blake Marolf, Eddyville-Blakesburg, 45-1, vs. Logan Loftus, Iowa Valley (Marengo), 52-4.
138 — Jason Crosby, Eddyville-Blakesburg, 50-3, vs. Kyle Blocker, West Marshall, 56-0.
145 — Caleb Wedeking, North Butler, 47-7, vs. Evan Hansen, Exira-EHK, 49-1.
152 — Cody Nelson, North Butler, 51-0, vs. Loren Williams, Tri-Center (Neola), 51-1.
160 — Jake Haberman, Clarion-Goldfield, 38-7, vs. Dylan Windfield, Alburnett, 49-1.
170 — Nick Schany, Emmetsburg, 35-6, vs. Brendan Schott, North Linn, 44-0.
182 — Dalton Ciavarelli, Clarksville, 39-3, vs. Jesse Svoboda, Audubon, 52-5.
195 — Cade Jones, West Branch, 46-1, vs. Austin McCarten, Emmetsburg, 43-0.
220 — Ryley Howell, Wapello, 39-2, vs. Daniel Gaffey, Iowa City Regina, 42-0.
Heavyweight — Dillon Suhr, Guthrie Center, 54-2, vs. Brandon McCracken, Aplington-Parkersburg, 44-2.