NH/TV's Blockhus gets third title
Sat, 02/17/2018 - 9:13pm Bob Fenske
Chickasaws take second at 2A traditional meet
New Hampton/Turkey Valley's Michael Blockhus wrapped up a perfect season and a brilliant high school career as he dominated Ballard's Jarrett Miller to claim the Class 2A 138-pound state title Saturday night.
The top-ranked Blockhus scored a takedown in the first 20 seconds and was in control throughout on his way to a 9-5 win over the second-ranked Miller.
"I just wanted to get going right away. I've been here before and I just knew if I could send a message early, that would be good," said Blockhus, who finished the season 60-0 and won his third individual title.
Saturday marked the fourth straight time that Blockhus, who will wrestle at UNI next year, wrestled in the finals at the state meet.
Wrestling for Crestwood, he won the 106-pound title as a freshman and took second at 120 as a sophomore. A year ago, he claimed the 126-pound title for New Hampton.
When the match ended, he pointed to the Wells Fargo rafters in tribute to the late Logan Luft, the Charles City teen who died in a tragic accident last summer.
"We did it," he said when asked what he was thinking. "This is for my family, my team and him."
And then he raced up the steps to hug his mom, Melissa.
"She's a great mom who puts up with a lot from a guy who can be grumpy because he's cutting weight," he said with a smile. "I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her."
Blockhus' win helped seal a second-place finish for the Chickasaws, who finished the tournament with 81 points. Dubuque Wahlert won the title, and it marked the second straight year NH/TV won the dual title and took second in the traditional tournament.
In addition to Blockhus, the Chickasaws had four other placewinners as seniors Noah Fye (145) and Noah Glaser (170) finished third, senior Areon Day (220) was seventh and sophomore Evan Rosonke (182) was eighth.
Four other Chickasaws - freshman Carson Babcock (120), junior Mason Cleveland (126), junior Max Babcock (132) and senior Cale Reicks (160) also qualified for the state meet.
- For much more on the state meet, see the Feb. 20 edition of the Tribune.