It was a disappointing day here Saturday for the Storm Lake High wrestling team, which failed to qualify a wrestler for the Class 3A State Tournament during Saturday's district meet at Fort Dodge High.
The Tornadoes' top two hopes for state berths, 135 pound junior Daniel Higgins and 103 pound freshman Jared Brashears, finished just out of the money.
Higgins had Storm Lake's best finish of the day, taking third place. Juan Flores, a sophomore 215 pounder, added a fourth place and Brashears took fifth.
"We were disappointed the way our day went," said SLHS coach Ty Seaman. "We feel the kids were ready to wrestle their best, but that didn't happen.
"We know that we had some very tough first round draws, but our kids never rebounded and we really didn't wrestle our best."
Ankeny won the district title with 205.5 points, with seven of its wrestlers making state. Fort Dodge took second with 178 points and qualifying four for the state meet.
SLHS' Lakes Conference rival Spencer also qualified four wrestlers for state, taking third with 164 points
Higgins, meanwhile, opened districts by pinning Ames' Justin Chang at 4 minutes, 16 seconds. The 135-pounder dropped a 6-5 decision in round two to Dallas Boisen of Spencer.
In the match for second place and a state berth, Higgins lost another decision to Boisen, this time 9-7. Higgins ended the season with a 31-11 mark.
At 103, Brashears opened with a tough draw, losing a 12-6 decision to Cody Marsh of Fort Dodge. In the loser's bracket, Brashears rebounded by pinning Daniel Jahren of Ames at 15 seconds.
In the match for fifth place, Brashears won a 5-4 decision to over Sean Clemons of Boone, ending with a with a fifth place finish and a 31-11 mark.
Flores, at 215, sprung an upset in his district opener, pinning Webster City's Caleb Bonjour at 5:02. In the championship quarterfinals, Flores was pinned at 1:10 by Nick Wonderlink of Ankeny.
In the match for fourth place, Flores lost a 7-2 decision to Sam Halligan of Fort Dodge. Flores finished his season with a 14-18 mark.
Seaman added that this year's team was extremely young and that hard work in the offseason could pay off in a good year in 1006-2007.
"This was a great bunch of guys who worked very hard all year and really did some good things throughout the season," Seaman added. "We just didn't show our best at districts."