Three-peat for Henrich – state champion!

Posted February 21, 2019 at 6:00 am


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By Hank Krause

The Iowa State Wrestling Championship held in Des Moines from Feb. 14 – 17 ended with two Akron-Westfield wrestlers on the stand.

Jader Briggs and John Henrich both stood proudly to accept awards for their efforts. Briggs, a 106 pounder, placed eighth as a sophomore.

John Henrich, a three-time champion at 160 pounds, absolutely dominated his class to win it all. Henrich took a record of 43-0 into the tourney. Henrich had a two-year record of 88-0 before this year, so if you add it up it comes out to a 135-0 record for the last three years at A-W.

It is also interesting that in all of the matches this year, he did not give up a single point. He used relentless pressure on his opponents. He grabbed hold of them and didn’t let up. He kept them on defense and scared them half to death.

Like the wrestler from Ridge View said while putting on his ankle bands before his match with John, “Please don’t kill me!”

After Henrich wins, he shakes hands with everybody and then leaves the mat. Many of the boys like to show off a bit after a win, but Henrich keeps it classy.

A-W Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs was the Master of Ceremonies at the welcome-home ceremony Feb. 17 at the school to honor Jader and John. He also paid respects to Coaches John Sievert, Chris Utesch, and Joe Sievert.

A-W has had seven award winners at the state meet. Of these, four were champions: Joe Sievert, Marshall Koethe, Chris Utesch, and now Henrich.

For John, it is now off to the University of Nebraska to wrestle for the Huskers. John also got the “Cookies Impact Award” and is now up for the Dan Gabel Mr. Wrestler Award. One of the announcers at the match said that Henrich was one of the most impressive wrestlers there.

Jader will be back next year as a junior and has an excellent chance of returning to the State meet again.

Both A-W wrestlers represented their school and community well.

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