Waukon wrestling junior Jakob Regan wins one of three State Tournament matches to finish just a match shy of a podium finish

Reversing his fortune on the way to a State Tournament pin ... Waukon wrestling 126-pound junior Jakob Regan drives into Davis County senior Dawson Townsend on the way to a first-period reversal in their first-round consolation match at the Class 2A State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Thursday, February 17. Regan went on to pin Townsend in 2:44 for his one win in three matches at the season grand finale, where he finished just one match shy of a podium finish within Class 2A’s 126-pound top-eight finishers in the second State Tournament qualification of his high school wrestling career.

A second qualification for the Class 2A State Tournament in his first three years of high school wrestling resulted in another step forward for Waukon junior Jakob Regan among the Iowa high school wrestling elite this past week. After qualifying as a 106-pound freshman two seasons ago and suffering consecutive losses for an early exit on day one in that State Tournament debut, Regan sandwiched his first season grand finale victory in between a pair of losses to top-five finishers in this season’s Class 2A 126-pound weight class Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18 to finish just one match shy of standing among the top-eight finishers who would make the 126-pound podium at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Regan started this year’s State Tournament off with a 2-0 headstart Thursday morning after a first-period takedown of Atlantic-CAM senior Ethan Follman (51-12), who was a fifth-place State Tournament finisher in last season’s 120-pound Class 2A bracket. Unfortunately, those would be the only points scored by the Indian junior in that match, as he allowed a first period escape and was taken down by Follmann in the second period to trail by just a 3-2 deficit heading into the third period. That final frame saw Follmann rattle off seven unanswered points to end up dealing Regan a 10-2 loss by major decision and sending him to the consolation side of his 126-pound bracket.

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