Wrestling fans can expect to see the best individuals in the state competing on Friday and Saturday at the 2017 Iowa state wrestling tournament in Des Moines. Here are some interesting numbers to keep in mind.
- 16,980 seats in Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines are expected to filled for the finals
- 672 total wrestlers competing in the state tournament
- 224 per class (1A, 2A, 3A)
- 230 different schools represented (90 in Class 1A, 83 in Class 2A and 57 in Class 3A)
- 16 wrestlers competing in each weight classes
- 14 weight classes (106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285)
- 42 total individual Iowa state wrestling champions will be crowned
- 18 state champions from 2016 have qualified for this year’s state tournament (eight in Class 3A, four in Class 2A and six in Class 1A)
- Six wrestlers are attempting to win their third straight state title.
- Four of these wrestlers are seniors; Marcus Coleman (Ames), Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake), Brody Teske (Fort Dodge), Bryce West (Solon)
- Two are juniors; Chase Shiltz (Creston/Orient-Macksburg) and Alex Thomsen (Underwood)
- 25 total four time Iowa state wrestling champions
- Zero wrestlers have a chance to win a fourth straight title this year
- 82 total three time Iowa state wrestling champions (As noted above, there are six wrestlers that have a chance at it this year)
- 23 undefeated wrestlers heading into the state tournament (10 in Class 3A, 3 in Class 2A, 10 in Class 1A) with Chase Shiltz (52-0) of Creston/Orient-Macksburg in Class 2A (182) as the only 50-win undefeated wrestler in the state of Iowa
Be sure to watch all of the action on CSN or live stream via the NBC Sports App beginning with the semifinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. all the way through the championship matches on Saturday night.
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After 26.2 miles of winding through the packed streets of Chicago on a quintessential day to run, with unbeatable forty-degree fall temperatures, the men’s 2019 Chicago Marathon came down to one second.
Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono outkicked Ethiopian runners Debela Dejene and Asefa Mengstu in the final 400 meters to win the men’s elite race. After running 26 miles and some change, the top three band of runners looked like they were coming down the home stretch of an 800-meter track race rather than the final minute of their endurance run.
Long-winded, yet determined to fight for first, Cherono, Dejene, and Mengstu finished within three seconds of each other – the closest podium finish in Chicago Marathon history. It was such a close margin that the entourage of people gathering around the finish and crowding Michigan Ave. had to crane their necks to see Cherono cross first.
Some may have been surprised that British distance runner Mo Farah, last year’s champion, wasn’t in the mix. Farah competed again this year but finished more than four minutes off his winning time last year of 2:05:11.
Leading the men’s elite field this October, Cherono ran a 2:05:45, topping his winning time from April's Boston Marathon (2:07:57). He is the first man since 2006 to win both titles in the same year – the latter, secured in a second.
Greatness and Chicago sports seem to go hand-in-hand.
Brigid Kosgei won the women's elite title at Sunday's 2019 Chicago Marathon, clocking in at a swift 2:14:04. The 25-year-old broke the previous marathon world record, which Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25) set at the London Marathon in 2003. Kosgei also won the women's elite title at the 2018 Chicago Marathon.
Kosgei and Radcliffe came together for a celebratory photo after Sunday's race.
Lawrence Cherono won the men's elite title with a time of 2:05:45, narrowly beating Dejene Debela, who finished one second back.