Maxwell Mintle flips his opponent off the mat and slips in a half nelson in his victory over Van Meter’s Korbin Barck. Mintle’s tech fall victory over Barck secured a second-place district finish and punched his ticket to the state wrestling meet.
Lynnville-Sully’s Maxwell Mintle, a sophomore wrestling at 152 pounds, has punched his ticket to the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s state championships after earning second place at the Class 1A District 5 tournament on Saturday, Feb. 12. The state meet will be held Feb. 17-19.
Mintle is the son of Brent Mintle and April Laverman and boasts a 28-3 record this season. He will face Gabe McGeough, a senior from MFL MarMac (37-1), in the first round of Class 1A state wrestling on Thursday, Feb. 17. Class 1A’s first round will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Mintle is no stranger to the big stage as he has racked up numerous honors and medals from his extensive youth seasons wrestling at the AAU level. Mintle’s freshman season in 2020-21 was cut short due to injury. This year marks Mintle’s first high school state championship qualification, and the sophomore is looking forward to the challenge of wrestling among Iowa’s top grapplers.
For more information about Iowa’s wrestling state championships, visit https://www.iahsaa.org/wrestling/state-tournament-central/. Tickets for state wrestling must be purchased in advance online. To purchase tickets, or to find the livestream link for Mintle’s state matches, visit www.lshawks.com, click on the appropriate links at the top of the page, and follow the prompts.
Sophomore Maxwell Mintle qualified for the Class 1A Iowa State Wrestling Meet after finishing in second place in the 152-pound weight division at the district level on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Pleasant-ville.
Mintle first competed against Jacob Himstra of Pleasantville, where he pinned his opponent in 3:21. In the first place champion-ship round, he faced Ryan Stiles of Earlham, where Mintle was pinned in 1:51. For second and third placing, he fought Korbin Barck of Van Meter. A lot of pressure was riding on this match as the winner would get a ticket to “The Well.” Mintle was successful on his feet, as he was declared the winner with a tech fall.
Freshman Terran Gosselink also competed at the district meet, placing fourth in the 132-pound weight class. Facing off with Elliot Cooney of Nodaway Valley, Gosselink was defeated in a fall of 1:49. He next saw Mason Drake of Van Meter, but fell in 5:39. Gosselink’s freshman wrestling season ended with a 32-14 record.
The first round of Class 1A at the state wrestling meet will start at 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, Feb. 17. Go Hawks!