What we learned from Nevada's Kaden Weber placing seventh at 106 in 2A during state wrestling

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Nevada sophomore Kaden Weber placed seventh at 106 pounds in Class 2A during his first state wrestling tournament last Thursday through Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Weber ended up with an outstanding 39-2 record on the season.

Nevada sophomore Kaden Weber fought his way back from a tough break in the quarterfinals to place seventh at 106 pounds in Class 2A during the state wrestling meet last Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines.

Weber saw his dream of a state title end in the quarterfinals when he was disqualified after taking a 4-1 against Sergeant Bluff-Luton's Ethan Skoglund.

“(The ref) called potentially dangerous because we had an arm trapped and we lifted him up in the air,” Nevada head coach Lonnie Ferguson said. “He wasn’t able to defend himself.” 

Weber admitted the loss got to him mentally, but he rebounded to finish 3-2 at state, capping off his first tournament with a 3-1 victory over Grinnell's Dylan Heater in the seventh-place match Saturday.

"That one call second match messed with my mind, but I learned from it," Weber said. "I came back and wanted to win my last match of the season. I knew I could do it. The last match, I just wrestled with my heart and put it all out on the line."

Weber opened the tournament with a 10-2 win by major decision over Crestwood's Mitchell Schmauss.

"I wanted more turns, but I think I was pretty good neutral," Weber said. "I feel like I should've done more. But 10-2, I'll take it."

Weber rebounded from the loss to Skoglund on Friday with an 8-2 victory Carroll's Dreylen Schweitzer. Weber lost by an 8-2 decision to Atlantic-CAM's Aiden Smith in the consolation third round Friday to set up his victory over Heater.

"You know his goals and it was hard coming back, but he bounced back and got into the medal round," Ferguson said. "His ankle was hurting a little bit, but he went out there and we just said hey, just have fun and do what you want. Just wrestle. He did and he looked like he was having a good time. It was a good season."

Weber ended the season at 39-2.