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Hayden Taylor makes Solon history Marty places 6th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– Hayden Taylor willed himself to a third state title.
The Solon junior dominated the Class 2A field at 160 pounds and took his place at the top of the podium during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines Saturday, Feb. 20.
Taylor worked his way to the title match with a technical fall in the first round, a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinal and a major decision in the semifinal.
He squared off against second-ranked, undefeated Wyatt Appleseth of Panorama in the 160-pound final, earning a 7-2 victory.
Taylor scored a takedown in the first period, an escape in the second and outscored Appleseth 4-2 in the final period, allowing the two points on escapes.
Taylor became the first Solon wrestler to win three state individual championships.
“Solon has never had anyone win two, let alone three titles in wrestling,” said Solon Co-Head Coach Aaron Hadenfeldt. “He's rewriting the record books here and he'll be able to look back on it someday and be proud of what he's done at Solon. We sure are.”
Taylor will have an opportunity to become Iowa’s 30th four-time champion in 2022.
He and Gage Marty were Solon’s lone qualifiers in the state tournament. Marty, wrestling at 220 pounds, racked up three wins during his second trip to state and placed sixth.
The two Spartans finished with 33.5 points, good for 17th among all 2A teams. West Delaware was first in the team scoring with 150 points.
“Even though fan attendance was limited, it still felt like the state tournament,” Hadenfeldt reported. “Having both guys wrestling on Saturday meant we had two guys placing, which is a great way to end an interesting year.”
Taylor earned a 20-5 technical fall over River Belger of West Burlington/Notre Dame, while Marty took an 11-6 decision against Tino Tamayo of Charles City on opening day.
Marty dropped a close 4-2 decision in the quarterfinal to Crew Howard of Clarinda, falling to the consolation bracket, where he picked up a 12-5 decision over Jordan Anderson of Emmetsburg and a pin of West Lyon’s Easton Fleshman (3:38). He lost a 6-3 decision East Marshall’s Conner Murty in the consolation semifinals and was defeated in sudden victory (Fall, 6:48) to Treyton Burnikel of Crestwood in the fifth-place match.
“Gage Marty is right there with the best in the state,” Hadenfeldt stated. “He went toe-to-toe with the kid who ended up winning that bracket– he's there with the best of them. The next step for Gage is getting him to believe in himself and what he can do. There's not anybody out there that works harder than Gage and I believe his state tournament finish will help fuel him during the offseason to become a state champion. I know that's his goal and I know he's willing to put the work in. We're excited to be getting him back for one more year.”
Marty was one of two juniors to place in a senior-heavy field.
With a 9-2 decision over Landon Kirby of Grinnell, Taylor advanced to the semifinals, where he won by major decision (20-6) over Davenport Assumption’s Allen Catour.
“Seeing the look on Hayden's face after his finals match is why we coach– you could see how happy he was to get that accomplishment,” Hadenfeldt noted. “You coach because of the relationships you develop and to help kids reach their highest level. It is satisfying when they reach their goals because you see all of the extra work that goes into it. Good things happen to good people and we've got good kids here at Solon.”
Taylor concluded his season at 39-0. He was 52-0 last year at 145 pounds.
“I don't think many people realize the commitment it takes to do what he does,” Hadenfeldt observed. “He's obviously talented and is doing things that have never been done before, but it's so many little things that he does that go into it. Extra workouts, extra miles on his family vehicles, sacrificing time away from family and friends, the list goes on and not many people see that. It's impressive to say the least. The scary thing is that he's got so much room to grow and he knows that. He's not even close to his ceiling yet and that's exciting.”
Hadenfeldt extended his thanks to all of the parents and workers who made the season possible.
“We call our wrestling team a family and we believe that's what it is,” he said. “It's a bunch of people working together towards a common goal and we couldn't do it without them.”

IHSAA State Championships Results
2A Team Scores
1. West Delaware 150.0
2. Osage 96.0
3. Independence 81.0
4. Crestwood, Cresco 79.0
5. Centerville 51.5
6. NH/TV 48.0
7. Notre Dame/W.B./Danville 47.5
8. East Marshall, LeGrand 42.5
9. Union, LaPorte City 40.0
10. Webster City 39.0
11. Central Lyon-G-LR 36.0
11. Forest City 36.0
11. Winterset 36.0
14. Camanche 35.0
14. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 35.0
16. Assumption, Davenport 34.0
17. SOLON 33.5

IHSAA State Championships Results for Solon
Hayden Taylor (39-0) placed 1st and scored 24.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Hayden Taylor (Solon) 39-0 won by tech fall over River Belger (Notre Dame/W.B./Danville) 25-12 (TF-1.5 4:45 (20-5))
Quarterfinal - Hayden Taylor (Solon) 39-0 won by decision over Landon Kirby (Grinnell) 29-7 (Dec 9-2)
Semifinal - Hayden Taylor (Solon) 39-0 won by major decision over Allen Catour (Assumption, Davenport) 23-4 (MD 20-6)
1st Place Match - Hayden Taylor (Solon) 39-0 won by decision over Wyatt Appleseth (Panorama) 46-1 (Dec 7-2)

Gage Marty (35-11) placed 6th and scored 9.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Gage Marty (Solon) 35-11 won by decision over Tino Tamayo (Charles City) 25-15 (Dec 11-6)
Quarterfinal - Crew Howard (Clarinda) 47-3 won by decision over Gage Marty (Solon) 35-11 (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Gage Marty (Solon) 35-11 won by decision over Jordan Anderson (Emmetsburg) 29-4 (Dec 12-5)
Cons. Round 3 - Gage Marty (Solon) 35-11 won by fall over Easton Fleshman (West Lyon, Inwood) 30-8 (Fall 3:38)
Cons. Semi - Conner Murty (East Marshall, LeGrand) 34-2 won by decision over Gage Marty (Solon) 35-11 (Dec 6-3)
5th Place Match - Treyton Burnikel (Crestwood, Cresco) 26-4 won in SV-1 by fall over Gage Marty (Solon) 35-11 (SV-1 (Fall) 6:48)