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Justin Koethe (H.M. @ 160) DQ’d for Illegal Slam

19 Feb Posted by in Iowa Wrestling | Comments
Justin Koethe (H.M. @ 160) DQ’d for Illegal Slam

The boo birds were chirping Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

They were protesting a decision made by an athletic trainer from Iowa State University that ended the 160-pound semifinal match at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament between Sioux City East’s Ethan Lara and top-ranked Justin Koethe (HM @ 160) of Iowa City West.

Lara dislocated his left shoulder when he was illegally slammed to the mat late in the first period. He trailed 4-3 at the time, but he was declared the winner by injury default and qualified for tonight’s state finals.

“He’s fine,” East coach Vince Pederson said of Lara (22-4), the lone Northwest Iowan to advance to the finals.

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