In an event where the celebrations are almost as entertaining and exciting as the action that create them, Phillip Laux (No.4 @ 103) was reserved and business-like similar to his performance. Laux scored five takedowns beating West Des Moines Valley’s Jake Koethe, 12-3, in the 103-pound championship.
Laux avoided any demonstrations or leaps into a coach’s arms and signed his bout sheet and left the mat area.
“I have to think of this as just another tournament,” Laux said. “Even after the state tournament there is more work to be done.”
His teammate Jack Hathaway (No.14 @ 125) didn’t let anything slow him down, including head trauma. Hathaway complained of a possible concussion suffered during the first takedown in a 6-1 win over Bettendorf’s Connor Ryan at 125.
Hathaway said he smacked heads with Ryan as he scored his first takedown and saw flashes, which persisted throughout the match. he was still able to add another escape and takedown.
“I tried to stay focused on the match though,” Hathaway said. “It wasn’t the toughest thing to do but it wasn’t very easy either.
“I wanted it pretty bad. I worked my butt off this year.”