Seven Panther wrestlers named All-SEC

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The Southeast Conference released its All-Conference wrestling list this weekend and Mt. Pleasant is well represented. The Panthers had seven wrestlers named to the two squads with three making the first team and four making the second team.

The Panthers were tied for the second-most names on the list. Ft. Madison also had seven wrestlers named. Washington was first with eight names. Fairfield and Keokuk each had two wrestlers honored.

The Panthers were represented in the two lightest weights on the first team. Sophomore Corbin Broeker, who made his first trip to the state tournament this year, got on at 106 lbs., and junior Brayden Ackles made the first team at 113 lbs.

Dalton Bass ended his wrestling career with a first-team All-SEC selection. The Panther senior earned a first-team spot at 220 lbs.

Mt. Pleasant had one wrestler in each class represent the Panthers on the second team. Sophomore Tyler Raub was named to the team at 126 lbs. Senior Garrett Boecker made the team at 160 lbs. James DeMeyer, a junior, earned his sopt at 170 lbs., and freshman Brennen Bender made his All-Conference debut at 182 lbs.

Mt. Pleasant was also represented real in the classroom. Seven names, including managers and cheerleaders, were named to the All-Conference Academic team. Only seniors and juniors are eligible for those spots.

Listed below are the full All-Conference wrestling teams, as well as Mt. Pleasant?s All-Academic names. The athlete?s grade in school is listed in parenthesis.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC: 106: Corbin Broeker (10), Mt. Pleasant. 113: Brayden Ackles (11), Mt. Pleasant. 120: Walker Ikerd (11), Washington. 126: Ft. Madison (12), Ryan Steffensmeier (12). 132: Dillan Sanders (10), Washington. 138: Matt Wyatt (12), Keokuk. 145: Aaron Steffensmeier (12), Ft. Madison. 152: Harlan Steffensmeier (12), Ft. Madison. 160: Dylan Jeffers (10), Keokuk. 170: Tristin Westphal-Edward (11), Washington. 182: Collin Murphy (12), Washington. 195: Sam Hayes (11), Ft. Madison. 220: Dalton Bass (12), Mt. Pleasant. 285: Brendon Lunsford (12), Fairfield.

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC: 106: Elton Kruse (11), Ft. Madison. 113: Jonah Cooper (10), Fairfield. 120: Dayne Cordray (11), Ft. Madison. 126: Tyler Raub (10), Mt. Pleasant. 132: Nathan Steffensmeier (10), Ft. Madison. 138: Garrett Ikerd (11), Washington. 145: David Hora (11), Washington. 152: Kiowa Keith (12), Washington. 160: Garrett Boecker (12), Mt. Pleasant. 170: James DeMeyer (11), Mt. Pleasant. 182: Brennen Bender (9), Mt. Pleasant. 195: Tanner Murphy (12), Washington. 220: Dannen Settles (10), Ft. Madison. 285: Mitchell Huisenga (12), Washington.

MT. PLEASANT ALL ACADEMIC SELECTIONS: Brayden Ackles (11), Zach Beason (11), Conner Coleman (12), Abe Wilson (11), Lyndi Vantiger (11, Manager), Morgan McQuire (11, Manager) and Julia Pross (12, Cheerleader).