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Iowa's best high school wrestlers: Meet the state's top 113-pounders

Some of the top 113-pound Iowa prep wrestlers

By Dana Becker 

Photo of Max Bishop by Brit Kudla 

Over the next couple of weeks, we will look at the top Iowa high school wrestlers by weight class. Today, we highlight the 113-pounders.

Please note, these rankings are primarily based on where the wrestlers competed last season, as most have yet to determine which weight they plan to compete at in the upcoming season. 

Koufax Christensen, Waukee Northwest, junior

All Christensen did as a sophomore was make school history, becoming the first-ever state wrestling champion from Waukee Northwest. He went 39-3, overall, capturing the Class 3A title a year after finishing as the runner-up to Southeast Polk’s Nathanel Jesuroga.

Christensen also claimed the Augustana freestyle/Greco title, was a CIML champion and was third at Iowa/USA state freestyle.

Blake Gioimo, Cedar Rapids Prairie, senior

Had it not been for Koufax Christensen, Blake Gioimo would have finally earned his state title last winter. Instead, he had to settle for a second silver, falling in the Class 3A finals to Christensen, 1-0. Gioimo, who committed to Iowa State, was a state qualifier as a freshman and a runner-up as a sophomore. He has gone 62-2 over the last two seasons.

Eli Becerra, Missouri Valley, junior

Another returning champion, Becerra rolled to the Class 1A title a year after losing in the finals to Kale Petersen by decision. He has gone 83-3 in his high school career and was also first at Mayhem at Midland and second at the Midwest Classic Nationals.

Bowen Downey, Indianola, senior

As he prepares for his final prep season on the mat, Downey tries to secure that elusive state title. He was third last year, finishing 41-4, and third as a sophomore, when he recorded a 37-7 mark. Downey also placed third at Boys National HS Recruiting Showcase and was sixth at Iowa/USA State Freestyle.

Carson Doolittle, Webster City, junior

The little brother of current Duke wrestler Drake Doolittle, Carson Doolittle is carving out his own resume. He was third last year in Class 2A, finishing 41-4 a year after going 36-5 and placing third as a freshman. He also competed on the Night of Conflict card and was second at Iowa/USA State Freestyle.

Kolton Munson, Ogden, junior

Munson completed his sophomore season with a Class 1A silver medal, finishing 47-2 for Ogden. Munson was making his second state appearance after placing seventh as a ninth-grader.

Corbin Reisz, Logan-Magnolia, sophomore

For his first prep season on the mat, Logan-Magnolia’s Corbin Reisz secured a medal, placing third overall in Class 1A. He was 45-4 and also competed on the Night of Conflict card and was second at Iowa/USA State Freestyle along with third at Iowa/USA State Greco.

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Max Bishop, Fort Dodge, senior

A two-time state medalist, Fort Dodge senior Max Bishop looks to build off his fourth-place finish in Class 3A last year. Bishop went 29-12, a year after placing seventh with 21 wins. He was also third at the Independence Freestyle Tournament.

Kaiden Dietzenbach, Notre Dame, Burlington, sophomore

Be on the lookout for this one, as Notre Dame, Burlington sophomore Kaiden Dietzenbach finished fourth in Class 2A. He saw the mat 20 times, winning 16 matches. Dietzenbach was also fifth at the Super 32 Early Entry qualifier in Kansas City and took second at the Mark Reiland Memorial Freestyle.

Connor Fiser, Bondurant-Farrar, junior

Despite being on one of the smaller Class 3A teams, Bondurant-Farrar’s Connor Fiser reached the podium last year, placing fifth after going 41-6. He is a three-time Fargo All-American, having finished fourth, fifth and eighth and also was fourth at the 2022 US Marine Corps 16U and eighth at Junior Nationals.

Vincent Mayberry, Glenwood, junior

Glenwood’s Vincent Mayberry has had a big offseason, securing first at the Bill Smith Classic along with being first at the Iowa/USA Freestyle/Greco LCQ. For his sophomore high school season, Mayberry was fifth in Class 2A, posting a record of 43-3.

Tegan Slaybaugh, AC/GC, junior

Slaybaugh comes into his junior season having scored a state medal last year in Class 1A, placing fourth with an overall record of 41-11.

Brody Brisker, Wilton, junior

A two-time state qualifier and medalist, Wilton junior Brody Brisker has won 99 matches, overall, going 48-3 last year and 51-6 the season before. Brisker finished fifth a year ago at state in Class 1A and was fourth as a freshman.

Zane Behrends, Waverly-Shell Rock, junior

One of the top wrestlers from a deep Waverly-Shell Rock lineup, junior Zane Behrends earned sixth in Class 3A a season ago, compiling a record of 31-12. As a ninth-grader, Behrends was 32-9 on the mat and finished sixth.

JJ Maihan, Ankeny, senior

Maihan is looking to claim another Class 3A state medal. Last year, Maihan was seventh, going 27-13 overall. He also placed second at the Iowa/USA Freestyle/Greco LCQ this summer.

Steele Diercks, Bettendorf, sophomore

When you can get into the Bettendorf lineup as a freshman, you have a bright, bright future. That is what Steele Diercks did, going 32-6 and placing eighth in Class 3A. Diercks’ resume also includes a second at Iowa/USA State Freestyle, a fifth at Iowa/USA State Greco, a second at the Mark Reiland Memorial in Greco and a third in freestyle.

Hayden Helgeson, Lake Mills, sophomore

Another of the young pups, Helgeson of Lake Mills won 44 matches as a freshman and earned a seventh place medal in Class 1A.

Brayden Bohnsack, Union, LaPorte City, sophomore

For his first prep season, Union, LaPorte City’s Brayden Bohnsack finished 41-8 overall and placed eighth in Class 2A at state.

Brayden Maeder, Southwest Valley, junior

An eighth place finisher in Class 1A at state last year, Southwest Valley’s Brayden Maeder won 38 matches. He also was seventh at the Midwest Classic Nationals.