Gaes ends runner-up at state tourney

Alta-Aurelia senior Nick Gaes advanced to the championship match at 220 pounds at the class 1A individual state tournament Feb. 16 in Des Moines and finished runner-up.

Gaes, 40-1 record for the season, fell to Garet Sims of Iowa Valley, 52-0, by a major decision, 13-4.

Gaes had won all three previous matches at state by falls. He beat Tanner Hagen of West Hancock, in 1:06; he beat Luke Recker of East Buchanan, in 0:52 and beat Garrett Keechner of MFL, MarMac in the semifinals in 0:44.

Gaes was seeking to be the first Alta-Aurelia, Aurelia or Aurelia-Galva-Holstein champion.

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