Two members of the GRNT-GC wrestling squad will be putting their talents on display in districts after advancing through hard-fought sectional matches over the weekend.
Omar Martinez and Ethan Erhardt were runner-ups in their weight classes and have moved on.
Martinez, who competed at 132 pounds, had to wrestle four times on the day for the Rebelhawks. He won his first match by fall before dropping a major decision to eventual champion Wyatt Forsyth of Charles City in the semifinals.
Martinez saved his day with back-to-back pins of East Marshall/GMG's Talon Roseland and top-seeded Like Bahr of Iowa Falls-Aiden. The second took Martinez just 34 seconds to pin, improving his record to 35-19 on the season.
"He has had to come from behind all year," co-coach Rick Samuelson told the Times-Republican following the match. "He busts his tail, and we keep telling him if you put in the effort, good things will happen."
Erhardt, meanwhile, will be participating in districts for the second consecutive season. Erhardt went 1-1 with both a win and loss by fall.
"Ethan did what he had to do today," Samuelson said. "Both he and Omar have put in the time. They deserve this."
Samuelson also made a point to stress the effort the team has put in as a unit all year long.
"All of our kids got better as the season went on," Samuelson said. "We are very young. We need to just see the end of the tunnel and keep fighting. Good things will happen for us eventually, and they did for Omar and Ethan today."