Walters qualifying for State in wrestling, basketball accolades and archers qualifying for Nationals highlight first three months in sports in 2019

Reid Walters (top) tries to overturn Logan Escher of Washington during his first round match at State. Walters lost to Escher by an 8-4 decision.

The main highlight in sports over the first three months of 2019 was Chariton senior 195-pound wrestler Reid Walters qualifying for the State Tournament in Des Moines. Walters placed second at sectionals and Districts to qualify for the State Tournament. He wrestled two close matches at State that he lost to finish the season at 17-10.

Another highlight was Chariton native and University of Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson foregoing his final two seasons at Iowa and deciding to enter the NFL Draft, which was historic and caused a lot of excitement for people in Chariton. The NFL Draft takes place in late April, which will be mentioned during the next three months in review.

Also, Chariton had a number of players selected to the All-Conference boys and girls basketball teams with freshman point guard Emma Rector and senior forward Nathan Weaver being named to the All-SCC First Team. Each earned extra accolades as well as Rector was named to the All-Area Region 7 team put out by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and Weaver was named to the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Substate Team.

Three Chariton archers including high school senior Kaden Gray and middle school archers Stuart Masters and Sammie Zuel each qualified for the Archery Nationals in Louisville, Ky., at the State meet in Des Moines March 9.

Read the December 26, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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