Sadler finishes wrestling career with a state championship!
The Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament took place at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, on February 15-17. Jesup had just one qualifier, senior Brian Sadler.

Sadler began his tournament with a fall in just 49 seconds over Bedford Lennox's Kyler Christensen. This win put Brian into the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

Sadler was then leading his quarterfinals match 5-0 before pinning Darlyn Marquez, from West Sioux in 5:38. The win over Marquez put Sadler into the semifinals on Friday night.

In one of the last matches of the night on Friday, Sadler, ranked #1, would be wrestling Belmond-Klemme's Cameron Beminio, ranked #5. Sadler dominated his semifinal match 3-0 before pinning Beminio in 3:24, the second period.

Sadler had pinned his way into the finals on Saturday night. He would face a familiar opponent in Chase Arends, of Dike-New Hartford. The two wrestlers have been NICL conference foes since middle school as well as opponents in their pee wee years of wrestling. This year Sadler had pinned Arends at their dual in Dike, at the NICL conference tourney in Denver as well as at sectionals and districts. Sadler would then go on to shine on the biggest stage in high school wrestling, the finals on Saturday night.

A large fan base from Jesup was in attendance to witness Jesup's first state champ since 2011. Sadler put on a quick show, but a dominating one, pinning Arends in a mere 52 seconds.

Sadler was one of only two wrestlers who pinned their way through the state tournament this year.

Jesup only had one wrestler wrestling in the tournament, but Sadler scored the most team points individually in the tournament, with 30 points.

Sadler ends his wrestling career with a high school win-loss record of 163-13. He came close to Beau Westpfahl's career win record of 166, but had fewer losses than Beau.

Of Sadler's 163 wins, 127 of those wins were pins, which sets the bar high for the new career pin record at Jesup. Sadler ends his career as a three-time NICL conference champ, a three-time state qualifier, earning 4th as a sophomore, 3rd as a junior, and state champion as a senior.

Brian has committed to play division 1 football for the Iowa Hawkeyes next fall.
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