Great season ends with heartbreaks at State

Carter Fousek takes first place on the podium at the Waverly-Shell Rock High School eight-man bracket. (Submitted)

Two local youth went into the Iowa Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Wrestling Tournament with great records and high hopes. Alas, they just fell short of bringing home a championship to Howard County.
Both first graders finished with impressive records. Carter Fousek had a record of 48-5 with 39 pins and Bryce Shea had a record of 39-6.
Dad Clint Fousek stated, “Carter has wrestled about every weekend since Thanksgiving all over Iowa and Southeast Minnesota, beating some of the best kids from around the tri-state area, also kids from Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota.


Bryce Shea is atop his opponent, ready for the match to begin. (Submitted)

We have traveled to places from Winona and Blooming Prairie in Minnesota and Cedar Rapids and Lake Mills, Iowa, sometimes getting up at 6:30 in the morning so we can make 9:00 weigh-ins.”
The proud dad added, “Carter has dominated most of his opponents this year. If anyone sees Carter you can ask him if he likes wrestling, and he gets this big shy toothless smile.”
Going to the big house was disconcerting for the young grappler. He lost his first two matches, which had never happened in his short career. He lost to Tyler Roling of Cedar Rapids 5-6, then to his buddy and wrestling practice partner, Bryce Shea of Lime Springs, 3-7.
“Carter says even the best have bad days, and I guess he is due for a bad day once in awhile. Since Carter started wrestling in pre-school, he has racked up a pretty impressive record of 109-11 with 71 pins. Melanie and I are very proud,” Clint declared.
Bryce fared a little better at state, but also missed the podium. He won two and lost two.
His parents, Jessica, whose father and brother wrestled at Waverly, and Matt, whose brother Andy and dad Don wrestled for Crestwood, also traveled all over the area to attend wrestling meets. Jessica joked, “We put a lot of miles on the vehicle this winter.” Some of the towns she mentioned were West Salem, Wis.; Pine Island, Minn.; and Charles City, Nashua, Cresco, Waverly, Waukon and Monona, Iowa.
She explained the process of getting to State. “When practice started, there were about 50 kids signed up. By the end there were about 15.” The boys started with the Cresco Youth Wrestling Club. They would practice at the high school with coach Mike Adams on Tuesdays. Coach Lee Sill agreed to volunteer his time for another practice day on Thursdays at the Fitness Center.
The boys’ brothers are also involved in sports. Hunter Fousek wrestles in an older league and Caleb Shea likes soccer and baseball.
Both of the boys really enjoy wrestling and look like they will be huge contenders in the years to come.


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