Decorah Viking senior Philip Ihde has become the 61st Decorah Viking wrestler in Program History to earn a State Tournament individual medal by finishing in fourth place at the 126 pound weight class in the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines.
Ihde began State Wrestling Tournament competition Thursday by beating Kolby Hulett, a freshman from Creston/O-M, winning by fall at 5:41. Ihde then beat Jalen Schropp from Williamsburg, winning by a 2-1 margin. He then faced Eric Faught from Clear Lake and lost an 8-1 decision. But Ihde rebounded in his next match, earning a spot as one of four finalists by beating Kole Hansen from Atlantic-CAM by fall at 5:01. Ihde then faced Kayden Kauzlarich from Centerville and lost a 6-4 decision, but still earned an individual medal after three wins and two losses at State.
Ihde joins 60 other Decorah Viking wrestlers who have earned a total of 83 state medals over the last 60 years.