Feb 19

Busse Earns Medal, Has Sights Set for More Moving Forward

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Des Moines, Iowa — In his third straight trip to the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Humboldt junior Joey Busse finally got over the hump.

Busse earned a medal and a trip to the podium, placing sixth in the 145-pound weight class. Busse defeated Clear Creek Amana’s Andrew Rohret in the first round, 8-4, that got his weekend off to a fast start.

Earning a first round win on Thursday secures wrestlers the rest of the day off.

Resuming Friday, Busse drew Saydel senior Klayton Keller. In a hard fought match, Busse fell to Keller, 4-2,  which would mean Busse would need to win his next match to find himself on the podium.

He drew Camanche’s Eric Campie in the second round consolation.

Camanche High School has been a bit of a thorn in the side of the Humboldt wrestling program, causing what head coach Chad Beaman referred to as the “Camanche Curse.”

Humboldt wrestlers have squared off with a Camanche wrestler in each of the past three tournaments at state, with the Camanche wrestler knocking off Humboldt’s each time.

This time Humboldt got the upper-hand, as Busse broke the “curse” defeating Campie 4-1.

It set up another epic rematch with Colton Vest of South Tama. Vest defeated Busse in Busse’s freshman year to knock him out, but yet again, Busse dealt sweet revenge.

Busse edged out Vest 11-8, setting him up with the chance to either finish 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th.

That was awesome. I was still bitter from my freshman year, I thought I had him on takedown that year but the ref didn’t. This year I got it done. Didn’t need any questionable calls, just went out there with a chip on my shoulder and got it done” said Busse of his rematch with Vest.

Following a loss on the winner’s side of the bracket, it was C-G-D’s Tanner Abbas who Busse would face — yet again — for a chance to win the consolation bracket.

However, for the 5th time this season it was Abbas who defeated Busse, this time by major decision, 10-2.

I tried to get on [Abbas] early, throw my hands, get going at him. When Tanner comes at you that’s when he starts to tech kids and beat kids bad. I tried to just stay on him. It obviously didn’t go my way but I thought I wrestled well”  Busse explained.

Asked if he’s sad to see Abbas to graduate, Busse simply laughed.

He’s one of the best people I’ve ever wrestled, he’s a great competitor. We’ll probably train together this summer, as well” Busse mentioned.

While Busse was relegated to the 5th place match, it still set up another chance at revenge as he drew Keller, who defeated Busse earlier in the tournament.

Keller, however, would get the best of Busse again.

The Saydel grappler earned a fall victory in 3:43 to capture 5th. Busse while a bit deflated, was pleased with his efforts and his trip to the podium.

This is really going to help me, the last two years I came up short and really close. I came down here with a different mindset, just getting here wasn’t good enough for me anymore” Busse said following his tournament.

Undoubtedly as the lone junior on the podium, Busse enters next year as favorite not only to return to state, but to perhaps find himself as a state champion. Busse said he isn’t worried about the expectations those around him, or even he puts on himself.

I don’t and won’t look at the rankings [next year]. It doesn’t matter. Records don’t matter. I’m going to hit the weights, get stronger, get faster.”

Hopefully it all works out where I get to come back here next year and wrestle on Saturday night.”