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—Grand View Athletics File Photo Fort Dodge State Champion Carson Taylor will wrestle for Grand View when they face Iowa State at Humboldt Gym on Sunday.

HUMBOLDT — The moment Carson Taylor walks into the Humboldt gym on Sunday will become a family tradition.

The Fort Dodge graduate will be in contention for best Grand View when he takes on Iowa State at the Humboldt gym.

It starts at 2 p.m. in the Humboldt gymnasium

Taylor’s father, Chris Taylor, a 1996 Humboldt graduate, was a two-time state qualifier for the Wildcats.

“I’ve waited so long to wrestle this Iowa State dual,” Taylor said. “I couldn’t be more excited to face off against Division I wrestlers in a crowded gym at my dad’s old high school.”

Taylor, who was state champion for Fort Dodge, is the highest ranked NAIA wrestler at 133 pounds. In the first tournament of the season, Taylor won the Grand View Open.

“”I felt really good and happy with how I wrestled overall,” Taylor said. “There are some things to sharpen, but yeah, things went pretty well for my first tournament.

“Starting #1 looks cool, but I know rankings mean nothing and I’m ready to wrestle anyone like it’s my toughest match I’ll have.”

The Grand View sophomore is already a two-time All-American, finishing third a year ago and fourth in his freshman season.

“It will be fun to show everyone what we’ve been working on all summer,” Taylor said. “It’s the first duel since 2013 that we were underdogs and it’s nice because we have something to prove.”

Tournament went pretty well.

“Starting #1 looks cool, but I know rankings mean nothing and I’m ready to wrestle anyone like it’s my toughest match I’ll have.”

The Grand View sophomore is already a two-time All-American, finishing third a year ago and fourth in his freshman season.

“It will be fun to show everyone what we’ve been working on all summer,” Taylor said. “It’s the first duel since 2013 that we were underdogs and it’s nice because we have something to prove.”

The dual also marks the second year in a row that Humboldt grad Kevin Dresser has returned to his high school gym.

“Last year I haven’t been to a competitive game in this gym since 1981.” said dresser. “It was fun getting back in and it was a great crowd.

“I’m glad we can do it again. That was a good experience last year.”

Dresser was a two-time state champion for the Wildcats and was also a national champion for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

“Intimate is the right word and everything is relative in life”, said dresser. “I’d rather be in a crowded high school with 1,500 fans than a 10,000 stadium with 1,500.

“The guys that wrestled last year loved it. It was great to see how much fun the boys had. The fans were right on top of you and it was super crazy and loud.”

Grand View head coach Nick Mitchell is looking forward to stepping on the mat against Iowa State.

“We’re definitely looking forward to Sunday,” Mitchell said. “Of course, it’s extra special for guys like Carson Taylor and Shea Ruffridge (Pocahontas Region graduate) who hail from this part of the state.

“We know the fans up there are excited about wrestling and we’re certainly looking forward to the energy.”

Clarion Goldfield alumni Tanner Abbas and Reed Abbas, and Algona’s Andrew Hamilton are all on Grand View’s list.

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