Barr brings home runner-up medal for Vikings
DES MOINES -- Of the 84 Iowa wrestlers competing in Saturday night’s state championship finals, the vast majority got their start in the sport long before seventh grade.
AHSTW senior Tim Barr, however, is one of those rare exceptions.
And while Barr’s amazing season and three-day state meet run didn’t end with him standing on the top step of the medalist podium at Wells Fargo Arena, countless kids who have wrestled since kindergarten would have traded places with him in a heartbeat.
Ranked sixth at 170 pounds by The Predicament, Barr made an impressive run all the way to Saturday’s state finals before losing the Class 1-A championship match to top-ranked sophomore Tanner Sloan of Alburnett by an 8-0 major decision.
Barr, from Shelby, finished his first state tournament with a 3-1 record, one pin and a runner-up medal, making him 54-2 on the season. He was the Vikings’ first state finalist since Heath Lamp - now a junior high coach at AHSTW - claimed a state title in 2003.