DES MOINES - The Iowa Lakes wrestlers competed against top collegiate competition at the Grandview Open in Des Moines on Saturday.
Skyler Rice was the lone placer and had a great day making the semifinals before losing to Iowa wrestler Cory Clark by fall. Rice then won his next match, which set him up for the third-place match but he came up short and ended the day with a strong fourth-place finish.
"I thought the guys wrestled hard and we came away with some good things on Saturday," said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. "We have competed in some strong opens all year but none of them were as strong as Grandview. Several Div. 1 teams such as Iowa State, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Northern Iowa had several wrestlers there plus Grand View who is the top team in NAIA. It makes for some very competitive wrestling. The guys fought hard throughout the day and that was the type of competition that gets you ready for National Tournament time."
Other guys with strong efforts were Nick Lawrence at 174 pounds, and Glenn Cothren at 197 and Jeff Erickson at heavyweight. Lawrence lost just one match before placing and went 4-2 on the day. Both Cothren and Erickson went 2-2 on the day and wrestled well.
This coming week the wrestlers travel to take on NIACC on Thursday night in Mason City before heading down to Iowa Falls to take on Ellsworth Friday night to conclude the regular season. Regionals are set for Sunday, Feb. 10 on the Ridgewater Community College campus in Wilmar, Minn.