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Miner, Skopec, Murray win conference titles

Indians finish second overall

January 28, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

LEMARS - All three of Spirit Lake Parks' ranked wrestlers stood on top of the podium at the conclusion of the Lakes Conference wrestling meet.

Doug Miner (120), Zach Skopec (138) and Kenten Murray (145) all won titles to help the Indians to a second-place finish.

SLP, ranked 10th in Class 2A, finished with 178.85 points while ninth-ranked Spencer finished with 241.5 points to win the conference.

Two other Indians were in the finals and finished second-Javier Tapia at 170 pounds and Brady Mart at 195 pounds.

Miner pinned his way to the title, beating LeMars' Tyler Carlson in 56 seconds and Spencer's Bailey Hawn in 59 seconds.

Skopec used two pins and a technical fall as he beat Storm Lake's Juan Morales in 47 seconds, Cherokee's Andy Pitts in 34 seconds and LeMars' Skyler Gries 16-0.

Murray pinned Emmetsburg's Caige Elbert in 56 seconds and Western Christian's Zach De Jager in 48 seconds before edging Estherville Lincoln Central's Blake Gjerde 5-4 in the final.

Tapia got to the finals by pinning Western Christian's David Weidauer in 5:16, but then he lost by fall to Spencer's Blaine Johnson in 2:46.

Mart pinned Spencer's Ben Pingel in 1:07 and then Western Christian's Joseph Bootsma in 57 seconds before losing to Emmetsburg's Austin McCartan, ranked first in Class 1A, by fall in 1:06.

SLP heavyweight Cody Norton lost by fall to LeMar's Tevita Moa-Lamp in 5:24 and then received an injury default from Storm Lake to reach the third-place match where he pinned Spencer's Casey Seversen in 1:20.

Gage Roberts (106) and Cody Wernimont (220) both placed fourth while John O'Neal (113), Ben Parks (126), Ethan Bergendahll (132), Ben Parks (152) and Justin Jones (160), all placed sixth for Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake was at Clear Lake Monday before heading to sectionals this Saturday.



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