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Nick Lawrence takes seventh to pace Lakers at Nationals

February 25, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

DES MOINES - The Iowa Lakes wrestlers didn't do as well as they'd like at the 2013 NJCAA Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this past weekend as the Lakers finished 25th overall with 20 points.

"The weekend did not go as good as we hoped," said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. "All of our guys could have wrestled better and when you don't perform at your best when it means the most it is always disappointing. We were capable of doing better and we didn't."

Nick Lawrence (174) was the lone Laker to place as he finished seventh with a 3-2 record.

Lawrence opened with an 8-7 decision over Ridgewater's Trevor Mahlum, but then lost 6-4 to Chanse Menendez of Nassau.

He came back with a 7-4 decision over Michael Clevenger of Spartanburg Methodist College, but then lost by fall in 4:56 to Payne Hatter of Labette.

In the seventh-place match, Lawrence won 1-0 over Daniel Williams of Iowa Western.

Nate Lawrence (165) and Glenn Cothren (197) both posted 2-2 records while Dylan Konechne (125), Skyler Rice (133) and Jeff Erickson (285) all went 1-2 on the weekend.

Alex Anderson (141), Travis Johnson (149) and Ethan Lindquist (184) all went 0-2.

For five of the nine Iowa Lakes national qualifiers, it was their final match time in a Laker uniform. That list includes sophomores Glenn Cothren, Travis Johnson, Nate Lawrence, Nick Lawrence and Skyler Rice.

"The things the guys need to do now is take that feeling they have from under achieving and use it as motivation to work harder for next year and to be sure it doesn't happen again," Alesch continued. "This is a great group of young men and I think they will do just that."

Overall, Labbette and North Idaho colleges tied for first with 120 points followed by Clackamas with 97.5 and Nassau with 95.

Iowa Central had the highest finish by an Iowa college, placing fifth with 70.5 points while Ellsworth placed 12th with 49.5, NIACC placed 17th with 43 and Iowa Western placed 19th with 38.



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