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No state trip for ELC

By Staff | Feb 11, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Joel Christensen battles battle Creek/Rock Valley’s Grant Scholten. Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

CHEROKEE — Estherville Lincoln Central’s two state hopefuls came up short at the Class 2A District meet on Saturday.

Freshman Nate Howard finished third at 160 pounds while junior Joel Christensen finished fourth at 130 pounds.

“I hoped things would’ve gone a little better than they did, but I am still proud of the efforts of both of these athletes,” said ELC coach Chris Koenck.

Christensen took on Houston Hieronimus of Sibley-Ocheyedan in the first round and lost by fall in 1:46. In the consolation, he lost 6-3 to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Grant Scolter.

“Joel worked hard all year to get to this point in the season and I wish he could’ve made it to state, but unfortunately it didn’t go his way,” said Koenck. “There is no one that works harder in practice than Joel and he never complains about anything. He is a great leader for our team and I know good things are going to be coming his way next year. With hard work this summer in the weight room and in the wrestling room, there is no doubt that he will achieve his goals for next year.

Nate Howard ended his season on a winning note with a pin over Western Christian’s Tyler Buys. Photos courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

“All of the credit goes to him and his work ethic and internal drive to be successful. He’s really come a long way since he first stepped on the mat as an eighth grader and it is going to get better next year and we will build on this success.

Howard opened the day against Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Brian Block, rated No. 5 at 160 pounds.

Howard won a major decision, 11-1.

In the consolation bracket, Howard beat Western Christian’s Tyler Buys for the second time this season, pinning him in 2:57.

“Nate has done some things that are really impressive,” said Koenck. “He is a freshman wrestling 160 and was a Lakes Conference champion, sectional runner-up and placed third at districts.

“He is a very talented kid that has wrestled a ton of matches. His experience being in big matches in the past has kept his head level throughout his freshman season and he doesn’t really think he is that good. I disagree with him over that belief. He is that good and has the potential to be great. He just needs to step up the amount of work he does this summer and get in the weight room and he will be a force next season.”

Koenck looks for more success next year from the Midgets.

“The bottom line is that we were relatively young this season, but will have some pretty good kids coming back next year,” he said. “I think our program is definitely headed in the right direction. I have to keep telling myself to be patient and that this success doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen unless our kids believe it. I definitely feel like they are starting to believe it. We just have to play catch up and outwork the other good teams out there to get to that level. We might not be the most talented team, but I believe the great saying that ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.'”

No state trip for ELC

By Staff | Feb 11, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Joel Christensen battles battle Creek/Rock Valley’s Grant Scholten. Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

CHEROKEE — Estherville Lincoln Central’s two state hopefuls came up short at the Class 2A District meet on Saturday.

Freshman Nate Howard finished third at 160 pounds while junior Joel Christensen finished fourth at 130 pounds.

“I hoped things would’ve gone a little better than they did, but I am still proud of the efforts of both of these athletes,” said ELC coach Chris Koenck.

Christensen took on Houston Hieronimus of Sibley-Ocheyedan in the first round and lost by fall in 1:46. In the consolation, he lost 6-3 to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Grant Scolter.

“Joel worked hard all year to get to this point in the season and I wish he could’ve made it to state, but unfortunately it didn’t go his way,” said Koenck. “There is no one that works harder in practice than Joel and he never complains about anything. He is a great leader for our team and I know good things are going to be coming his way next year. With hard work this summer in the weight room and in the wrestling room, there is no doubt that he will achieve his goals for next year.

Nate Howard ended his season on a winning note with a pin over Western Christian’s Tyler Buys. Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

“All of the credit goes to him and his work ethic and internal drive to be successful. He’s really come a long way since he first stepped on the mat as an eighth grader and it is going to get better next year and we will build on this success.

Howard opened the day against Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Brian Block, rated No. 5 at 160 pounds.

Howard won a major decision, 11-1.

In the consolation bracket, Howard beat Western Christian’s Tyler Buys for the second time this season, pinning him in 2:57.

“Nate has done some things that are really impressive,” said Koenck. “He is a freshman wrestling 160 and was a Lakes Conference champion, sectional runner-up and placed third at districts.

“He is a very talented kid that has wrestled a ton of matches. His experience being in big matches in the past has kept his head level throughout his freshman season and he doesn’t really think he is that good. I disagree with him over that belief. He is that good and has the potential to be great. He just needs to step up the amount of work he does this summer and get in the weight room and he will be a force next season.”

Koenck looks for more success next year from the Midgets.

“The bottom line is that we were relatively young this season, but will have some pretty good kids coming back next year,” he said. “I think our program is definitely headed in the right direction. I have to keep telling myself to be patient and that this success doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen unless our kids believe it. I definitely feel like they are starting to believe it. We just have to play catch up and outwork the other good teams out there to get to that level. We might not be the most talented team, but I believe the great saying that ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.'”