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Knights take seventh at big BCIG tourney – Hoffman wins title in 189-pound bracket

By Staff | Jan 22, 2008

BATTLE CREEK — The Graettinger/Terril team had three top-place finishes including a tournament title by Jake Hoffman to place seventh at the Battle Creek-Ida Grove Tournament this past weekend.

“This was a great tournament for us at this time of year,” said G/T coach Cody Alesch. “I thought the kids went out and gave it their best. We had a couple matches get away from us, but we learned a lot about ourselves.”

Twenty-one teams competed at the event.

Hoffman, the top-rated wrestler at 189 pounds in Class 1A, posted a 4-0 record. He began with a pin over Cherokee’s Dillion Devitt in 1:05 and then won 9-6 over Lawton-Bronson’s Jake Park. West Lyon’s Jason Koedan was forced to injury default as hoffman made his way into the finals. There, he beat No. 2 rated John Sievert of Akron, 8-4.

At 103 pounds, James Tatman placed second and suffered his first loss of the season.

He opened the tournament by pinning, Twin River alley’s Cody Maggard in 39 seconds and then winning by technical fall, 18-3, over Storm Lake’s Gabriel Torres. To reach the finals, he pinned West lyon’s Swen Rice in 1:30.

In the finals Tatman, rated No. 9, took on third-rated Bret McCaines of Woodbine and came up on the short side of a 7-4 loss.

The Knights’ next highest finish was third place by heavyweight Kyle Brown.

Brown opened with a pin over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn’s Dan Holmes in 3:25, but then lost to Aurelia-Galva-Holstein’s Adam Dreezan 4-1.

He made his win through the consolation bracket with four straight wins–a pin in 2:12 over Pocahontas’ Clay Wentzel, a 7-2 decision over Okoboji’s Doug Schwaller, a 3-2 win over MVAO’s Beau Hansen and then pinning Dreezan in 4:32.

Placing fourth was Kass Schany at 160 pounds. Michael Jensen (135) and Logan Tonderum (140) placed fifth while Ryan Schany (112) and Joel McGrauth (215) placed eighth.

The Knights return to action today hosting Garner-Hayfield and Manson-Northwest Webster.