Knights’ Hoffman earns career win 100
GRAETTINGER — Junior Jake Hoffman notched his 100th career wrestling victory as the Knights split a pair of duals on Tuesday.
G/T beat Garner/Hayfield 44-36, the dual in which hoffman notched his 100th win. The Knights lost 42-29 to Manson Northwest Webster in the other dual.
Hoffman, rated No. 1 at 189 pounds in Class 1A, didn’t spend much time on the mat. For his 99th victory, he pinned Manson Northwest Webster’s Nick Meyers in 53 seconds. For career win 100, he pinned Jason Monsen in 45 seconds.
“Jake’s been working awfully hard. Last week he beat the No. 2-rated kid,” said G/T coach Cody Alesch. “He keeps getting better each time he steps on the mat. If he keeps wrestling like this, he’ll end the season on a good note.”
Hoffman entered this season with 70 victories and spent his first two seasons with Jared Enderton as a practice partner. Enderton won the 189-pound 1A title in 2007.
“Having Jared as a workout partner, the last couple years really helped Jake against some of the bigger guys,” said Alesch.
Hoffman, who finished with a 36-5 record last season, will try to improve on his fourth place finish at state to end this season.
Other G/T victories against Manson on Tuesday include: Kass Schany (160) won 6-5 over Dalton Rosch; Kyle Brown (285) pinned Nathan Waller in 3:01; James Tatman (103) won by major decision over Jordan Howard, 10-1; Ryan Schany (112) won by technical fall, 17-2, over Caleb Alne and Michael Jensen (135) won by technical fall, 15-0, over Brad Cabreath.
In other matches, Logan Tonderum (140) lost 4-3 to Ronnie Albee; Heath Marchand (152) lost by fall in 30 seconds to Alex Weiss; Josh Anderson (171) lost 13-7 to Landon Rosch; Cody Manwarren (215) lost by fall to Andy tears in 1:22.
Wins against Garner-Hayfield included, a 20-11 major decision by Kass Schany over Marc Legg; Manwarren won by fall in 33 seconds over Kenny Bell; Brown pinned Ethan Brower in 53 seconds; Ryan Schany won by technical fall, 17-2, over Drew Henely; Tatman pinned Zach Schuver in 2:39; Jensen pinned Levi Paulson in 3:32; and Tonderum won by technical fall, 16-0, over Brad Young.
In other matches, Marchand lost by fall to Nathan Dick in 57 seconds and Anderson lost by fall to Tim Baxter in 1:03.
“In both the duals the kids came out and wrestled well,” said Alesch. “We fought hard and won all the matches we should with two others we barely let get away. The kids really need to prepare these next few weeks to keep on pace and get better individually.”