Five Indians on warpath to state
CHEROKEE — Spirit Lake Park advanced five of its six district qualifiers to this week’s Class 2A state tournament following action in Cherokee on Saturday.
Dillon Miner, Grant Willard and Alex Will all placed first while Lewis Johnson and Derrick Miner both earned runnerup honors.
“We did lose two close matches, but then you’re not going to win every close match,” said SLP coach Rick Vander Woude. “The toughest part of the day was losing Brad (Engel).”
Engel, a senior, was in a three-point match against Rockwell City-Lytton’s Keelan Richardson when he was caught on pinned at the 5:13 mark.
“We had a couple situations of offense that turned into a scramble and he (Keelan) scored,” said Vander Woude.
Dillon Miner, Willard and Alex Will all took the shortest route in advancing to state.
Miner, rated No. 1 at 130 pounds, pinned Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Grant Scholten in 1:22 in the first round and then pinned Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Huston Hieronimus in 3:28.
At 135 pounds, Grant Willard pinned Boyden-Hull Rock Valley’s Jeremy Hash in 1:29 and then took down Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Justin Truckenmiller in 3:59.
Will won by technical fall over Tom Boermsa and then won 9-3 over Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted’s Adam Leuer.
At 112 pounds, Lewis Johnson opened with a 15-0 technical fall over Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Jesse Glade, but lost 8-6 to Sheldon’s’ Chris Helm.
“We were a little disappointed, because Lewis left a lot of points on the mat,” said Vander Woude.
Johnson then had to wrestle Algona’s Alex Dittrich, who had given him a tough match at the sectional the week before. Johnson still came out on top, but need overtime, where he won 5-4.
At 125 pounds, Derrick Miner opened with a pin over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Quiton Koldenhoven but lost 6-5 to Algona’s Jake Ingalls for the second week in a row. However, Miner didn’t have to wrestle back.