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Two Knights continue quest for state medals

By Staff | Feb 11, 2008

Graettinger/Terril’s Jake Hoffman works for the pin against Pocahontas Area’s Tom Brinkman as the junior earned a return trip to the state wrestling meet. EDN photo by David Swartz

MANSON — Four Graettinger/Terril wrestlers were seeking a state berth at the Class 1A district meet in Manson on Saturday.

Only two of them survived the day and will make the trip to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday.

Jake Hoffman, the No. 1 rated wrestler at 189 pounds, placed first while teammate James Tatman (103) earned second place to advance.

Hoffman took the easy route to state by winning both his matches.

He dominated Southeast Webster’s Cody Veggors and in a rematch from sectionals, pinned Pocahontas Area’s Tom Brinkman for the second straight time—this time in 1:42.

Hoffman said Veggors provided the tougher match.

“The kid was strong and stayed in good position,” said Hoffman.

Looking ahead to state, Hoffman said he will just” take it one match at a time.”

Tatman took a little longer than expected to earn his trip to state.

After opening with a major decision, 11-2, over Belmond-Klemme’s Kyle Uhlenhopp, he faced Fort Dodge St. Edmond’s Lance Maguire for the second week in a row.

Although he pinned Maguire a week ago at sectionals, the St. Edmond’s wrestler came to wrestle.

Tatman was penalized in the first period for a potentially dangerous hold, but came back with a takedown. Maguire escaped as the score was tied at two.

In the second period, Tatman escaped, but Maguire scored a takedown. Another Tatman escaped tied the match at four. Maguire managed an escape in the final period, but Tatman was unable to come up with the takedown for the win.

In the wrestleback, he had less trouble, even after giving up an early takedown to Ogden’s John Nida. Tatman scored eight straight points in the second period including a three-point nearfall and two-point nearfall.

Regardless of his runnerup district finish, the junior is glad to be headed to state for the first time.

“It feels good. First or second is OK as long as I can go to state, I’ll be happy,” Tatman said.

G/T’s other two district qualifiers, Joel McGrauth (215) and Kyle Brown (285), both placed third.

McGrauth lost by fall to Belmond-Klemme’s Tyler Christenson in 1:24, then won a 3-1 overtime decision over Manson Northwest Webster’s Andy Tews.

Brown lost by fall to West Hancock’s Dan Kruger in 4:54, but came back with a 7-4 decision over Prairie Valley’s Jack Michalski.

Neither McGrauth or Brown received a wrestleback though.

“The guys all wrestled hard on Saturday. Joel and Kyle have a lot to feel good about with their season,” said G/T coach Cody Alesch. “James and Jake have worked hard all year and hopefully it will all come together down at state.”

As usual the Knights enjoyed great fan support.

“The kids have really enjoyed seeing the tremendous crowds we’ve had all year and especially the last few weeks,” said Alesch. “We have great wrestling support and the kids and coaches want to thank everyone for that.”

Two Knights continue quest for state medals

By Staff | Feb 11, 2008

Graettinger/Terril’s Jake Hoffman works for the pin against Pocahontas Area’s Tom Brinkman as the junior earned a return trip to the state wrestling meet. EDN photo by David Swartz

MANSON — Four Graettinger/Terril wrestlers were seeking a state berth at the Class 1A district meet in Manson on Saturday.

Only two of them survived the day and will make the trip to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday.

Jake Hoffman, the No. 1 rated wrestler at 189 pounds, placed first while teammate James Tatman (103) earned second place to advance.

Hoffman took the easy route to state by winning both his matches.

He dominated Southeast Webster’s Cody Veggors and in a rematch from sectionals, pinned Pocahontas Area’s Tom Brinkman for the second straight time–this time in 1:42.

Hoffman said Veggors provided the tougher match.

“The kid was strong and stayed in good position,” said Hoffman.

Looking ahead to state, Hoffman said he will just” take it one match at a time.”

Tatman took a little longer than expected to earn his trip to state.

After opening with a major decision, 11-2, over Belmond-Klemme’s Kyle Uhlenhopp, he faced Fort Dodge St. Edmond’s Lance Maguire for the second week in a row.

Although he pinned Maguire a week ago at sectionals, the St. Edmond’s wrestler came to wrestle.

Tatman was penalized in the first period for a potentially dangerous hold, but came back with a takedown. Maguire escaped as the score was tied at two.

In the second period, Tatman escaped, but Maguire scored a takedown. Another Tatman escaped tied the match at four. Maguire managed an escape in the final period, but Tatman was unable to come up with the takedown for the win.

In the wrestleback, he had less trouble, even after giving up an early takedown to Ogden’s John Nida. Tatman scored eight straight points in the second period including a three-point nearfall and two-point nearfall.

Regardless of his runnerup district finish, the junior is glad to be headed to state for the first time.

“It feels good. First or second is OK as long as I can go to state, I’ll be happy,” Tatman said.

G/T’s other two district qualifiers, Joel McGrauth (215) and Kyle Brown (285), both placed third.

McGrauth lost by fall to Belmond-Klemme’s Tyler Christenson in 1:24, then won a 3-1 overtime decision over Manson Northwest Webster’s Andy Tews.

Brown lost by fall to West Hancock’s Dan Kruger in 4:54, but came back with a 7-4 decision over Prairie Valley’s Jack Michalski.

Neither McGrauth or Brown received a wrestleback though.

“The guys all wrestled hard on Saturday. Joel and Kyle have a lot to feel good about with their season,” said G/T coach Cody Alesch. “James and Jake have worked hard all year and hopefully it will all come together down at state.”

As usual the Knights enjoyed great fan support.

“The kids have really enjoyed seeing the tremendous crowds we’ve had all year and especially the last few weeks,” said Alesch. “We have great wrestling support and the kids and coaches want to thank everyone for that.”