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Knights pin way to medal round

By Staff | Feb 15, 2008

Graettinger/Terril’s Jake Hoffman was knocked out of the championship bracket, but needed less than two minutes to advance in the consolation round with this pin. Photo courtesy INA

DES MOINES — Both Graettinger/Terril wrestlers moved into the medal round by posting their second state victory on Thursday.

However top-rated Jake Hoffman lost his rematch with No. 2 John Sievert of Akron-Westfield, 11-6. That knocked the 189-pound Knight wrestler into the consolation bracket.

Hoffman actually led by a point in the third period when the two wrestlers went into a scramble situation. Sievert ended on top to earn back points and take the lead.

“We gave up a five-point move and it cost us the match,” said G/T coach Cody Alesch. “We couldn’t fight back in the time left.”

Hoffman had an much easier time in the second-round consolation match. It took just 1:42 to pin Coon Rapids-Bayard sophomore Jon Meyers.

Graettinger/Terril’s James Tatman takes down Council Bluff St. Albert’s Brennan McNitt in 1A consolation action on Thursday. Photo courtesy INA

At 103 pounds, James Tatman took a while to get going against Brennan McNitt, a freshman from St. Albert Council Bluffs.

McNitt scored the early takedown with Tatman earning an escape.

James just wasn’t being aggressive until the third period.

Then McNitt tried unsuccessfully to throw Tatman.

“James just bulldozed him on a shot and took him right to his back,” said Alesch.

The pin came at 5:34.

Tatman, rated ninth, will wrestle Alex Wright, a sophomore from Durant who is rated seventh, in the consolation quarterfinals for his first match today.

Hoffman will face Tyler Moorehead, a senior from Newman Catholic Mason rated eighth..

“Both our guys need to be aggressive and do as well as we can,” said Alesch.