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A rough day for Spirit Lake Park

By Staff | Feb 16, 2008

Derrick Miner, above, ran into trouble in the Class 2A semifinals on Wednesday. Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

DES MOINES — Spirit Lake Park knows its tough to win titles at state.

Coach Rick Vander Woude pointed to former wrestler Chris Sandy, a good wrestler who won only won title in three years.

“We know how hard championships are to come by,” he said.

Brothers Dillon and Derrick Miner both ran into a tough semifinal opponent and came up on the short end in their matches.

Dillon Miner (130) found out its hard to win back-to-back at state too as he faced a tough freshman from Ballard-Huxley, Tanner Hiatt.

Hiatt had beaten SLP’s Grant Willard in a team dual and this time got an early penalty point and a takedown to take a 3-0 lead against Dillon.

Dillon fought back but lost 11-7.

“Dillon didn’t take the shots he normally takes and the match got away from us,” said Vander Woude.

Derrick (125) also was knocked into the consolation bracket by two-time state champion Andrew Long of Creston Orient-Macksburg. Derrick scored on an early ankle pick, but Long went to work, wining by technical fall, 23-5.

Also during the day session, 215-pounder Alex Will continued in the consolation bracket, losing by fall to Bryan Hummel of Clarinda Fall in 1:13. Will will wrestle for seventh place today against JSPC’s John Sawyer.

In the evening session, both Miners earned a measure redemption to advance to today’s third-place matches.

Dillon took control in his match with Matt Mougin of Columbus Junction and won by fall in 4:19.

“We were worried that Dillon wasn’t with us,” said Vander Woude. “The hardest thing for a wrestler to do is come back after having his sights set on a title.”

Derrick’s opponent proved a challenge but he scored the first takedown against Logan Mathes of South Tama County and held on for a 6-4 decision.

Today, Derrick will wrestle Benton Van Horne’s Justin Lopata for third place. Dillon’s opponent is Mike Kremer of Independence.