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Knights struggle through

By Staff | Feb 16, 2008

Graettinger/Terril’s Jake Hoffman won this third-round consolation match to assure himself of a top six finish, but he lost in the consolation semifinals Friday evening. Hoffman will wrestle for fifth place today. Photo courtesy INA photo pool

DES MOINES — After assuring themselves of medals by surviving until Friday’s sessions, the Graettinger/Terril wrestlers fought for a higher position on the podium.

Top-rated Jake Hoffman, who lost to the No. 2 rated wrestler on Thursday, came back with a 9-4 decision in his third-round consolation match at 189 pounds, beating Tyler Moorehead of Newman Catholic.

“Jake wrestled well. The other guy was a solid physical kid, but Jake controlled him start to finish,” said G/T coach Cody Alesch.

The consolation semifinals proved more difficult.

Andrew Roberts of AGWSR was leading and on top when he tripped Hoffman back to the mat. Hoffman landed hard.

“He popped a tendon on his calf,” said Alesch.

Hoffman battled through the injury, but lost 6-0.

“He’ll be okay to go tomorrow. He just got turned and it was hard to fight back with the leg hurting,” said Alesch.

Teammate James Tatman lost earlier in the day when he lost by fall to Alex Wright of Durant in 2:52.

“We gave up hand control and then got on our back and pinned,” said Alesch.

Hoffman will wrestle Matt Ferlitsch of Highland Riverside for fifth place today. Tatman will wrestle Central Lyon’s Alex Rust for seventh place.