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Lakers dominate opening dual

By Staff | Nov 20, 2008

Heavyweight Jahsua Marsh drives through a leg grab for a takedown during his match Wednesday. EDN photo by Alex Ascherl

The Iowa Lakes wrestling team had a dubious start to its first-ever home meet, losing two of the first three matches including an injury default in the first match at 125 pounds.

However, the Lakers depth showed as they won the final seven matches for a 36-12 victory over Minnesota West on Wednesday.

The Lakers eight wins came with two pins, a technical fall, four decisions and a forfeit.

Tim Thurston, a freshman from High Point, N.C., earned the first pin at 133 pounds with a win over Jamal McAllister.

At 165 pounds, Trevor Suter, a freshman from Paulsboro, N.J., rated seventh in the nation, pinned Dwayne Jackson in 31 seconds.

The technical fall came in the final match of the night as freshman Jahsua Marsh, from Brentwood, N.Y., dominated Jarred Bannister 21-6.

The following Lakers won by decision.

At 149 pounds, Karon Reid from Bricktown, N.J. opened up a second period 6-2 lead to win 14-7.

At 157, Blake Gill, a freshman from Sioux City who is also rated seventh, won 9-4.

Ryan Joynt (174) of Emmetsburg, earned an 8-3 decision.

At 184, James Funk of Paulsboro, N.J., won 7-4.

Kokesh, a sophomroe from wagner, s.D., received a forfeit.

In the opening match at 125 pounds, Mike Berardesco was dominating his opponent, but ended up losing by injury default.

At 141 pounds, Casey Watts of LaPorte City lost by fall in eight seconds.

Iowa Lakes returns to action this weekend at the Kaufman/Brand Open in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday.