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Midgets place third at tough E’burg Tourney

By Staff | Dec 20, 2013

EMMETSBURG – Estherville Lincoln Central finished as the top Iowa team at the Emmetsburg Tournament on Saturday.

However, the E’Hawk event featured two quality schools from Minnesota that took the top two places as the Midgets finished third overall.

Hastings, Minn., was the only team at the tournament with 14 wrestlers. Ranked fourth in Class AAA, Hasting had several wrestlers in the finals and finished with 294.5 points. Meanwhile Jackson County Central, ranked first in Class A in Minnesota, finished second with 161.5 points.

ELC had three wrestlers in the finals and finished third with 139.5 points. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock finished fourth with 138 points while St. Edmond, Fort Dodge, ranked sixth in Class 1A in Iowa, placed fifth with 134 points followed by Emmetsburg (103), Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove (85.5); Okoboji (77) and Storm Lake (66).

Three ELC wrestlers finished second-Oscar Ramirez (138), Blake Gjerde (152) and Chase Bonner (220).

Ramirez, ranked second in Class 2A, pinned Emmetsburg’s Jas Jamison in 1:18 and then won by technical fall, 17-2, over OA-BCIG’s Dane Treiber. In the finals, he met up with Hastings’ Luke Rowh, ranked second in Class AAA. Rowh won by major decision, 12-3.

“Oscar looked tough in his first two matches, but he was outclassed against a kid who was stronger as far technicality,” said ELC coach Dan Hewitt. “That’s the level Oscar needs to be at.”

Rowh has signed to wrestler for Wisconsin.

Gjerde started the day by pinning Emmetsburg’s Caige Elbert in 3:09 and then beating Okoboji’s Noah Bouse 7-2. He also met a Hastings wrestler in the finals and lost 3-1 to Jake Anderson.

“I talked to the Hastings coach after and he said (Jake) is an energizer bunny who never drains,” said Hewitt. “I don’t think Blake was ready for that physical of match.”

Bonner faced two ranked Class 1A wrestlers on his way to a second-place finish. He pinned Storm Lake’s Jesse Wolver in 1:52 to start the day and then beat No. 7 Travis VanderStreek from Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, 5-2.

In the finals he faced the top wrestler in 1A at 220 pounds, Vinnie Harvey of St. Edmond. Harvey won by fall in 1:50.

“Harvey was impressive and that’s the level Chase needs to get to,” said Hewitt.

Meanwhile Bonner may see VanderStreek again at the Spencer Tournament on Saturday.

Two ELC wrestlers finished third-Thomas Bortvit (145) and Billy Snyder (170).

Bortvit went 3-1 on the day with a pair of pins, but lost to an OABCIG wrestler in the quarterfinals.

“Thomas had a great tournament and become more coachable as the day went on,” said Hewitt.

Snyder faced Jackson County’s Luke Norland, ranked third, in the semifinals and lost by fall. Snyder came back with a 6-2 win over Central Lyon/George-Little Rock’s Zach Fugitt to place third.

Other finishes for ELC wrestlers include: Myles McDonald (126) and Cole Budach (132) placed fourth; Zack Snyder (106) and Jake Bortvit (182) placed fifth, Austin Egeland (195) placed sixth.

Joel McCoy (113) and Easton Gifford (120) did not place. Also Kelly Clabaugh (160) won his first match, but then injury-defaulted the rest of his matches for the meet via coach’s decision.

Titans finish seventh at Sibley Tourney

SIBLEY – The Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire wrestlers finished seventh at a tough Sibley-Ocheyedan Tournament last Saturday.

MOC-Floyd Valley came out on top with 198.5 points followed by Sibley-Ocheyedan (180), Cherokee (163), Ridge View (153), West Lyon (140), Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (137.5), GTRA (135) and Alta-Aurelia (121.5).

The Titans were led by three second-place finishes-Ty Gibson (145), Matt McGrauth (170) and Cody Thompson (285).

Gibson pinned hits first two opponents before facing MOC-Floyd Valley’s Elijah Dahl in the finals and losing a 10-2 major decision.

McGrauth started the day with an 8-5 decision, and then came up with a first-period pin against Ridge View’s Tyler Pickhinke in 1:17. IN the finale, he lost to Cherokee’s Luke Zeiman, 9-4.

Thompson also pinned his first two opponents including a pin in 9 seconds against West Lyon’s Kullyn Meffert in his first match. But then Thompson was pinned in the first period by Cherokee’s Michael Rosewall.

Tyler Hoffman (152) and Kyle Long (220) both finished third.

Hoffman started the day with a pin, but was then pinned himself in the second round. He came back with a key 9-5 decision over Alta-Aurelia’s Junior Molina and then pinned Cherokee’s Isaac LaFleur in 55 seconds to place third.

Long had a bye in the first round and then was pinned in the second round. He came back with a pin over MMC’s Adam Schwebach in 2:41 and then won 1-0 over Ridge View’s Evan Else for third place.

Alex Hoffman (132) and Beau Schany (138) both placed fourth. Keevan Long (113), Kason Guinn (120), Sam George (126) and Kodi Fergeson (182) all placed sixth.

Tyler Hauge (160) and Nate Harris (195) did not place.

Skopec wins bracket at Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS – The Spirit Lake wrestling team competed at the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic last Saturday with Zach Skopec winning his bracket at 145 pounds.

Skopec started the event with three straight falls then won by technical fall, 17-1 in the quarters, a 7-2 decision in the semifinals and then won a 4-2 decision over Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Steven Garcia in the finals.

Jacob Jenness had the next highest finish as he placed sixth at 195 pounds.

Kenten Murray (152) placed seventh. Nic Cornwall (106) placed 12th, Alec Harrington (126) placed 16th, Justin Jones (160) and Javier Tapia (170) both placed 17th and Josh O’Neal (113) and Hunter Akers (285) both placed 18th. While Cody Wernimont (220) placed 19th.