Lakers prevail on a short night
Iowa Lakes wrestler won four of the five contested matches to defeat North Iowa Area Community College 32-24 in ICACC dual action on Thursday.
Partially due to injuries, the Lakers were open at three weights-141, 149 and 165- while the Trojans were open at two-184 and 197.
The only match the Trojans won was at 157 pounds as Yoanse Mejias won 18-11 over Tyler Ellwood. Meijias is ranked first at his eight.
The Lakers started the night with a technical fall by Freddie Rodriguez at 125 pounds. Rodriguez trailed early in the match but tie the match up at 6- and then scored a takedown and three-point nearfall to take the lead for good. With riding time, Rodriguez ended up with a 26-11 win.
At 133 pounds, Juan Torres didn’t take any time at all in pinning Jorge Pau in 35 seconds.
After the 157-pound match, the next contested weight came at 174 pounds. The Lakers’ Brandon Sorenson, ranked ninth, opened with a takedown against NIACC’s Thomas Daniels. Daniels came back with a reversal with Sorenson coming up with an escape to lead 3-2 after one period. Daniels chose down in the second period and Sorenson stayed on top the whole period, building up riding time, but unable to get back points. Daniels erased the riding time in the third period before letting Sorenson out for the escape. But he couldn’t come up with the takedown as Sorenson prevailed for the 4-2 win.
The Lakers’ James Connaghan (184) and Dakota Simula (197) then accepted forfeits as the Lakers led 26-24 in the team score.
In the final match at 285, the Lakers’ Davion Franklin and NIACC’s Alex Stockton didn’t do much in the first period until the referee gave both of them a stall warning. Franklin then came up with a quick takedown with Stockton coming up with an escape. With plenty of time left in the first period, neither wrestler continued to move much and both were awarded stalling points. Leading 3-2 to start the second period, Franklin chose down and moments later got the position to quickly reverse Stockton and put him on his back for the pin in 3:24.
“In a strange dual with so many open weights it was going to take some big wins for us to come out with a team win and the guys rose to the occasion,” said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. “To only lose one contested match on the night was great and our lose there was tough as I thought Tyler fought hard.
“I saw some moments tonight that concerned me with our conditioning so we need to tighten that up before regionals next week,”?he said.
The regional tournament starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Spencer Fieldhouse.
Iowa Lakes 32, NIACC 24
125- #8 Freddie Rodriguez IA Lakes wins by T-fall over JP Gamez 26-11
133- Juan Torres IA Lakes wins by fall over Jorge Pau 0:35
141- IA Lakes lost by forfeit to Blake Spotts
149- IA Lakes lost by forfeit to #9 Nosomy Pozo
157- Tyler Ellwood IA Lakes lost by fall to #3 Yoanse Mejias 4:20
165- IA Lakes lost by Forfeit to #7 Sha-Kino Jenkins
174- #3 Brandon Sorenson wins by decision over #5 Thomas Daniels 4-2
184- Jimmy Connaghan IA Lakes wins by forfeit
197- Cameron Foucher IA Lakes wins by forfeit
285-#12 Davion Fanklin wins by fall over Alex Stockton 3:35
Two Lakers place at North Country tourney
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Iowa Lakes wresting team placed two individuals at the North Country wrestling tournament held at St. John’s University on Saturday.
At 125 pounds, Freddie Rodriguez placed second losing 5-3 in the finals too Mike Fuenfinnger of Augsburg College. On his way to the finals he defeated Deshun Haynes of Dickinson State 14-4 and James Goman of Augsburg 5-3. Rodriguez defeated Jordan Kingsley from the University of Minnesota in the semifinalss 6-1, which set up his finals match with Fuenfinnger.
At 174 pounds, Brandon Sorenson placed fourth on the day. Sorenson lost in the semifinals 9-4 to Matt Gray from North Dakota State then won his consolation semifinal 5-4 over Levi Nayes of the University of Minnesota, before dropping his third-place match to Tyrell Martin of Augsburg 5-3. Propelling Sorenson to the semis were a pair of wins over Jesse Carney of Dickinson State, 12-5, and Jackson Barber of Concordia-Moorhead, Minn., 15-6.
“I was proud of the way Freddie and Brandon wrestled all day,” said Iowa Lakes coach Kody Alesch. “When you go to a tournament with solid competition you have to fight the entire day in every match or the day can get disappointing quickly. Both of these young men did that and their results were a reflection of that. We are not doing that as a team right now and with only a couple weeks left before regionals that sort of effort has to get better. We had some guys very disappointed in their effort Saturday so I believe they understand and are ready to get to work these next couple weeks.”