Six in the mix
SPIRIT LAKE – Gavin Kramer, Zach Skopec and Kenten Murray all placed first at last Saturday’s 2A sectional and three other Indians placed second to advance to today’s district tournament in Sheldon.
Also advancing by placing second were David Trucksess, Jacob Jenness and Hunter Akers. The Indians placed third overall with 187 points.
At 120 pounds, Kramer’s day began by pinning Estherville Lincoln Central’s Easton Gifford in 3:54. In the final, he edged Sioux Central’s Caleb Gunderson, 4-3
Skopec, ranked second at 145 pounds and still undefeated this season at 43-0, pinned Western Christian/Unity Christian’s Trevor Van’t Hul in 20 seconds and then ELC’s Cole Budach in 1:43. In the finals, he won a 12-4 major decision over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Zack Konz.
Murray (152) pinned Sioux central’s Sam Wood in a minute and then Sheldon/South O’Brien’s Dustin Freeman in 54 seconds. In the final, he scored a late reversal against ELC’s Blake Gjerde to win 3-2.
Trucksess (160) pinned Sioux Central’s Dallas Scott in 49 seconds, then beat Sheldon/S-O’s Travis Sterler by fall in 44 seconds. In the finals, he lost by fall to sixth-ranked Jacob Van Ginkel of Western Christian/UC.
Jenness (195) needed a takedown in the first extra period for an 8-6 win over BHRV’s Josh Van Ginkel in the semifinal. In the fine, Sheldon’s Darin Greenfield won 6-2.
Only three wrestlers competed at 285 pounds. Akers (285) pinned ELC’s Amed Castro in 2:57 and then lost by fall to BHRV’s Gregory Palma in 49 seconds.
None of the Indians competed in a wrestleback. Alec Harrington (126), Daniel Trucksess (132), Jac Radcliffe (138) and Javier Tapia (170) all placed third while Trevor Bueltel (182) placed fourth.
Wrestling action for the district qualifiers starts at noon today.
120 pounds: Gavin Kramer, Spirit Lake Park, 24-12 vs. Oakley Segchan, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 33-13; Connor Ascherl, MOC-Floyd Valley, 34-3 vs. Caleb Gunderson, Sioux Central, 25-6
145 pounds: Zach Skopec, Spirit Lake Park, 43-0 vs. Ken Krager, OA-BCIG, 28-19; Steven Garcia, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 43-4; vs. Zack Konz, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, 36-9
152 pounds: Kenten Murray, Spirit Lake Park, 32-4, vs. Bo Rus, Bishop Heelan, 18-26; Bret Thomoson, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 41-3, vs. Blake Gjerde, ELC, 33-9
160 pounds: Jacob Van Ginkel, WC/UC, 36-2, vs. Christian Engel, Bishop Heelan, 29-19; Daylon Van’t Hof, Sioux Center, 35-0, vs. David Trucksess, Spirit Lake Park, 26-8
195 pounds: Darin Greenfield, Sheldon/South O’Brien, 18-5 vs. Gage DeMoss, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 26-19; Christian Brobst, Bishop Heelan, 41-2 vs. Jacob Jenness, Spirit Lake Park, 29-8
285 pounds: Gregory Palma, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, 19-6 vs. Darian Tillman, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 36-14; Michael Rosewall, Cherokee, 26-1 vs. Hunter Akers, Spirit Lake Park, 8-24.