IDA GROVE - A second-place finish by Treyton Cacek and a pair of third-place finishes from Cade Stearns and Spencer Roth paced Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire at the two-day, 26-team Herb Irgens Invitational this past Friday and Saturday.
Cacek (34-1), a state champ a year ago at 170 pounds in Class 1A, suffered his first loss in two seasons. Ranked first at 182 pounds, Cacek met second-ranked Thomas Even of Gilbertville-Don Bosco. Evan came out on top with a 5-2 decision.
Cacek road to the final quite a cakewalk. After pinning his first two opponents in under a minute, the Titan senior met sixth-ranked Cole Kelly of West Hancock in the semifinal and came out on top 1-0.
Stearns' day included his 100th career victory. The 120-pounder started the day with a pin, but then lost a 7-1 decision in the quarterfinal to ninth-ranked Noah Parmelee of Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Stearns battled back through the consolation round with a pair of pins to make the consolation semifinal, where he won 8-3 over Brackett Locke of Woodbury Central. In the third-place match he handed Ayden Toms of South Central Calhoun just his second loss of the season, pinning the SCC wrestler in 5:46.
Roth, ranked eighth at 160 pounds, worked his way to the semifinal with a pin and a major decision. However in the semifinal, he faced top-ranked Cade Tenold of Gilbertville-Don Bosco and came up short in an 8-3 loss for the Titan senior's second loss of the season.
Roth battled back in the consolation round with a 9-1 major decision over Justin Ausborn of West Hancock, and then defeated Sibley-Ocheyedan's Dahson DeJong 4-0 in the third-place match.
Seven other Titans traveled to the meet, but none placed.
GT/RA is home in Graettinger on Tuesday, hosting Estherville Lincoln Central and Manson-Northwest Webster.
2020 Herb Irgens Invitational
Ida Grove, Jan. 24-25
Team Scores: Gilbertville-Don Bosco, 289, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 172.5, Emmetsburg 155, Solon 138.5, West Hancock 129.5, South Central Calhoun 109.5, West Lyon 104, Woodbury Central 100, Carroll 91, Spirit Lake Park 91, GT/RA 67, Pocahontas Area 67, Sibley-Ocheyedan 63, Western Christian 57.6, Sioux Center 57, Okoboji 55, OA-BCIG 44, Ridge View 42, Kingsley-Pierson 36.5, Southeast Valley 35, East Sac County 32, Cherokee 31.5, Akron-Westfield 25.5, Audubon 22, Woodbine 8, Lawton-Bronson 7
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