Laker wrestlers have strong day at Edmunds Open

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Iowa Lakes wrestling team had a strong showing Saturday at the Dave Edmunds Open hosted by Morningside College. The Lakers placed eight in the top four of their respective weight classes while sending six into the finals. Three of those six claimed titles on the day.

Massoma Endene a freshman from Arlington, Texas, dominated the 174-pound weight class with three falls and a 18-3 technical-fall win in the finals over Tim Huber of Concordia, Neb.

“Massoma really stepped up today after dropping his dual match Thursday,” said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. “To see him respond like he did today impressed me and really showed me something. I know what his wrestling ability is but we learned a lot about Massoma as a competitor today.”

Logan Koedam also controlled the 184-pound weight class pinning his way through the tournament and doing so in just 32 seconds in the finals over Elijah Ramos of Jamestown University.

“Same with Logan, as he too suffered a loss Thursday that stung and for him to respond with a dominate performance today was fun to watch. Logan wrestled tough all day and was really focused in,” said Alesch.

The other champ was Mitchell Williamson at 285 pounds who collected a medical forfeit in the finals. Mitchell gave up one point today in his three contested matches and really controlled his opponents all day.

“Was great seeing Mitchell get to his offense today and the production was much better because of it. No one really was close to Mitchell all day,” said Coach Alesch.

Karsten Johnson at 125 pounds., Jeremiah Boykins at 133 pounds. and Dimitri Alicea at 157 pounds all took second having good days. Dimitri suffered an injury with 30 seconds left in the match while leading.

“These three guys that took second really did have good days and we were capable of winning all three of those matches,” said Alesch. “Karsten battled right to the last second and was so close to winning that match, really proud of Johnson for battling like he did. Boykins has really been coming along and getting better every week. He looked good all day, got a little out of sync in the finals match but he will take a lot away from today. Dimitri’s end to the day was just tough for every Laker wrestler.

“We were the most physical team at the tourney today and that was not the case in our dual this past Thursday,” said Coach Alesch.

Dontario Norwood took third place at 141 pounds. and Grayson Fries took 4th at 133 pounds. to round out the Lakers good day.

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