EAGLE?GROVE?- Emmetsburg's E-Hawk wrestlers faced their first true test of the season Saturday at the Eagle Grove Invitational Tournament. The E-Hawks would send four grapplers to the finals in the tough tournament and brought home one championship and a fourth place finish in the team standings for their day's work.
Emmetsburg Junior Nick Schany earned the championship at 170 pounds to pace the E-Hawks, while teammates Brett Steinkamp, Brady Bailey and Andrew Garrelts all earned runner-up finishes in the event.
Coach Jared Pickett's wrestlers also collected a pair of third place finishes and a fourth, along with a fifth place and two sixth place finishes on the day.
Emmetsburg’s Nick Schany takes Algona’s Joe Teague to his back in the 170 pound championship match at the Eagle Grove Tournament on Saturday. Schany would score a 6-4 decision to give Emmetsburg it’s only individual title on the day to go with a fourth-place team finish. --Dan Voigt photo
Schany, the top seed of the tournament a t170, opened with a 4:45 fall over Jake Forre of Ballard and then claimed a 3:50 win by fall over Drea Lamb of Oskaloosa to earn his finals match. Wrestling Joe Teague of Algona for the championship, Schany trailed 2-0 after one period, but took the lead in the second period for a 4-2 advantage and then scored a takedown before being reversed in the final moments to hang on for a 6-4 decision victory and the title.
Senior Andrew Garrelts would finish second at 285 pounds after starting the day as the second seed. Garrelts pinned Dylan Tuttle of Oskaloosa in :54 of the opening round and then tallied a 4:32 win by fall over Michael Mather of Algona in the semi-finals. Meeting Jordan Rouse of Ankeny in the finals, Garrelts would battle through the match before being pinned in 5:42 to settle for runner-up honors.
At 106 pounds, sophomore Brett Steinkamp also earned the number one seeding and responded with an opening round, 2:24 win by fall over Fort Dodge's Erik Birnbaum. In the semi-finals, Steinkamp scored a 1:59 win by fall over Dylan Sporaa of Eagle Grove to advance to the finals match with Evan Ulven of Clarion-Goldfield. In the match, Steinkamp tied the match at 2-2 in the second period, but was taken down and eventually pinned in 2:27 to finish second.
Junior Brady Bailey would be seeded second at 152 pounds and scored a 2:54 win by fall over Marcus Johnson of Ballard in the opening round of action. Bailey then battled Ian Begg of Ankeny down to the very end to collect an 8-3 decision victory for his finals berth. Meeting Max Schultz of Clarion-Goldfield in the finals, Bailey got down 4-0 in the second period and couldn't find an answer as he would lose the 4-0 decision to settle for the runner-up finish at 152.
A slip up in his semi-final match cost senior Justin Studer a shot at a title at 145 pounds on Saturday. With a number one seed, Studer dispatched Cole Beecher of Eagle Grove in 3:04 of their opening round match at 145, but meeting Matt Odland of Clarion-Goldfield, Studer was tied 6-6 after a wild first period. After taking an 11-8 advantage, Studer was taken down and caught just before the end of the period and was pinned in 3:46.
Moving into the consolation bracket, Studer pinned Drake Baade of Fort Dodge in 2:27 and then met Brad Bjustrom of Algona in the consolation championship, where he tallied a 2-1 decision victory to finish third.
AT 195 pounds, junior Tayler Wegner was seeded fourth to start the day, and came up short in a 13-11 decision loss to Joel Lanning of Ankeny in the opening round. Wegner bounced back in the consolation to pine Chandler Holmes of Algona in :46, and then pinned Charles Angell of Ballard in 1:19 to move into the Consolation finals. Meeting his first-round opponent Joel Lanning in the consolation final, Wegner remembered the first match of the day and paid Lanning back by pinning the Ankeny wrestler in 1:51 to finish third for the E-Hawks.
Freshman Alex Clark was introduced to the Eagle Grove tourney with a number seven seed at 113 pounds, but responded with a 2:40 win by fall over Austin Anderson of Fort Dodge in the first round. But in the semi-finals, Clark was pinned in 1:36 by Skyler DeJong of Oskaloosa. Clark would rebound in the consolation matches, as he pinned Tyler Burns of Eagle Grove in 1:33 to move to the consolation final, but was pinned in 1:38 by Nathan Macki of Ballard to finish fourth.
At 120 pounds, freshman Jacob Miller earned a fifth seed, but was pinned in :54 of his opening round match with Sam Reichenbacker of Ankeny. In the consolation round, Miller drew a first round bye and then was pinned by Joel Haberman of Clarion-Goldfield in 1:20. Wrestling for fifth place, Miller wasted little time in pinning Andrew Rasmussen of Ballard in :42 to earn a fifth place finish for the E-Hawks.
For freshman Caige Elbert, a number three seed at 132 pounds resulted in a 2:58 win by fall over Austin Long of Algona in the first round. But in the semi-finals, Elbert would be pinned in 3:51 of his match with Grant Knowler of Ankeny. Wrestling back in the consolation bracket, Elbert would be pinned by Cory Alexander of Fort Dodge in 2:37 and wrestled for fifth place. Meeting Tanner Wanders of Oskaloosa, Elbert would finish sixth in a 15-0 Technical Fall at the 2:50 mark of the match.
Nick Merwald, wrestling at 126 pounds, started with a fifth seed on the day, but lost a 9-1 major decision in the opening round to Tyler Paglia of Ankeny. Then junior rebounded to earn a 5:27 win by fall over Damian Huffaker of Eagle Grove, but lost a 13-5 major decision to Jake Adams of Algona in the consolation semis. Wrestling for fifth place, Merwald met up again with Tyler Paglia of Ankeny, but lost a 7-3 decision to finish sixth.
The E-Hawks will wrestle tonight at Graettinger in a double dual with Sibley-Ocheyedan and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire. Action starts at 6 p.m. in Graettinger.