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GT/RA Titans Wrestle Hard At Okoboji Tournament

December 6, 2012
Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

OKOBOJI - The Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans finished in eighth place at Saturday's Okoboji Invitational Tournament.The Titans had four wrestlers finish in second place, and added a third place and a fifth place finish to their days' efforts.

"The GT-RA wrestlers showed dedication in all of their matches at the Okoboji Invitational," noted Titans Head Coach Michael Jensen. "They all wrestled with a lot of heart but some made little mistakes that made them come up short in their matches."

At 132 pounds, Austin Thompson would finish second, afters starting with a fall and a pair of decision victories before losing a 6-0 decision to Heath Nagel of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in the finals.

Ty Gibson would also finish as the runner-up at 138 pounds for the Titans. Gibson recored a pair of falls before meeting Levi Gilmore of Spencer in the finals, where he came up short in an 8-3 decision loss to earn the second place finish.

At 160 pounds, Matt McGrauth picked up a decision victory in the semi-finals after drawing a bye in the first round, but in the finals, Tanner Schaefer of Spencer pinned McGrauth in 1:40 to give McGrauth the runner-up finish.

Cody Thompson would collect a first round fall and a close 3-2 decision win in the semi-finals before he met Chris Schleuger of West Hancock in the finals, but was pinned in 1:11 of the match to finish second for the Titans.

Alex Hoffman, wrestling at 120 pounds, scored a first round win by fall, but lost his second round match before coming back with pin his consolation opponent and then scored a :59 win by fall over Wyatt Shannon of Laurens-Marathon/Sioux Central to earn the third place finish.

Kevin Smith would finish fifth at 182 pounds after he was pinned in the first round and won his first consolation match by decision. Smith would be decisioned before winning in overtime over Andrew McCarthy of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock to place fifth to round out the Titans' placings.

Also wrestling for the Titans were Tyler Hoffman at 145, Hunter Brown at 152, Kodi Ferguson at 170 and Kyle Long at 195 pounds.

"This year is going to be a rebuilding year for our program and we look forward to the challenge," noted Coach Jensen.



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