Knight Wrestlers Third
GRAETTINGER – The Knights of Graettinger/Terril earned a third place finish in the team standings at their own invitational tournament on Saturday. Sibley-Ocheyedan would take the team honors, with Twin River Valley-West Bend-Mallard earning second place honors.
Coach Cody Alesch’s Knights earned three championships in the tournament, starting with James Tatman at 103 pounds. Tatman scored a :27 win by fall over Henely Drew of Garner-Hayfield in the finals to earn his title for the Knights.
At 189 pounds, Jake Hoffman pinned his way to the title, scoring a :46 win by fall over Jason Monson of Garner-Hayfield and a :55 win by fall over Allix Betsinger of North Iowa before pinning Kyler Trierweiler of Sibley-Ocheyedan in:22 to earn the championship.
Graettinger/Terril also got the heavyweight championship from Kyle Brown. Brown pinned Cody Vanderhoff of Twin River Valley in 2:48 and then won his crown with a 3:44 win by fall over Jacob Dagel of Sibley-Ocheyedan.
At 135 pounds, Michael Jensen took second place for the Knights. Jenseon got a bye and a 15-10 overtime decision over Levi Peters of Twin River Valley before he lost a 4-0 decision in the finals to Justin Truckenmiller of Sibley-Ocheyedan.
Kass Schany earned a third place finish at 160 pounds, as he started with a 4:30 Technical Fall over Tony Harrigton of Pomeroy-Palmer, but injury defaulted to Brian Block of Sibley-Ocheyedan. Schany came back to win a 4-0 decision over Nate Howard of Estherville Lincoln Central and then took third by defeating Tim Rosenboom of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in a 3-2 decision.
Other Knight finishes included a fourth place finish for Ryan Schany with a 2-2 mark on the day and Josh Anderson at 171 pounds, as he also finished with a 2-2 mark.
At 152, Heath Marchand would earn a fifth place finish, as did Taylor Harris at 145 pounds and Logan Tonderum at 140 pounds.
“Overall, it wasn’t a bad day,” noted Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Cody Alesch. “We only had a few matches lost that we could have won. But now, we really need to come in this week and work hard from here on out and I think the kids are ready to do that.”
The Knights will resume action on Thursday night, Jan. 10, when they travel to Alta to meet up with Alta and East Sac County in a double dual. On Saturday, the Knights will wrestle in the Northwest Conference Wrestling Tournament, which will be held at Farnhamville.