Kinght Grappers Seventh At BC-IG Tourney
GRAETTINGER – The Knight wrestlers of Graettinger/Terril earned a seventh place finish out of a field of 21 teams at the Battle Creek-Ida Grove Wrestling Invitational.
“This was a great tournament for us at this time of year,” noted GT Head Coach Cody Alesch. “I thought the kids went all out there and gave it their best.”
Leading the way for the Knights was top-ranked 189 pounder Jake Hoffman, who captured first place as he earned a 1:05 win by fall over Dillon Devitt of Cherokee and a 9-6 decision over Jake Parker of Lawton-Bronson. Hoffman then earned a win by injury default from Jason Koedam of West Lyon and the defeated second-ranked Jon Sievert of Akron-Westfield 8-4.
At 103, James Tatman earned second place for the Knights. Tatman opened with a :39 win by fall over Cody Maggard of Twin River Valley and then won an 18-3 technical fall over Gabriel Torres of Storm Lake. Tatman then pinned Swen Rice of West Lyon in 1:30, but lost a 7-4 decision to third-ranked Bret McCains of Woodbine.
Kyle Brown earned a third place finish for the Knights in action at 285 pounds. Brown won a 3:05 fall over Dan Holmes of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, but lost a 4-1 decision to Adam Dreezen of Aurelia-Galva Holstein/Schaller-Crestland. Brown got back on track with a 2:12 fall over Clay Wentzel of Pocahontas Area and then decisioned Doug Schwaller of Okoboji by a 7-2 score.
Brown added 3-2 decision win over Beau Hansen of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto and then took third place with a satisfying 4:32 win by fall for revenge over Adam Dreezen of Aurelia-Galva-Holstein/Schal-ler-Crestland,
Other finishes for the Knights included Kass Schany placing fourth at 160 pounds, and a pair of fifth place finishes for Michael Jensen at 135 and Logan Tonderum at 140 pounds. Ryan Schany earned and eighth place finish at 112 pounds and Joel McGrauth also finished eighth wrestling at 215 pounds.
“We had a couple of matches that got away from us that we were capable of winning,” Alesch noted, “but we learned a lot about ourselves in the process. This tournament will help us get ready for sectionals and we look forward to that point.”