Hoffman Records 100th Win As Knights Split Duals
GRAETTINGER — Graettinger/Terril junior Jake Hoffman earned his 100th career wrestling victory Tuesday in a double dual. The Knights defeated Garner/Hayfield 44-36, but lost 42-29 to Manson Northwest Webster in the nightcap.
Hoffman, the top-ranked 189 pounder in Class 1A, earned his 99th win with a :53 win by fall over Nick Meyers of Manson Northwest Webster, and then hit the century mark with a :45 win by fall over Jason Monsen of Garner-Hayfield.
“Jake’s been working awfully hard and last week he beat the second-rated kid in Class 1A,” said G/T Head Coach Cody Alesch. “He keeps getting better each time he steps on the mat. If he keeps wrestling like this, he’ll end the season on a good note.”
Hoffman, who entered this season with 70 victories, spent his first two seasons with former Knight standout Jared Enderton as a practice partner. Enderton won the 189-pound 1A title in 2007, and that didn’t hurt Hoffman’s work ethic.
“Having Jared as a workout partner, the last couple years really helped Jake against some of the bigger guys,” confirmed Alesch.
Hoffman, who finished with a 36-5 record last season, is focusing on improving his fourth place finish at state last year to end the 2007-2008 season.
In the dual with the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster, the Knights got wins from Kass Schany at 160 with a 6-5 decision and Kyle Brown at heavyweight James Tatman got a 10-1 major decision at 103 and at 112, Ryan Schany recorded a 17-2 Technical Fall. Michael Jensen also won with a 15-0 Technical Fall in his 135 pound match.
Other matches against the Cougars saw Logan Tonderum lose a decision at 140, while Heath Marchand was pinned at 152 pounds. Josh Anderson lost a decision at 171 and a 215, Cody Manwarren was pinned.
In the second dual for the Knights, Graettinger/Terril earned a satisfying win over Garner-Hayfield’s Cardinals.
Along with Hoffman’s win, Kass Schany scored a 20-11 major decision win in action at 160. At 215, Cody Manwarren earned a win by fall in :33 and Kyle Brown earned a win by fall in :53.
Ryan Schany collected a 17-2 Technical Fall in his 112 pound match, while James Tatman picked up a win by fall in 2:39 of the 103 pound match. Michael Jensen also won by fall in 2:32 of the 135 pound bout and at 140 pounds, Logan Tonderum won a 16-0 Technical Fall.
Heath Marchand was pinned in :57 of the 152 pound match and Josh Anderson was pinned in 1:03 of the 171 pound match to round out the action.
“In both the duals the kids came out and wrestled well,” said Alesch. “We fought hard and won all the matches we should with two others we barely let get away. The kids really need to prepare these next few weeks to keep on pace and get better individually.”