Knight Wrestlers Both Earn Placings At State Wrestling Tourney
DES MOINES – Both of the Graettinger/Terril entrants at the State Wrestling Tournament earned placings for the Knights at the conclusion of the event. The state tournament concluded last Saturday after four days of action at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
James Tatman, wrestling at 103 pounds for Coach Cody Alesch’s Knights, and Jake Hoffman, wrestling at 189 pounds, earned eighth and sixth place honors, respectively, for their appearances at the tournament.
Both wrestlers began their state tournament experience on Wednesday afternoon. In first round action at 103, James Tatman wrestled Jake Kadel of New London, but lost a 6-1 decision to the freshman to move into the consolation bracket. In his consolation match, Tatman wrestled Brice Dietz of Nashua-Plainfield. Tatman controlled the match and scored a 4:17 win by fall to keep his medal hopes alive.
In his first-round match, Jake Hoffman met Dillon Grossman of Woodbine, and eared a 15-6 major decision victory to advance into Thursday’s quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Hoffman met John Sievert, a senior from Akron-Westfield, who upset Hoffman in an 11-6 decision. Hoffman then dropped into the consolation brackets, where he bounced back with a 1:42 win by fall over Jon Meyers of Coon Rapids-Bayard to keep his medal hopes alive.
In his 103 pound consolation bracket match on Thursday, Tatman earned his second pin in the tournament with a 5:34 win by fall over Brennan McNitt of Council Bluffs St. Albert’s.
With both wrestlers in the consolation bracket, both needed wins in the Friday consolation matches for high medal hopes.
At 103 pounds, James Tatman ran afoul of Alex Wright of Durant, and was pinned in 2:52 of their match, dropping Tatman into the seventh place match.
For Jake Hoffman, the 189 pound match with Tyler Moorehead of Mason City Newman turned into a 9-4 decision victory for the Knight wrestler, moving him into the fifth place match on Saturday.
In the seventh place match, Tatman would come up short in a 4-1 decision loss to Alex Rost of Central Lyon to place eighth at 103 in Class 1A.
At 189, Hoffman would meet Matt Ferlitsch of Highland Riverside and in a classic battle, ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 decision to end up with the sixth place finish in Class 1A at 189 pounds.