E’Hawk Grapplers Open Season With Split
The wrestling season opened with a split decision for the E’Hawks of Emmetsburg- Armstrong-Ringsted-Ruthven -Ayrshire on Tuesday night.
The E’Hawks ran into a buzz saw in the form of Forest City, who scored six consecutive pins on their way to a 56-21 win over the E’Hawks. In their second dual of the night, a late match rally by Nate Schany helped propel the E’Hawks to a 39-33 victory over West Hancock. Forest City defeated West Hancock in their dual by a 56-24 score.
“We found out where we are right now,” noted E’Hawk Head Coach Zach Hamann following the meet. “We’ve got things to do and improve on in the wrestling room.”
Action against Forest City started at 152 pounds, where Joey Brandenburg scored a 1:29 win by fall over Mitch Tuttle to give the E’Hawks the first match win of the season. At 160, Joey Naig duplicated the feat with a 5:14 win by fall over Andrew Montgomery.
But at 171, Ben McCain fell victim to Willie Sougstad as he was pinned in 1:29 of the match. Jake Morris battled hard in his 189 pound match but lost a 10-4 decision to Coda Subject. Adam Leuer would score a :45 win by fall over Mike Hale in the 215 pound match for the E’Hawks, but at 285, Taylor Morris was pinned in 2:45 by Kory Mitthun.
At 103 pounds, Isaac Lundgren made his varsity debut facing top-rated Alex Spooner, and was pinned by Spooner in 1:17 to give the Indians a 21-18 lead over the E’Hawks.
Justin Studer would end up the victim of a 1:59 fall at the hands of Cole Anderson at 112 pounds and at 119, Matt Weir was pinned in 1:27 by Dan Halverson. Grant Rehan was pinned in :29 by Tyler Harman in the 125 pound match and a 130, Jake Stubbs was caught and pinned in 4:26 of his battle with Felipe Gonzalez.
Jordan Cody broke Forest City’s string in the 135 pound match, as he earned an 8-4 decision over Tim Brock to make the score 21-45. At 140, Nate Schany lost a 22-6 technical fall in 5:37 to Aaron Sorenson before the E’Hawks forfeited the 145 pound match for the 56-21 final score.
Against West Hancock, the E’Hawks opened with a 3:14 win by fall from Joey Naig in the 160 pound match, as he pinned Tyler Silber. Ben McCain battled hard in an 8-5 decision loss to Wesley Steward at 171 pounds, but Jake Morris scored a :32 win by fall over Zac Schleuger in action at 189 pounds.
Adam Leuer would earn a 6-1 decision victory over Alan Horstman in the 215 pound match, but at heavyweight, Taylor Morris fell victim to Dan Kruger, as Morris was pinned in :42 of te match.
At 103, Isaac Lundgren earned a win by forfeit, making the score 21-9 in favor of the E’Hawks. Justin Studer would score a 3:17 win by fall over Mark Johnson in the 112 pound match, but at 119, Matt Weir was pinned in 1:34 by Michael Tlach.
Grant Rehan was the victim of a :21 pin by Chris Ramos in action at 125, but at 130, Jake Stubbs recorded a 10-6 decision over Bret Walk.
Jordan Cody was pinned in 1:19 of his 135 pound match by Ethan Kronemann, making the score 30-27 for the E’Hawks.
Nate Schany then stepped to the mat at 140 pounds against Neil Ausborn and led after the first period, only to trail 8-5 goin ginto the final period. Schany would score a pair of reversals and get three point near-falls in the final period to rally for a 15-14 decision over Ausborn.
With the E’Hawks leading 33-27, a forfeit of the 145 pound match to West Hancock tied the score at 33, setting up the final contest, the 152 pound bout between Joey Brandenburg and chris Ausborn. Brandenburg and Ausborn battled to a 4-4 draw after one period, and traded reversals in the second period before Brandenburg got another reversal and scored a 3:55 win by fall over Ausborn to give the E’Hawks the 39-33 win.
The E’Hawks will now gear up for their first tournament appearance of the season on Saturday when they travel to the Eagle Grove Invitational. Action will get underway at 11 a.m. with Ballard, Ankeny, Humboldt, Fort Dodge, Algona, Fort Dodge JV, the E’Hawks and Eagle Grove.