Knights Third At Okoboji Tourney
GRAETTINGER – The Knights of Graettinger/Terril earned a third place finish at the Okoboji Invitational Wrestling Tournament this past Saturday. Coach Cody Alesch’s Knights brought home four individual championships and a pair of second place titles from the tournament, as they finished behind Spencer and Sibley-Ocheyedan in the team standings.
The Knights got titles from James Tatman at 112 pounds, Michael Jensen at 145 pounds, Kass Schany at 160 pounds and Jake Hoffman at 189 pounds, while Trent Lundgren and Nate Howard both earned runner-up finishes.
At 112, Tatman pinned David Graves of George-Little Rock in 3:36 and won the title with a 14-5 major decision over Nick Drenth of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Michael Jensen took first at 145 by pinning Steve Veit of Cherokee in 2:14 and then pinned Mike Wegner of HMS in 2:44. For the title, Jensen earned an 8-1 decision victory over Justin Truckenmiller of Sibley-Ocheyedan.
Kass Schany took first at 160 pounds with a 16-0 technical fall over Joey Klassen of Sibley-Ocheyedan and then pinned Pat Lahr of Okoboji in 5:45. For the title, Schany earned a 9-3 decision over Pat Loughlin of Cherokee.
In action at 189 pounds, Jake Hoffman pinned Max Stammer of Spirit Lake Park in 3:15 and then pinned Terron Geoders of George-Little Rock in :44. For the championship, Hoffman would wrestle Sean Elliott of Spencer, and earned the championship in an 8-6 overtime sudden-death victory.
At 119 pounds, Trent Lundgren opened the day with a 4:39 win by fall over Cherokee’s Rick Weaver, and then pinned Hank Voss of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in 3:52, but in the championship match, Lundgren lost a 6-0 decision to Mike Tlach of West Hancock to finish second.
In action at 171 pounds, Nate Howard took a first round 1:13 win by fall over Casey Carpenter of Okoboji and then pinned Spencer’s Zach VanWetterling in :44. But in the finals, Howard was pinned by Brian Block of Sibley-Ocheyedan in 3:24 of the match to finish second.
The Knights got a third place finish from Tyler Dalen at 103 pounds, while Kyle Brown finished fourth at 285 pounds. Tyler Manning earned a fifth place finish for the Knights at 125 pounds and at 215 pounds, Josh Anderson finished sixth.
“Everyone wrestled hard,” noted G/T Head Coach Cody Alesch. “We did a lot of good things and learned a lot that we need to work on as well. It was a good effort on the part of all the kids who wrestle.”