E’Hawk Grapplers Win Conference Openers
LeMARS – The start of Lakes Conference wrestling was a success for the E’Hawks of Emmetsburg/Arm-strong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrsh-
ire on Thursday night, as they took a pair of victories over LeMars and Estherville Lincoln Central. The E’Hawks downed ELC by a 65-15 score and then bested LeMars by a 53-24 final tally to improve to 3-2 overall on the year and 2-0 in the Lakes.
Wrestling started at 125 pounds in the dual between the Midgets of ELC and the E’Hawks. Each team received a win by forfeit to start the dual, with Grant Rehan getting the forfeit win for the E’Hawks at 125, and the E’Hawks forfeiting the 130 pound match to ELC’s Joel Christensen.
At 135, Jake Stubbs rolled to a 15-0 Technical Fall in 3:58 of his match with Aaron Howing before Jordan Cody recorded a 1:54 win by fall over Seth Shatto in the 140 pound match.
Nate Schany came up with a 1:09 win by fall over D.J. Peterson in action at 145 pounds and at 152 pounds, Joey Naig would receive a win by forfeit to give the E’Hawks a 29-6 lead.
At 160 pounds, Joey Brandenburg pinned Matt McMurtry in :50 of their match, but at 171, Howard Henkelvig was pinned in 5:31 by Riley Edwards.
Jake Morris would take a 1:00 win by fall victory over Zach Wykoff in the 189 pound match but at 215 pounds, Taylor Morrs would battle a tough Gabe Bonner down to the wire, but came up short in an 8-9 decision loss to the ELC wrestler.
Heavyweight Adam Leuer recorded a win by fall over Zach Iverson in 5:44 of the match to give Emmetsburg/AR/RA a 47-15 lead.
Freshmen Isaac Lundgren and Justin Studer both received wins by forfeit at 103 and 112 pounds, respectively, and 119 pounder Matt Weir also received a win by forfeit to end the dual with the 65-15 final tally for the E’Hawks.
In the nightcap dual, the E’Hawks squared off with the host Bulldogs of LeMars. The Bulldogs would take the first match of the dual, as Anthony Schimek pinned Jake Stubbs in 4:31 of the 130 pound match. But at 135, Jordan Cody answered with a 2:27 win by fall over Rene VanWyhe. Nate Schany then added a 1:01 win by fall over Zach Reuter before the E’hawks forfeited the 145 pound match to Brayton Ringsdorf, but not after some confusion on the mats. Ringsdorf reported to the mat for the forfeit, but E’Hawk Joey Naig, the next wrestler at 152, followed him to the mat and the official mistakenly started the match. In the meantime, Joey Brandenburg, wrestling at 160, reported to his mat, but LeMars’ 152 pounder, Jake Mohnning, also reported and a match started. Both matches got into the second period before the mistake was realized and the matches were stopped. After discussion by the officials and coaches, the 152 and 160 pound matches were moved to the end of the dual, with the correct wrestlers.
After sorting out the confusion, the match continued with Ben McCain meeting Ben Beitelspacher at 171 pounds, with McCain falling to the ranked LeMars’ wrestler in :36. At 189 pounds, Jake Morris squared off with Spencer Vore and claimed a 1:54 win by fall in the match. Adam Leuer recorded a 1:20 win by fall over Jared Meis in the 215 pound match and at heavyweight, Taylor Morris eared a 12-10 decision victory over Christ Stevenson to give the E’Hawks a 27-18 advantage on the scoreboard.
Isaac Lundgren tallied a 2:28 win by fall in his 103 pound match against Mason Cook and Justin Studer won a 15-0 Technical Fall in 4:29 of his 112 pound match with C.J. Singer. At 119, Matt Weir recorded a :46 win by fall over Palani Permeswaran but Justin Firkins was pinned by Quinton Vore in 3:26 of the 125 pound match to make the score 44-24.
Moving back to the 152 and 160 pound matches, the correct wrestlers reported to the mats,and at 152 Joey Naig met Jake Mohning and earned an 11-7 decision victory while at 160, Joey Brandenburg wrestled Zach Dimmick and scored a win by fall in 3:05 for the 53-24 final score victory.
The E’Hawks continue conference wrestling tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to Sheldon for a double dual with Sheldon-South O’Brien and Cherokee. On Saturday, the E’Hawks will travel to Fort Dodge to compete in the Fort Dodge Invitational.