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G/T?Wins Battle Creek/Ida Grove?Tourney

By Staff | Jan 29, 2009

IDA?GROVE – Graettinger/Terril’s wrestlers came up with a big win over the weekend at the 31-team Odebolt Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove Tournament Friday and Saturday.

The Knights defeated the host OA-BC-IG squad by a 188-181 point total and came up with three titles at the tourney, along with a pair of runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes.

Winning championships for the Knights were 112 pounder James Tatman, 189 pounder Jake Hoffman and heavyweight Kyle Brown.

Tatman posted three pins on the way to his BCIG crown-in 17 seconds, 1:15 and 4:45 in the finals.

Hoffman went 4-0 with three pins followed by an 11-3 decision over Pocahontas Area-Pomeroy-Palmer’s Tom Brinkman in the finals.

Brown had a tougher road after his first round-pin. He won a 4-1 decision, then a 7-2 decision before beating West Lyon’s Brendan Terwee 8-6 in the finals.

Earning second place finishes for Graettinger/Terril were Michael Jensen at 145 pounds and Kass Schany, wrestling at 160 pounds.

Jensen suffered just his second loss of the season when he lost to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn’s Russ Godberson 6-5 in the finals. Godberson is rated fifth at 152 pounds.

Schany lost to Joe Sievert of Akron-Westfield by major decision, 13-4, in the final. It was Schany’s first loss of the season.

G/T got a third place finish from Logan Tonderum at 135 pounds, as he lost a 3-2 decision to TRV’s Sam Halverson, but came back with a 3-1 over Austin Hedstrom of Woodbine and then beat Cole Holton of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 4-2 for third place.

Nathan Howard placed third at 171 pounds for the Knights. After losing 3-2 to Chaps Wilcke of OA-BCIG in the semifinal, Howard rebounded with a pair of pins to place third.

Other Knight placewinners at the tournament included Trent Lundgren at 119 pounds, who finished 3-3 to place sixth and at 103 pounds, Tyler Dalen would finish with a marker of 1-3 to finish eighth.

“We came out of this tournament healthy and with first place, so we are extremely pleased,” said G/T coach Cody Alesch. “We learned a lot over the past few days and we get to work on those things and continue to prepare for the post season.”