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The Road To State Begins…

By Staff | Feb 10, 2009

TAKING?CONTROL - E’Hawk 189 pounder Jake Morris earned the lone Sectional title for the E’Hawks on Saturday at Algona. Morris need just :43 to pin Brandon Keller of Algona in this match and earned the title with a 3:07 pin of Coda Subject of Forest City in the 189 pound championship match. -- Dan Voigt photo

ALGONA – The E’Hawks of Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire will send three wrestlers to Saturday’s Class 2A District Wrestling Tournament in Humboldt, following action this past Saturday at the 2A Sectional Tourney in Algona. Coach Zach Hamann’s E’Hawks earned one championship on Saturday, and got two second place qualifications in a tough day of wrestling action.

Junior 189 pounder Jake Morris earned the E’Hawks’ lone championship, while freshman Isaac Lundgren claimed second place honors at 103 pounds and junior Joey Naig had to win a wrestleback to finish second at 152 pounds.

Emmetsburg/AR/RA got third place finishes from Justin Studer, Jordan Cody and Adam Leuer on the day, along with fourth place finishes from Ben McCain, Joey Brandenburg and Jake Stubbs. Taylor Morris, Howard Henkelvig and Matt Weir rounded out the finishes for the E’Hawks as all ended up with fifth place honors.

The E’Hawks would finish in fourth place overall in the team standings at Algona, behind Clear Lake, Forest City and Algona.

Emmetsburg’s lone champion, Jake Morris, earned the top seed at 189 pounds on Saturday. With a first-round bye, Morris wrestled a semi-final match against Brandon Keller of Algona. Morris needed just :43 to pin Keller and advance to the championship match with Coda Subject of Forest City. Morris improved his season record to 32-7 with a 3:07 win by fall over Subject to claim the Sectional title and the advancement to the district tournament.

TAKE?THAT?WRIST?- E’Hawk 160 pounder Ben McCain came up with a satisfying victory at Staturday’s 2A Sectional tourney in Algona. McCain decisioned Alex Long of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett by a 9-7 score and would go on to finish in fourth place for the E’Hawks. -- Dan Voigt photo

In action at 103 pounds, E’Hawk freshman Isaac Lundgren was seeded second in a three-man bracket. With a record of 30-5, Lundgren wrestled a semi-final against Austin Horner of Clear Lake. Lundgren would earn a 3:41 win by fall over the Clear Lake wrestler to advance to the finals match against Alex Spooner of Forest City. Lundgren would come up short in a 6-0 decision to Spooner, but earned the second-place finish and the right to advance to the District tournament next week with a record of 31-6.

For junior Joey Naig, the road to the district tournament had a detour. Drawing the top seed at 152, Naig came off a first-round bye to pin Alex Good of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett in just :39 of their match. The win put Naig into the finals match against Christian Trebil of Clear Lake. Naig held a 2-1 lead going into the final period, but with a 6-3 lead, Naig was called twice in the final minute of the period to give Trebil a penalty point to make the score 6-4. A penalty point for a technical violation against Naig made the score 6-5, and with less than :10 to go in the match, Trebil managed to score a takedown to edge Naig by a 7-6 tally.

The loss would force a wrestleback at 152, with Naig facing Luke Ingalls of Algona for the true second-place finish. Naig took another 2-1 lead going into the final period, and took control of the match in the final 2:00, earning a 9-1 major decision and the second place finish for the advancement to the district tournament. Naig goes into the district tournament with a mark of 34-8.

For the remaining E’Hawks, the wrestling season came to an end earlier than they had hoped for on Saturday.

Senior Jordan Cody saw his hopes for a trip to the state tournament dashed on Saturday after he finished third. Cody drew a first-round bye as the second seed at 135 pounds, and met Tim Brock of Forest City in the semi-final match. However, Brock took a 5-0 lead after two periods and Cody was unable to gain near fall points to tie the match, losing a 5-3 decision. Cody would be forced to settle for third place honors after he pinned Ben Tull of Algona in the consolation final in 1:52, closing his season with a mark of 29-11.

Adam Leuer, the E’Hawks’ senior 215 pounder, also saw his hopes for a state tournament appearance snuffed out in the semi-final round on Saturday. Leuer opened the tournament with a :44 win by fall over Josh Young of Estherville Lincoln Central, but in the semi-final round, Leuer lost an 11-9 decision to Logan Johnson of Algona, which sent Leuer to the consolation final. Leuer would meet Mike Hale of Forest City and dominate the match, claiming a 13-2 major decision for third place, and ending his season with a record of 35-5.

After a first-round bye, Justin Studer, the E’Hawks’ freshman 112 pounder, was the victim of a 2:51 pin at the hands of Cole Anderson of Forest City in the semi-finals. In the third-place match, Studer would claim the honors with an 8-4-decision victory to finish his season with a mark of 22-16.

For Jake Stubbs, his day started with a 24-11 major decision victory over Calvin Beal of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett in the first round at 130 pounds. Stubbs would then be pinned in 4:37 of the semi-final match against Tucker Weber of Clear Lake to move into the consolation finals. Stubbs would meet up with Joel Christensen of Estherville Lincoln Central in the match for third place and would come up short in a 12-5 decision loss to settle for fourth place, finishing his year with a mark of 19-21.

Senior 140 pounder Joey Brandenburg won his first match of the day with a 9-7 decision over Eric Spencer of Algona to advance into the semi-finals. Meeting Aaron Sorenson of Forest City, Brandenburg was pinned in 1:25, sending Brandenburg to the consolation finals. Against Royce Byrnes of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett, Brandenburg was pinned in 2:15, ending the E’Hawks’ season with a fourth place finish and a 24-15 record for the season.

Sophomore Ben McCain came up with an exciting win in his first round match at 160 pounds. McCain wrestled Alex Long of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett to a 5-5 tie after two periods, and then took a 9-7 decision victory to advance to the semi-finals. Meeting Nick Larson of Algona, McCain was pinned in 3:11 of the match. Moving into the consolation finals, McCain wrestled Jamie Brockhohn of Forest City, but lost a 9-0 major decision to settle for a fourth place finish. McCain finishes the season with a record of 2-35.

Senior Heavyweight Taylor Morris lost his first-round match with Algona’s Justin Decker by an 8-6 decision. For the fifth place match, Morris wrestled Kirk Anderson of Estherville Lincoln Central and claimed a 5:24 win by fall to earn the fifth place finish. Morris ends his season with a mark of 22-20.

Also earning a fifth place finish was Howard Henkelvig at 171 pounds. Henkelvig was the victim of a 5:29 pin at the hands of Nathan Moretz of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett. In the consolation match for fifth place, Henkelvig wrestled Riley Edwards of Estherville Lincoln Central and came up with a 7-6 decision victory to claim fifth place. Henkelvig finished the season with a mark of 3-24.

The E’Hawks also got a fifth place finish from Matt Weir, wrestling at 119 pounds. Weir met Dan Halvorsen of Forest City in the first round of action and was pinned in :28 of the match. As there were only five wrestlers in the 119 pound bracket, Weir automatically earned the fifth place finish and finished the season with a record of 3-31.

district tournament with a mark of 34-8.

For the remaining E’Hawks, the wrestling season came to an end earlier than they had hoped for on Saturday.

Senior Jordan Cody saw his hopes for a trip to the state tournament dashed on Saturday after he finished third. Cody drew a first-round bye as the second seed at 135 pounds, and met Tim Brock of Forest City in the semi-final match. However, Brock took a 5-0 lead after two periods and Cody was unable to gain near fall points to tie the match, losing a 5-3 decision. Cody would be forced to settle for third place honors after he pinned Ben Tull of Algona in the consolation final in 1:52, closing his season with a mark of 29-11.

Adam Leuer, the E’Hawks’ senior 215 pounder, also saw his hopes for a state tournament appearance snuffed out in the semi-final round on Saturday. Leuer opened the tournament with a :44 win by fall over Josh Young of Estherville Lincoln Central, but in the semi-final round, Leuer lost an 11-9 decision to Logan Johnson of Algona, which sent Leuer to the consolation final. Leuer would meet Mike Hale of Forest City and dominate the match, claiming a 13-2 major decision for third place, and ending his season with a mark of 35-5.

After a first-round bye, Justin Studer, the E’Hawks’ freshman 112 pounder, was the victim of a 2:51 pin at the hands of Cole Anderson of Forest City in the semi-finals. In the third-place match, Studer would claim the honors with an 8-4-decision victory to finish his season with a mark of 22-16.

For Jake Stubbs, his day started with a 24-11 major decision victory over Calvin Beal of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett in the first round at 130 pounds. Stubbs would then be pinned in 4:37 of the semi-final match against Tucker Weber of Clear Lake to move into the consolation finals. Stubbs would meet up with Joel Christensen of Estherville Lincoln Central in the match for third place and would come up short in a 12-5 decision loss to settle for fourth place, finishing his year with a mark of 19-21.

Senior 140 pounder Joey Brandenburg won his first match of the day with a 9-7 decision over Eric Spencer of Algona to advance into the semi-finals. Meeting Aaron Sorenson of Forest City, Brandenburg was pinned in 1:25, sending Brandenburg to the consolation finals. Against Royce Byrnes of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett, Brandenburg was pinned in 2:15, ending the E’Hawks’ season with a fourth place finish and a 24-15 record for the season.

Sophomore Ben McCain came up with an exciting win in his first round match at 160 pounds. McCain wrestled Alex Long of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett to a 5-5 tie after two periods, and then took a 9-7 decision victory to advance to the semi-finals. Meeting Nick Larson of Algona, McCain was pinned in 3:11 of the match. Moving into the consolation finals, McCain wrestled Jamie Brockhohn of Forest City, but lost a 9-0 major decision to settle for a fourth place finish. McCain finishes the season with a record of 2-35.

Senior Heavyweight Taylor Morris lost his first-round match with Algona’s Justin Decker by an 8-6 decision. For the fifth place match, Morris wrestled Kirk Anderson of Estherville Lincoln Central and claimed a 5:24 win by fall to earn the fifth place finish. Morris ends his season with a mark of 22-20.

Also earning a fifth place finish was Howard Henkelvig at 171 pounds. Henkelvig was the victim of a 5:29 pin at the hands of Nathan Moretz of Lake Mills/Northwood-Kensett. In the consolation match for fifth place, Henkelvig wrestled Riley Edwards of Estherville Lincoln Central and came up with a 7-6 decision victory to claim fifth place. Henkelvig finished the season at 3-24.

The E’Hawks also got a fifth place finish from Matt Weir, wrestling at 119 pounds. Weir met Dan Halvorsen of Forest City in the first round of action and was pinned in :28 of the match. As there were only five wrestlers in the 119 pound bracket, Weir automatically earned the fifth place finish and finished the season with a mark of 3-31.