E’Hawks, Knights Earn Placings At State Tourney
DES?MOINES – You might call the 2009 Iowa State Wrestling Championships the State Tournament of unfulfilled goals for wrestlers from Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Graettinger/Terril.
Each program sent three wrestlers to the big dance in Des Moines, and both teams brought home two medal placings, but the final performances fell short of what each wrestler had hoped for.
“We had our chances, that’s for sure,”?noted E’Hawk Head Coach Zach Hamann. “The guys all wrestled hard and we were in every match, but the quality of competition down here is so impressive. The guys are disappointed, but I’m still very proud of how they wrestled.”
Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Cody Alesch had similar thoughts.
“I thought all three wrestlers gave a hard fought effort in every match they wrestled. We made a few mistakes in a couple matches that cost us some points and put us in some different situations than what we wanted to be in. At State, you have to be solid in everything you do as well out-fight the guy you are wrestling for six minutes.”
For Emmetsburg/AR/RA, junior Joey Naig would bring home a fourth place medal at 152 pounds in the class 2A competition, while freshman teammate Isaac Lundgren earned a seventh place finish at 130 pounds.
The E’Hawks’ third state qualifier, Jake Morris, wrestling at 189, did not place after two losses in the preliminary rounds.
The Knights got a third place finish from senior Jake Hoffman in the 189 pound weight class, while junior Michael Jensen earned fifth place at 145 pounds in Class 1A competition.
Graettinger/Terril senior heavyweight Kyle Brown would end up out of the medal roun following two losses in preliminary rounds.
For the E’Hawks of Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire, the state tournament experience began Thursday on an less than auspicious note.
In his first match at the state tournament, 103 pounder Isaac Lundgren met Alex Brown of Hampton-Dumont. Lundgren looked to be in good shape until Brown caught the E’Hawk freshman and scored a quick :47 win by fall to send Lundgren into the consolation brackets.
At 152 pounds, Joey Naig wrestled Dakota Frieseth of ADM-Adel in his opener. After trailing through the second period, Naig came back in the final period to score a 5-4 decision win to advance to the quarter-finals.
For 189 pounder Jake Morris, Carl Broghammer of West Delaware was the opening round foe. Morris could never get his offense going against the eventual champion, as Broghammer claimed a 13-0 major decision over the E’Hawk grappler to send him to the consolation round.
Moving into the first round consolation matches, Isaac Lundgren wrestled Cody Christianson of Collins-Maxwell-Baxter and dominated the match, scoring a 3:00 win by fall to stay alive at 103 pounds.
At 189, Jake Morris drew Micah Hoogendoorn of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Morris wasted little time in the match, as he took Hoogendorn down and pinned him in 1:29 to keep his medal hopes alive as well.
Friday’s action saw Joey Naig square off against Kyle Baker of Mediapolis. Naig would control the match on his way to a 5-1 decision victory to earn a berth in the semi-finals.
Isaac Lundgren would wrestle Tim Negaard of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the second consolation match and picked up t a 4:52 win by fall to remain in the medal hunt at 103.
But for Jake ?Morris, the tournament was about to come to a close. Meeting Trevor Voelker of Dallas Center-Grimes, the match was a back and forth affair, with Morris holding a 12-11 lead to start the final period. But Voelker would score a late takedown and back points to earn a 17-14 decision win over Morris, ending his state tournament.
The Friday Evening semi-finals saw Joey Naig meet up with Trent Weatherman of Ballard-Huxley. Weatherman took control of the match early and worked Naig hard before pinning the E’Hawk in 4:41 of the match, dropping Naig into the consolation bracket.
At 103, Isaac Lundgren faced off with Dalton Kingery of PCM-Monroe, but lose a 5-1 decision to fall into the seventh place match on Saturday.
Joey Naig would have to come back later on Friday night to wrestle Dakota Frieseth of ADM, his first-round foe. Naig prevailed once again, winning a 9-4 decision to earn the right to wrestle for third place on Saturday afternoon.
In the consolation finals round Saturday afternoon, Isaac Lundgren would dominated JC Vercande of Williamsburg and claimed seventh place with an 18-4 major decision.
For the third place medal, Joey Naig met Kyle Lux of South Tama Community, but would come up short in an 8-5 decision to finish fourth for the E’Hawks.
“I?know the guys expected to do better, but things don’t always go like you hope for,”?noted E’Hawk Head Coach Zach Hamann. “Our kids didn’t wrestle bad at all. They all wrestled about as good as you can, but there were some guys down here who were just better this weekend.
But, all three of these guys will be back next year and I think they’ll build on what they learned down here and be great leaders for us next season.”
For the Graettinger/Terril Knights, the story at state was much the same as that of the E’Hawks. With three wrestlers qualifying for state, hopes were high for the Knights.
In first round action on Wednesday evening, Michael Jensen opened with a 21-8 major decision loss at the hands of Vance Ortner of Don Bosco, and dropped in to the consolation round at 145 pounds.
At 189 pounds, Jake Hoffman scored an 8-1 decision over Bryan Martin of Jewell-South Hamilton to keep his title hopes and undefeated season alive.
heavyweight Kyle Brown
opened his tournament with a 3-2 decision over Jordan Mitchell of Westwood to stay on the front side of the bracket after day one at the tourney.
After losing his first-round match , Michael Jensen rebounded with a Technical Fall over Kyle Henninger of Waterloo Columbus in 4:28 of their match to stay in medal contention.
Thursday evenings’ matches saw Jake Hoffman score a 10-0 major decision win over old foe Tom Brinkman of Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer in the 189 pound match.
Kyle Brown would meet Dallas Hendrickson of Saint Ansgar in the semi-finals, but was pinned in 3:39 to move into the consolation bracket.
Michael Jensen would meet Brad Recker of Belle Plaine in the consolation match, and earned a 2:10 win by fall to remain in the meet at 145.
However, heavyweight Kyle Brown would not be as lucky, as he was pinned by Dan Kruger of West Hancock in 4:34 to end his state tournament appearance.
Moving into Friday’s action, Jake hoffman needed a win to advance to the finals, but Jake Thome of Don Bosco had other ideas, pinning Hoffman in 5:30, giving the Knight his first loss of the season and taking him out of championship contention.
Moving into the consolation round, Michael Jensen earned a 9-7 decision victory over Jesse Brown of Nashua-Plainfield.
Friday night’s consolation semi-finals saw Jensen lose a 6-18 decision o Vance Ortner of Don Bosco, sending Jensen into the fifth place match on Saturday.
Hoffman would wrestle Cass Lester of Pleasantville and score a 15-2 major decision for the right to wrestle for third place on Saturday.
In Saturday’s fifth place match, Jensen would wrestled Russ Godberson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn. Jensen avenged a district tournament loss to Godberson with an 8-3 decision victory for fifth place.
At 189 pounds, Jake Hoffman would score a 1-0 win by decision over Collin Sudol of Nashua-Plainfield to claim the third place medal.
“The three guys had high expectations for themselves going down there. They all fell short of what they wanted to achieve but I was pleased with their effort and how they prepared themselves to make a run at state,” noted Graettinger/Terril’s Coach Cody Alesch. “We just had some things not go our way and that is unfortunate for them.”
Alesch continued, “Kyle and Jake had great Senior seasons and we are really going to miss their leadership and work ethics next year. I am extremely proud of both of them they have been a large part of our program for 4 years and its success.
Michael comes back for one more season and he will have his goals set high. He has been there twice now with this 5th place finish. If Michael works at it for the next 12 months he will have the opportunity to achieve any goals he sets for himself and I expect him to do just that.”