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Harwood Era Begins With Criteria Win

By Staff | Dec 3, 2009

ROLL?HIM?OVER - E’Hawk 152 pounder Austin McCartan works to roll Andrew Montgomery onto his back in the first match of the new season Monday at Forest City. McCartan would go on to pin his Forest City opponent in 1:52 as the E’Hawks would open the new season with two wins for new Coach Marc Harwood. -- Dan Voigt photo

FOREST?CITY – A new era in the history of Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire E’Hawk Wrestling began Monday night with a criteria victory over Forest City and a dual win over West Hancock. Head Coach Marc Harwood led the E’Hawks onto the mats for the first outings of the 2009-2010 season, and liked what he saw.

“There were some good matches, and we had some matches where we could have done things better,” Harwood admitted. “It was good for the guys to get out and compete and see what we need to improve on.”

The E’Hawks would face Forest City in the opening dual, and would need to go to the criteria of Most wins by Technical Fall before being declared the winner of the 35-35 dual.

Starting at 152 pounds, the E’Hawks got a 1:52 win by fall from Austin McCartan over Andrew Montgomery, and then got a 9-3 decision from Andrew Wellik in his 160 pound match against Ryan Fett. At 171 pounds, Joey Naig would earn a 21-5 technical fall in 2:12 of his match with Seth Broen to put the E’Hawks up 14-3 before the Indians got on the scoreboard.

In the 189 pound match, Howard Henkelvig came up short in a 5-3 decision loss to Ben Snyder, but at 215 pounds, Jake Morris received a win by forfeit. But in the 285 pound match, Andrew Garrelts was pinned in :35 of his match with Bryce Brandt to make the score 20-9 in favor of the E’Hawks.

Moving into the lower weights, the E’Hawks picked up a 2:56 win by fall from Tyler Leuer in his 103 pound match against Michael Messersmith. The E’Hawks would forfeit to Alex Spooner in the 112 pound match, but at 119 pounds, Isaac Lundgren earned a 3:31 win by fall over Taran Larson for a 32-15 score.

The 125 pound match saw Justin Studer get caught in the second period to be pinned in 3:06 by Cole Anderson to make the score 32-21. Nick Schany would lose a 12-1 major decision to Tyler Harman in the 130 pound match for a 32-25 score.

At 135, Nate Schany wrestled well to earn a 10-5 decision victory over Colby Fett for a 35-25 score with two matches remaining.

Jake Stubbs would lose a hard-fought 14-2 major decision to Tim Brock in the 140 pound match to make the score 35-29, and in the 145 pound match, Mitch Peterson was pinned in 1:50 by Aaron Sorenson to tie the team score at 35-35.

Officials Lindsay Eckerman and Steve Kappos consulted the rule book for criteria, eliminating the first three before awarding the win to the E’Hawks.

After a brief rest, the E’Hawks squared off against West Hancock’s Eagles and earned a 45-23 victory. At 160, Joey Naig pinned Ryer Clark in 1:48, but at 171, Howard Henkelvig was pinned in 3:31 by Sam Patterson. Derek Henkelvig lost a 12-0 major decision to Zac Schlueger in the 189 pound match as the Eagles took a 10-6 lead over the E’Hawks.

Jake Morris stepped onto the mat to face off with Al Horstman at 215 pounds for the E’Hawks and would battle to the end, only to come up a point shy in a 5-4 decision loss.

The E’Hawks would see 285 pounder Andrew Garrelts suffer a 1:07 fall at the hands of Nick Aitchison to trail 19-6, but things were about to change.

At 103, Tyler Leuer earned a win by forfeit, as did teammate Nick Merwald at 112.

Justin Studer would wrestle Conor Thill at 119 and earned a pin in :19 to allow the E’Hawks to retake the lead, 24-19.

Isaac Lundgren would earn a 1:13 win by fall over Mark Johnson in the 125 pound match and at 130, Nick Schany recorded a 1:32 win by fall over Mason Muth.

Nate Schany would claim a 9-2 decision victory over Chris Ramos in their 135 pound match to give the E’Hawks a 39-19 advantage.

At 140 pounds, Jake Stubbs would lose a 9-1 major decision to Bret Walk, but at 145, Mitch Peterson tallied an 8-5 decision win over Neil Ausborn before Andrew Wellik tallied a 7-6 decision over Gunnar Clark in the 152 pound match for the 45-23 final victory for the E’Hawks.