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Graettinger/Terril Wrestlers Place Sixth At Okoboji Tournament

By Staff | Dec 10, 2009

MILFORD – It seemed like Deja’Vu for the Knights of Graettinger/Terril as they returned to Milford for the second time in week to wrestle in Saturday’s Okoboji Invitational. The Knights opened their season last week in a double dual at Okoboji, downing the Pioneers and losing to Spencer, and on Saturday, Coach Cody Alesch’s wrestlers took sixth place in the Okoboji Invite.

“We wrestled better today then we did last Thursday as a team,” Alesch said. “So, that is a start and shows me we are going forward. We are still making a few mistakes but we will correct them.”

Michael Jensen and Nate Howard led the Knights by earning the championships in their respective weight classes. Jensen won by falls in his first two matches of the tournament at 152 pounds, the first in 2 minutes 26 seconds over Taylor Block of Sibley and the second in 2:36 over Kris Kaufman of Okoboji. In the title match, Jensen got a rematch with Spencer’s Matt Wilkerson, who had defeated him in their dual a week earlier.

It would be Jensen’s match, as he claimed the 152 pound crown with a 4-3 decision win.

At 215 pounds, Nate Howard started with a win by fall over Adam Dreeszen of Spirit Lake and then decisioned Josh Treybull of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 9-7 before taking a 2-0 decision win over Al Horstman of West Hancock to win the title.

“Both Michael and Nate had a solid day,” Alesch said. “They beat several ranked opponents and just wrestled hard against good quality kids.”

The Knights got a second place finish from Tyler Dalen at 103 pounds as he won by fall over Tanner Nelson of Fulda, Minn., in 2:11 before being pinned by Spirit Lake’s Doug Miner in 1:07 of the championship match.

Graettinger/Terril also got a third place finish from Trent Lundgren at 130 pounds, as he finished in third place.

Austin Thompson would earn a fourth place finish at 112 pounds for Graettinger/Terril, while Conner Tonderum at 119 pounds, Tymthy Hart at 140 pounds and Heath Marchand at 145 pounds, all finished with sixth place honors.