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Crown Four Champions

By Staff | Dec 15, 2009

E’HAWK?INVITATIONAL?CHAMPIONS - The Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire E’Hawks won the team championship at their own tournament on Saturday. The E’Hawks edged Odeboldt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove by six and a half points to win the team championship. The E’Hawks will travel to Western Christian to wrestle the Wolfpack and Spencer Tigers on Thursday and then close out the first half of the season at the Fort Dodge Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 19. -- Dan Voigt photo

With four individual championships and 12 placings, the E’Hawks of Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire captured the team title at their own tournament Saturday. It was another strong performance against a field of good competition in the final week of wrestling before the holiday break.

The E’Hawks collected championships at 112, 140, 160 and 215 pounds Saturday afternoon, and earned podium finishes at 103, 119, 125, 135, 145 and 152 pounds, with a fifth at 189 and sixth place finish at 130 pounds.

“The kids wrestled very well,” noted E’Hawk Head Coach Marc Harwood. “We saw a lot of good competition and we learned from that competition. We need to keep working hard every day in the wrestling room and in our matches.”

The E’Hawks’ first title came at 112 pounds, as Isaac Lundgren would execute a leg cradle against Reid Russel of Fort Dodge to score a win by fall in :38 in the finals for his first tournament title of the season. Lundgren pinned his way through the tourney, with a :31 fall over Chris Albright of Okboji and a 1:35 win by fall over David Grove of CL/GLR.

At 140 pounds, E’Hawk newcomer Skyler Rice started his day with a :48 win by fall over Pat Billings of OA/BC-IG, and then pinned Justin Carson of Humboldt in :55 to earn a title match with Zach Reed of LeMars. Rice would win the championship with a 1:39 win by fall for his first E’Hawk championships.

Senior Joey Naig picked up his second title of the season at 160 pounds on Saturday. Naig opened with a 17-2 Technical Fall over Storm Lake’s Paco Vazquez in the first round and then pinned Brandon Kellen of LeMars in :31 to earn a title match agasint Tyler down of OA/BC-IG, where he won a 10-0 major decision for the championships.

The final title came at 215 pounds, where Jake Morris started out with a :52 win by fall over Storm Lake’s Mike Eades and then pinned Justin Carpenter of LeMars in 1:14. For the finals match, Morris squared off against Doug Schwaller of Okoboji, and had to go into overtime before claiming an 8-6 decision victory to earn the championship.

At 119 pounds, Justin Studer would finish in second place for the E’Hawks. Studer began with a bye in the first round, and then collted a 2:42 win by fall over Monty Arends of Fort Dodge to advance to the finals. Against Alex Rust of CL/GLR, Studer would be pinned in 1:25 to settle for second place honors.

The E’Hawks’ Austin McCartan, wrestling at 145 pounds, also finished in the runner-up spot on Saturday. McCartan scored a 1:38 win by fall over Humboldt’s Tyler Ruz and then earned a 6-4 decision victory over Brayton Ringsdorf of LeMars to advance t to the finals. Meeting Cole clarken of Fort Dodge for the championship, McCartan was pinned in 1:52 to take the second place honors.

At 103 pounds, Tyler Leuer would earn a third place finish for Emmesburg/AR/RA after receiving a first-round bye. Leuer then was pinned in 5:15 by Fort Dodge’s Matt Birnbaum, but pinned Cole Schleusner of CL/GLR in :44 before meeting dylan Tomabone of Storm Lake in the consolation final and earning a 1:09 win by fall to claim third place honors.

In action at 135 pounds, Nate Schany would finish third. Schany would injury default in his first match to Jesse Vanderstreek of OA/BC-IG, but would score a 3:01 win by fall over teammate Grant Rehan, who wrestled unattached. Schany then earned a 9-4 decision over Keegan Nelson of Fort Dodge and then won a 1:14 win by fall over Venderstreek to take the third place finish.

Also finishing third was 152 pounder Andrew Wellik. Wellik opened with a :43 win by fall over Jacob Johnson of LeMars, but lost a 2-0 decision to Seth Shatto of Estherville Lincoln Central. Wellik then scored a 15-0 Technical Fall over Shea Springer of Fort Dodge and then won a 5-0 decision over Kris Kaufman of Okoboji to win the Consolation title for third place.

Nick Schany brought home a fourth place finish at 125 pounds. Nick lost a 10-2 major decision to Duke Egli of Fort Dodge, and then earned a 3:58 win by fall over Brian Gomez of Storm Lake in the consolation bracket. Nick would then defeat Tanner Boyd of Humboldtin an 8-6 decision, but in the consolation final, Schany lost a 10-5 decision to Cole Zimbelman of CL/GLR to settle for the fourth place finish.

At 189 pounds, Derek Henkelvig would earn a fifth place finish for Emmetsburg/AR/RA. Henkelvig was pinned in 3:14 of his first round match, but got a bye in the first consolation round. Henkelvig then lost a 13-4 major decision to Kelly Lind of LeMars, but pinned Csey Carpenter of Okoboji in :55 to claim fifth place honrs.

The E’Hawks got a sixth place finish from Brady Bailey in action at 130 pounds . Bailey was pinned in 2:50 by Dalton Hemmer of OA/BC-IG, and then won a 1:49 win by fall over Miguel Rodriguez of Storm Lake, but lost a 3-1 decision to Chase Grove of Fort Dodge. In the fifth place match, Bailey lost a a 5-1 decision to Justin Walker of CL/GLR for sixth.

Also wrestling for the E’Hawks at 171 pounds was Howard Henkelvig, who was pinned in 3:00 of his first round match by Connor Morain of Fort Dodge. Henkelvig then was pinned in 3:50 of the first round consolation match by Shilby Henningsen of OA/BC-IG to finish his tournament appearance.

At 285 pounds, Andrew Garrelts, was pinned in :28 of the first round match by Trent Sawyer of HUmboldt, and then eliminated from the tournament in a 5-0 decision by Dalton JOnes of CL/GLR/

Grant Rehan also wrestled as an unattached wrestler to fill the 135 pound bracket. Rehan was pinned in 2:28 of the first round match by Patrick Eason of OA/BC-IG, and was then elmineated by Nate Schany in a3:01 fall.