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Knights Third At Sibley-Ocheyedan

By Staff | Dec 17, 2009

SIBLEY – The team scoring was just as competitive as the individual matches at Saturday’s Sibley-Ocheyedan Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Just five points separated the three top teams at the Sibley Invitational on Saturday.

Graettinger/Terril’s Knights would finish with five individual champions, but ended up taking third place in the team race behind the host General and Sheldon/South O’Brien.

“I thought our guys wrestled very well today,” said G/T Head Coach Cody Alesch. “We definitely had a good week of practice, even with all the weather problems and school dismissals. The team race was extremely close and these guys could not have done much more. It was a great team effort.”

For the Knights, Tyler Dalen, Austin Thompson, Tyler Manning, Michael Jensen and Nate Howard all earned individual champioinship honors at the tournament.

At 103 pounds, Tyer Dalen pinned Joe Tolsma in 1:45 to take the title, while teammate Austin Thompson recorded a :33 win by fall over Ernesto Dominguez to be crowned the 112 champion. Thompson also earned a 2:23 win by fall over Brett Stofferan in preliminary action at 112.

In action at 119 pounds, Tyler Manning pinned Cole Hieronimus in 3:58 to win his championship for the Knights. Manning also earned a 2:26 win by fall over Zach Sauers in the semi-finals at 119.

Michael Jensen earned a semi-final :29 win by fall over Cody Duhn and then pinned Zac Anderson in 2:11 for the 145 pound championship.

Nate Howard recorded a :38 pin over Kevin Berkland in the semi-finals, and then won a 10-0 major decision ofer Bruce McWilliams to win the championship at 189 pounds for the Knights.

The Knights’ Heath Marchand recorded two falls iin action at 140 pounds, first taking a :21 win by fall over Blayke Stevens and then pinning Joe Reinders in 1:08 before meeting Jacob Meehan in the finals, where he lost a hard-fougth 10-5 decision to settle for second place.

Also earning placings were Trent Lundgren with a third place finish at 125 pounds, while Ryan Schany finished in foruth place at 135 pounds. Quinn Parker would finish in fifth place at 215 pounds and Palo Lazo earned a sixth place finish in action at 160 pounds.