Knights Claim Title At Own Invite
GRAETTINGER – The Knights of Graettinger/Terril ran away with the team championship at their own wrestling invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 9.
The Knights took the top honor with 259 points, while Sibley-Ocheyedan took second with 190 points. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn was third with 186 points, and was followed by Garner-Hayfield with 183, Twin River Valley with 118 and Estherville Lincoln Central with 114 points.
The Knights captured five individual titles on the day, along with three runner-up titles as well as a pair of third place and a pair of fourth place finishes.
At 103 pounds, Tyler Dalen earned the top honors with a 5-2 decision win over Heath Nagel of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, a 2:12 win by fall over Brent Reed of Sibley-Ocheyedan and a 2:48 win by fall over Aaron Babcock of Garner-Hayfield.
Tyler Manning won the title at 119 pounds as he earned a 9-8 decision over Cole Hieronimous of Sibley-Ocheyedan and a 12-4 major decision over Hank Voss of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
At 125 pounds, Trent Lundgren earned a championship with an 8-4 decision win over Richie Kozisek of Garner-Hayfield, a 1:13 win by fall over Austin Mitchell of Estherville Lincoln Central and a 16-0 Technical Fall over AJ Huebner of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Nate Howard also earned a title at 189 pounds for the Knights with a 1:31 win by fall over Cole Mace of Estherville Lincoln Central and a :36 win by fall over Dylan Brockshus of Sibley-Ocheyedan.
The final title for the Knights came from heavyweight Mitch McGrauth , who pinned Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Patrick Coleman in 1:52.
Graettinger/Terril got a runner-up finish from Michael Jensen at 145 pounds when he lost in overtime to Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Matt Finch by a 7-5 score.
At 140, Heath Marchand also finished second when lost an 8-2 decision to Twin River Valley’s Peyton Vote in the finals.
Tymothy Hart also finished in second place for the Knights at 130 pounds, after he was pinned in 3:20 of the finals match by Zach scourer of Garner-Hayfield.
Graettinger/Terril got third place finishes from Austin Thompson at 112 pounds and Ryan schanz at 135 pounds, and at 171, Palo Lazor and Quinn Parker at 215 pounds both finished in fourth place.
“It’s always a good day when you win a tournament, especially at home,” noted Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Cody alecks. “For having a crazy week of weather and very little practice time, I?thought we fought pretty hard.”
alecks continued, “?The 145 pound finals match was a great match, where two wrestlers just fought hard the whole time. It was the kind of match you want your kids to see so they know how to go hard. “