E’Hawks Earn Runner-Up Honors At Herb Irgens Invite
IDA?GROVE – In their first-ever appearance in the Herb Irgrens Invitational over the weekend, the Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire E’Hawks earned runner-up honors in the team standings. The E’Hawks also earned nine placings in the 22-team tournament, anchored by championships by Isaac Lundgren and Joey Naig.
Other placewinners for the E’Hawks would be Skyler Rice in second place, Jake Morris in third place, Austin McCartan in fifth, Andrew Wellik in sixth, John Ruddy and Nick Schany in seventh place and Justin Studer finishing eighth.
Emmetsburg/AR/RA would finish second with 166 points behind Gilbertville Don Bosco, who won in their first appearance with 277.50 points. Sergeant Bluff-Luton was third with 142 points.
The two-day tournament opened Friday evening with a strange situation for E’Hawk 140 pounder Jake Stubbs. Wrestling a pigtail match, Stubbs took to the mat against whom he believed to be Dylan Bailey of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, and earned a win by fall in :28 over the MVAO wrestler. But, as the match ended, it was learned that Stubbs had wrestled the 145 pounder of MVAo, Travis Hancock, as Hancock reported to the wrong mat.
Stubbs was forced to wrestle his match over, this time, meeting Dylan Bailey of MVAO, but again the E’Hawk earned a win by fall in 1:21 to get the brackets corrected.
Results for each of the E’Hawk wrestlers are as follows.
At 112 pounds, Isaac Lundgren received a first-round bye on Friday and pinned Dylan Rhoads of Don Bosco in 3:39 of the quarterfinals before pinning Chase Goodman of Rockwell City-Lytton. Southern Cal in 1:25. For the finals at 112, Lundgren earned a 9-1 major decision over Blair Kerkhoff of Audubon for his championship.
In action at 160 pounds, Joey Naig opened with a 22-6 Technical Fall in 4:00 over Josh VaNatta of Don Bosco, and then scored a 1:30 win by fall over Nolan Kafton of MVAO. In the semifinal, Naig earned an 18-9 major decision over Taylor Witzel of Aurelia-Galva-holstein/Schaller-Crestland to set up a finals match with Levi Peters of Twin River Valley.
The title match was fast paced, with Peters making lightning-quick moves against the E’Hawk to take a 4-1 lead after the first period. The action continued fast and furious in the second period, with Peters leading 7-4 to start the third period. Naig started the third period in the down position, and would battle Peters to a 10-10 tie as regulation time expired.
With 1:00 on the clock for sudden victory overtime, Naig managed to get behind Peters to score the takedown and the 12-10 overtime win as the packed gymnasium roared approval for the hard-fought contest.
At 135 pounds, Skyler Rice opened the tournament with a :34 win by fall over Tom Barton of Woodbury Central, and then earned a 1:34 win by fall over Josh Taylor of Akron-Westfield. For the semi-finals, Rick claimed a 14-0 major decision over Tanner Taylor of Okoboji and advanced to the finals, whee he lost an 8-3 decision to Cole Welter of Don Bosco to settle for second place honors.
The E’Hawks’ 189 pounder Jake Morris got off to a huge start with a :48 win by fall over Kelby Schoop of RCL/SC, but meeting Graettinger-Terril’s Nate Howard in the quarterfinals, Howard got a late reversal to take an 8-5 decision win over Morris. Moving into the consolation brackets, Morris scored a :52 win by fall over Cory Peterson of Sergeant Bluff-Luton and then pined Chaps Wilke of OA-BC-IG in 1:48.
For the Consolation Championship, Morris would meet up with Nate Howard again. This time, the match had a much different outcome. After a scoreless first period, Morris took a 4-0 lead in the second period, aided by a penalty point after two stalling calls against Howard in the period. The G/T wrestler drew a third stalling call shortly after the start of the third period, and soon was whistled for a fourth stalling call, giving Morris a 7-0 lead. As time wound down, with :07 to go in the match, the officials stopped the match after issuing a fifth stalling call again Howard and disqualifying the G/T wrestler, giving Morris the third place honor.
Freshman Austin McCartan would bring home fifth place honors for the E’Hawks at 145 pounds. McCartan won his first round match with Chet Miller of Akron Westfield by a 7-2 decision, but was pinned by Graettinger/Terril’s Michael Jensen in :32 of the quarterfinal match. McCartan would rebound and earn a :30 win by fall over Gavon Shafer of Woodbine before he scored a 6:11 win by fall in overtime over Nick Carman of TRV. Meeting Jordan Langley of Sergeant Bluff-Luton, McCartan was pinned in 3:01 of the semi-final and moved into the fifth place match where he pinned Zac Anderson of Cherokee in :48 to earn the fifth place finish.
Classmate Andrew Wellik started his tournament with a 16-0 Technical Fall in 5:40 over Kelvin Hinrickson of MVAO, but lost a 9-5 decision to Jon Elmore of Prairie Valley in the quarterfinals. Wellik would come back to defeat Shilby Henningsen of OA/BC-IG by an 11-5 decision and then defeated Josh Schwanz of AGHSC with an 8-2 decision. In the fifth place match, Wellik would meet Jon Elmore of Prairie Valley once again, but came up a point short in a 6-5 decision to settle for sixth place.
The E’Hawks got a pair of seventh place finishes in the tournament, starting with Nick Schany at 125. Schany won his first match with a 5-2 decision over Kolton Jensen of Audubon, but lost a 14-7 decision to Dauseny Smith of Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer. Schany came back with a 3:18 win by fall over Joe Turner of Kingsley-Pierson, but lost an 11-9 decision to Dylan Bryce of Spirit Lake Park. Moving into the seventh place match, Schany earned a 3-1 decision victory over Cole Oltmans of Akron-Westfield for the seventh place finish.
Heavyweight John Ruddy, wrestling in second varsity event of the season after an injury, started the day with a loss by fall in 1:18 to Dustin Schwaller of Okoboji. Moving into consolation matches, Ruddy earned a 6-4 decision over Scott Hoefling of OA/BC-IG, but was pinned in 1:07 by Shae Heinrichs of Spirit Lake Park in the quarterfinal.
Ruddy would meet Miah Back of Cherokee in the seventh place match and took the match to overtime where he scored a takedown for an 8-6 decision victory and seventh place honors.
The final placing for the E’Hawks came at 119 pounds, where Justin Studer was pinned in his first match by Cameron Mennenoh of Audubon in 1:32. Studer started back in the consolation brackets with a 1:18 win by fall over David Lobatto of Cherokee and scored a 16-0 Technical Fall over Evan Salmon of OA/BC-IG in 3:29 before being pinned by Ty O’Toole of Carrol in 1:38 of the quarterfinal. Studer met Tyler Manning of Graettinger/Terril in the seventh place match, but was pinned by Manning in 1:24 to settle for eighth place.
Even though five E’Hawks did not earn placings, they gained valuable experience on the mats Friday and Saturday.
At 103 pounds, Tyler Leuer was defeated by Tyler Dalen of Graettinger/Terril in a 6-1 decision, but came back to earn a 17-0 Technical Fall in 3:19 over Skylor Pochinski of RCL/SC, but was eliminated from the tournament Saturday when he lost a 6-3 decision to Devon Pierce of OA/BC-IG.
At 130 pounds, Brady Bailey lost a 15-0 Technical Fall in 4:41 to Zach Ryan of Woodbury Central. In the consolation round, Bailey pinned Daniel Dirks of Akron Westfield in :44, but was then eliminated from the tournament in a 5-2 decision loss to Brandon Emerson of Carroll.
After the mixup at 140 pounds in his first match, Jake Stubbs met Patrick Eason of OA/BC-IG, but was pinned in 4:48 to fall into the consolation bracket. Stubbs was then pinned by Nate Stephens of Audubon in 2:47 to end his tournament run.
At 171 pounds, Howard Henkelvig started the tournament with a 1:02 win by fall over Jacob Sauter of Okoboji in a pigtail match, but was pinned in 1:46 of his first round match with Ryan Rozeboom of Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Henkelvig would take just :08 to pin Evan Meinen of Akron-Westfield in his first consolation match and then pinned Nate Johnston of Carroll in 3:06, but fell out of the tournament when he was pinned by KJ Besch of Storm Lake in 3:33.
Rounding out the action at 215 pounds was Taylor Wegner, who was pinned in 1:06 of his first round match with Ryan Fouts of Woodbine. Wegner would meet Dillon Mugge of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in his consolation opener, but lost a 7-1 decision to be eliminated from the tournament.
The E’Hawks wrap up the regular season with a double dual tonight (Tuesday) weather permitting, hosting Pocahontas Area-Pomeroy-Palmer and Twin River Valley at the Emmetsburg High School gym, starting at 6 p.m. Then on Friday, the E’Hawks will travel to Spencer to wrestle in the Lakes Conference Tournament. Action begins at 5:30 p.m.
The E’Hawks open the tournament series on Saturday, Feb. 6, when they journey to Algona for Class 2A Sectional Tournament action. Winners and second place finishers at the Sectional tournament will then compete on Feb. 13 in the 2A District meet at Lake Mills. The State Tournament begins on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.