Knights Preparing For 1A District
GRAETTINGER – The Knights of Graettigner/Terril will send seven wrestlers to the Class 1A District tournament this Saturday at Sioux Center, but that’s not the only action on the agenda for Coach Cody Alesch and his squad.
The Knights also wrestled Wednesday night in a 1A Regional Dual at Pocahontas, after Tuesday’s duals were postponed by the weather. Graettinger/Terril wrestled Eagle Grove, while Okoboji took on Clarion-Goldfield in the other dual. The two winners were to meet to determine who w qualifies for the State Team Duals on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
In traveling to the District tournament in Sioux Center on Saturday, the Knights will be matched up with their counterparts from the West Lyon Sectional Tournament. Under the rules of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the first place finisher from one sectional tournament will wrestle the runner-up from the opposite sectional site, and vice-versa in the opening round of the District meet.
The first and second place finishers at each district earn the right to advance tot he 2010 State Individual Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
The following will be the first-round match pairings for Graettinger/Terril’s Knights on Saturday:
103 pounds: Tyler Dalen will wrestle Jordan Bremer of Woodbury Central, a sophomore with a mark of 36-2.
112 pounds: Austin Thompson will wrestle Jeremy DeVries of Lawton-Bronson, a sophomore with a mark of 25-12.
119 pounds: Tyler Manning will wrestle Chet Utesch of Akron-Westfield, a sophomore with a mark of 45-2.
125 pounds: Connor Tonderum will wrestle Zach Ryan of Woodbury Central, a senior with a mark of 33-11.
130 pounds: Trent Lundgren will wrestle Chad Richardson of Lawton-Bronson, a junior with a mark of 32-6.
145 pounds: Michael Jensen will wrestle Jason Swetz of Sioux Center, a junior with a mark of 20-13.
189 pounds: Nate Howard will wrestle Tanner Knop of Hinton, a senior with a mark of 26-17.
The 1A District Tournament at Sioux Center will get underway at 12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 13.