E’Hawks Fall To Ballard At State Duals
CEDAR?RAPIDS – The final mat appearance of the season came Saturday for the Emmetsburg/AR/RA E’Hawks at the 2010 State Dual Team Wrestling Tournament in Cedar Rapids. The E’Hawks met up with the Bombers of Ballard and came up on the wrong end of a 51-28 final score. Ballard would go on to finish second to eventual champion Davenport Assumption in the Class 2A Championship Saturday night.
The E’Hawks opened the quarterfinal matchup with Justin Studer at 119, meeting Easton Bridgewater, who earned a 1:33 fall over Studer. In the 125 pound match, Nick Schany was pinned in 3:00 of his match by Dakota Bauer to put Ballard up 12-0.
The E’Hawks countered at 130 pounds when Brady Bailey pinned Thad Keller in :35 of their match, and Skyler Rice stepped on the mat and earned a :55 win by fall over Bo Cosens to tie the match at 12-12.
At 140, Jake Stubbs met Tanner Hiatt and lost in a 3:45 fall before Austin McCartan was the victim of a 1:24 win by fall at the hands of Willie Miklus in the 145 pound match.
Trailing 12-24, Andrew Wellik squared off with Tanner Weatherman and battled well before being pinned in 3:20 of the 152 pound match,
At 160 pounds, Joey Naig wrestled his last high school match and earned a 14-5 major decision victory over Brad Mickelson to make the team score 16-30.
Senior Howard Henkelvig didn’t fare as well, as he was pinned in 1:32 by Brock Weatherman at 171 pounds, but at 189, Jake Morris would close out his prep career with a 1:49 win by fall over Dillon Weatherman for a 22-26 score.
Derek Henkelvig was pinned in :48 of the 215 pound match with Ross Larson, but at 285, senior John Ruddy scored an early takedown over Clinton Eichinger, only to be penalized for stalling twice that would give the Ballard wrestler the 3-2 decision victory.
The E’Hawks’ final win came at 103 pounds, when Ballard forfeited to Tyler Leuer to make the score 28-45. But at 112, Nick Merwald was pinned in :35 of the match with Tim Miklus to give Ballard the 51-28 final margin of victory.
“We had some opportunities but Ballard is a very good team,”?noted E’Hawk Head Coach Marc Harwood. “Overall, our kids wrestled hard all season and with the youth we have on this team and the experience they gained, E’Hawk wrestling has a good future ahead of it. We want to thank our seniors for their leadership this season, and we hope to improve and keep building.”