Knights Split Opening Dual
SPENCER – The wrestling season opened with a split for Coach Cody Alesch and the Graettinger/Terril Knights Thursday evening in Spencer. The Knights edged the Okoboji Pioneers by a 35-33 tally but lost to the Spencer Tigers by a 60-15 score.
In the opening duel with Okoboji, the 103 pound match was a double forfeit, but at 112, Tyler Dalen earned a 9-0 decision over Kaleb Vanderpool. At 119, Austin Thompson earned a 2:29 fall over Cameron Arnold.
Tyler Manning earned an 11-1 major decision win over John Mitchell in the 125 pound match for the Knights and at 130 Connor Tonderum received a forfeit.
The Knights forfeited at 135, but at 140, Heath Marchand scored a :39 win by fall over Joel Guthrie. Ty Gibson would earn a 9-6 decision over Cody Louscher for the Knights in action at 145 pounds, but at 152, Ryan Schany lost a 6-3 decision to Austin Miller.
Graettinger/Terril would forfeit at 160 and 171 pounds and at 189 pounds, Quinn Parker was pinned in :28 of his match by Jacob Sauter.
At 215 pounds, the Knights’ Nate Howard earned a :23 win by fall over Mark Welle before the Knights forfeited the heavyweight match for the 35-33 final tally.
Against the Spencer Tigers, the Knights would forfeit again at 103 pounds, but at 112, T?yler Dalen earned a 10-1 major decision over Bailey d.
Austin Thompson would come up short in a 12-6 decision to John Christopherson in the 119 pound match, but at 125, Tyler Manning earned a 2:41 win by fall over Levi Gilmore.
With the score standing at 10-9 in favor of the Knights, Connor Tonderum was pinned in 1:48 by Tanner Schaefer and the Knights then forfeited at 135 pounds.
Heath Marchand was pinned by Jack Randall in 3:30 of their match at 140 and at 145, Ty Gibson was pinned in 2:23 by Alex Doppenberg.
The Knights forfeited at 152 and at 160, Ryan Schany lost a 5-3 overtime decision to Chance Millard before G/T forfeited at 171 pounds.
Quinn Parker was pinned by Justus Wells in :58 of the 189 pound match to make the score 54-10, but at 215, Nate Howard earned a 15-0 Technical Fall over Kris Rhode before the Knights forfeited the heavyweight match for the 60-15 final score.
“We wrestled like it was our first dual of the year,” admitted Coach Alesch. “We allowed ourselves to make too many mistakes. We learned a lot about our kids and where we need to work on things.”