Tough Outing For E-Hawk Grapplers At Fort Dodge
FORT?DODGE – The final outing of the first half of the season was a rough one for the E-Hawks of Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Saturday. The E-Hawks finished eighth at the Don Miller Invitational in Fort Dodge on Saturday, and earned just two podium finishes on the day.
Nick Schany would earn second place honors for the E-Hawks at 160 pounds and Austin McCartan would finish fourth to capture the two podium finishes for Coach Jared Pickett’s wrestlers.
The competition at Fort Dodge was exceptionally tough on Saturday, with Ames, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Davenport West, Newton, Sioux City East, Webster City, Bondurant-Farrar and the host Dodgers of Fort Dodge taking to the mats along with the E-Hawk wrestlers.
For Nick Schany, the tournament opened with a 5:12 technical fall over Scott Ratliff of Bondurant-Farrar and the was followed by a 7-2 semi-final decision win over Cameron Jewett of Sioux City East. In the finals, Schany met Ben Swalla of Ames, who claimed an 11-2 major decision over Schany, giving the E-Hawk the runner-up honors at 160 pounds.
Austin McCartan would start his day with a 1:10 win by fall over JJ. Parkhurst of Bondurant-Farrar and advanced to the semi-final only to be pinned by Fort Dodge’s Levi Peters in :28. Moving to the consolation semi’s, McCartan pinned Josh Wendell of Davenport West in 3:02 to meet Dylan Fielder of Webster City in the consolation final, but was pinned in 2:39 to settle for the fourth place finish at 171 pounds.
At 119 pounds, Tyler Leuer lost a 5-1 decision to Joe Bierl of Davenport West in the opening round, but won a 4-3 decision over Mitch Baum of Bondurant-Farrar in the consolation opener. Leuer then wrestled Steven Zellmer of Sioux City East in the fifth place match, where he scored a 15-1 major decision win.
In action at 145 pounds, Brady Bailey opened the day with a 10-0 major decision loss to Duke Egli of Fort Dodge, but rebounded in the consolation opener to pin Khamani McQueen of Davenport West in 3:46 to advance to the fifth place match. Bailey would be awarded fifth place after Joey Powers of Webster City defaulted by injury.
Brett Steinkamp would start his day at 103 pounds out with a loss as he was pinned in 3:33 by Kole Evans of Fort Dodge. Moving into the consolation round, Steinkamp scored a 1:46 win by fall over Neal Hayden of Newton, but injured his knee in the match and would be forced to injury default in the fifth place match to Zach Blizzard of Davenport West, forcing the E-Hawk to settle for sixth place at 103.
Nick Merwald was pinned in 2:51 of his opening round match at 112 pounds by Patrick Rooney of Bondurant-Farrar. In the consolation round, Merwald would rebound with a 1:03 win by fall over Jasob Scott of Sioux City East to advance to the fifth place match. Meeting Nic Bacus of Davenport West, Merwald would score a 3:05 win by fall over Merwald, forcing the E-Hawk 112 pounder to settle for sixth lace.
At 130 pounds, Justin Studer would be pinned in 2:49 of his opening round match by Colby VanArkel of Bondurant-Farrar. Studer would pin Drake Baade of Fort Dodge in 1:23 of their consolation round match, but in the fifth place match, Studer was pinned by Davenport West’s Dylan Mitchell in 3:34 to finish sixth.
At 152 pounds, Grant Rehan met up with Zeb Wahle of Council Bluffs Lewis Central in the opening round and was pinned in 1:40 by the Titan wrestler. Rehan moved to the consolation brackets, where he scored a 1:42 win by fall over Spencer Clemens of Ames, but suffered an injury in the final seconds of that match which would force him to default due to injury in the fifth place match to Fort Dodge’s Shea Springer, giving Rehan sixth place.
Heavyweight Andrew Garrelts was the victim of a :28 fall in the first round match with Tommy Grimes of Council Bluffs Lewis Central, but came back to earn a :42 win by fall over Joel Herrington of Fort Dodge in their consolation match. In the fifth place match, Garrelts would end up the victim of a :37 pin by Cody Barsch of Ames to settle for sixth place.
Tayler Wegner would finish in seventh place at 215 pounds for the E-Hawks after starting out being pinned in :21 by Zach Renshaw of Council Bluffs Lewis Central. Wegner would lose an 8-4 decision to Robert Battles of Sioux City East in the consolation rounds, but in the seventh place match, the E-Hawk earned a 1:23 win by fall over Justin Stites of Davenport West for the seventh place finish.
Rounding out the E-Hawks’ efforts on the day was Austin Dunnick at 125 pounds. Dunnick was pinned in 1:08 of the opening round match with Tyler McWilliams of Sioux City East, and then was pinned in 1:26 by James Monroe of Webster City. For the seventh place match, Dunnick was paired with Sam Peterson of Ames, who scored a 1:12 win by fall over the E-Hawk wrestler, giving him eighth place.
“We have a few kids we need to move in the lineup to better fill spots,”?noted Head Coach Jared Pickett, “It’s good to get mat time because we are very young and we need the experience. With the holiday break, we’ll get some folks healed up and be ready to get after it when the second half of the season starts after Christmas.”
Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire will resume action on Thursday, Jan. 6, when they travel to Storm Lake to meet the Tornadoes and Spirit Lake Park in a Lakes Conference double dual. Then on Saturday, Jan. 8, the E-Hawks will travel to Forest City for their first-ever appearance in the Forest City Invitational Tournament.