Knights Second In Own Invite
GRAETTINGER – The Graettinger/Terril Knights ended up finishing as the runner-up team at their own Invitational Tournament Saturday.
Estherville Lincoln Central won the tournament by 39 points over the Knights, who scored 218 points on the day. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn finished third, followed by Garner-Hayfield, Sibley-Ocheyedan Twin River Valley.
Graettinger/Terril would crown four champions on the day with Tyler Dalen, Austin Thompson, Trent Lundgren and Nate Howard earning titles.
At 103 pounds, Tyler Dalen earned a 1:28 win by fall over Cole Budach of ELC and then scored a :45 win by fall over Austin Oborny of Garner-Hayfield before pinning S-O’s Brad Reed in 4:25 for the title.
At 112 pounds, a slim bracket would result in Austin Thompson earning the championship with a 1:19 win by fall over Skylar Oborny of Garner-Hayfield.
In action at 135 pounds, Trent Lundgren pinned Jeremy Nagel of HMS in :53 before earning a :43 win by fall over Drew Heley of Garner-Hayfield and then pinned Thomas Bortvit of ELC in 1:41 to claim the championship.
Nate Howard would earn the 215 pound championship with three straight wins by fall, starting with a :54 pin ver S-O’s Abraham Acosta and then winning a 1;12 win by fall over ELC’s Gable Bonner. For the title match, Howard pinned Josh Treyball of HMS in 1:00.
A pair of Knights finished as runner-ups on Saturday, starting with Tyler Manning at 125 pounds, along with Mitch McGrauth at 285 pounds. At 130 pounds, Connor Tonderum and 145 pounder Ryan Schany both earned third place finishes and Tym Hart at 140 and Quinn Parker at 189 would finish in fourth place.
The day’s efforts were praised by G/T Head Coach Cody Alesch.
“Placing all 10 guys that wrestled in the top four was good. We were aggressive most of the day, but still are not where we need to be. We need to be able to have some good weeks of practices to get kids conditioned. We have too many illnesses and injuries keeping us from having everyone at practice and getting better.”
Graettinger/Terril is scheduled to travel to Alta tonight (Thursday)?for a dual with Alta.