Crown One Champion
SPENCER – For the Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire E-Hawks, Friday’s Lakes Conference Tournament left a little to be desired. The E-Hawks crowned one champion and placed all 10 wrestlers, but Head Coach Jared Pickett admitted there was a little disappointment in his mind following the event.
“We wrestled hard but yet I thought we were lacking in our fight,”?Pickett said. “Now, we have to gear up for the Sectional and keep working on improving.”
The E-Hawks’ lone championship came from Nick Schany at 171 pounds, as he was the lone E-Hawk in the championship bracket matches to earn victory.
Teammates Skyler Rice at 140, Austin McCartan at 160 and Tayler Wegner at 189 pounds all finished in second place after losing their championship matches.
Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire added a pair of third place finishes, a fourth place finish and three sixth place finishes to round out the tournament appearance.
Nick Schany earned his Lakes Conference title at 171 pounds by starting out with a :59 win by fall over Jacob Jeness of Spirit Lake Park. Schany would win his semi-final match against Riley Edwards of Estherville Lincoln Central by a 1-0 score and in the finals, Schany would battle KJ?Besch of Storm Lake through three periods to record a 4-0 decision for the title.
At 140 pounds, senior Skyler Rice drew a first-round bye and then scored a 21-6 Technical Fall in 4:58 over Jack Letsche of Cherokee before he met Jack Randall of Spencer in the title match. Rice took an early 9-3 lead after one period and led 9-5 after two periods, but Randall rallied in the final period to catch Rice and ended up scoring a 13-10 decision victory over the E-Hawk to give him second place.
Austin McCartan, wrestling at 160 pounds, needed just :15 to pin Josh DeWild of Western Christian in the opening round, and then scored a 1:58 win by fall over Casey Jones of Spirit Lake Park in the semi-finals. In the title match against Seth Shatto of Estherville Lincoln Central, Mc Cartan trailed 3-4 going into the final period but was taken down for back points to end up on the wrong side of a 10-3 decision for a runner-up finish.
It was a similar story for Tayler Wegner at 189 pounds. Wegner opened with an 8-0 major decision win over Andrew Broocks of Spirit Lake Park and then scored a 3:01 win by fall over Sam VanGinkel of Western Christian to earn a finals match against Jake Larson of Storm Lake.
Wegner was unable to generate much offense against Larson in the title match and would settle for second place in a 4-1 decision loss.
The E-Hawks got a third place finish from Brett Steinkamp at 103 pounds, as he opened with a 5:15 win by fall over Cole Budach of ELC, but lost a 24-9 Technical Fall in 2:16 to Spirit Lake Park’s Doug Miner. Steinkamp came back though to pin Austin Agnitsch of Cherokee in :$5 and then claimed third place by scoring a 13-5 major decision over Eddie Diaz of Storm Lake for the third place finish.
At 130 pounds, Justin Studer opened with a 1:31 win by fall over Chris Hammann of LeMars, but was pinned by ELC’s Blake Gjerde in 3:47 of their semi-final match. Studer would score a 15-0 Technical Fall in 3:45 of his match with Moises Castro of Storm Lake and then went on to earn a 16-1 Technical Fall in 5:25 over C.J. Kent of Spirit Lake Park to claim the third place honors.
Nick?Merwald received a first-round bye at 112 pounds, but lost a 9-4 decision to Dylan Tornabane of Storm Lake in the semis. Merwald would draw another bye in the consolation semi-final, but meeting Bailey Hawn of Spencer, Merwald lost a 20-4 Technical Fall in 5:59 to finish in fourth place.
Austin Dunnick, wrestling at 125 pounds, was pinned in :59 of his first-round match with David Trucksess of Spirit Lake Park, and then faced Sergio Lopez of Storm Lake, but was pinned in 3:53 of that consolation match. Dropping into the fifth place match, Dunnick would be pinned by Kyle Tribby of ELC in 1:56 to settle for sixth place.
At 152 pounds, Brady Garrelts was pinned by Storm Lake’s Michael Espino in 2:38 of their first-round match. Garrelts then faced Drew Hoekstra of Western Christian, but scored an 11-6 decision win in the match. Meeting Zac Anderson of Storm Lake, Garrelts was pinned in 1:55 of the match to drop into the fifth place bracket. Meeting his first-round opponent, Espino, Garrelts would finish sixth after being pinned in 3:14.
The final placing came at heavyweight as Andrew Garrelts lost a 4-3 decision to Chris Stevenson of LeMars in the first round. Dropping into the consolation bracket, Garrelts eared a 1:13 win by fall over Erick Carillo of Storm Lake and then lost a 7-2 decision to Miah Back of Cherokee. In the fifth place match, Garrelts would come up short in a 10-3 decision loss to Estherville Lincoln Central’s Ryan Dodge.
The E-Hawks are scheduled to travel to LeMars tonight (Tuesday) to make up a conference double dual with LeMars and Estherville Lincoln Central, weather permitting.