E-Hawks, Knights Fall In Regional Duals
The road to the State Dual Wrestling Tournament turned into a dead end Tuesday night for Palo Alto County’s two wrestling squads. After finishing second and first at last Saturday’s Class 1A Sectional, Emmetsburg/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Graettinger/Terril both saw their hopes of a State Duals berth go down in defeat at the Class 1A Regional Duals in Emmetsburg. The Knights were defeated by Clarion-Goldfield by a 47-25 tally while the E-Hawks lost to eventual champion Manson Northwest Webster by a 51-27 final tally. In the championship match Manson defeated Clarion-Goldfield by a 41-26 tally to qualify for the state duals.
The Regional was the second meeting of the year for the E-Hawks and Cougars, as the teams squared off on Jan. 13 with the Cougars earning a 39-34 win over the E-Hawks.
Tuesday night, the E-Hawks stayed close through eight matches before the Cougars pulled away to take the 51-27 win.
Action started at 145 pounds, where Brady Bailey opened the dual with a 1:25 win by fall over Dillon Dorage. Brady Garrelts wouldn’t have as good of luck, as he was pinned in 1:35 of the 152 pound match by Drake Harmon.
At 160, Austin McCartan picked up a 3:44 win by fall over Ben Dolder and at 171, Nick Schany earned a 3-1 decision over Austin Rasch for a 15-6 lead.
Tayler Wegner would end up on the wrong side of an 8-4 decision at the hands of Ronnie Allbee in action at 189 pounds before the E-Hawks forfeited the 215 pound match to tie the score at 15-15.
E-Hawk heavyweight Andrew Garrelts collected a 2:41 win by fall over Jarod Gross, but at 103 pounds, Brett Steinkamp was pinned in 1:19 of his match with Robbie Thorton.
Nick Merwald was the victim of a 1;23 pin by Cody Blair as the Cougars took the lead at 27-21, and added a forfeit from the E-Hawks at 119 for a 33-21 advantage.
Wrestling at 125, Austin Dunnick was pinned in :44 by Jesse Partlow and Justin Studer was caught and pinned in 1:26 of his 130 pound match with Payton Rice.
The E-Hawks forfeited the 135 pound match to Manson Northwest Webster, who in turn forfeited the 140 pound match to the E-Hawks’ Skyler Rice for the 51-27 final score, which ended any hopes of advancing to the State Duals.
“We wrestled Manson very closed the first time we met,”?noted E-Hawk Head Coach Jared Pickett. “We thought we would have a good chance, but with open weights, they also moved some kids around. I thought we wrestled hard and I’m proud of the guys’ effort.”
After earning the Sectional Championship on Saturday at Okoboji, Coach Cody Alesch’s Graettinger/Terril Knights met up with Clarion-Goldfield in their Regional dual pairing Tuesday night in Emmetsburg.
The Knights went into the dual open at three weights, which would come into play during the evening.
After forfeiting the 145 pound match to the Cowboys, the Knights’ Ryan Schany lost a 13-3 major decision to Jake Haberman in the 152 pound match. Tym Hart was the victim of a 2:43 by Dillon Anderson in the 160 pound match, which put the Knights down 16-0.
Graettinger/Terril got on the scoreboard at 171 pounds when Quinn Parker earned a 4:07 win by fall over Mike Brand. After forfeiting at 189 to Knute Severson, the Knights got a :10 win by fall from Nate Howard over Trevor Peterson to make the score 12-22 after the 215 pound match.
Heavyweight Mitch McGrauth added a 1:13 win by fall over Tyler Nelson to make the score 18-22 and at 103, Tyler Dalen would earn an 11-1 major decision in his match with Evan Ulven to tie the match up at 22-22.
Clarion-Goldfield would take the lead back after the 112 pound match when Aaron Anderson earned a 7-0 decision over the Knight’s Austin Thompson. After forfeiting the 119 pound match to Joey Helgeson, the Knights’ Connor Tonderum lost a 13-4 major decision to Matt Odland at 125.
Trailing 35-22, the Knights’ Ty Gibson was pinned in 1:40 by Maxx Schultz in action at 130. At 135, Trent Lundgren earned a 4-2 decision win over Sam Solis, but at 140, Heath Marchand was pinned in 2:36 of his match with Seth Murray for the 47-25 final score that ended the Knights’ dual season.
“I thought the kids fought hard,” observed G/T Head Coach Cody Alesch. “The dual score just doesn’t show how well the kids actually wrestled. We were just unable to get the matchups that we needed to give us a chance to win the dual.”