E-Hawks Crown One Champion At Eagle Grove
EAGLE?GROVE?- Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk wrestlers faced their first true test of the season Saturday at the Eagle Grove Invitational Tournament. The E-Hawks would send four grapplers to the finals in the tough tournament and brought home one championship and a fourth place finish in the team standings for their day’s work.
Emmetsburg Junior Nick Schany earned the championship at 170 pounds to pace the E-Hawks, while teammates Brett Steinkamp, Brady Bailey and Andrew Garrelts all earned runner-up finishes in the event.
Coach Jared Pickett’s wrestlers also collected a pair of third place finishes and a fourth, along with a fifth place and two sixth place finishes on the day.
Schany, the top seed of the tournament a t170, opened with a 4:45 fall over Jake Forre of Ballard and then claimed a 3:50 win by fall over Drea Lamb of Oskaloosa to earn his finals match. Wrestling Joe Teague of Algona for the championship, Schany trailed 2-0 after one period, but took the lead in the second period for a 4-2 advantage and then scored a takedown before being reversed in the final moments to hang on for a 6-4 decision victory and the title.
Senior Andrew Garrelts would finish second at 285 pounds after starting the day as the second seed. Garrelts pinned Dylan Tuttle of Oskaloosa in :54 of the opening round and then tallied a 4:32 win by fall over Michael Mather of Algona in the semi-finals. Meeting Jordan Rouse of Ankeny in the finals, Garrelts would battle through the match before being pinned in 5:42 to settle for runner-up honors.
At 106 pounds, sophomore Brett Steinkamp also earned the number one seeding and responded with an opening round, 2:24 win by fall over Fort Dodge’s Erik Birnbaum. In the semi-finals, Steinkamp scored a 1:59 win by fall over Dylan Sporaa of Eagle Grove to advance to the finals match with Evan Ulven of Clarion-Goldfield. In the match, Steinkamp tied the match at 2-2 in the second period, but was taken down and eventually pinned in 2:27 to finish second.
Junior Brady Bailey would be seeded second at 152 pounds and scored a 2:54 win by fall over Marcus Johnson of Ballard in the opening round of action. Bailey then battled Ian Begg of Ankeny down to the very end to collect an 8-3 decision victory for his finals berth. Meeting Max Schultz of Clarion-Goldfield in the finals, Bailey got down 4-0 in the second period and couldn’t find an answer as he would lose the 4-0 decision to settle for the runner-up finish at 152.
A slip up in his semi-final match cost senior Justin Studer a shot at a title at 145 pounds on Saturday. With a number one seed, Studer dispatched Cole Beecher of Eagle Grove in 3:04 of their opening round match at 145, but meeting Matt Odland of Clarion-Goldfield, Studer was tied 6-6 after a wild first period. After taking an 11-8 advantage, Studer was taken down and caught just before the end of the period and was pinned in 3:46.
Moving into the consolation bracket, Studer pinned Drake Baade of Fort Dodge in 2:27 and then met Brad Bjustrom of Algona in the consolation championship, where he tallied a 2-1 decision victory to finish third.
AT 195 pounds, junior Tayler Wegner was seeded fourth to start the day, and came up short in a 13-11 decision loss to Joel Lanning of Ankeny in the opening round. Wegner bounced back in the consolation to pine Chandler Holmes of Algona in :46, and then pinned Charles Angell of Ballard in 1:19 to move into the Consolation finals. Meeting his first-round opponent Joel Lanning in the consolation final, Wegner remembered the first match of the day and paid Lanning back by pinning the Ankeny wrestler in 1:51 to finish third for the E-Hawks.
Freshman Alex Clark was introduced to the Eagle Grove tourney with a number seven seed at 113 pounds, but responded with a 2:40 win by fall over Austin Anderson of Fort Dodge in the first round. But in the semi-finals, Clark was pinned in 1:36 by Skyler DeJong of Oskaloosa. Clark would rebound in the consolation matches, as he pinned Tyler Burns of Eagle Grove in 1:33 to move to the consolation final, but was pinned in 1:38 by Nathan Macki of Ballard to finish fourth.
At 120 pounds, freshman Jacob Miller earned a fifth seed, but was pinned in :54 of his opening round match with Sam Reichenbacker of Ankeny. In the consolation round, Miller drew a first round bye and then was pinned by Joel Haberman of Clarion-Goldfield in 1:20. Wrestling for fifth place, Miller wasted little time in pinning Andrew Rasmussen of Ballard in :42 to earn a fifth place finish for the E-Hawks.
For freshman Caige Elbert, a number three seed at 132 pounds resulted in a 2:58 win by fall over Austin Long of Algona in the first round. But in the semi-finals, Elbert would be pinned in 3:51 of his match with Grant Knowler of Ankeny. Wrestling back in the consolation bracket, Elbert would be pinned by Cory Alexander of Fort Dodge in 2:37 and wrestled for fifth place. Meeting Tanner Wanders of Oskaloosa, Elbert would finish sixth in a 15-0 Technical Fall at the 2:50 mark of the match.
Nick Merwald, wrestling at 126 pounds, started with a fifth seed on the day, but lost a 9-1 major decision in the opening round to Tyler Paglia of Ankeny. Then junior rebounded to earn a 5:27 win by fall over Damian Huffaker of Eagle Grove, but lost a 13-5 major decision to Jake Adams of Algona in the consolation semis. Wrestling for fifth place, Merwald met up again with Tyler Paglia of Ankeny, but lost a 7-3 decision to finish sixth.
The E-Hawks will wrestle tonight at Graettinger in a double dual with Sibley-Ocheyedan and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire. Action starts at 6 p.m. in Graettinger.