Knight Wrestlers Battling Injuries, Solid Opponents In Setbacks
GRAETTINGER – The Knight wrestlers of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire dropped a trio of duels on Thursday night with injuries playing a big role in both setbacks.
The Knights fell 45-12 to Prairie Valley, then lost a 66-9 decision to Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer before falling to Southern Calhoun by a 78-6 score.
“We have a lot of guys injured and we are wrestling extremely poor right now,” noted GT/RA?Head Coach Cody Alesch. “We started the year with 15 guys and Thursday we were down to four who could wrestle in the last duel.”
Against Prairie Valley, Mitch McGrauth would be pinned in 3:21 of his 170 pound match by Tom Nahnson, but at 195 pounds, Kyle Long earned a win by forfeit.
Tyler Dalen would collect a 3:34 win by fall over Spencer Johnson in action at 113 pounds but at 145 pounds, Trent Lundgren would come up short in an 8-6 decision loss to Riley Rittger.
The final match of the duel saw Tym Hart losing in a 4:52 fall at the hands of Taylor Clough at 152 pounds. The Knights would forfeit at 103, 120, 125, 132, 138, 160, 182, 220 and 285 pounds to the Warriors.
Against Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer, the Knights had a bright spot in their 113 pound match when Tyler Dalen earned his 100th career victory with a :34 win by fall over Damen Doyer.
At 145 pounds, Trent Lundgren earned a 17-13 decision victory over Mike Meyer in a wild scoring fest, but at 152 pounds, Tym Hart was pinned by Luke Sommerlot in 1:40.
Matt McGrauth would be pinned in 2:28 of his 170 pound match with David Olson and at 195 pounds, Kyle Long was pinned in 2:39 by Jacob Schmitt.
Once again, the Knights would forfeit nine matches to the Indians for the 66-9 score.
In the final duel of the night, the Knights were rattled when Trent Lundgren was injured and couldn’t take the mat.
At 195, Kyle Long was pinned in :28 by Kaden Anderson, but at 113, Tyler Dalen earned a :42 win by fall over Colin Corey. Tym Hart would be pinned in 2:24 of his match with Tyler Kutz at 152 pounds and at 170, the Knights’ Matt McGrauth was pinned in 1:49 by Cody Schoop.
GT/RA would forfeit 10 matches to Southern Calhoun to make the 78-6 final score.
“Congratulations to Tyler Dalen for his 100th win,”?Coach Alesch added. “He has been working extremely hard this season.”
After Thursday’s triangular, the Knights traveled to Sibley on Saturday to participate in the Sibley-Ocheyedan Invitational.
For the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire wrestlers, six wrestlers would take to the mats on Saturday and four earned placings.
Tyler Dalen claimed the championship at 113 pounds, as he earned a :45 win by fall over Dylan Rhoder of Ridge View and a 1:04 win by fall over Mark Baker of Sheldon before winning the title in a 9-3 decision over Efrain Anzua of Maurice-Orange City/Floyd Valley.
Also earning placings for the Knights on Saturday was Connor Tonderum, who finished third at 126 pounds.
Ty Gibson would claim a fourth place finish for GT/RA at 138 pounds and at 170 pounds, Matt McGrauth earned a fifth place finish.
“It has been a very unfortunate week for Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire wrestling,” noted Head Coach Cody Alesch. “We’ve had numerous guys suffer injuries this week. We brought six guys to Sibley and then one of those six, Tym Hart, at 152 pounds, suffered a serious injury, a dislocated elbow. Hopefully, we will learn more about our injuries as we approach next week and maybe start getting some good news so we can start putting the pieces of this team back together. I?thought the guys who wrestled Saturday took a step in the right direction.”