Knight Wrestlers Earn Half-Dozen Placings At Al DeLeon Invitational
GRAETTINGER – After a tough stretch with injuries, the Knights of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire earned six placings at Saturday’s Al DeLeon Invitational in Britt. For two GT/RA?wrestlers, their championships were also special in another way.
“It was really good to see Trent and Tyler get their third championships at Britt,”?acknowledged GT/RA?Head Coach Cody Alesch. “They’ve ended their careers by never losing a match wrestling in the Britt Tournament.”
the Knights were paced by the championship efforts of Tyler Dalen and Trent Lundgren, along with a second place effort from Ty Gibson. Quinn Parker would earn a third place finish, while Connor Tonderum and Matt McGrauth would both finish in fourth place.
At 106, Tyler Dalen would record a 6-2 decision in his first match and then earned a :27 win by fall and a :31 win by fall before earning a 3:23 win by fall over Coleman Waters of ?Central Springs.
Trent Lundgren returned to the lineup to with the 145 pound title. Lundgren would pin his way through the tournament, claiming wins by fall in 1:13, :29, and 3:34 before pinning Jordan Hanna of Okoboji in 1:25 for the championship.
For Ty Gibson, the day at 132 pounds started by being pinned in 3:02 of his first match, but came back to take a :39 fall and a 16-0 Technical fall before scoring a 3:50 win by fall over Kollin DeBerg of Ackley-Geneva-Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock.
Quinn Parker would bring home a third place finish at 170 pounds for the Knights afters starting the day with a 5:30 win by fall. Parker would lose in the second round in a :48 fall, but came back to earn a 3:04 win by fall and then pinned Derek Anderson of Central Springs in 5:00 to place third.
Matt McGrauth finished fourth at 160 pounds after losing in a first round 1:13 fall. McGrauth won a 3:20 fall but then was pinned in 2:29 before being pinned in 1:52 by Brady Kime of Sumner-Fredricksburg to place fourth.
At 126 pounds, Connor Tonderum won his first match with an 11-5 decision, but lost an 11-6 decision and a 6-0 decision before being pinned in 1:32 by Cameron Arnold of Okoboji to finish in fourth place.
The Knights’ Kyle Long also wrestled at 195 pounds on Saturday, falling in :24 to open the day before being pinned in 2:21 and :52 before losing his final match by a :36 fall.
“As a team we wrestled better Saturday. This last week we were more aggressive and we improved over last week,” noted Coach Alesch.