Knights Advance Quartet To District
MILFORD – A quartet of wrestlers representing the Knights of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire advanct to this Saturday’s Class 1A District meet at Sibley-Ocheyedan following their finishes at last Saturday’s Sectional Tournament in Milford.
The Knights would finish third in the team standings with 151.5 points behind Emmetsburg and Okoboji.
Tyler Dalen earned the championship at 106 pounds and Ty Gibson won the title at 132 pounds for the Knights, while Austin Thompson finished as runner-up at 120 pounds and Trent Lundgren took second place at 138 pounds.
For Dalen, a trio of falls earned his 106 pound crown, with falls over West Lyon’s Brett Van Beek in :28 and a :55 pin of Dan Elgersma of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn before winning the title with a 1:27 fall over Brett Steinkamp of Emmetsburg.
Ty Gibson earned the 132 pound championship after a semi-final 8-3 decision over Cole Hieronimus of Sibley-Ocheyedan and a 4-3 finals decision over Heath Nagel of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Austin Thompson had a first round bye at 120 pounds and then earned a 4-1 decision over Nick Merwald of Emmetsburg to advance to the finals. But, Thompson was pinned by Okoboji’s Kaleb Vanderpool in 3:02, but qualified to advance with his second place finish.
It was a different story at 138 for Trent Lundgen as he came off a first-round bye to pin Hank Voss of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in 2:43, but lost a 6-4 decision to Jon Grevengoed of Western Christian.
Lundgren would have to wrestle back for second, and claimed the runner-up finish with a 5:59 win by fall over Taylor Cody of Okoboji.
For the rest of the Knight lineup, Connor Tonderum at 126 pounds, Matt McGrauth at 160 pounds and Cody Thompson at 220 pounds all finished in third place, while Tym Hart earned a fourth place finish at 145 pounds.
Quinn Parker finished fifth at 170 pouns along with 195 pounder Tanner Naig and Kyle Long, wrestling at 182 pounds, finished in sixth place.
“This was not our best effort from a team standpoint as I thought we wrestled a little sloppy all day,” said GT/RA coach Cody Alesch. “We did have a couple times where the kids battled through some adversity in a match as well. We just struggled with position in some matches and it cost us a few important matches.”