Local Wrestlers Journey To Oklahoma
While Summer might not seem like prime wrestling time, nine Emmetsburg E-Hawk wrestlers made the trek from Emmetsburg to Stillwater, OK in mid-June. The E-Hawk wrestlers along with Coach Jared Pickett had an opportunity to learn technique from John Smith, the current head coach of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Smith, a two-time Olympic wrestling champion, headed up the camp along with several OSU?coaching staff members and current OSU?Cowboy wrestlers.
The E-Hawks made the trip along with several wrestlers from Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Kingsley-Pierson, Hinton, and Cherokee. The Northwest Iowa contingent was able to make three teams: The Iowa Hawks, Iowa Clones, and Iowa Panthers during the camp sessions in Stillwater.
The three teams dualed 21 other high school teams from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Florida, Louisiana, Colorado, and Missouri during the camp.
Team Iowa Hawks had an outstanding tournament and finished in third place with a 12-1 record, with its only loss coming at the hands of the eventual champion squad.
On the Monday after competing in 13 duals, an individual tournament was set up in each of the weight classes. The E-Hawks had a strong effort from their seniors, as Nick Schany, Andrew Wellik and Austin McCartan all captured first place finishes.
Caige Elbert finished his campaign with a third place finish in his weight class.
Individual results from the duals and individual tournament for the Emmetsburg wrestlers follow:
Nick Schany (Iowa Hawks) finished with a perfect 16-0 record and earned First Place honors.
Andrew Wellik (Iowa Hawks) finished iwth a perfect 16-0 record and earned First Place honors.
Austin McCartan (Iowa Hawks) would finish with a mark of 15-1 but still earned First Place honors.
Brady Bailey (Iowa Hawks) would finish with a record of 12-2 in matches, but did not earn a placing.
Jacob Miller (Iowa Hawks) finished with a mark of 10-3 but was unable to earn a placing.
Caige Elbert (Iowa Clones) finished with a 5-11 record and earned Third Place honors.
Tyler Henson (Iowa Panthers) finished with a 5-10 record but did not earn a placing.
Joe Lowman (Iowa Panthers) finished with a record of 2-12 but did not earn a placing.
Brett Steinkamp attended the camp but was injured and unable to wrestle.
Highlights from the trip can be found by searching jpickettteach on youtube.