Sixth Ranked Laker Wrestlers Competed At Regional Meet
ESTHERVILLE?- The Iowa Lakes Community College wrestling squad traveled to Council Bluffs this past weekend to take part in the North Central District Regional. The meet, conducted Sunday, Feb. 14, was hosted by Iowa Western Community College. The regional is comprised of nine teams from Iowa and Minnesota with five of those colleges ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Iowa Lakes came into the Regional meet ranked sixth in the final NJCAA National Wrestling rankings.
A total of file Laker wrestlers earned top-eight rankings and were lead by number two-ranked 184-pounder Wesley Schultz. Also joining Schultz was third-ranked Christian Dulaney at 197 pounds; fourth-ranked and first time in the rankings, 149-pounder Stephen Mincey; fourth-ranked Heavyweight Guy Henson; and sixth-ranked 133-pounder George Farmah.
“The guys are ready. They have been working hard and preparing mentally for this date for months. Now they just need to go into the tournament and compete at the highest level they’ve competed at all year,” said Head Wrestling Coach Cody Alesch prior to the weekend. “This group has been a lot of fun to coach and work with daily. They are a determined group and the goals are set high. We have the toughest region in the country and we wouldn’t want it any other way. It prepares the guys for the national tournament.
And, as the tournament approached, Coach Alesch had solid advice to offer team members. “The season comes down to taking one match at a time and no match is more important than the one right in front of you. I tell the guys all the time a lot of things will not go your way in a match and how you respond to that adversity will define the outcome.”
Coach Alesch had high hopes for this year.
“We are excited for the next few weeks, I think some great things are possible,” Coach Alesch concluded.
Iowa Lakes’ wrestlers ended the regular season with a 10-2 dual record and a fifth place finish at National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind.
For the first time in the program’s history, the wrestling team was able to defeat all four of the Iowa Conference Junior College wrestling teams in duals, including its first win over the returning National Champion team from Iowa Central. Iowa Lakes lost to Iowa Western early in the season but was able to avenge that loss at National Duals. The Laker’s only other loss came to #1 ranked Northeastern Oklahoma in the Quarterfinals of National Duals 20-30.