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E-Hawks Finish Second In Bob Roetlher E-Hawk Invitational

By Staff | Dec 12, 2017

UPSET?WIN - Emmetsburg’s Spencer Griffin came away with an upset win Saturday at the Bob Roethler E-Hawk Invitational at 138 pounds. Griffin defeated state qualifier Gable Sieperda of Central lyon/George-Little Rock by a 6-3 decision to win the 138 pound title for the E-Hawks. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks earned a second-place finish in their own Bob Roethler E-Hawk Invitational Saturday. Lake Mills would win the team title but the E-Hawks’ Spencer Griffin would be named the OutstandingWrestler of the tournament.

The E-Hawks would claim three individual championships and a pair of runner-up finishes on the day.

Emmetsburg would get championships from Christian Nichols at 120 pounds, as well as Spencer Griffin at 138 pounds and Mason Griffin at 152 pounds. E-Hawks Nick Schany at 182 and Jimmie Steffens at 220 pounds both finished as runners-up in the tourney, while Kelly Griffin at 106, Ethan Berven at 132, Bret Hoyman at 145 and Jon Lace II at 170 pounds all earned consolation championship third place finishes.

At 120, Christian Nichols started with a bye and hen earned a 15-6 Major Decision before scoring a 4:25 win by fall to set up the title mach with Cain Hansen of Okoboji, where he won with a :58 win by fall to claim the title.

For Spencer Griffin at 138, the tournament started with a bye and a :38 win by fall. Griffin then tallied a :37 win by fall to set up a title match with State Qualifier Gable Sieperda of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock. Griffin would withstand a physical match to earn a 6-3 decision over Sieperda in an upset for the championship.

At 152 pounds, Mason Griffin received a first-round bye and then claimed a 3:15 win by fall before winning a 17-2 Technical Fall in 5:32. For the finals, Griffin wrestled Kole Wiegert of Storm Lake and earned the title with a 15-4 Major Decision victory.

Wrestling at 182 pounds, Nick Schany received a first-round bye and then scored a 4:55 win by fall and then earned a 16-1 Technical Fall in 6:00 to set up his shot at the title. But wrestling Kolton Bus of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, Schany would be pinned in 2:50 of the match to finish in second place.

Jimmie Steffens received a pair of byes in the first two rounds of action and then earned a 9-6 decision in the semi-finals to advance to the championships against Tyler Anderson of Odeboldt -Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove, where he would be the victim of a 2:45 fall to finish in second for the E-Hawks.

At 106 pounds, Kelly Griffin started with a bye and then earned a 3:15 win by fall. Griffin would be pinned in 2:00 in the semifinals, but came back to earn a 3:28 win by fall in the consolation round to meet Ryan Duckett of St. Edmond in the third place match, where he scored a 3:09 win by fall to finish in third for Emmetsburg.

Also finishing third was Ethan Berven at 132 pounds. Berven received a first-round bye and then claimed a 16-1 Technical Fall in 5:52 before he lost a 5-3 decision. Berven then earned a 4:56 win by fall in the consolation round and then met Blake Abrahamson of Okoboji in the Consolation championship, where he earned a 14-4 Major Decision to finish in third place.

At 145 pounds, Bret Hoyman would start the day with a bye and earned a 5:26 win by fall before he was pinned in 5:17 to move to the consolation round, where he scored a 7-3 decision victory. In the Consolation final, Hoyman earned a 7-3 decision over teammate Brad Wirtz to finish in third place.

Also finishing in third place was Jon Lace II at 170 pounds. After receiving a first-round bye, Lace was pinned in 5:35, but received a first round bye in consolation action before earning a 3:26 win by fall. In the Consolation final, Lace earned the third place finish with a 5:51 win by fall over Dylan Winkel of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.

Earning a fourth place finish was Sean Brennan at 113 pounds. After a first-round bye, Brennan earned a 17-0 Technical Fall in 5:57 , but was the victim of a 17-2 Technical Fall in 3:15. Brennan would come back to earned a 7-2 decision win in consolation action, but would be pinned in 3:39 of the consolation final by Jake Nieman of Odeboldt -Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove to finish fourth.

Bradley Wirtz placed fourth at 145 after a first round bye and a 7-3 decision loss. Wirtz would earn a 1:16 win by fall and a 3:30 win by fall before losing a 7-3 decision to teammate Bret Hoyman in the consolation final to place fourth.

At 160 pounds, Jackson Knight opened with a bye but was pinned in 3:54 before taking a 1:18 win by fall and a 2:50 win by fall, but in the consolation final, Knight would come up short in a 4-2 decision loss to Braeden Schulte of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock to settle for the fourth place finish.

Kaleb Schleisman would finish sixth after a bye and bing pinned in 3:16. Schleisman then drew a consolation round bye, but lost a 6-3 decision before being pinned in the fifth place match in :54 by Daniel Schriever of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.

Levi Aldous had a bye at 126 and lost a 5-3 decision before losing a 14-5 Major Decision. Aldous then earned a 5:41 win by fall, but would win a 20-1 Technical Fall in 4:25 over Caden Larue of Okoboji to win seventh place.

At 285 pounds, Evan Brennan opened with a bye was pinned in 3:12 and then was pinned in 2:28. After a bye, Brennan scored a :48 win by fall over Nick Egeland of Estherville Lincoln Central to place seventh.

Rounding out the placings was Colton Anderson at 138 pounds. After a first-round bye, Anderson was pinned in :57 and then pinned in 5:59 before receiving a bye, but Anderson would injury default in the seventh place match to finish in eighth.

At 126 pounds, Andrew Walker was pinned in :14, and after two byes in consolation action, Walker was pinned in 5:41 to be eliminated from the tournament.

At 145 pounds, Nick Krieg would be pinned in 1:05 in the opening round, but after a pair of byes in the consolation rounds, Krieg would be eliminated from the tournament when he was pinned in 3:40 by Manny Chavez of Storm?Lake.

At 160 pounds, Zach Yates earned a first round 2:30 win by fall, but was then pinned in 1:21. In the consolation rounds, Yates would be pinned in 1:22 and would be eliminated from the tournament when he lost a 10-5 decision to A.J. Carter of Lake Mills.

The E-Hawks travel to Spencer Thursday to meet the Tigers and Western Christian and travel to the Fort Dodge Tourney Saturday, Dec. 16.