SPENCER - The Cherokee Braves wrestling squad featured two champions, one runner-up, and two third-place consolation winners at the Lakes Conference Wrestling Tournament here Friday.
Emmetsburg-AR won the team title with 247.5 points, followed by Spirit Lake Park 219, Spencer 165.5, Cherokee 142.5, Sheldon-SOS 131.5, Le Mars 83.5, Estherville-LC 75, Hull Western Christian 55, and Storm Lake 20.
Tyler Halverson at 119 pounds, and Spencer Neal at 145 won their respective weight classes, Halverson pinning all three foes.
(Photo by Roy Tucker.)
Halverson pinned Danny Ridenour of S-SO in 1:34, pinned Aric Larson of E-AR in 3:15, and pinned Drew Evans of E-LC in 3:51 in the finals.
Justin Boggs finished second for Cherokee at 130, losing a major decision 13-3 to E-AR's Bryan Sundall in the finals. He pinned Chase Woodyard of E-LC in 5:21, and pinned Justin Hargrave of Spencer in 3:47 in the semifinals.
Nick Loughlin placed third for the Braves at 140. He pinned Ben Seaman of Storm Lake in 4:24, lost 5-2 to Kyle Malm of E-AR, pinned Mitch Schultze of Le Mars, and beat Travis Helmers of E-LC 5-4 in the consolation finals.
Tim Jones also placed third at 215. He won 2-1 over matt mayou of SLP in overtime, was pinned in 1:57 by Mitch Begley of Spencer, won by injury default over Juan Flores of Storm Lake, and pinned Josh Casey of E-AR in the consolation finals.
Two Braves placed fourth after losing in the consolation match. Nate Solis went 2-2 on the day at 135, beating John Nieuenhuis of S-SO in a major decision 16-5, losing 8-2 to eventual champ Mike Sandy of SLP, pinning Tom Thompson of E-AR in 2:56, and losing 7-4 to Dallas Boisen in the consolation.
Peter conley also was fourth at 189. He lost 4-2 to Austin Glover of Spencer, pinned Justin Leewright of Storm Lake in 3:12, pinned Ben Haugen of E-LC in 4:58, and lost 10-8 to Glover in the consolation match.
James Loughlin and Tom Comstock each placed fifth for Cherokee. Loughlin beat Matt Schultz of Le Mars 4-1, lost 6-3 to Jayme Harrington of Spencer, beat Shane Smith of E-LC 2-1, lost 5-4 to Mike Kalkhoff of SLP, and pinned Tony Bedel of Storm Lake in 2:30. Comstock beat Ben Beitelspacher of Le Mars 12-2 in a major decision, was pinned in 3:12 by eventual champ Justin kerber, lost 7-4 to Bret Westra of HWC, and pinned Nate Tucker of Storm Lake in 4:28.
The Braves were open at 103 and heavyweight.
"The Lakes Championships are always exciting," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We ended up with two champions. We really wrestled well, placing nine of the 12 wrestlers competing."
The Braves travel to Carroll Thursday night for a regular season-ending double dual with Kuemper and Fort Dodge St. Edmond's.
Cherokee goes to Holstein on Saturday, February 11, for Class 2A Sectionals, and then hosts the 2A Districts the following Saturday, February 18.
The State Wrestling Tournament is Thursday through Saturday, February 22-25 at the new Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, adjacent to Veteran's Auditorium, the former home of the State Wrestling Tournament.