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Braves wrestle at Okoboji

Monday, December 11, 2006

Undefeated Halverson wins 130-pound class

MILFORD - Sibley-Ocheyedan won the team title of the rugged Okoboji Wrestling Invitational here Saturday, totaling 204 points to outdistance runner-up Spencer's 199.5 points.

Cherokee's Tyler Halverson, top, controls his opponent during Saturday's Okoboji Wrestling Invitational. Halverson pinned all three foes to win the 130-pound weight class for the Braves. Photo contributed.
Spirit Lake Park was third with 181.5, followed by Graettinger-Terril 160.5, West Hancock 148, Okoboji 95, Carroll Kuemper 83, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 78.5, Cherokee 61, and George-Little Rock 58.5.

Cherokee senior stalwart Tyler Halverson ran his season's match record to 5-0 by winning the 130-pound class, pinning all three of his opponents in the process.

Halverson, the defending Class 2A runner-up in last year's state tournament, and 103-pound state champion as a sophomore, won by fall in 3:42 over Aaron Stettnichs of G-LR, in 1:19 over Matt Wilkerson of Spencer, and in 5:41 over Justin Truckenmiller of S-O.

Pat Loughlin of Cherokee works hard to control his opponent at the Okoboji Wrestling Invitational Saturday in Milford. The WHS freshman wrestled well in his first varsity match. Photo contributed.
Cherokee's Peter Conley earned a fourth-place finish after racking up a busy 3-2 record on the day. Conley lost by fall in 1:02 in his opener to Brad Engel of SLP, then reeled off three straight wins to earn a consolation berth in the 189-pound weight class. Conley pinned Garrett Wringer of HMS in :33, pinned Shane Vanderpool of Okoboji in a speedy 14 seconds, and beat Kurt Eischied of Kuemper 11-6, before getting pinned in the consolation final by Nick Horstman of West Hancock in 2:40.

Cherokee's Nick Loughlin
(in gold and black)
Weston Burkhardt, Nick Loughlin, and Charlie Ganger earned sixth-place finishes for the Braves.

"We saw some great competition in the tournament," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We crowned one champion, Tyler Halverson, who was 3-0 with three pins. Peter Conley had a good day, and Weston Burkhardt, Charlie Ganger, and Nck Loughlin all placed sixth."

The Braves travel to wrestling hotbed Emmetsburg Thursday to tackle tough Emmetsburg and Sheldon-South O'Brien in opening Lakes Conference action.

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